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 128 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 ten credits of voice performance study, two of which must be at the 300 level or above; four credits of piano performance study which may include Class Piano III and/or IV; and seven credits of vocal ensemble. Students must also earn one credit in an independent study course or a music topics course related to Music Education. Students must enroll for one credit of vocal performance study each semester that they have full-time status, and register for two credits during the semester that they perform their recital. Students must participate in a vocal ensemble each semester that they have full-time status, with the exception of the semester in which they do their student teaching.
Students must complete four credits in this section. In addition to the course choices listed, a maximum of two credits of the Opera Workshop are allowed (MUS 329A-H or MUS 421; these credits are in addition to the seven credits of required ensemble).
Students must meet all teacher licensure requirements for this major.
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