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2021-22 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-22 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music, Instrumental Music Education Concentration, B.M.

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Christopher Dye, program coordinator


To be admitted into the Bachelor of Music degree program, all entering students must pass an audition before the faculty on their major instrument or voice. Students who do not pass the audition may be allowed, at the discretion of the faculty, to enroll in private music lessons or class instruction for one semester only. At the end of the semester the student must reaudition for admission into the program.

In addition, all prospective new or transfer undergraduate majors and minors are required to take the Music Theory and Aural Skills Diagnostic Exam to determine appropriate placement in the music theory program. For additional information and to schedule a time for the exam, contact the School of Music Office. Students may not enroll in any music theory course until the exam is taken.

NOTE: Students must earn a grade of C- or higher in MUED 2000 , MUED 3200 , MUED 3230 , and MUED 3250 /MUED 3260 . Students must take and pass the Praxis I exam during their first thirty semester hours at MTSU if their ACT score is below 22 or SAT score is below 1020 (test prior to March 2016) or 1100 (test March 2016 or after).

Teacher Licensure

Students seeking a license to teach music in the public schools must complete (1) a major in Music following the concentration in either Instrumental Music Education or Vocal/General Music Education K-12, (2) minor in Secondary Education, (3) the General Education Program, and (4) additional teacher licensure requirements. Students must contact a Secondary Education minor advisor for additional details and requirements relating to Teacher Licensure (see College of Education ).

NOTE: Please see the Secondary Education minor  located in the Womack Educational Leadership Department  for requirements.

Jury Examinations

All music majors and minors are required to participate in jury examinations in their primary performing areas. Non-music majors registered for private lessons may be required to perform a jury examination at the discretion of the instructor. Jury examinations are held to measure the student’s progress at the conclusion of each semester. Those students who have presented and passed their senior recitals during the semester may be excused from jury examinations.

Undergraduate Music majors must pass a upper-division jury to qualify for applied music study at the MUAP 3000 level. A Music major must take his or her upper-division jury no later than the end of the sixth semester and if not passing must take an upper-division jury again the next semester. A third attempt must be accompanied by extraordinary circumstances and must carry the approval of the studio teacher and director of the School of Music.

Class Piano/Theory and Aural Skills

All undergraduate music majors (except keyboard principals) must take class piano every semester as indicated on the advising check sheets until the required piano proficiency exam is successfully completed. Concurrent enrollment in Class Piano I and Theory and Aural Skills I is required, with the following exceptions: (1) The student successfully passed either Class Piano I or Theory and Aural Skills I, but not both, or (2) the student successfully passed one or more levels of Class Piano by examination. Students should see their advisors for details.

Students wishing to continue piano after successfully completing the required class piano sequence may audition for piano applied lessons.

Keyboard principals must take MUS 2550, Keyboard Skills for Pianists I, and MUS 2560, Keyboard Skills for Pianists II, in lieu of class piano.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Music, Instrumental Music Education, B.M., Academic Map   

Degree Requirements

General Education 41 hours
Major Requirements 60 hours
Secondary Education Minor 27 hours
TOTAL 128 hours


General Education (41 hours)

General Education  requirements (shown in curricular listings below) include courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences.

Major Requirements (60 hours)

Music Core (27 hours)

All music majors must take class piano or private piano instruction until they pass the piano proficiency examination prescribed by their degree programs. Students should see their advisors for details.

Students must earn a grade of C- or higher in MUTH 1110 , MUTH 1120 , MUTH 2110 , MUTH 2120  (music theory sequence) and MUHL 1610 , MUHL 3010 , MUHL 3020  (music history sequence).

Music Education Concentration (33 hours)


NOTE: Students take 9 credit hours of ensembles; all may be taken for 0 credit hours. Ensembles may be based on audition and are selected with guidance from the faculty.

Secondary Education Minor (27 hours)

See Secondary Education Minor  for further information.

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