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Bachelor of Music in Choral Music Education

Designed for pianists or singers who wish to specialize in teaching choral or general music in elementary or secondary schools. Applicants should have two or three years of voice and piano study. Participation in choral or instrumental groups prior to application is recommended. Demonstration of competence in voice and piano is required for admission.


  • A minimum proficiency by coursework or placement exam equivalent to five terms of private piano instruction
  • A minimum of twenty-four credit hours of private instruction or completion of 425 or 426
  • Participation in an approved band, choir, or orchestra each term of residence, except when student teaching
  • A minimum of eight hours of musicology, including the study of European and American music history
  • A minimum of two years of music theory, including the sounds and concepts of many world music traditions, and the study of the structure of primarily tonal music, through ear training and sight-singing, written work in construction and composition, and music analysis
  • One course in advanced music theory
  • One additional elective in musicology, music theory or jazz
  • One semester of music technology
  • One course in vocal literature
  • Two semesters of conducting
  • A minimum of six hours of Music electives to be chosen in consultation with departmental advisor
  • A minimum of thirty-two credit hours of additional coursework in various departments covering the areas of humanities, natural and social science, one introductory psychology course, and the University's two semester English writing requirement
  • Admission to the Teacher Education Program
  • Nine hours of professional education courses
  • Two courses in secondary instruments
  • Ten to thirteen hours of Music Education courses
  • Twelve credits of student teaching
  • Completion of all applications, courses, student teaching, and audits necessary for the K-12 Michigan Teacher's Certificate
  • Final project as part of Performance series. The form and content of the project will be determined by the studio teacher and the individual student, and approved by the studio teacher in consultation with the home department, Music Education.
  • Electives to complete a total of 130-138 credit hours


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