The Bachelor of Music Education degree (B.M.E.), in cooperation with the Newberry College Department of Education, leads to South Carolina PK-12 licensure and is designed for those students aspiring to the challenging and essential service of teaching music in the public school sector. Students become well-rounded life-long learners, musicians, and teachers of music through a rigorous curriculum including courses in areas of general studies, musicianship, and professional and music education. Candidates choose a concentration of vocal or instrumental music, but upon graduation are prepared and qualified to teach any music subject and level. Successful graduates will possess the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to provide confident, enthusiastic, and committed leadership in the field of teaching music. The BME can be completed in four years, although some choose to extend it.
Bachelor of Music Education Requirements
The Music Education program works closely with the Department of Education, sharing many goals, conceptual frameworks, and disposition requirements for students. The Bachelor of Music Education provides licensure for teaching pre-kindergarten through high school. Students choose either choral or instrumental music as a concentration, but will be prepared to teach in all areas and grade levels.
Music Education Examinations
All teacher candidates are required by the State of South Carolina State Department of Education to pass Praxis I Reading, Writing, and Mathematics tests in order to be accepted into a Teacher Education program. This test may be exempted for students who scored at least 24 on the ACT, 1100 on the 2-part SAT, or 1650 on the 3-part SAT. If one wishes to exempt the test, the student must provide proof of scores from the Office of Enrollment Management (to the Department of Music) their freshman year. If the test has been failed three times, it is suggested that the candidate discuss the possibilities of a change of major with their advisor and music education professor. Please be aware that delays in taking this test and/or providing the required admission essay (due to the Department of Education the sophomore year) could add one or more semesters in the planned program and graduation.
Music Education Program Requirements
The B.M.E. degree requires 143-146 hours of course work in four areas: the Core Curriculum
Requirements, Music Requirements, Concentration Requirements, and Education Requirements.
Candidates should take EDU 224 during fall semester of their freshman year. MUS 102 and
EDU 230 should be taken the spring semester of the freshman year. EDU 232 is taken during the sophomore year, as well as MUS 281 and MUS 282. EDU 224 and MUS 102 are prerequisites for all other education classes, and all of the above should be taken before the conclusion of the sophomore year and the sophomore barrier. Schedules for transfer students will be considered on an individual basis. All candidates should pass or exempt Praxis I reading, writing, and mathematics tests and apply for and be admitted into the Teacher Education Program before taking 300- and 400-level education courses. Additional required education courses include: MUS 381, MUS 471or MUS 472, EDU 480 and EDU 483.
The B.M.E. degree requirements include all courses required for PK-12 teacher certification in the State of South Carolina. A grade of a C or above must be made in all education-related classes, and an overall grade average of 2.50 must be maintained. The music education student must give evidence of positive dispositions, commensurate with being a future public school teacher.
Core Curriculum Requirements : (42-43 hours)
Candidates for the Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.) degree are required to complete the Core
Curriculum as described on pages 71-72. Music education students should take Religion 110 (F-1b). History of Music I (MUS 341) will then fulfill the additional requirement of the Religion and Ethics Area,
F-1b. (a total of 6 credits taken in F-1b). Introduction to Music Literature (MUS 151) fulfills the Fine Arts requirement, Area C-2. History of Music II (MUS 342) should be elected to fulfill the Fine Arts elective requirement in the Core Curriculum, Area C-3. Participation in Marching Band (MUE 101) fulfills one credit of the Physical Education requirement (Area G-1).
Music Requirements: (29 hours)
Music Literature (MUS 151) -3
Music Theory (MUS 171, 172, 173, 174, 271, 273, 274) - 15
Music History (MUS 341, 342) - 6
Conducting, Choral and Instrumental (MUS 377, 378) - 4
Recital (MUA 380) - 1
Repertory Seminar (MUS 100-8 semesters) - 0
Concentration Requirements: (48-50 hours) Candidates for the B.M.E. degree must complete one of the following areas of specialization:
a. Choral Music Concentration
Applied Music—Major Instrument -14
Applied Secondary Instrument—Piano (MUA 101—2 credits;
MUA 102—2 credits; 2 semesters of MUA 121—1 credit and 122—1 credit) - 5-6
Introduction to Music Education (MUS 102) - 1
Instrument Classes (MUA 105, 207, 210, 213) - 8
Music Teaching in Practice (MUS 281) - 2
Secondary School Music Methods and Materials (MUS 282) - 1
Music Technology (MUS 280) - 2
Elementary School Music Methods and Materials (MUS 381) -3
Vocal Pedagogy (MUS 371) -2
Voice Studio (MUA 110) (7 semesters) - 0
Choral Methods and Materials (MUS 472) - 3
College Singers (MUE 111) -7
Chamber Music Experience - 0-1
b. Instrumental Music Concentration
Applied Music-Major Instrument - 14
MUA 102—2 credits; MUA 121—1 credit and MUA 122—1 credit: 5-6
Vocal Pedagogy (MUS 371) - 2
Music Technology (MUS 280) -2
Music Teaching in Practice (MUS 281) -2
Elementary School Music Methods and Materials (MUS 381) - 3
Instrumental Methods and Materials (MUS 471) - 3
Marching/Symphonic Band (MUE 101) - 7
Education Requirements : (24 hours)
Foundations of Teaching and Learning (EDU 224) - 3
Human Development and Learning (EDU 230) - 3
Working with Exceptional & Diverse Learners (EDU 232) - 3
Internship (EDU 480) - 12
Seminar (EDU 483) - 3
Total hours for the Bachelor of Music Education degree: 143-146
Regulations, performance standards and additional requirements for each degree, major, and minor are listed in the Music Department Handbook.
If you are interested in or have any questions about the Music Education program, please contact Mrs. Janet Long.
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