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2024-25 Western Washington University Catalog 
    
2024-25 Western Washington University Catalog

Music Education P-12, BMus

Location(s): WWU - Bellingham


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Department of Music, College of Fine and Performing Arts

138 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 Bachelor of Music 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 a student-teaching internship in a public school setting. Students also complete core studies in music theory, aural skills, keyboarding, and musicology.

The BMus Education P-12 major is structured to take approximately 4.25-4.5 years to complete for the average incoming music student. Students who qualify for assessments may be able to finish sooner. Based on the sequence of classes, all academic coursework can be completed in four years, followed by 14 weeks (1 quarter) of full-time student teaching the following fall or winter quarter. The Music Education Coordinator will assist students in their application to the Woodring of College of Education to complete the combined P-12 certification, this typically takes place during the third year in the music major.  

*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. For additional information, see the Secondary Education  section of this catalog for program admission, completion, and teacher certification requirements.

 Contact Information

Program Coordinator
Undergraduate
Academic Advisor

Catherine Brown
Performing Arts 263
360-650-6280
Catherine.Brown@wwu.edu

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

Choral Music Education
Angela Kasper
Performing Arts 039
360-650-7920
broekea@wwu.edu

Instrumental Music Education
James Ray
Performing Arts Center 058
360-650-2706
James.Ray@wwu.edu

Secondary Education
Program Manager
Janna Cecka
Miller Hall 401C
360-650-3347
Janna.Cecka@wwu.edu
 

Teacher Education Admission
Miller Hall 254F
360-650-6161
wce.wwu.edu/admissions/contact

 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

careercenter.wwu.edu/connectmajorcareer

Admission and Declaration Process:

To begin a music major or minor and to enroll in core music classes, students must complete an Entrance Audition on their primary instrument or voice. New music majors are advised to audition the same year they apply to WWU. Although we primarily admit students for the fall term, mid-year applicants are also accepted depending on space availability. Please visit the Music Auditions webpage to read about our different audition processes and navigate to the Entrance & Scholarship Audition page to explore audition dates, deadlines, and requirements.

Admission to Woodring College of Education

The Music Education Coordinator will advise and assist students with their application to the Woodring College of Education where they will enroll in general education courses alongside advanced music education coursework. Students who successfully complete this set of Woodring courses will earn state teaching certification for P-12 music education in their emphasis area. (See the Endorsement Emphasis and Additional Requirements section) Applications for Woodring are typically submitted during the third year in the music program with applications for a fall quarter start due February 15, and for winter, September 1.

Grade Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required for all Music Major and Minor courses. A minimum GPA of 2.5 in music courses is required for graduation with a degree in music.

Requirements


Music Non-Course Requirements


Upper-division Jury: Music Education students must complete lessons at the 300-level. An upper-division jury is required to reach this level, and it is recommended that students attempt this upper-division jury 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: To fulfill the music degree program, all music majors must demonstrate keyboard proficiency. Proficiencies are assessed throughout the final quarter of the keyboarding sequence (either MUS 225B or 225C). Assessments can be individually arranged for eligible students.

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 15 for a fall quarter start, or September 1, for a winter quarter start. To apply, Woodring recommends all GURs are complete along with 70 percent of degree requirements completed with a C or higher. Students will be advised when to apply by the Music Education Coordinator, Dr. Bourne.

Music Core Sequences


The music core sequence starts with 100-level courses in theoretical and analytical skills (music theory), aural skills, and keyboarding skills (at either the 100 or 200 level, depending on the student’s piano level). After that, students take 200-level courses in those same subjects, followed by a year of 300-level musicology courses. This sequence starts each Fall quarter and repeats the next academic year.

Music Education Core Requirements and Endorsements


Music Education Core


Students may enroll in the following courses alongside the second-year core music sequences and musicology. 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.

P-12 Instrumental and General

This emphasis leads to two endorsements: instrumental music and general music and is separated into two tracks. One track is for Wind and Percussion students (Band Track) and the other for String students (Orchestra Track). Students select one track or the other based on their applied area of study. Students may begin to enroll in Pedagogy courses during their first year under the advisement of the Program Coordinator, or Music Education Coordinator.

Band Track

For music education students; applied lessons in woodwind, brass, or percussion instruments.

Orchestra Track

For music education students in applied string lessons: violin, viola, cello, string bass.

Primary Instrument Requirements


All music majors are expected to register for 2 credits of applied lessons each quarter, toward a minimum of 18 credits.

Brass


Applied Lessons (minimum of 18 credits, maximum of 42 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, maximum of 42 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. Advanced students may be asked to perform in more than one ensemble during any given quarter. However, only one ensemble per quarter may apply towards major ensemble degree requirements and the other ensemble will apply towards major or general electives.

Guitar


Applied Lessons (minimum of 18 credits, maximum of 42 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, maximum of 42 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. Advanced students may be asked to perform in more than one ensemble during any given quarter. However, only one ensemble per quarter may apply towards major ensemble degree requirements and the other ensemble will apply towards major or general electives.

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 Ensemble (minimum of 12 credits)

Percussion


Applied Lessons (minimum of 18 credits, maximum of 42 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, maximum of 42 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. Advanced students may be asked to perform in more than one ensemble during any given quarter. However, only one ensemble per quarter may apply towards major ensemble degree requirements and the other ensemble will apply towards major or general electives.

Piano


Applied Lessons (minimum of 18 credits, maximum of 42 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, maximum of 42 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. Advanced students may be asked to perform in more than one ensemble during any given quarter. However, only one ensemble per quarter may apply towards major ensemble degree requirements and the other ensemble will apply towards major or general electives.

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 18 credits, maximum of 42 credits)

String 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, maximum of 42 credits)

String 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. Advanced students may be asked to perform in more than one ensemble during any given quarter. However, only one ensemble per quarter may apply towards major ensemble degree requirements and the other ensemble will apply towards major or general electives.

Voice


Applied Lessons (minimum of 18 credits, maximum of 42 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, maximum of 42 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. Advanced students may be asked to perform in more than one ensemble during any given quarter. However, only one ensemble per quarter may apply towards major ensemble degree requirements and the other ensemble will apply towards major or general electives.

Woodwinds


Applied Lessons (minimum of 18 credits, maximum of 42 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, maximum of 42 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. Advanced students may be asked to perform in more than one ensemble during any given quarter. However, only one ensemble per quarter may apply towards major ensemble degree requirements and the other ensemble will apply towards major or general electives.

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 weeklong internship.

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