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

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Our music education curriculum readies students to apply for Rhode Island teacher certification in grades kindergarten through 12. All majors are required to pass comprehensive examinations in music history and theory and proficiency examinations 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 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
  • 12 credits of individual music lessons in the principal instrument or in voice
  • Registration in at least one performance ensemble each semester

Required education courses:

  • SCD101: Introduction to American Education
  • SCD212: Teaching Reading in the Content Area
  • SED211: Introduction to the Characteristics of Students With Exceptionalities
  • SCD220: Adolescent Development and Theories of Learning
  • SCD/EDC298: Tutoring and Mentoring in a Multicultural Society I
  • SCD/EDC299: Tutoring and Mentoring in a Multicultural Society II
  • MSC432: Student Teaching Seminar
  • MSC440: Practicum in Secondary Education
  • MSC441: Secondary Student Teaching