The Music Education/K-12 Major is designed to prepare students for state licensure in vocal and/or instrumental music instruction. In addition to core music classes, field experience begins freshman year at schools in the surrounding suburban area. Candidates who successfully complete the major are eligible to receive an Illinois Professional Educator License that is valid for teaching music for kindergarten through grade 12 in Illinois.

Requirements total 90 hours. This includes the 39 hours from the Music core, 15 hours of additional Music courses, and 36 hours of professional education courses.

Graduation Requirements

Candidates must fulfill all college graduation requirements and BA degree requirements. Candidates must pass the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency, the appropriate content-area test, the appropriate edTPA, and the appropriate Assessment of Professional Teaching test in order to complete their program. Candidates are required to comply with all state licensure requirements that are in place at the time of application for licensure. In addition, to graduate with a major in Music Education/K-12, a candidate must meet the following requirements:

  1. Perform a solo entrance audition in the intended primary performance medium (i.e., voice, piano, organ, guitar, harp, percussion, or an orchestral string, brass, or woodwind instrument) and gain acceptance into the major
  2. Achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or more in applied study (i.e., private lessons) in that primary performance medium, completing at least 8 hours of credit in lessons at the 25x, 35x, or 45x level in that medium and enrolling in lessons in that medium during every semester of full-time enrollment in the program
    1. This requirement cannot be met by combining lesson credits in two or more performance media (e.g., voice and piano).
    2. Music Education/K-12 majors who have already completed eight or more semesters of lessons at the 25x, 35x, or 45x level in the primary performance medium with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher are not required to enroll in private lessons in the primary performance medium during the clinical practice semester.
  3. Achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or more in all courses with the prefixes MUE, MUH, MUT, or MUW (whether required or elective)
  4. Achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or more in the large ensemble appropriate to the primary performance medium, as assigned by the Music Department—typically MUZ 270 for vocalists and some pianists, organists, and guitarists; MUZ 280 for brass and woodwind players, percussionists, and some pianists, organists, and guitarists; or MUZ 290 for string players (including harpists, but not guitarists)—enrolling in that ensemble during every semester of full-time enrollment in the program
    1. In addition to regular on-campus rehearsals and performances and participation in the fall performing ensembles retreat:
      1. Enrollment in the Concert Choir requires participation in local church concerts throughout the year, tours during the college spring break and/or the month of May, and in oratorio and music theater rehearsals and performances.
      2. Enrollment in the Orchestra requires participation in oratorio and music theater rehearsals and performances.
      3. Enrollment in the Symphonic Band requires participation in local church concerts throughout the year, tours during the college spring break and/or the month of May, and in pep band rehearsals and performances.
    2. This requirement cannot be met by combining credits in two or more ensembles (e.g., choir and band).
    3. Music Education/K-12 majors who have already completed eight or more semesters of enrollment and participation in the assigned large ensemble with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher are not required to enroll in that ensemble during the clinical practice semester.
  5. Demonstrate keyboard proficiency appropriate to the major, emphasis area, and primary performance medium (as stipulated by the Music Department) in a practical examination administered by members of the piano faculty (at times scheduled during finals week each semester), enrolling in keyboard skills classes and/or private piano lessons (i.e., MUZ 156, MUZ 161, MUZ 162, MUZ 256, MUZ 261, MUZ 262, MUZ 356, or MUZ 456) each semester until all proficiency requirements have been fulfilled to the satisfaction of the examiners (or to the satisfaction of the private lesson teacher, for students whose primary performance medium is piano or organ)
  6. Declare a secondary concentration area (i.e., either choral or instrumental), and fulfill all requirements of that concentration
Required Courses
MUT 111Introduction to the Music Major1
MUE 331Basic Conducting3
MUH 111Introduction Music History and Literature3
MUH 341Music History I3
MUH 342Music History II3
MUT 121Music Theory I3
MUT 122Aural Skills I1
MUT 221Music Theory II3
MUT 222Aural Skills II1
MUT 223Music Theory III3
MUT 224Aural Skills III1
MUT 322Aural Skills IV1
MUZ 250-259, MUZ 350-359, MUZ 450-4598
Additional Music Courses 1
MUE 249XGeneral Music Methods in the Public Schools, Grades K-123
MUE 345Woodwind Techniques1
MUE 346Brass Techniques1
MUE 347Percussion Techniques1
MUE 348String Techniques1
MUH 211Survey of World Music3
MUE 432XChoral Conducting Methods and Literature3
or MUE 433X Instrumental Conducting Methods and Literature
Recommended:
Participation in MUZ 285 for those who qualify
Professional Education Courses 1
ED 101Introduction to Teaching2
ED 103Professional Skills for Teachers1
ED 240Foundations of Education2
ED 260XEducational Psychology/Human Development3
ED 306Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum3
ED 330Introduction to Special Education3
ED 380Diversity in Education1
ED 381Diversity Pre-clinical Experience1
ED 421Classroom Management1
ED 422Advanced Seminar in Education2
ED 430Educational Research and Assessment2
ED 440
ED 441
Clinical Practice/Music K-12
and Clinical Practice/Music K-12
12
PSY 337Psychology of Adolescence3
Total Hours83
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Note: Some of the following courses require admission to the Division of Education for enrollment

Additional Licensure Requirements

Candidates must pass the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency, the appropriate edTPA, and all licensure tests in order to complete their program. Candidates are required to comply with all state licensure requirements that are in place at the time of application for licensure. Consult specific requirements listed in the Division of Education.