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Academic Program Guide

Music Education (Instrumental)

College: Music
Degree: Bachelor of Music Education
Specialized Admission: Yes

Contact: Dr. Joanna Hunt
Address: 202-D Housewright Music Bldg, Tallahassee, FL 32306-1180
Phone: (850) 644-6105

Description of Major

*Please Note: Face-to-face/in-person instruction of this program is available ONLY at the main campus in Tallahassee, FL. This program is NOT available via Online/Distance Learning.*

The program in Music Education prepares students to become professional Music Educators. Entering students have auditions to determine placement in appropriate applied music classes. Students choose as their principal instrument: voice, piano, harp, guitar, organ or a band or orchestral instrument. Students must complete a teaching internship. Students choose a program in Choral, Instrumental, or General Music Education. Upon completion of this program, students receive the Bachelor of Music Education (B.M. E.) degree and qualify for Florida Teacher Certification in Music Education K-12.

Prerequisite Coursework

Students should complete the following courses in preparation for placement in upper division status.

Pre-education Core (3 hours)

EDF X005 (3) Introduction to Education

Music Education Program Prerequisites (24-28 hours; 0 beyond major coursework)
MUT X111, X112 (3, 3) Basic Theory I, II
MUT X116, X117 (3, 3) Basic Theory III, IV
MUT X241, X242 (1, 1) Sight singing I, II
MUT X246, X247 (1, 1) Sight singing III, IV
MUN XXXX (4) Courses in Ensemble
MVX X1X1 (2-4) Applied Music
MVX X2X2 (2-4) Applied Music
Secondary Piano--proficiency by examination
(or MVK X111 & MVK X112 & MVK X121& MVK X122 as needed to achieve piano proficiency)

Note: State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of .

Admission Requirements to the Major
All entering students must meet appropriate minimum standards through a placement audition (heard by a faculty jury) in applied music before being granted admission to the College of Music.

Students seeking admission to teacher education must meet the following requirements:
1. meet the general criteria for transfer into an FSU degree-granting program (see Bulletin),
2. complete General Education requirements or an A.A. degree with a grade of C or higher in each freshman English and each basic mathematics course
3. complete the Pre-education core listed above
4. achieve a passing score on the general knowledge portion of the FTCE
5. achieve an overall 2.50 GPA
6. Students are required to be fingerprinted and pass a security clearance prior to admission to the major program of studies.

Music Education students must maintain satisfactory academic standing (2.50 overall GPA, 3.00 cumulative music GPA). Students must apply for admission to the Professional Sequence upon completion of 45 hours and must contact the Music Education faculty for current criteria and procedures early in the sophomore year.


Major Program of Studies at FSU (98 hours)
Consult resource personnel for specific requirements of program selected.

NOTE: Program completion includes passing the basic skills, professional knowledge, and subject area tests that are required for teacher certification in the state of Florida. Certification to teach in Florida requires a minimum 2.5 GPA in the field of specialization.

Applied Music (12 hours)
MV_ 1311-1316 (2, 2) Applied Music Principal
MV_ 2321-2326 (2, 2) Applied Music Principal
MV_ 3331-3336 (2, 2) Applied Music Principal - Successful completion (by jury) of MV_ 3331-3336 required for BME majors.

Applied Music Secondary (3-86 hours depending on program selected)
MVK 1111-1111 (1-1) Class Piano
MVK 2121-2121 (1-1) Class Piano
MVK 3131-3131 (1-1) Class Piano (Choral and General Education majors only)
MVS 1116 (1) Class Guitar
Music Education majors are required to satisfy competency required in Class Piano, and Class Guitar.

Basic Music Theory (16 hours)
MUT 1111-1112 (3-3) Basic Theory I, II
MUT 1241L-1242L (1-1) Sight singing I, II
MUT 2116-2117 (3-3) Basic Theory III, IV
MUT 2246L-2247L (1-1) Sight singing III, IV

Music History/Lit (10 hours)
MUL 2110 (2) Survey of Music Literature
MUH 2512 (2) Music Cultures of the World I
MUH 3211 (3) Survey of Music History I
MUH 3212 (3) Survey of Music History II

Senior Project/Recital (2 hours)
MUS 4970 (2) Senior Project/Recital

Student Recital Attendance (0 hours)
MUS 1010 (0) Recital Attendance. Entering Freshmen must register for this course for six semesters. Transfer students must consult advisor regarding the completion of this requirement.

Ensembles (4-6 hours)
BME majors must enroll in ensemble during each term of residence. Contact resource personnel for details.
All woodwind and brass freshmen and freshmen transfers must register for MUN 2460 (Chamber Music) during the first Spring and second Fall Terms. (String freshmen and freshmen transfers must register during the first two Fall terms.) Other transfers in these areas must register for MUN 2460 or 4463 during the first fall semester.

Music Education/Professional Sequence (53-57 hours, depending on program selected)
MUE 2040 (3) Introduction to Teaching Music
MUE 3311 (3 Teaching of General Music in the Elementary School
MUE 3334 (3) Assessment and Teaching of General Music in the Secondary School
MUE 4940 (12) Internship in Music
MUE 4690 (3) Technology in Teaching Music
MUE 4044 (3) Music Education in American Society
MUE 4324 (3) ESOL in the Music Classroom
DEP 3103 (3) Child Psychology or DEP 3305 (3) Psychology of Adolescent Development
Other courses to complete this requirement will depend on program selected. Contact resource personnel.

Digital Literacy: (0 hours beyond major)
EME2040 (3) Introduction to Educational Technology meets this requirement.

Oral Communication Competency: (0-3 hours)
Students must demonstrate the ability to orally transmit ideas and information clearly. This requirement may be met with a University approved course.

Minimum Program Requirements - Summary
Total Hrs. Required 134
General Education36*
Pre-education Core 9
Major Coursework 98*
Minor Coursework 0
Digital Literacy 0 beyond major
Oral Competency 0-3
Other Coursework 3
Electives 5

*NOTE: Up to Nine (9) hours of credit from the required Music History, Music Literature and Music Theory courses may also be used to partially fulfill General Education requirements.


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1. A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, 30 of which must be taken at this University.
2. Half of the major course semester hours must be completed in residence at this University.
3. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this University.

Employment Information

Salary Information: For more information go to: National Association of Colleges and Employers ( or the Occupational Outlook Handbook ( provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Representative Job Titles Related to this Major: Music Director. Band, Choir, General Music, or Orchestra, Teacher: High School, Middle School, Elementary School.

Representative Employers: Public Schools, Private Schools, Entertainment Centers, Churches.

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