B.M. Degree in Music Education
This degree is intended for the student who desires to pursue a career in teaching elementary, junior high or high school music. The preparational emphasis includes the general core of music courses, the acquisition of performance skills in a major performing medium, and rehearsal, conducting, and musical interpretive skills necessary to work as a music leader in an educational context. These goals are achieved through private lessons, formal and informal recitals, large and small ensembles, basic and advanced conducting, instrumental and choral literature courses, and music education workshops in woodwinds, brass, percussion, stringed instruments, and in music drama. Ensemble student conductor positions, teaching assistantships, student observation and student teaching provide opportunities for "hands on" experience.
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In addition to choosing a primary instrument or voice, you will choose to focus on either choral or instrumental music education.
Note: Completion of the music major fulfills the general education requirement for both degree programs in fine arts. Students in both degree programs must maintain a 2.00 GPA in the major and receive a minimum grade of "C-" in each course.
Candidates for the Bachelor of Music degree are exempt from the general education requirement in foreign language, literature and need take only five units in mathematics and/or science.
Those students interested in a teaching credential should be advised that all single subject teaching credential programs are undergoing revision. Consult the Education Department for details on current programs.