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Bachelor of Music Education

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Undergraduate Handbook 2009-10

The Bachelor of Music Education degree program, leading to Pennsylvania Instructional I Certification, helps prepare students to teach music in a variety of school settings to children in grades K-12. Application to the teacher certification program usually occurs at the end of the student's fourth semester.

Entrance to the Program

Students typically submit an application for entrance to the teacher certification program during their fourth semester of study as a music major. General information regarding teacher certification may be found in the on-line Undergraduate Bulletin at www.ed.psu.edu/educ/current-students/undergraduate/certification/instructional-1. Specific information regarding entrance requirements and procedures for music education is included below.

  1. A minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.00, which will be computed at the end of the semester prior to entrance, usually at the end of the fourth semester.

  2. A grade of C or better in all specified courses:
    MUS 1151
    MUS 3312
    MUS 2221
    MUS 162, 261, 2628
    MUS 2701
    Primary Level IV on instrument 2

  3. Passing scores from the PRAXIS I PPST for Reading, Writing, and Mathematics

  4. Documentation of at least 80 hours of volunteer or paid education work experience with learners of the age group the candidate plans to teach (K-12). At least 40 of these age-appropriate 80 hours must be with learners whose cultural, social, or ethnic backgrounds differ from the candidate's own. For more specific information about this requirement see "80-Hour Work Opportunities" on the Music Education Web page: /musiced/index.html.

  5. Completion of an early field experience specified by the certification program, with a grade of "C" or better:

        MUS 295A - 1 credit

  6. Completion of a core of Education courses specified by the certification program, with a grade of "C" or better:

    EDPSYCH 10 - 3 credits
    PSYCH 100 or HDFS 229 or HDFS 239 - 3 credits

  7. Completion of additional credits as specified by the certification program, with a grade of "C" or better:

       MUS 112 - .5 credit
       MUS 151 - 1 credit
       MUS 152 - 1 credit
       MUS 153 - 1 credit
       MUS 154 - 1 credit
       MUS 216 - .5 credit

  8. Completion of at least 48 semester credit hours, including English 015 or 030, 3 credits of literature (GH), and 6 credits of quantification (GQ) which must be passed with a grade of "C" or better.

  9. Documentation of approved clearances, as required by the state (Child Abuse, Criminal Background check, and FBI clearance).

  10. Signed disposition statement, available with the application materials.

  11. Approval from the professional education adviser or the head of the pertinent certification program:

    A preliminary application must be submitted to the music education program by the beginning of spring semester prior to the fall semester in which entrance is requested. An interview with the music education faculty must be completed during the semester of application to the program. The interview is scheduled by the Music Education Office, 233A Music Building I. A completed formal application must be on file in the Music Education Office by mid-July prior to the fall semester in which entrance is requested. Notification of acceptance will be mailed in July. (See application materials for specific deadlines.)


Student Teaching

The BME degree program culminates in a student teaching experience, which represents a student's full academic load for one semester (12 credits). Student teaching is typically the spring semester of the student's senior year. Experiences are scheduled in each of two settings (general music and performance): 7 credits are taken in the emphasis setting and 5 credits are taken in the non-emphasis setting. Application for student teaching is made during the fall semester in the year prior to the year in which a student plans to complete student teaching. Applications are available in the Music Education Office, 233A Music Building I.

Student teachers are usually placed in a public school district within 125 miles of University Park and are responsible for procuring housing and obtaining transportation. Students will not be placed in their home school districts. At minimum, student teachers are to begin and end their student teaching experience with the University Park semester schedule. The school district schedule of the student teaching site is to be followed during the semester.

Student Teaching as a Full-Time Endeavor
Policy Statement

The student teaching experience fulfills many purposes, providing opportunities for the student to:

  1. Make the transition from the role of a student to that of a professional music educator
  2. Become aware of the role and responsibility of the professional music educator as a member of a school and a community

In addition, the student teacher's responsibilities in planning lessons and rehearsals, locating and constructing teaching materials, reflecting and reporting on daily experiences, and participating in after-school and extra-curricular activities are an expected part of a professional music teacher's duties. Their magnitude and intensity demand the student teacher's full-time attention and energies.

It is therefore unacceptable for a student to participate in any other university-related activity during the student teaching semester. Student teachers may not (1) register for correspondence and independent study courses, (2) have incomplete courses from prior semesters, (3) participate in ensembles and studio classes whether for credit or non-credit, and (4) register for coursework at other institutions. Employment and personal activities that significantly impinge on a student's time are strongly discouraged during the student teaching semester.

Petitions requesting variance from this policy will be considered in circumstances where the activity will clearly be in the student's best interest and will not interfere with the student's ability to handle all responsibilities relative to their student teaching assignments. The petition must be submitted by the student to the Music Education Faculty (in writing via the adviser) as early as possible, preferably at least six weeks prior to the beginning of the student teaching semester, and no later than the first day of the student teaching semester. Students found to be in violation of this policy at any time during the semester may be subject to penalty, and that penalty might involve a lowered grade or, depending on the severity of the infraction, could result in being withdrawn from the student teaching assignment.


Suggested Course Sequence
BACHELOR OF MUSIC EDUCATION (BME)
142 credits

Semester I
Applied
Ensemble
MUSIC 121
MUSIC 131
*MUSIC 040S
INART 50
*GQ
*Literature (GH)
GHA
 
 
  2.0
  1.0
  1.0
  2.0
  1.0
  3.0
  3.0
  3.0
  1.5
17.5
Semester II
Applied
Ensemble
MUSIC 122
MUSIC 132
*MUSIC 162 (IL)
MUSIC 170
GHA
*ENGL 15 or 30
MUSIC 115 (387)
GQ
 
 
  2.0
  1.0
  1.0
  2.0
  2.0
  1.0
  1.5
  3.0
  1.0
  3.0
17.5
Semester III
Applied
Ensemble
MUSIC 221
MUSIC 231
*MUSIC 261 (IL)
MUSIC 210
*MUSIC 151 or 152
*MUSIC 153 or 154
*INART 258 (GA)
*EDPSYCH 10
 
 
  2.0
  1.0
  1.0
  2.0
  3.0
  1.0
  1.0
  1.0
  3.0
  3.0
18.0
Semester IV
*Applied
Ensemble
*MUSIC 222
*MUSIC 331
*MUSIC 262 (IL)
*MUSIC 270
*MUSIC 295A
*MUSIC 151 or 152
*MUSIC 153 or 154
*MUSIC 112
*MUSIC 216
*Psychology
**GA
 
 
  2.0
  1.0
  1.0
  2.0
  3.0
  1.0
  1.0
  1.0
  1.0
  0.5
  0.5
  3.0
  3.0
20.0
Semester V
Applied
Ensemble
MUSIC 332 or theory elective
MUSIC 340
MUSIC 341
Individual Emphasis
MUSIC 395A
MUSIC 266
ENGL 202
C I 280
 
 
  2.0
  1.0
  2.0
  2.0
  2.0
  2.0
  1.0
  1.0
  3.0
  3.0
19.0
Semester VI
Applied
Ensemble
MUSIC 345
MUSIC 395B
Individual Emphasis
CAS 100
SPLED 400
GN
MUSIC 366
 
 
  2.0
  1.0
  2.0
  1.0
  2.0
  3.0
  4.0
  3.0
  1.0
18.0
Semester VII
Applied
Ensemble
MUSIC 441-446W
MUSIC 101
MUSIC 332 or theory elective
Individual Emphasis
SPLED 403A or 403B
GN
**GH
 
 
  2.0
  1.0
  3.0
  1.0
  2.0
  1.0
  3.0
  3.0
  3.0
19.0
Semester VIII
MUSIC 495
 
 
12.0
12.0

* These courses are required to be passed with a grade of "C" or higher for admission to the BME program.
** Consult with adviser before taking these courses.


Ensemble Requirements: Bachelor of Music Education (7 cr. minimum)
Students in the BME degree program are responsible for choosing ensembles which will nurture their professional growth as performers and teachers. Therefore, a variety of ensembles (small and large, choral and instrumental) should be selected. Advisers, applied instructors, and music education faculty should be consulted regarding ensemble choices.

  1. The student must be enrolled in an ensemble every semester he/she is in the program (except during student teaching). This is true even if the 7-credit minimum has been met.

  2. The 7-credit minimum must be earned from participation in at least two different ensembles.

  3. Five of the 7 credits must be earned by participation with the major instrument/voice, except keyboard emphasis majors. (See item 5 below.)

    1. At least 5 of the 7 credits must be distributed, with the consent of the applied instructor and the adviser, among these ensembles:

      Instrumental
      Concert Band
      Jazz Ensemble: Centre Dimensions
      Philharmonic Orchestra
      Symphonic Band
      Symphonic Wind Ensemble
           Vocal
      Chamber Singers
      Concert Choir
      Glee Club
      Opera Theatre
      Oriana Singers
      University Choir
    2. A total of 2 credits from among these ensembles may be applied toward the 7-credit requirement of the BME degree. However, these ensembles may be elected throughout the program for additional credits beyond the required minimum.

      Instrumental
      Brass/String/Woodwind Chamber Music
      Campus Band
      Chamber Orchestra
      Jazz Ensemble II & III
      Mallet Ensemble/Percussion Ensemble
      Marching Blue Band
           Vocal
      Chamber Music for Voices
      Essence of Joy
      Women's Chorale
    1. Keyboard emphasis majors must earn 2 credits in accompanying from among following (organ majors should consult the applied instructor regarding accompanying credits):
         Accompanying vocal ensembles listed below
         Sonata Duos
         Studio/Recital Accompanying

    2. A maximum of 2 accompanying credits may be applied toward the 7-credit minimum degree requirement from among these ensembles:
      • Chamber Singers
      • Essence of Joy
      • Opera Theatre
      • University Choir
      • Concert Choir
      • Glee Club
      • Oriana Singers

    3. Of the remaining 5 credits, at least 3 must be from ensembles listed in Item 4a.

  4. A student in academic difficulty must obtain the adviser's consent to register in more than two ensembles per semester. Academic difficulty is defined as a GPA below 2.5 and/or any music course not passed (grade of D or F).


APPLIED MUSIC REQUIREMENTS

BME students must complete seven semesters of applied study on an instrument at the PRIMARY (2-credit) level. The student's performance area is determined through the student's audition. The audition also typically determines the level at which the student will study in his or her respective program. Successful completion of each level is prerequisite for enrollment in the next higher level. Juries are held every semester to ensure that students qualify for study at the next level.

Please note that students who have received a scholarship must earn grades of "B" or higher in their applied study each semester.

Applied Music Lesson Policy
Students are to contact applied professors before or at the beginning of each semester to schedule regular lesson times. Lessons cancelled by faculty will be rescheduled. Lessons missed by students may be made up (see applied syllabus for specifics).

Please be aware that unexcused absences may be a contributing factor in determining the final grade.

Re-audition Procedures
Students must study in the appropriate course in the applied sequence with continuous (every semester) enrollment until the required applied credits are completed. Students who do not enroll for required applied instruction for any reason other than an official leave of absence must re-audition. Students who earn grades of D or F in two of the first three semesters of enrollment in applied study must re-audition for admission to the applied studio. Beginning with the fourth semester of study, students earning a grade of D or F in any semester must re-audition for admission to the applied studio. At any stage in the degree program, students who fail to advance to the next course in two consecutive juries cannot continue their applied studies in the major studio without re-audition. Re-auditions will be adjudicated by the established faculty jury including the major applied instructor and other members of the applied area faculty.

An acceptance to the BME program following a successful audition is valid for one academic year. If a student delays entrance into the School of Music for more than this period, he/she must re-audition. Contact the auditions secretary, Irene Kohute, in 234 Music Building I concerning the re-audition.

Jury Examinations
Because performance ability is an essential part of all School of Music degree programs, all students are required to demonstrate performance ability in their major applied area before a faculty jury at the end of each semester of applied instruction. The purposes of these examinations are (1) to assess the student's progress in his or her major performance area, and (2) to serve as the prerequisite for advancing to the next level of applied instruction.

Juries typically comprise three faculty members (at least two from the applied division). The jurors will submit to the music office their written evaluations and a composite grade (which is advisory to the student's instructor). These items will be included with the student's records. Copies of the evaluations and the grade will be available to the student from the music office. Repertory sheets previously filled out by the student will also be included in the student's file.

Recital Performance Requirements
Two solo performances on the student's major instrument or voice are required of all music education majors as a prerequisite to graduation. Typically, this requirement is met through two solo performances during Common Hour, Bach's Lunch, and/or area/studio recitals. However, the requirement may also be met by presenting one solo recital (half or full recital) on the University Park campus. All appearances must have faculty sponsorship. Other performance options must be presented as a petition to the music education faculty, via the coordinator, with written support from the applied teacher at least one month prior to the event. Each student must furnish the School of Music office with a copy of the program from each solo performance for his/her permanent file.


VOCAL COMPETENCY AND KEYBOARD PROFICIENCY

  1. Vocal Musicianship Competency

    Vocal musicianship competency is demonstrated through successful completion (grade of C or better) by non-voice majors in MUSIC 115 and MUSIC 295A or by voice majors in Level IV lessons and MUSIC 295A.

    Students will demonstrate their basic vocal ability at the beginning of their freshman semester, and those students who may need additional instruction to be successful in MUSIC 115 will be recommended for MUSIC 52. Students who select the BME track after their first semester in the School of Music should contact Dr. Ann Clements for vocal musicianship competency advising.

  2. Keyboard Proficiency

    Students with no piano background begin in MUSIC 110. All students with piano background must be evaluated for placement into a course that meets their skill level. Evaluations are held during orientation week each fall semester. Transfer students and change of major students should see Dr. Shafer for an individual evaluation.

    No student (except a piano major) may take the piano proficiency without concurrent enrollment in MUSIC 270 or having previously passed MUSIC 270. Piano majors do not take MUSIC 270, but must take the piano proficiency prior to entrance in the BME degree program in music education. Please see Dr. Shafer regarding independent study work to prepare for the proficiency exam. The piano proficiency must be taken prior to entrance in the BME degree program in music education and must be passed before enrollment in MUSIC 345 and 395B.

    Students should study in the area of the examination through private or class instruction during the semester in which the examination is scheduled. The student's adviser and/or Dr. Shafer (piano) are available to assist you in scheduling appropriate study.

    All items described below consist of assignments of a general nature. Specific assignments will be made available through MUSIC 270 two weeks before the exam is offered in the spring semester, and through Lisa Stamm at other times o the year. The specific items heard on the exam change from one proficiency to the next. Any student who oes not pass a portion or portions of the proficiency must retake those portions the following semester. Only portions of the exam not previously passed must be attempted at each exam. Exams that are not completely prepared will not be heard.

    1. Be prepared to play a representative group of major and harmonic minor scales.

    2. Prepare an expanded hand position accompaniment for an assigned melody using I, IV, V7, V7/V, and V7/IV chords. Accompaniment style must be representative of the implied melodic style. Transpose the melody with blocked chord accompaniment in basic hand positions with good voice leading to the following keys: C, D, E, F, G, A, Bb and Eb.

    3. Sight-read a melody (major or minor mode), then apply blocked harmonic accompaniment using I, IV, and V7 chords in basic positions, hands together.

    4. Be prepared to improvise an example of music for movement with second grade students. Movements represented are marching, running, skipping, and swaying. Examples are to be composed of a double period and must expand beyond a closed hand position. Stylistic variety must be in evidence. For example, musical devices such as syncopation, parallel major-minor relationships, and contrasts in register may be employed.

    5. Prepare one of the following:
      1. A four-part arrangement of "America" in the key of D
      2. A three-part arrangement of "The Star-Spangled Banner" in B-flat
      3. A four-part arrangement of "America the Beautiful" in D
      4. A four-part arrangement of the "Penn State Alma Mater" in F

    6. Prepare an excerpt of one to two pages in length from one elementary or junior high school instrumental arrangement. Students should be able to play all staves in concert pitch.

    7. Prepare one vocal or instrumental accompaniment.

    8. Prepare any two-part combination of a four-part open vocal score, which does not contain a piano reduction of the vocal parts. Piano majors should be prepared to play all three and four-part combinations in addition to the two-part combinations.

    9. Prepare a chromatic series of vocal warm-ups using five-finger positions.


COMMON HOUR, RECITAL, AND CONCERT ATTENDANCE

Developing familiarity with a broad repertory of music and acquiring skills of critical listening are important aspects in the training of a musician. Therefore, students are expected to take advantage of every opportunity to attend performances of music, both on and off campus. More than 500 performances are scheduled each year on the University Park campus. These include Center for the Performing Arts programs, faculty and student recitals, concerts by School of Music ensembles, and special School of Music-sponsored programs. In addition, there is a Common Hour each Friday (2:30-3:20 p.m.) in the Esber Recital Hall. These programs include student and faculty performances, as well as demonstrations and lectures by faculty and guests of the School of Music. Students are expected to attend Common Hour each week and a reasonable number of the many events sponsored by the School of Music each year. (See Attendance Requirement below.)

Attendance Requirement (Music 101: Common Hour)

Music 101: Common Hour is required of all students pursuing undergraduate degrees in music. This course is designed as a vehicle for monitoring student attendance at concerts, recitals, master classes, lectures, and Common Hours in the School of Music. Attendance at 150 events will constitute satisfactory completion of the course. At least 40 of these events must be Common Hours. Attendance at Common Hours will be monitored by Sigma Alpha Iota. Records of attendance are maintained by the School of Music office.

It is the student's responsibility to provide signed programs as verification of attendance at concerts, recitals, master classes, lectures, and Common Hours. Verification of attendance at all Common Hours and all School of Music-sponsored Esber Recital Hall events will be collected immediately at the conclusion of those events at the ticket counter outside the recital hall. All other program attendance verifications are to be deposited in the designated folder located in the mail room (235) on the second floor of Music Building I.

Students register for this course the semester in which their total attendance will reach 150 events.