Academic Programs of Study

Music

Minor

  • Combine your aptitude for music with your major 
  • Vocal & instumental ensembles
  • 18 credit minor requirements

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F. David Romines, D.M.A.
MTD Department Co-Chair, Associate Professor of music education

Joan McCusker, IHM, Ph.D.
Associate professor of music education
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Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

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B.M. in Music Education

Graduates are eligible for Pennsylvania teacher certification in music education (K-12), and for further graduate study. A Music Education candidate must complete 190 hours of assigned fieldwork in observation prior to student teaching. Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) requires a minimum QPA of 3.00 for formal acceptance into the teacher education program. Application is typically done via the sophomore screening process in the second year of study. Teacher certification requires a successful student teaching experience and the passing of Pennsylvania state teacher education tests. The music education program requires a 30-minute senior recital.

Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification (music K-12)

Applicants possessing a bachelor’s degree in a related music field (e.g., music performance, music therapy, church music) who are seeking initial teacher certification must successfully complete Components II and III: Music Education (II), and Professional Education (III).

Applicants with a bachelor’s degree in a field other than music (e.g., education, art, etc.) must successfully complete all three components: Basic Musicianship (I), Music Education (II), and Professional Education (III).

I. Basic Musicianship and Performance – 49.5-51.5 Credits

MUSC 111 A, B Written Theory I
4
MUSC 112 A, B Aural Skills I
2
MUSC 115 A, B Conducting I
2
MUSC 127 A, B Class Piano, where applicable  4
MUSC 211 A, B Written Theory II
2
MUSC 212 A, B Aural Skills II
2
MUSC 213 A, B Keyboard Harmony
2
MUSC 309 Form and Analysis  3
MUSC 318 A, B, C Italian/German/French Vocal Diction (for voice music majors) 3
MUSC 322 History of Music I
3
MUSC 323 History of Music II
3
MUSC 412 Orchestration
2
MUSC 421 Introduction to World Music
1
MUSC 419 Conducting II
1
MUSC varies Applied Major
14
MUSC varies Ensemble 3.5-5.5
MUSC 482 Senior Recital 0

II. Music Education Component – 15-16 Credits

MUSC 118 Percussion Methods
2
MUSC 120 A, B Vocal Methods (for instrumental music majors)
2
MUSC 215A Violin Methods
2
MUSC 215B Cello/Bass Methods
2
MUSC 220 A, B Vocal Pedagogy (for vocal music majors) 
2
MUSC 303A Woodwind Methods I
1
MUSC 303B Woodwind Methods II
1
MUSC 311B Music Education in Elementary School
2
MUSC 312 Music Education in Secondary School
2
MUSC 315C Instrumental Lab 0
MUSC 315D High Brass Methods
1
MUSC 315E Low Brass Methods
1

III. Professional Education – 35 credits

EDUC 000 Field Experience 0
EDUC 005D Practicum IV Secondary/K-12 1
EDUC 100, 101 Introduction to Education .5,.5
*PSYC 251 Developmental Psychology 3
*EDUC 311 Educational Psychology 3
*EDUC 411A Effective Instruction in Secondary and K-12 Education 3
*EDUC 414 Social Foundations of Education 3
SPED 100 Characteristics of Students with Disabilities 3
**SPED 300 Curriculum Adaptations 3
*SPED 367 Behavior Management 3
EDUC 442M Student Teaching 9
*EDUC 461 Methods, Materials, & Assessment of ESL 3

*requires upper level screening
**taken with student teaching

B.M. in Music Performance

Graduates are prepared for solo/ensemble performance, studio teaching and graduate study. Music performance majors must present 60-minute solo recitals in their junior and senior years.

I. Major Area - 36-42 credits

MUSC varies Applied Major
32
MUSC varies Pedagogy/Literature (required for instrumental performance majors only)
1-4
MUSC varies Ensemble
4-6
MUSC 382 Junior Recital 0
MUSC 482 Senior Recital 0

II. Supportive Music Courses – 40-47 credits

MUSC 111A, B Written Theory I
4
MUSC 112A, B Aural Skills I
2
MUSC 115A, B Conducting I
2
MUSC 120A, B Vocal Methods (required for instrumental performance majors only)
2
MUSC 127A, B Class Piano where applicable
4
MUSC 211A, B Written Theory II
2
MUSC 212A, B Aural Skills II 2
MUSC 213A, B Keyboard Harmony
2
MUSC 309 Form and Analysis  3
MUSC 322 History of Music I
3
MUSC 323 History of Music II
3
MUSC 411 Counterpoint
3
MUSC 412 Orchestration (required for instrumental performance majors only) 
2
MUSC 415 Composition
2
MUSC 419 Conducting II
1
MUSC 421 Introduction to World Music
1
MUSC varies Electives
(required for instrumental performance majors only) 
3

               Requirements specific to vocal performance majors: 

MUSC 220A,B Vocal Pedagogy 2
MUSC 318A,B,C Italian/German/French Vocal Diction
3
MUSC 422A Art Song Literature 1
MUSC 423A Opera Scenes Workshop 2
THEA 241 Fundamentals of Acting 3
DANC Elective 2

B.M. in Music Therapy

Completion of this program leads to board certification as a music therapist. Following the academic studies and the required clinical training, the candidate is awarded the B.M. degree and is eligible to take the National Board Certification Examination for Music Therapists, designed and administered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT). The credential awarded is Music Therapist-Board Certified (MT-BC).

The music therapy degree candidate must complete the required clinical training experience, which has two components: pre-internship and internship. Pre-internship training consists of various practical field experiences with at least three different populations, taken by a student in conjunction with music therapy coursework as prerequisite for internship placement.The degree culminates with an in-depth, supervised clinical training internship in music therapy at a nationally rostered or University-affiliated internship site. A minimum of 1,040 hours is required (or until entry-level competence is achieved) at an AMTA-approved clinical training site.

This competency-based curriculum prepares students for a career using music in a systematic sequence of interventions leading to specific changes with children, adolescents, and adults requiring special services. A credentialed music therapist is employed in such places as community health centers; traditional state and private facilities serving persons with mental and physical challenges, including psychiatric partial hospitalization day programs, group homes, and intermediate care facilities for people with developmental disabilities; general hospitals; allied health rehabilitation centers; day care centers; nursing homes; senior centers; hospice care; correctional facilities; schools; private practice; consultative work; and/or further graduate study. Professional membership is available through the American Music Therapy Association, Inc. (AMTA).

I. Basic Musicianship and Performance – 49-51 credits

MUSC 111 A, B Written Theory I
4
MUSC 112 A, B Aural Skills I
2
MUSC 115 A, B Conducting I
2
MUSC 118 C Percussion Techniques for Therapists
2
MUSC 120 B Vocal Methods (for instrumental music majors) 1
MUSC 220 A, B Vocal Pedagogy (for vocal music majors)
2
MUSC 127 A, B Class Piano, where applicable
4
MUSC 211 A, B Written Theory II
2
MUSC 212 A, B Aural Skills II
2
MUSC 213 A, B Keyboard Harmony
2
MUSC 318 A, B, C Italian/German/French Vocal Diction (for vocal music majors) 3
MUSC 322 History of Music I
3
MUSC 323 History of Music II
3
MUSC varies Applied Major
14
MUSC varies Applied Guitar
2
MUSC varies Ensemble
4-6
MUSC 482 Senior Recital 0

II. Music Therapy Component – 29 credits

M TH 170 A, B Introduction to Music Therapy
4
M TH 171 Clinical Experience -- 20 hours
0
M TH 271 Pre-Internship Clinical Experience -- 40 hours 2
M TH 271S Pre-Internship Seminar 2
M TH 371 Pre-Internship Clinical Experience -- 50 hours 2
M TH 371S Pre-Internship Seminar 2
M TH 372 Psychological Foundations I
2
M TH 373 Psychological Foundations II
2
M TH 377 Improvisation
2
M TH 471 Pre-Internship Clinical Experience -- 50 hours 2
M TH 471S Pre-Internship Seminar 2
M TH 474 Music in Therapy
3
M TH 475 Influence of Music on Behavior
3
M TH 480, 481 Music Therapy Internship - 1040 hours 1

III. Behavioral/Health/Natural Sciences – 12 credits

*BIOL 130 Anatomy and Physiology 3
*PSYC 211 General Psychology
3
PSYC 251 Developmental Psychology
3
PSYC 431 Abnormal Psychology
3
* Included in liberal arts requirements

Equivalency in Music Therapy Certificate Program

This program is designed for the student who holds a bachelor’s degree in music and wishes to seek board certification in order to begin professional practice as a music therapist. The equivalency program consists of all core music therapy and clinical training requirements, plus any pertinent courses in related fields (e.g., abnormal psychology, etc.) It should be noted that an equivalency program is regarded as entry level, regardless of the level of credit awarded for course work. The student usually registers for and earns undergraduate credit for these courses.

The Equivalency in Music Therapy requires a minimum of three semesters or one and a half years, plus a minimum of 1,200 internship hours as specified above. The internship follows the completion of all music therapy coursework.

Upon successful completion of the academic and internship components, the candidate is eligible to take the national Board Certification Examination for Music Therapists. Successfully passing the exam, the candidate is awarded the credential Music Therapist-Board Certified (MT-BC) by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT). Professional membership is available with the American Music Therapy Association, Inc. (AMTA).

Minor in Music

Designed for students who wish to combine their aptitude for music with a major in another area. A total of 18 credits is required.

MUSC 111A & 112A Written Theory I & Aural Skills I
3
MUSC 115A, B Conducting I
2
MUSC 120A, B Vocal Methods
2
OR
MUSC 220A, B Vocal Pedagogy 2
MUSC 127A Class Piano 2
OR
MUSC 213A Keyboard Harmony (1) 1
MUSC 322 History of Music I
3
OR
MUSC 323 History of Music II
3
MUSC varies Applied Music
4
MUSC varies Electives 
(This must include at least two semesters in Orchestra, Wind Symphony, and/or Concert Choir) 
4-5