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2019-2020 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music Education P-12, BMus


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Department of Music, College of Fine and Performing Arts

134-135 credits minimum*

Introduction

This professional degree program prepares students to teach music in their emphasis area upon graduating, and receive a P-12 Certification as a Music Specialist Educator in addition to the BMus degree. The program consists of a variety of pedagogy, conducting, and education-specific courses (through the Department of Music and Woodring College of Education), and requires two practicums and student-teaching internship in a public school setting. Students also complete core studies in music theory, aural skills, keyboarding, and music history.

*34 credits from the Secondary Education program including the student teaching internship. This major leads to an endorsement in music education for grades P-12. For questions about the teacher certification process or when to apply, contact the Music Education Coordinator Dr. Bourne at 360-650-2217 or Patty.Bourne@wwu.edu. For additional information, see the Secondary Education  section of this catalog for program admission, completion, and teacher certification requirements.

Why Consider a Music Education P-12 Major?

The Music Department at Western Washington University is centered around a community of collaboration and support where all are welcome and encouraged to learn, explore and create in a positive nurturing environment. Western graduates become successful teachers, performers, composers and leaders in all fields of music. The strength of Western’s Department of Music is its faculty’s commitment to students and helping them achieve their goals and aspirations.

 Contact Information

Program Coordinator
Undergraduate
Academic Advisor

Lee Anne Frahn
Performing Arts 263
360-650-4091
LeeAnne.Frahn@wwu.edu

Music Education Coordinator
Patricia Bourne
Performing Arts 45
360-650-2217
Patty.Bourne@wwu.edu

Choral Music Education
Angela Broeker
Performing Arts 239
360-650-3130
Angela.Broeker@wwu.edu

Secondary
Education website

wce.wwu.edu/sec/secondary-education

Secondary Education
Program Manager
Janna Cecka
Miller Hall 401C
360-650-3327
Janna.Cecka@wwu.edu
 

Secondary Education
Program Coordinator

Christina Carlson
Miller Hall 401A
360-650-3327
Christina.Carlson@wwu.edu

 Sample Careers

Secondary School Choir Director | Secondary School Band Director | Secondary School Orchestra Director/Elementary and/or Secondary General Music Teacher | Applied Instrumental or Voice Instructor | Professional Musician | Arts Administrator

 Major/Career Resources

www.wwu.edu/careers/students_choosingamajor.shtml

Admission and Declaration Process:

General WWU vs. Music Admissions: Acceptance to the Music Department does not guarantee admission to the general university. Decisions related to general admissions are completed independently by the University. Students may request and complete a music audition regardless if they have received their admissions decision by the WWU admissions office.

Admissions/Auditions: All students must successfully complete an Entrance Audition on their primary instrument of voice. Please visit our website for priority audition dates. Students who audition after these priority dates will be considered on a space available basis. Due to the sequential nature of our curriculum, mid-year applicants are not recommended or guaranteed to be granted an audition. Students electing to begin in a quarter other than Fall should seek advisement through the Program Coordinator before requesting an audition. cfpa.wwu.edu/music/auditions

Admission to Woodring College of Education: All students pursuing the Bachelor of Music Education P-12 degree will additionally complete certification through the Woodring College of Education. Students will work closely with the Music Education coordinator during their first two years to prepare for the Woodring Application. See the non-course requirements below for further information.

Declaration and Advising: All incoming music students will receive advising and curriculum planning with the Program Coordinator during orientation sessions and/or by appointment. Declaration is required to access all academic coursework. Overrides will be entered prior to orientation and/or by appointment to obtain access to all program restricted courses before declarations have been processed. Please see below for more details. 

  • Freshman: Freshman will declare their music major during Fall Advising & Orientation. Students who intend to double major may be placed into another advising session if deemed appropriate by the Program Coordinator. Students intending to double major will be asked to notify the Program Coordinator before Fall Advising & Orientation. These students will receive an email prior to Fall A&O with specific instructions for Music registration and declaration.
  • Transfer: Transfer students will declare their music major during Transition Orientation, Transitions, or by appointment with the Program Coordinator. Declaration is required to obtain access to all major restricted courses. Overrides will be entered prior to Transitions, or by appointment to give preliminary access to major restricted courses before major declarations are processed. 
  • Returning Students: Returning students will declare their music major by appointment with the Program Coordinator. Returning students should contact the Program Coordinator prior to registration in order to obtain access to major restricted courses.  

Graduation Timeline: Due to the sequential nature of our core curriculum, we strongly recommend that all students considering a Bachelor of Music degree (BMus) in Performance, Composition, History & Literature, and Music Education begin our music core sequences the Fall quarter of their first year. These majors are designed around a curriculum that takes approximately four years to complete. Additionally, the Music Education degree has an approximate graduation timeline between year four and five. Please note, the approximate graduation timeline does not apply to all students, and is dependent on each student’s incoming status, eligibility for placement exams, and academic progress within the department.

Placement Exams: Placement exams in Music Theory, Aural Skills, and Keyboarding are given only to students who have successfully passed an Entrance Audition on their primary instrument or voice. All auditioned students are eligible for placement exams if they meet the following eligibility requirements. 

Eligibility:

Theory and Aural Skills (Ear Training): Students are eligible to complete placement exams if they have successfully completed the AP Theory Exam with a 3 or higher, or have successfully completed college level courses in the corresponding subject at another institution. 

Keyboarding (Class Piano): Students are eligible to complete the keyboarding placement exam if they have successfully completed college level class piano courses at another institution. Those that have completed piano lessons will not be eligible to test out of our sequence without the completion of class piano at another institution. These students will instead be placed into an advanced keyboarding sequence.

Scheduling: Placement exams are scheduled each Fall quarter before term begins. Those that are attempting to start a major in Winter and Spring quarter will be given placement exams on an individual basis contingent on faculty and room availability. Students attempting to start the major Winter or Spring quarter should contact our Program Coordinator as soon as possible to determine eligibility and to schedule exams. Study materials are available on request after a successful audition. Contact Program Coordinator for more details.

Placement Exam Advising: Students should be advised that they are not guaranteed to enter at their expected level. Students must complete the entire core sequence of theory, aural skills and keyboarding as a pre-requisite to all upper division core requirements. All credits received in theory, aural skills, and keyboard skills previously at other institutions will be transferred at the level for which it was earned, and may apply toward fulfillment of elective requirements for the major in music or in music education. Students may be required to repeat theory and/or aural skills/keyboarding skills courses previously taken at another institution.

Grade Requirements

A grade of C (2.0) or better is required for courses in the secondary education professional program and all courses required for the endorsement. A minimum GPA of 2.5 in music courses is required for graduation with a degree in music.

Requirements


Music Non-Course Requirements


Concert Attendance: Attendance of at least 5 pre-approved concerts every quarter until all degree requirements are fulfilled. Music Education students are excused from this requirement during their student teaching internship, SEC 495. Approved music department events only, including mainstage operas, and performances in PAC 16. Students must bring their Western ID card to check in and out to receive credit, those without a Western ID card will not receive credit.

Upper Division Jury: Music Education students must complete one upper division jury as partial fulfillment of the degree program. It is recommended that students pass an upper-division jury to advance to the upper-division instruction (300-400) level by the end of their second year. Jury schedules, including frequency and repertoire, are determined by each area of study. Students will schedule their upper division jury according to area policies, and under the advisement of their applied instructor. 

Keyboarding Proficiency Exam (KPE): All Music majors must successfully complete the Keyboarding Proficiency Exam (KPE) as partial fulfillment of the degree program. The exam is administered at the conclusion of the two-year keyboarding sequence. (MUS 121B-221B) Students placed into the advanced keyboarding section will complete the exam after the first year of keyboarding courses. (MUS 121B-125B)

Woodring Application: Completion of the degree with certification is done through the Woodring College of Education. The application process is normally initiated during, or immediately after, the junior year, with applications due February 1 for a fall quarter start, or September 1, for a winter quarter start. To apply, Woording recommends all GURs are complete along with 70 percent of degree requirements completed with a C or higher, which is higher than the university prerequisite requirement of a C-. Students will be advised when to apply by the Music Education Coordinator, Dr. Bourne.

Music Core Sequences


The music core sequence is comprised of courses in aural skills, keyboarding skills, theoretical and analytical skills, and music history that progress in a three-year sequence. Core music sequences begin Fall quarter and will not repeat until the next academic year. In the first two years, students must concurrently enroll in one course each of aural skills, keyboarding skills, and theoretical and analytical skills each quarter. If a student does not meet the university prerequisite grade requirement of a C- or higher, they may continue to enroll in the other core sequence courses they have successfully passed. Students who are eligible for placement exams will enroll in core sequences under the advisement of the music advisor. Students will be placed into a beginning, intermediate, or advanced section of keyboarding skills according to their piano experience. Those with significant piano experience and piano major/minors will be placed into the advanced keyboarding section, and will not be required to complete the second year keyboarding skills sequence along with remaining core music courses (MUS 221B, MUS 223B, MUS 225B). Students may enroll in the Music History sequence (MUS 341, MUS 342, MUS 343) after successfully completing all theoretical and analytical skills courses (MUS 122-226) with a C- or higher. Please see our example PDF for course planning.

Music Education Core Requirements and Endorsements


Music Education Core


Students may enroll in the following courses alongside the second year core music sequences and music history. Please see specific course prerequisites for more information.

Conducting

Students may enroll in instrumental and choral conducting after finishing the second year core sequences. Please see specific course prerequisites for more information.

Music Endorsement Emphasis


P-12 Choral and General

This emphasis leads to two endorsements: choral music and general music, P-12. Students may begin to enroll in Pedagogy Labs during their first year under the advisement of the program coordinator, or music education coordinator. 

Vocal Diction and Applied Pedagogy

Offered every other year in rotation. Please see course prerequisites to plan enrollment with rotation. Music Education students will take MUS 466B only, MUS 466D is restricted to vocal performance majors. 

P-12 Instrumental and General

This emphasis leads to two endorsements: instrumental music and general music. Students may begin to enroll in Pedagogy Labs during their first year under the advisement of the program coordinator, or music education coordinator.

Primary Instrument Requirements


Brass


Applied Lessons (minimum of 12 credits)

Brass students must enroll in applied lessons each quarter until enrollment in Student Teaching (SEC 495), regardless of completing the minimum credit requirement. A minimum of three credits for applied lessons must be completed in MUS 314F-J. Brass students will register for applied lessons on their primary instrument. Instrument sections are indicated F-J. Students will register for the 200 level of applied lessons until passing an upper-division jury.

Major Ensemble (minimum of 18 credits)

Brass students must enroll in a major ensemble each quarter until enrollment in Student Teaching (SEC 495), regardless of completing the minimum credit requirement. Students must attend ensemble auditions each year to be placed into the appropriate Major Ensemble.

Guitar


Applied Lessons (minimum of 12 credits)

Guitar students must enroll in applied lessons each quarter until enrollment in Student Teaching (SEC 495), regardless of completing the minimum credit requirement. A minimum of three credits for applied lessons must be completed in MUS 316. Students will register for the 200 level of applied lessons until passing an upper-division jury.

Major Ensemble (minimum of 18 credits)

Students must enroll in major ensemble and guitar ensemble according to the following schedule until enrollment in Student Teaching (SEC 495), regardless of completing the minimum credit requirement. Guitar students enroll in an instrumental or choral major ensemble each fall quarter, followed by enrollment in Guitar Ensemble, MUS 282, winter, and spring quarter.

Major Ensemble Courses (minimum of 6 credits)

Students must attend ensemble auditions each year to be placed into the appropriate Major Ensemble. Students who do not audition into an ensemble must enroll in MUS 271, University Tenor/Bass or University Treble Choir. Guitar students may continue to enroll in a major ensemble alongside Guitar Ensemble winter and spring quarter.

Guitar Ensemble (minimum of 12 credits)

Percussion


Applied Lessons (minimum of 12 credits)

Percussion students must enroll in applied lessons each quarter until enrollment in Student Teaching (SEC 495), regardless of completing the minimum credit requirement. A minimum of three credits for applied lessons must be completed in MUS 314K. Students will register for the 200 level of applied lessons until passing an upper-division jury.

Major Ensemble (minimum of 18 credits)

Percussion students must enroll in a major ensemble each quarter until enrollment in Student Teaching (SEC 495), regardless of completing the minimum credit requirement. Students must attend ensemble auditions each year to be placed into the appropriate Major Ensemble.

Piano


Applied Lessons (minimum of 12 credits)

Piano students must enroll in applied lessons each quarter until enrollment in Student Teaching (SEC 495), regardless of completing the minimum credit requirement. A minimum of three credits for applied lessons must be completed in MUS 312. Students will register for the 200 level of applied lessons until passing an upper-division jury.

Major Ensemble (minimum of 18 credits)

Piano students must enroll in a major ensemble or piano accompanying according to the following schedule each quarter until enrollment in Student Teaching (SEC 495), regardless of completing the minimum credit requirement. 

Major Ensemble Courses (minimum of 6 credits)

Piano students will enroll in three consecutive quarters of a major ensemble, with the remainder of their major ensemble requirements fulfilled with Piano Accompanying (MUS 276/476). Students who do not audition into another ensemble must enroll in MUS 271.

Piano Accompanying (minimum of 12 credits)

Students will register for MUS 276 until receiving permission to enroll in MUS 476.

Strings


Applied Lessons (minimum of 12 credits)

Strings students must enroll in applied lessons each quarter until enrollment in Student Teaching (SEC 495), regardless of completing the minimum credit requirement. Students will register for applied lessons on their primary instrument. Instrument sections are indicated A-E. A minimum of three credits for applied lessons must be completed in MUS 313A-E. Students will register for the 200 level of applied lessons until passing an upper-division jury.

Major Ensemble (minimum of 18 credits)

Strings students must enroll in a major ensemble each quarter until enrollment in Student Teaching (SEC 495), regardless of completing the minimum credit requirement. Students must attend ensemble auditions each year to be placed into the appropriate Major Ensemble.

Voice


Applied Lessons (minimum of 12 credits)

Voice students must enroll in applied lessons each quarter until enrollment in Student Teaching (SEC 495), regardless of completing the minimum credit requirement. A minimum of three credits for applied lessons must be completed in MUS 315. Students will register for the 200 level of applied lessons until passing an upper-division jury.

Major Ensemble (minimum of 18 credits)

Voice students must enroll in a major ensemble each quarter until enrollment in Student Teaching (SEC 495), regardless of completing the minimum credit requirement. Students must attend ensemble auditions each year to be placed into the appropriate Major Ensemble.

Woodwinds


Applied Lessons (minimum of 12 credits)

Woodwind students must enroll in applied lessons each quarter until enrollment in Student Teaching (SEC 495), regardless of completing the minimum credit requirement. Students will register for applied lessons on their primary instrument. Instrument sections are indicated A-E. A minimum of three credits for applied lessons must be completed in MUS 314A-E. Students will register for the 200 level of applied lessons until passing an upper-division jury.

Major Ensemble (minimum of 18 credits)

Woodwind students must enroll in a major ensemble each quarter until enrollment in Student Teaching (SEC 495), regardless of completing the minimum credit requirement. Students must attend ensemble auditions each year to be placed into the appropriate Major Ensemble.

Additional Requirements


Woodring College of Education Requirements (34 credits)


Acceptance to the Woodring College of Education is required as a prerequisite to all courses below. Please see the Woodring Application section under music non-course requirements.

Internship (14 weeks minimum)

Student teaching is the culminating course for the degree program. Students will enroll in for a fall or winter internship based on academic progress and advising. Spring internships are not available. Students enroll in SEC 495 only during the 14 week long internship.

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