Music Education with an Emphasis in Instrumental Music (BMEd)


Effective 1 June 2016 through 31 May 2017

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--This page was modified on 03 October 2016.--
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This program offered by Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts/Department of Music

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. These programs are designed for students who wish to teach music in elementary, middle, or secondary school music programs.

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.

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.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 128 credit hours consisting of the following:

  • Required courses
  • Applicable University Global Citizenship Program hours, as adjusted for the Bachelor of Music Education
  • Electives

Global Citizenship Program for Bachelor of Music Education

  • FRSH 1200: First Year Seminar
  • 6 credit hours from courses designated ‘Roots of Cultures’ (One course with the MUSC prefix can fulfill GCP and major requirements simultaneously.)
  • 3 credit hours from courses designated ‘Social Systems & Human Behavior’
  • 3 credit hours from courses designated ‘Global Understanding’  (DANC 1040 may satisfy both a requirement of the major and a GCP requirement.)
  • 3 credit hours from courses designated ‘Physical & Natural World’ or ‘Quantitative Literacy’
  • KEYS 4XXX: Global Keystone Seminar

NOTE: Except where specified otherwise, the above courses must not also satisfy major requirements. GCP skills requirements may be fulfilled with the courses above, courses in the major, or electives. Arts Appreciation is satisfied in meeting the requirements for the major.

Required Courses

Core Music 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)

Supportive Courses

  • MUSC 2200 Introduction to Music Education (2 hours)
  • MUSC 3410 Conducting I (3 hours)
  • MUSC 3420 Advanced Instrumental Conducting (3 hours)
  • MUSC 4001, 4003, 4004 Applied Music: Instrumental Studies (12 hours)
  • MUSC 2000 Applied Music: Secondary Instrumental Studies
  • 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) (4-5 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 (3 hours)
  • MUSC 3220 Behavior Management in the Music Classroom (1 hour)
  • MUSC 3240 Teaching Reading in the Music Classroom (3 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)
  • MUSC 0990 Master Class (six semesters required)(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 2000 Beginning Practicum in Education (Grade of B or better) (1 hour)
  • EDUC 2110 Communication in Education (3 hours)
  • EDUC 2300 Child and Adolescent Development (3 hours)
  • EDUC 2800 Foundations in Education (Grade of B or better) (3 hours)
  • EDUC 2900 Education of Students with Exceptionalities (3 hours)
  • EDUC 3011 Practicum: K-12 Instrumental Music (1 hour)
  • EDUC 3100 Learning, Teaching, and Assessment (3 hours)
  • EDUC 4000 Apprentice Teaching Seminar (1 hour)
  • EDUC 4435 Inclusive Practices for the General Education Teacher (3 hours)
  • EDUC 4984 Apprentice Teaching: K-12 Instrumental Music (13 hours)

--This page was modified on 03 October 2016.--
--Please see the Undergraduate Catalog Addendum to view changes that were made.--