Music Education (K-12), Bachelor of Science
Students who choose to major in Music Education become prepared to teach and supervise vocal, instrumental, and general music from kindergarten through grade 12. This program is certified at both the state and national level by the New Hampshire Department of Education and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Graduates who complete this major are eligible for K-12 teacher certification in the state of New Hampshire. Because of New Hampshire’s membership in the Interstate Certification Contract, Plymouth graduates are eligible to earn a certificate or license in another Contract state upon application to that state’s department of education. For further information, please see the Educator Preparation section of this Catalog. Please also visit plymouth.edu/office/educator-preparation/.
Students in this program are required to present a senior solo recital that must be completed prior to the semester in which they are enrolled in the Internship in Music Teaching. Music Education majors may request permission to receive private instruction on a second instrument.
To be approved for the Internship in Elementary Music Teaching or the Internship in Secondary Music Teaching, students must have completed all departmental course requirements through the third year and have at least a 2.70 cumulative grade point average. They also must have passed the level-change jury exam allowing them to study at the 4000 level on their major instrument. Students who do not pass the examination must retake it until it is successfully completed. The Internship in Elementary Music Teaching and the Internship in Secondary Music Teaching require a minimum grade of C in all required ME/MU courses and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.70.
The progress and dispositions of both candidates and aspiring candidates toward teacher certification in Music Education, and an eventual career in the field, is assessed periodically by the Music faculty; see Road to Internship in Teaching, Undergraduate Gate Requirements, in the Educator Preparation section of this Catalog. Students who are withdrawn from the BS program in Music Education because of failure to meet these standards will be given the opportunity to complete the BA Music degree, Contract option.
All teacher certification candidates who interact with students in public school settings through course-related field experiences, including the Internship in Elementary Music Teaching and the Internship in Secondary Music Teaching, are subject to New Hampshire state legislation that requires all persons who regularly come into contact with pupils on a daily basis for a period of time to undergo a full disclosure criminal records check. This may include fingerprinting. The processing of the criminal records check is conducted at the site school before the field experience begins. The fee for this processing is the responsibility of the teacher certification candidate and is paid directly to the school district. Each new site will require a separate fingerprinting and background check. Inquiries should be directed to the Coordinator of Internships.
In order for teacher certification candidates to participate in field experiences in diverse settings that are essential for their development as teachers, teacher certification candidates must be willing and able to travel outside of the Plymouth area beyond walking distances. All Internship in Teaching candidates should plan for and be able to secure their own transportation by the junior year.
|ME 1100||Introduction to Music Education (WECO)||3|
|ME 1200||Voice Class I||1|
|ME 2010||Choral Lab||0|
|ME 2020||Instrumental Lab||0|
|ME 2150||String Class||1|
|ME 3110||Elementary School Music Methods||3|
|ME 3130||Woodwinds I||1|
|ME 3140||Woodwinds II||1|
|ME 3160||Percussion Class||1|
|ME 3210||Upper Brass Techniques||1|
|ME 3220||Lower Brass Techniques||1|
|ME 3500||Technology for Music Educators (TECO)||3|
|ME 4200||Secondary School Music Methods||3|
|ME 4500||Senior Recital: Music Education||0|
|Conducting Elective - complete one of the following:||2|
|Literature and Techniques Elective - complete one of the following:||2|
|Student Teaching - complete ME 4860 and ME 4870:||12|
|MU 1150||Piano Class I||1|
|MU 1160||Piano Class II||1|
|MU 1210||Musicianship I||4|
|MU 1220||Musicianship II||4|
|MU 2210||Musicianship III||3|
|MU 2220||Musicianship IV||3|
|MU 2230||Piano Class III||1|
|MU 2240||Piano Class IV||1|
|MU 2260||Basic Conducting||2|
|MU 3250||Global Jazz (DICO) (GACO)||3|
|MU 3310||History and Literature of Music I||3|
|MU 3320||History and Literature of Music II (INCO) (WRCO)||3|
|MU||Ensembles [not MUDI]||7|
|MU||Performance Studies (two enrollments each at the 1000, 2000, 3000 levels; one enrollment at the 4000 level) [not MUDI]||14|
|CD 3000||Philosophical and Historical Perspectives on the Child in Society (INCO) (WRCO)||3|
|Psychology Elective - complete one of the following:||3|
|Special Education Elective - complete one of the following:||3|
|Quantitative Reasoning in the Discipline Connection - complete one of the following:||3|
|IS 1111||The First Year Seminar: Critical Thinking and the Nature of Inquiry||3|
|PPDI||Past and Present Directions||6|
|SIDI||Scientific Inquiry Directions||6|
|SSDI||Self and Society Directions||6|
Piano majors substitute MU 3070/3080 for MU 1150/1160 and MU 2230/2240. Voice majors substitute MU 4280 for ME 1200. Students may omit methods classes in their Performance Studies area.
MU 1160 requires a minimum grade of C in MU 1150. MU 1220 requires a minimum grade of C in MU 1210. MU 2210 requires a minimum grade of C in MU 1220. MU 2220 requires a minimum grade of C in MU 2210. MU 2230 requires a minimum grade of C in MU 1160. MU 2240 requires a minimum grade of C in MU 2230. The Internship in Elementary Music Teaching and the Internship in Secondary Music Teaching require a minimum grade of C in all required ME/MU courses and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.70.
*All course information is from the 2015-2016 Catalog.