Students in this major must pass piano and guitar proficiency exams and present a recital. A student teaching qualifying exam, taken the semester prior to application to student teaching, must be passed before a student teaching assignment is arranged. Due to the student teaching internship and state-mandated licensure components for this degree, there are more credits required than the 120 ordinarily needed for a Bachelor’s of Science degree. Usually students will need one semester beyond four years or enrollment in one or more summer sessions to complete this degree. In addition to the courses listed, students must earn twelve credits of performance study on the principal instrument, two of which must be at the 300 level or above; two credits of piano performance study which may include Class Piano III and/or IV; and seven credits of instrumental ensemble, two credits minimum for large ensembles and two credits minimum for small ensembles. Students must also participate in at least one semester of a choral ensemble.
Students must earn one credit in additional instrumental techniques study. This is arranged as a special secondary performance study credit on an instrument from one of the methods classes.
Students must meet all teacher licensure requirements for this major.
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