Major in Music Education (B.A.S.)

Our music education curriculum readies students to apply for Rhode Island teacher certification in grades pre-kindergarten through 12. Students will be required to pass comprehensive exams in music history and theory and proficiency exams in ear training, piano and guitar prior to student teaching.

To earn the bachelor's degree, students take a minimum of 30 courses (71 credits).

Required education courses:

  • SCD101: Introduction to American Education
  • SED211: Introduction to the Characteristics of Students With Exceptionalities
  • SCD212: Teaching Reading in the Content Area
  • SCD220: Adolescent Development and Theories of Learning
  • EDC/SCD298: Tutoring and Mentoring in a Multicultural Society I
  • EDC/SCD299: Tutoring and Mentoring in a Multicultural Society II

Required music courses:

  • MSC130: Vocal Methods
  • MSC133: Woodwind Methods
  • MSC134: String Methods
  • MSC135: Brass Methods
  • MSC136: Percussion Methods
  • MSC211: Theory I
  • MSC212: Theory II
  • MSC220: History of Music Through 1750
  • MSC221: Bach to Rock: Music From 1750 to the Present
  • MSC242: Elementary Methods
  • MSC243: Instrumental Methods
  • MSC244: Choral Methods
  • MSC300: Theory III
  • MSC301: Analysis
  • MSC400: Major Recital
  • MSC405: Conducting
  • MSC432: Student Teaching Seminar
  • MSC440: Practicum in Secondary Education
  • MSC441: Secondary Student Teaching
  • 12 credits of individual music lessons in the principal instrument or in voice

Majors must register for at least one of the following ensembles each semester: MSP153: University Chorus, MSP243: Symphonic Band or MSP249: Orchestra, and must participate in each ensemble for at least two semesters.