Introduction

The Bachelor of Music degree with a major in music education is subject to revision. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm requirements with the chair of the music education department. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required for admission to music education and for certification to teach music, and students must demonstrate content knowledge through either a 3.00 major GPA or a passing score on the Praxis II: Music Content Knowledge test before they may student teach. A passing score on the edTPA, a teacher performance assessment completed during student teaching, is required for certification for licensure. Students seeking licensure should consult the Music Education Student Teaching Handbook for further information and requirements.

Students in the Bachelor of Music degree program may qualify for a 13th-term tuition waiver for student teaching, paying only a registration fee (see Tuition, Fees, and Financial Assistance). Students must have completed all graduation requirements except student teaching, and this term must immediately follow the 12th term. For students in the five-year double-degree program, a 16th term of student teaching is available under the same policy; this term must immediately follow the 15th term.


Common requirements for the major in music education

In addition to degree requirements and those of specific areas below, the following are required of all music education majors:

  1. Education: 21 units
    1. EDST 180: Psychology of Learning (6 units)
    2. EDST 350: Ethnicity, Cultural Diversity, and Education (6 units)
    3. EDST 440: Sociology of Education (6 units)
    4. EDUC 431: Educating All Learners - Music (3 units)
  2. Music education: 9 units
    1. MUEP 201: Introduction to Music Education (3 units)
    2. MUEP 380: Conducting Principles (6 units)
  3. Student teaching: 21 units
    1. MUEP 660: Advanced Methods in Teaching Music (3 units)
    2. MUEP 680: Student Teaching (18 units)
  4. Performance: 36 units
    1. Minimum of 36 units in applied individual instruction, required every term in which the student is in residence on the Appleton campus with the exception of the student-teaching semester
    2. Presentation of a half recital during the junior or senior year
  5. Students are reminded that at least 60 units outside music are required for the degree.
  6. Participation in a major ensemble is required every term in residence on the Appleton campus, as specified in the following requirements for each track: general, choral/general, instrumental, and instrumental/general.
  7. Completion of major requirements for one of the areas as outlined below.

Senior Experience in music education

Student teaching is the culminating experience for students in music education. This experience places Lawrence seniors in schools for a period of 18 weeks. During this time, student teachers work closely with a mentor teacher at the secondary and/or elementary level to gain the professional knowledge and skills that will prepare them for certification and licensure in Wisconsin and other states. A variety of projects, tasks, and events comprise the student teaching Senior Experience at Lawrence. As they work with their mentor teacher, students observe classroom teaching as they prepare to take responsibility for planning and executing classes, rehearsals, and lessons under the expert guidance of master teachers.

In addition to working with a mentor teacher in the schools, students also work with Lawrence faculty during student teaching, both as mentors and in a weekly seminar meeting. Seminar topics include examination of practical issues related to the classroom, (such as classroom management, lesson planning and execution, and working with young learners), broad matters related to functioning professionally in schools and the profession (licensure, administration, and community), and philosophical issues. One of the mechanisms for facilitating discourse in the seminar is the videotape that student teachers bring in to the seminar. These brief episodes facilitate group discussion of their concerns, questions, and wonderments while providing a glimpse into their distinct student teaching environment.

During student teaching, students engage the complete range of their Lawrence studies, including but not limited to the musical, pedagogical and technical coursework in the program. A culminating product of the student teaching experience is a final teaching portfolio that includes a teacher performance assessment (edTPA), reflective essay, and final student teaching evaluations, which together provide evidence that the student has met Lawrence's teacher education standards.


General music

In addition to degree requirements and common requirements for all music education majors (above), the following are required for the general music emphasis:

  1. Music education and pedagogy
    1. Students whose principal performance instrument is not voice must complete MUEP 230: Voice for Instrumental Educators (1 unit)
    2. Students whose principal performance instrument is voice must complete MUEP 371, 372: Voice Science & Pedagogy I, II (4 units)
    3. MUEP 240, 350: General Music Methods I, II (12 units)
    4. MUEP 336: Guitar for the Music Educator (1 unit)
    5. MUEP 340/THAR 340: Musical Theatre Production Overview (3 units)
    6. MUEP 403: Large Ensemble Rehearsal Techniques (6 units)
    7. MUEP 307: Orchestration for the Music Educator (1 unit)
  2. Keyboard skills: MURP 223: Educators' Keyboard Skills (1 unit) in addition to degree requirement in keyboard skills
  3. MURP 271, 272, 273, 274, 275 for students whose primary instrument is voice
  4. Ensemble: 12 units. Participation in major ensemble required every term in residence on the Appleton campus. The requirement is based on the student’s principal instrument, as follows:
    1. Voice and keyboard:
      1. 9 units in a major choral ensemble
      2. 3 units in any major ensemble
    2. Winds and percussion:
      1. 6 units in Wind Ensemble or Symphonic Band
      2. 3 units in any major choral ensemble
      3. 3 units in any major ensemble.
    3. Strings:
      1. 6 units in Symphony Orchestra
      2. 3 units in any major choral ensemble
      3. 3 units in any major ensemble

Note: B.Mus. students earning this major should expect to attend Lawrence for four and one-half years; double degree students earning this major should expect to attend Lawrence for five and one-half years.


Choral/general

In addition to degree requirements and common requirements for all music education majors (top), the following are required for the choral/general emphasis:

  1. Music education and pedagogy: 31-33 units
    1. MUEP 371, 372: Voice Science & Pedagogy I, II (4 units)
    2. MUEP 240, 350: General Music Methods (12 units)
    3. MUEP 307: Orchestration for the Music Educator (1 unit)
    4. MUEP 336: Guitar for the Music Educator (1 unit)
    5. MUEP 340/THAR 340: Musical Theatre Production Overview (3 units)
    6. MUEP 403: Large Ensemble Rehearsal Techniques (6 units)
    7. MUEP 452: Choral Techniques (6 units)
  2. Keyboard skills: MURP 223: Educators' Keyboard Skills (1 unit) in addition to degree requirement in keyboard skills
  3. Performance: 5-6 units
    1. MURP 271, 272, 273, 274, 275 for students whose primary instrument is voice
    2. A minimum of 2 terms of MUIN 303 for students whose primary instrument is other than voice and satisfactory completion of the vocal proficiency examination
  4. Ensemble: 12 units in a major choral ensemble. Participation in major ensemble required every term in residence on the Appleton campus.

Note: B.Mus. students earning this major should expect to attend Lawrence for four and one-half years; double degree students earning this major should expect to attend Lawrence for five and one-half years.


Instrumental

In addition to degree requirements and common requirements for all music education majors (top), the following are required for the instrumental emphasis:

  1. Music education and pedagogy: 33 units
    1. MUEP 230: Voice for Instrumental Music Educators (1 units)
    2. One of the following: MUEP 305: Jazz Pedagogy (1 unit), MUEP 333 String Pedagogy: Pedagogues and Methods (1 unit), or MUEP 334 String Pedagogy: Editing Orchestral String Parts (1 unit)
    3. MUEP 403: Large Ensemble Rehearsal Techniques (6 units)
    4. MUEP 451: Instrumental Methods and Rehearsal Techniques (6 units)
    5. MUEP 307: Orchestration for the Music Educator (1 unit)
    6. MUEP 310: Brass Techniques (3 units)
    7. MUEP 315: Percussion Techniques (3 units)
    8. MUEP 321, 322: Woodwind Techniques I, II (6 units)
    9. MUEP 331, 332: String Techniques I, II (6 units)
  2. Ensemble: 12 units
    1. Winds and percussion:
      1. 9 units in MUEN 285: Wind Ensemble or MUEN 287: Symphonic Band
      2. an additional 3 units in any major ensemble
    2. Strings:
      1. 9 units in MUEN 290: Symphony Orchestra
      2. 3 additional units in any major ensemble

Note: B.Mus. students earning this major should expect to attend Lawrence for four and one-half years; double degree students earning this major should expect to attend Lawrence for five and one-half years.


Instrumental/general

In addition to degree requirements and common requirements for all music education majors (top), the following are required for the instrumental/general emphasis:

  1. Music education and pedagogy: 50 units
    1. One of the following: MUEP 305: Jazz Pedagogy (1 unit), MUEP 333 String Pedagogy: Pedagogues and Methods (1 unit), or MUEP 334 String Pedagogy: Editing Orchestral String Parts (1 unit)
    2. MUEP 230: Voice for Instrumental Music Educators (1 unit)
    3. MUEP 240, 350: General Music Methods (12 units)
    4. MUEP 336: Guitar and Recorder for the Music Educator (1 unit)
    5. MUEP 403: Large Ensemble Rehearsal Techniques I (6 units)
    6. MUEP 451: Instrumental Methods and Rehearsal Techniques (6 units)
    7. MUEP 307: Orchestration for the Music Educator (1 unit)
    8. MUEP 310: Brass Techniques (3 units)
    9. MUEP 315: Percussion Techniques ( 3 units)
    10. MUEP 321, 322: Woodwind Techniques (6 units)
    11. MUEP 331, 332: String Techniques (6 units)
  2. Keyboard skills:
    1. MURP 223: Educators' Keyboard Skills (1 unit) in addition to degree requirements in keyboard skills.
  3. Ensemble: 12 units. Participation in major ensemble required every term in residence on the Appleton campus. The requirement is based on the student’s primary instrument, as follows:
    1. Winds and percussion:
      1. 6 units in Wind Ensemble or Symphonic Band
      2. 3 units in any major choral ensemble
      3. 3 additional units in any major ensemble
    2. Strings:
      1. 6 units in Symphony Orchestra
      2. 3 units in any major choral ensemble
      3. 3 units in any major ensemble

Note: B.Mus. students earning this major should expect to attend Lawrence for four and one-half years; double degree students earning this major should expect to attend Lawrence for five and one-half years.