Music Education with an Emphasis in Instrumental Music (BMEd)

Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts/Music Department

Program Description

Webster offers two degree tracks in music education to meet or exceed the requirements of the State of Missouri for teacher certification, K-12. Hence, these programs are designed for students who wish to teach music in elementary, middle, or secondary school music programs.

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Admission and Audition Requirements

To be admitted as an undergraduate music major or music minor, applicants must complete an in-person audition/interview with the music faculty and complete various diagnostic examinations. Auditions are arranged through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Specific information on the audition requirements for each music degree program is available from the department’s website. Priority consideration for performance scholarships is given to students who complete all admission requirements before March 30 of the application year.

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Ensemble Requirements

Each of the undergraduate degree programs in music includes multiple semesters of participation in a major ensemble. De-pending upon specific degree requirements, the major ensembles include Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble (combo), Jazz Singers, Big Band, and New Music Ensemble.

Music scholarship students are expected to participate in performing ensembles in addition to those for which they receive credit. In general, music majors are expected to participate in at least two ensembles per semester.

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Candidacy Examination

Each undergraduate music major must take a Candidacy Examination in spring of the sophomore year or upon completion of 45 or more credit hours as music majors (whichever comes first). The Candidacy Examination assesses a student's success in the first two years of music study. The examination helps the music faculty determine a student's potential for graduation within a given degree program.

The examination includes the performance of one or more works and an interview with the faculty. While most students declare their intention from their first semester (BM in performance, BA in music, and so on), no student is actually accepted into the department as a major until the Candidacy Examination is completed successfully.

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Piano Proficiency

Each undergraduate music major must demonstrate proficiency on the piano keyboard.  Proficiency is demonstrated through at least two semesters of piano lessons or classes. Piano Proficiency content is described in the Department of Music Handbook.  Music Education majors take a separate proficiency exam no later than the junior year, the contents of which are described in the Department of Music Handbook.

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Performance Requirements

Much of the music that we make is collaborative in nature, with a mix of keyboard, wind, brass, string, and percussion instruments, and voices. So that performance majors develop an ability to work with others beyond an accompanist, all performance majors presenting junior and senior recitals will include on each recital or in a Thursday student recital at least one 3-minute work that includes collaboration with a performer other than or in addition to piano. Works longer than 3 minutes are encouraged.

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Degree Requirements

  • 128 credit hours

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Required Courses

  • MUSC 1010, 1020, 2010, 2020 Music Theory I-IV (12 hours)
  • MUSC 1810, 1820, 2810, 2820 Musicianship I-IV (8 hours)
  • MUSC 2030, 2040 Survey of Music History I, II (6 hours)
  • MUSC 2200 Introduction to Music Education (3 hours)
  • MUSC 3410 Conducting I (3 hours)
  • MUSC 3420 Advanced Instrumental and Choral Conducting (3 hours)
  • MUSC 4001, 4003, 4004 Applied Music: Instrumental/Piano Studies (12 hours)
  • MUSC 1080, 1085, 2001, 2501, 2502 Applied Music: Secondary and
  • Non-Major Piano/Voice  (only one semester MUSC 1080 or 1085 allowed toward this requirement) (6-7 hours)
  • MUSC 2121 Brass Methods (2 hours)
  • MUSC 2122 Woodwinds Methods (2 hours)
  • MUSC 2123 String Methods (2 hours)
  • MUSC 2124 Percussion Methods (2 hours)
  • MUSC 2126 Class Voice (2 hours)
  • MUSC 3050 Music Software Applications (2 hours)
  • MUSC 3070 Orchestration I (3 hours)
  • MUSC 3210 Elementary School Music Methods (2 hours)
  • MUSC 4220 Instrumental Music Methods (3 hours)
  • MUSC 4320 Jazz Education Methods (2 hours)
  • MUSC 0890 Recital Attendance (six semesters required)(0 hours)
  • MUSC 0790 Piano Proficiency (0 hours)

Major Ensemble 7 hours to be selected from the following:

  • MUSC 4940 Webster University Orchestra (1 hour per semester)
  • MUSC 4960 Jazz Ensemble (1 hour per semester)
  • MUSC 4970 Webster University Jazz Collective (1 hour per semester)
  • MUSC 4980 Webster University Wind Ensemble (1 hour per semester)


All music education majors also complete:

  1. The School of Education's required Global Citizenship Program courses satisfying the state education requirements; and
  2. The following courses:
  • EDUC 2110 Communication in Education (3 hours)
  • EDUC 2120 Adolescent Development (3 hours)
  • EDUC 2900 Education of Students with Exceptionalities (3 hours)
  • EDUC 3000 Intermediate Practicum in Education (1 hour)
  • EDUC 3100 Learning, Teaching, and Assessment (3 hours)
  • EDUC 3150 Education in a Diverse Society (Grade of B or better) (3 hours)
  • EDUC 3155 Early Diversity Practicum (Grade of B or better) (1 hour)
  • EDUC 3375 Behavior Management (3 hours)
  • EDUC 4000 Apprentice Teaching Seminar (1 hour)
  • EDUC 4070 Methods of Teaching Reading in the Content Areas (1 hour)
  • EDUC 4435 Inclusive Practices for the General Education Teacher (2 hours)
  • EDUC 4970 Apprentice Teaching: Secondary (13 hours)

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