Music Education Major Core Requirements

(Teacher Certification Programs)

Instrumental

(This is a guideline that may not reflect all specific requirements or most recent requirement changes. Please consult the Music Student Handbook, the UWL Course Catalog, Music Department Course Rotation AND your Advising Report in WINGS or any specific requirements or changes)

 

MUSIC EDUCATION: Instrumental Music Emphasis  (K-12 Band/Orchestra Director)

60 credits, including music core requirements and the following courses:

Music Core Requirements (24 Credits):

MUS 205 – World Music

MUS 264 – History of Western Music I

MUS 266 – Theory of Music I

MUS 268 – Aural Skills I

MUS 364 – History of Western Music II

MUS 365 – History of Western Music III

MUS 366 – Theory of Music II

MUS 367 – Theory of Music III

MUS 368 – Aural Skills II

Successful completion of attendance at 12 concerts per semester for six semesters. 

i.    Instrumental Music Education Core (11 Credits)

MUS 149 - Keyboard Competencies IV/Piano Proficiency

MUS 211 - Basic Conducting

MUS 263 - Introduction to Music Technology

MUS 316 - Advanced Instrumental Conducting

MUS 320 - Orchestration

MUS 374 - Instrumental Music in the Schools

ii.   Applied Lessons (6 Credits in one instrument)

Including at least two at the 300 level and one credit at the 400 level (400 level requires recital). Freshmen will enroll in the 200 level courses for a minimum of two semesters.



iii.  Large Ensembles (6 credits from the following)*

MUS 100 - Screaming Eagles Marching Band

MUS 144 - Symphonic Band

MUS 156 - Orchestra

MUS 140 - Wind Symphony 

iv.  Small Ensembles (2 credits from the following)

MUS 130* – Jazz Orchestra

MUS 134* – Jazz Ensemble I

MUS 161 – Small Ensembles (these are varied – please contact your major ensemble director to find out more information)

 * These ensembles have corresponding courses at the 200/300/400 level to increase upper-division credit while continuing participation in the same ensemble.

NOTE: Auditions for Large and Small Ensembles occur prior to the beginning of the fall academic semester.  Audition material and Audition Request Forms are posted on this website. Please contact the Directors of these bands if you have questions about the schedule and audition information.  If you do not know the director, please contact the Music Office (608.785.8409).

v.   Electives (2 credit)

Any MUA or MUS course EXCEPT MUS 105 – Music Appreciation or MUS 110 – The Listening Experience in Music.

vi.  Techniques classes (8 credits excluding major instrument)

MUS 214 / MUS 215 – String Techniques I/II

MUS 220 / MUS 221 – High Brass/Low Brass Techniques

MUS 225 / MUS 226 – Percussion Techniques I/II

MUS 227 / MUS 228 / MUS 229 – Woodwind Techniques I/II/III

MUS 312 – Marching Band & Jazz Ensemble Techniques or MUS 313 – Orchestra Techniques (will be determined by the student's desired teaching area) Each course is 1 credit.

Students in the instrumental emphasis must take eight credits of technique courses. Technique courses will be determined by the student’s performance instrument and desired teaching area.   See specific requirements in the UWL Course Catalog and Music Department Course Rotation available in this handbook.

iv.  Piano Proficiency Requirements for Music Education Major

All music education students must complete a proficiency in piano, as required by the State Department of Public Instruction.  Piano skills are to include accompanying, harmonizing, transposition, sight-reading, score reading and improvisation.

Students are strongly recommended to begin preparation for the piano proficiency by enrolling in MUS 146 and MUS 147 in the Fall Semester of odd academic years. 

NOTE: Both successful completion of MUS149 with a grade of "B" or above and completion of the recital requirement (400 level, applied music) must be accomplished prior to student teaching.  

Students with a strong background in piano are encouraged to take a keyboard placement exam with the keyboard instructor.  At the beginning of the fall semester, piano placement exams are available to help a student determine how much preparation she or he might need prior to enrolling in MUS 149.  Please see the keyboard instructor to set up a placement exam.  No preparation for the piano placement exam is necessary.

Additional teacher education requirements are listed at the School of Education.

General

(This is a guideline that may not reflect all specific requirements or most recent requirement changes. Please consult the Music Student Handbook, the UWL Course Catalog, Music Department Course Rotation AND your Advising Report in WINGS or any specific requirements or changes)

MUSIC EDUCATION: General Music Emphasis: (K-12 licensure)

60 credits, including music core requirements and the following courses:

Music Core Requirements (24 Credits):

MUS 205 – World Music

MUS 264 – History of Western Music I

MUS 266 – Theory of Music I

MUS 268 – Aural Skills I

MUS 364 – History of Western Music II

MUS 365 – History of Western Music III

MUS 366 – Theory of Music II

MUS 367 – Theory of Music III

MUS 368 – Aural Skills II

Successful completion of attendance at 12 concerts per semester for six semesters. 

General music emphasis (36 Credits)

MUS 149 - Keyboard Competencies IV/Piano Proficiency (see iv below)

MUS 211 - Basic Conducting

MUS 213 - Class Guitar

MUS 263 - Introduction to Music Technology

MUS 321 - Choral Arranging

MUS 322 - Choral Techniques

MUS 328 - Diction in Music

MUS 371 - Methods and Materials in Elementary School Music

MUS 372 - General Music in the Middle/Senior High School

ii.   Applied Lessons (6 Credits in one instrument)

Option 1: Applied voice (6 credits of applied voice, at least 2 credits at the upperdivision (300) level)

MUA 221 

MUA 321

Option 2: Applied music (for a single instrument area, 6 credits, PLUS 2 credits in applied voice). 

Select at least two credits at the 300 level.

Private piano or vocal accompanying

MUA 314 (Applied Piano) OR

MUS 349 (Vocal Accompanying)

iii.  Large Ensembles (6 credits from the following)*

MUS 100* - Screaming Eagles Marching Band

MUS 106* - Concert Choir I

MUS 123* - Women's Chorus

MUS 144* - Symphonic Band

MUS 156* - Orchestra

MUS 158* - Choral Union

MUS 140* - Wind Symphony 

iv.  Small Ensembles (2 credits from the following)

MUS 130* – Jazz Orchestra

MUS 134* – Jazz Ensemble I

MUS 152 - Opera Workshop

MUS 161 – Small Ensembles (these are varied – please contact your major ensemble director to find out more information)

MUS 162* - Chamber Choir

 * These ensembles have corresponding courses at the 200/300/400 level to increase upper-division credit while continuing participation in the same ensemble.

NOTE: Auditions for Large and Small Ensembles occur prior to the beginning of the fall academic semester.  Audition material and Audition Request Forms are posted on this website. Please contact the Director of Choral Activities if you have questions about the schedule and audition information.  If you do not know the director, please contact the Music Office (608.785.8409).

v.   Electives (2 credit)

Any MUA or MUS course EXCEPT MUS 105 – Music Appreciation or MUS 110 – The Listening Experience in Music.

iv.  Piano Proficiency Requirements for Music Education Major (MUS 149)

All music education students must complete a proficiency in piano, as required by the State Department of Public Instruction.  Piano skills are to include accompanying, harmonizing, transposition, sight-reading, score reading and improvisation.

Students are strongly recommended to begin preparation for the piano proficiency by enrolling in MUS 146 and MUS 147 in the Fall Semester of odd academic years. 

NOTE: Both successful completion of MUS149 with a grade of "B" or above and completion of the recital requirement (400 level, applied music) must be accomplished prior to student teaching.  

Students with a strong background in piano are encouraged to take a keyboard placement exam with the keyboard instructor.  At the beginning of the fall semester, piano placement exams are available to help a student determine how much preparation she or he might need prior to enrolling in MUS 149.  Please see the keyboard instructor to set up a placement exam.  No preparation for the piano placement exam is necessary.

Additional teacher education requirements are listed at the School of Education.

i.        General Music Core (17 Credits)

MUS 149 - Keyboard Competencies IV/Piano Proficiency

MUS 211 - Basic Conducting

MUS 213 - Class Guitar

MUS 263 - Introduction to Music Technology

MUS 321 - Choral Arranging

MUS 322 - Choral Techniques

MUS 328 - Diction in Music

MUS 349 - Vocal Accompanying (or substitute MUA 314 - Applied piano for pianists)

MUS 371 - General Music in the Junior/Senior High School

MUS 372 - Methods and Materials in Elementary School Music

ii.         Applied Lessons

OPTION 1: Studying Voice

2 credits of MUA 221 (applied voice lessons)

2 credits of MUA 321 (applied voice lessons)

OPTION 2: Studying an Instrument

2 credits of MUA 221 (applied voice lessons)

A minimum of 4 credits on one instrument, including 2 credits at the 300 -level applied lesson courses

iii.        Large Ensembles (6 credits)

MUS 151 - Screaming Eagles Marching Band

MUS 153 - Concert Choir

MUS 155 - Orchestra

MUS 157 - Männerchor

MUS 159 - Women's Chorus

MUS 163 - Wind Ensemble

MUS 167 - Choral Union

iv.        Small Ensembles (2 credits)

MUS 152 - Opera Workshop (oared occasionally – please schedule accordingly)

MUS 168 - Vocal Jazz)

MUS 169 - Chamber Choir

MUS 161 - Small Ensembles (these are varied – please contact your major ensemble director to find out more information).

NOTE: Auditions for Large and Small Ensembles occur prior to the beginning of the fall academic semester.  Audition material and Audition Request Forms are posted on this website. Please contact the Directors of these bands if you have questions about the schedule and audition information.  If you do not know the director, please contact the Music Office (608.785.8409).

v.         Electives

Electives (for voice, 4 credits): any MUA or MUS course except MUS 105 - Music Appreciation and MUS 110 - Listening Experience in Music.

 OR

Electives (for instruments, 2 credits): any MUA or MUS course except MUS 105 - Music Appreciation and MUS 110 - Listening Experience in Music.

Additional teacher education requirements are listed in the School of Education.

General

(This is a guideline that may not reflect all specific requirements or most recent requirement changes. Please consult the Music Student Handbook, the UWL Course Catalog, Music Department Course Rotation AND your Advising Report in WINGS or any specific requirements or changes)

MUSIC EDUCATION: Choral Music Emphasis: (K-12 licensure)

60 credits, including music core requirements and the following courses:

Music Core Requirements (24 Credits):

MUS 205 – World Music

MUS 264 – History of Western Music I

MUS 266 – Theory of Music I

MUS 268 – Aural Skills I

MUS 364 – History of Western Music II

MUS 365 – History of Western Music III

MUS 366 – Theory of Music II

MUS 367 – Theory of Music III

MUS 368 – Aural Skills II

Successful completion of attendance at 12 concerts per semester for six semesters. 

Choral emphasis (36 Credits)

MUS 149 - Keyboard Competencies IV/Piano Proficiency (see iv below)

MUS 211 - Basic Conducting

MUS 213 - Class Guitar

MUS 263 - Introduction to Music Technology

MUS 321 - Choral Arranging

MUS 322 - Choral Techniques

MUS 328 - Diction in Music

MUS 349 - Vocal Accompanying

MUS 373 - Choral Music in the Middle/Senior High School

ii.   Applied Lessons (6 Credits in voice)

Option 1: Applied voice (at least 2 credits at the upperdivision (300) level one credit at the 400 level

MUA 221  Applied Voice

MUA 321 Applied Voice

MUA 471 Recital

iii.  Large Ensembles (6 credits from the following)*

MUS 106* - Concert Choir I

MUS 123* - Women's Chorus

MUS 158* - Choral Union

iv.  Small Ensembles (2 credits from the following)

MUS 152 - Opera Workshop

MUS 161 – Small Ensembles (these are varied – please contact your major ensemble director to find out more information)

MUS 162* - Chamber Choir

 * These ensembles have corresponding courses at the 200/300/400 level to increase upper-division credit while continuing participation in the same ensemble.

NOTE: Auditions for Large and Small Ensembles occur prior to the beginning of the fall academic semester.  Audition material and Audition Request Forms are posted on this website. Please contact the Director of Choral Activities if you have questions about the schedule and audition information.  If you do not know the director, please contact the Music Office (608.785.8409).

v.   Electives (5 credits)

Any MUA or MUS course EXCEPT MUS 105 – Music Appreciation or MUS 110 – The Listening Experience in Music.

iv.  Piano Proficiency Requirements for Music Education Major (MUS 149)

All music education students must complete a proficiency in piano, as required by the State Department of Public Instruction.  Piano skills are to include accompanying, harmonizing, transposition, sight-reading, score reading and improvisation.

Students are strongly recommended to begin preparation for the piano proficiency by enrolling in MUS 146 and MUS 147 in the Fall Semester of odd academic years. 

NOTE: Both successful completion of MUS149 with a grade of "B" or above and completion of the recital requirement (400 level, applied music) must be accomplished prior to student teaching.  

Students with a strong background in piano are encouraged to take a keyboard placement exam with the keyboard instructor.  At the beginning of the fall semester, piano placement exams are available to help a student determine how much preparation she or he might need prior to enrolling in MUS 149.  Please see the keyboard instructor to set up a placement exam.  No preparation for the piano placement exam is necessary.

Additional teacher education requirements are listed at the School of Education.