Mar 21, 2018  
2013-2014 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2013-2014 Undergraduate Bulletin [Archived Catalog]

Music Education (B.Mus.Ed)

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Program: B.Mus.Ed.
Department of Music
College Visual and Performing Arts

Rhinehart Music Center 144 ~ 260-481-6714 ~

The student learning outcomes for the degree are as follows:

Performance. Music majors will demonstrate the ability to perform competently in public on a principal instrument or voice as a soloist and as a member of a major ensemble.

Music Theory. Students will demonstrate:

  • knowledge of musical form, structures, concepts, and terms
  • skill and fluency in application through analysis
  • ability to compose within basic musical structures
  • perspective regarding historical styles and structures
  • ability to relate the cognitive to aural perception and to aesthetic response

Aural Perception. Students will demonstrate the ability to:

  • read and sing melodic lines with accurate intonation
  • read and perform complex rhythms accurately
  • recognize and notate melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic patterns and progressions

Music History and Literature. Students will demonstrate knowledge of:

  • the principal composers,genres, styles, and performance practices of Western art music
  • representative compositions of western art music, recognized aurally and from score
  • non-western music and its cultural contexts and influences
  • social, political and aesthetic influences and impact on music
  • the influence of music on its social, political and aesthetic contexts.

Keyboard.  All music majors will be able to use the keyboard as a basic tool and will demonstrate the ability to:

  • perform appropriate technical skills such as scales, arpeggios, etc.
  • play chord progression from Roman numerals
  • improvise
  • play “by ear” and from lead sheets
  • harmonize melodic lines
  • perform repertoire at the intermediate level
  • transpose simple pieces and lead sheets
  • sight read at the late elementary level
  • play from 4-part open score

Technology. Students will demonstrate a basic overview of how technology serves the field of music as a whole including the following:

  • knowledge of computer hardware
  • ability to use notational software
  • ability to use the Internet as a resource for research

Conducting. Students will demonstrate conducting knowledge and skills sufficient to run an effective rehearsal and performance, including the following:

  • standard beat patterns and meters
  • common articulations
  • cues and cutoffs
  • varying dynamics
  • setting, maintaining, and altering tempi

Music Competencies.

Students in all teaching concentrations will demonstrate:

  • knowledge of content, methodologies, philosophies, materials, technologies, repertoire and curriculum development for P-12 general music
  • competency sufficient to compose, arrange, and adapt music from a variety of sources to meet the needs and abilities of school performance groups and classes
  • functional performance ability in keyboard and voice
  • competency in transposing and improvising piano accompaniments for classroom music activities
  • competency in applying analytical and historical knowledge to curriculum development, lesson planning, and classroom and performance activities

Vocal/general concentration.  Students  will demonstrate:

  • knowledge of content, methodologies, philosophies, materials, technologies, repertoire and curriculum development for vocal music
  • skill in singing and playing parts from a choral score as required in a choral rehearsal
  • vocal skill and technique sufficient to teach effective use of the voice

Instrumental/general concentration.  Students will demonstrate:

  • knowledge of content, methodologies,philosophies, materials, technologies, repertoire and curriculum development for instrumental music
  • knowledge of and performance ability on wind, string and percussion instruments sufficient to teach beginning students
  • skill in transposing instrumental music

Teaching competencies. Students in all teaching concentrations will demonstrate:

  • understanding of the philosophical, historical, social and psychological foundations of music education
  • understanding of child growth and development and the principles of learning as they relate to music education
  • ability to teach music to a variety of age groups in a variety of classroom and ensemble settings, including skill in effective management of classes and rehearsals
  • ability to assess the aptitudes and experiences of individuals and groups of students, and to plan learning to meet the assessed needs.
  • ability to apply appropriate rehearsal techniques and procedures to the planning, organization, and implementing of effective rehearsals
  • understanding of evaluative techniques and the ability to apply appropriate measures in assessing the musical progress of students and in evaluating materials, objectives and procedures of the curriculum
  • ability to work productively in the educational system, maintaining positive relationships and empathizing with students and colleagues of different backgrounds
  • ability to articulate a rationale for music as a core component in a well-rounded education, and to effectively advocate for a music program to parents, professional colleagues and administrators


The music-education program provides preparation for teaching music in grades P–12. One may choose to concentrate in choral/general music education, or instrumental/general music education. Upon satisfactory completion of this program, one is eligible to apply for an Indiana teaching license in the appropriate concentration. 

To earn the B.Mus.Ed., one must satisfy the requirements of IPFW (see Part 8 ), the music core, and the College of Education and Public Policy (see Part 4 ) and satisfactorily complete all required courses with a grade of C- or better.

IPFW General Education Requirements Credits: 33

See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses 

Performance Studies Credits: 25-28

Applied Primary (includes recital) Credits: 14

Non-keyboard Concentrations take:

Keyboard Concentrations take:

Ensemble Credits: 7

Professional Music Concentration Courses Credits: 11-12

Music Education Electives: 2

Music Education Electives: 5

Professional Education Courses Credits: 22

Block 1: (6 Cr)

P: 2.70 cumulative GPA or higher on required courses
P: Pass the Pearson Basic Skills exam or approved alternative (see your advisor for a list of approved alternatives)

Student Teaching: (13 cr)

P: Block 2
P: 3.00 cumulative GPA or higher on required courses
P: Pass the Pearson content exams

Total Credits: 137–141

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