Bachelor of Music Education (BM Ed)

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Engage Students with Music

The Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree at the University of Missouri - St. Louis balances performing, academic, educational and technological aspects music to prepare 21st century teachers.

Students work with dynamic music education faculty and professional musicians drawn from the St. Louis area including members of the St. Louis Symphony and the Arianna String Quartet. Their goals: to engage, to inspire, to challenge.

UMSL is a large, urban research university with active education and community partnerships including the E. Desmond Lee Fine Arts Education Collaborative, the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, and Opera Theatre Saint Louis. These partnerships allow students to become part of the educational fabric of St. Louis well before graduation.

The UMSL Department of Music is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

Bachelor of Music Education (BM Ed)

Program Coordinator:

Gail Fleming, EdD


p: (314) 516-4912

Certifications:
DESE Music (Grades K-12) Certification
The College of Education will recommend you to the Missouri Department of Elementary/Secondary Education for teacher certification in either Music Education, Instrumental or Vocal K-12 at the completion of this program if you have met all state requirements. To ensure that you have met all state requirements, please contact your advisor.

In addition to the requirement for a successful audition on their primary instrument, piano and guitar students applying for the BM: Music Education program must also successfully audition for the full participation in (1)  Applied Voice (six hours) and University Singers (for those seeking vocal/choral certification), or (2) Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble or Orchestra (for those seeking instrumental certification).

In addition to the required music core curriculum, candidates must complete the following:

Other General Education Requirements 1
Communication Skills
Select at least two courses in English composition and one in oral communications.
Social Studies
Courses in American history, American government and general psychology.
GPA Requirement
Students enrolled in B.M. in music education must maintain minimum GPAs (2.75 cumulative; 3.00 music; and 3.00 professional education).
Proficiency Exam
Students working toward certification in choral/vocal or instrumental music K-12 are required to pass a keyboard proficiency examination before admission to student teaching in music, usually before or during the sixth semester of their program.
1

All of the courses in the General Education Requirement Area must be a minimum of two semester hours.

Instrumental Track
AP MUS 1410 - 34597
One hour every semester in progress toward degree with a minimum of 7 credit hours
EN PER 1500University Orchestra 14
or EN PER 1520 University Symphonic Band
or EN PER 1530 University Wind Ensemble
MUS ED 3570Curriculum And Methods Of Teaching Elementary School Music 23
MUS ED 3680Curriculum And Methods Of Teaching Instrumental Music I 22
MUS ED 3700Curriculum And Methods Of Teaching Instrumental Music II 22
PDGOGY 1250Brass Techniques2
PDGOGY 1260Woodwind Techniques2
PDGOGY 1270String Techniques2
PDGOGY 1280Percussion Instrumental Techniques2
PRACTM 2610Instrumental Literature Laboratory1
PRACTM 3521Conducting II - Instrumental2
Total Hours29
1

One hour every semester in progress toward degree with a minimum of 4 credit hours in EN PER 1500, EN PER 1520, or EN PER 1530.

2

 Must be taken in residence before enrolling in SEC ED 4993 and SEC ED 4994.

Vocal Track 1
AP MUS 1410 - 34597
One hour every semester in progress toward degree with a minimum of 7 credit hours
EN PER 1410The University Singers 24
MUS ED 3570Curriculum And Methods Of Teaching Elementary School Music 33
MUS ED 3690Curriculum and Methods of Secondary General Music 32
MUS ED 3710Curriculum And Methods Of Teaching Secondary Choral Music 32
PRACTM 1250Singer's Diction: English, Italian And German1
PRACTM 1260Singer's Diction: Latin, French, And Spanish1
PRACTM 3522Conducting II - Choral2
PRACTM 2611Elementary School Choral Literature Laboratory1
PRACTM 3621Junior-Senior High School Choral Literature Laboratory1
PRACTM 3190Piano Proficiency V1
PRACTM 3290Piano Proficiency VI1
THRY COM 3420Choral Arranging2
Total Hours28
1

Vocal certification students whose applied area is not voice must consult an advisor for additional courses.

2

One hour every semester in progress toward degree with a minimum of 4 credit hours.

3

Must be taken in residence before enrolling in SEC ED 4993 and SEC ED 4994.

Professional Education and Student Teaching

Level I: Exploring Education as a Profession
TCH ED 2209Foundations of Teaching in American Schools3
ED PSY 2212Introduction To Learners And Learning3
Level II: Teaching and Learning Across Context and Clinical Experiences
TCH ED 3313Psychology of the Exceptional Child3
ED PSY 3312Psychology of Learning, Instruction, and Assessment3
TCH ED 4391Literacy for Adolescent Learners in Content Areas3
SEC ED 4989Practicum I: Site Based Experience3
Level III: Synthesizing Theory and Practice in Education
SEC ED 4993Practicum II: Site Based Experience in Elementary (K-6) Music6
SEC ED 4994Practicum II: Site Based Experience in Secondary (7-12) Music6
Total Hours30