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Type Legend: DD Diversity–Domestic; DG Diversity–Global; ELR Experiential Learning; KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts: KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences; WIC Writing Intensive

Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core, diversity, writing-intensive and the experiential learning requirements.

Type Course Title Credits
  US 10097 Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
II. MAJOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (66 credits) Courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title Credits
  MUS 11121 Theory 3
    11122 Theory 3
    21121 Music Theory to 1750 3
    21122 Music Theory, 1750-1900 3
KFA   22111 The Understanding of Music (music major section) 3
  22121 Music As a World Phenomenon (music major section) 3
    23241 Music Teaching as a Profession 2
    31121 Western Music Since 1900 2
    32211 Music History to 1750 3
WIC   32212 Music History, 1750-1900* 3
    33212 Teaching Skills in Music Education: General/Instrumental 1
    33213 Teaching Skills in Music Education: Choral/Orchestral 1
    33214 Music Technology for the Music Educator 1
    34111 Elementary Conducting 2
    3/4xxxx Applied Music: 8 credits of 36xxx and 6 credits of 46xxx *** 14
ELR   42357 Student Teaching** 9
    49525 Seminar for Student Teaching** 3
  Choose from the following: Major Ensemble**** 7
  MUS 45111 University Choir (1)  
    45121 Kent Chorus (1)

    45141 Kent State University Chorale (1)
    45142 Men's Chorus (1)  
    45143 Women's Chorus (1)

    45212 Orchestra (1)

    45221 Concert Band (1)

    45223 Wind Ensemble (1)

Type Title
  CI 47330 Reading and Writing in Adolescence**
  CULT 29535 Education in a Democratic Society**
  EPSY 29525 Educational Psychology**
  ITEC 19525 Educational Technology** 3
PSYC 11762 General Psychology
PHIL 11001

Introduction to Philosophy (3)
Introduction to Ethics (3)
DD SPED 23000 Introduction to Exceptionalities**
  Kent Core Additional (must be from two categories) 6
  Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory) 6-7
  Kent Core Composition** 6-8
  Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning 3-5
  Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines) 3
Type Title
  Choral General (20)
  Instrumental (20)

* A minimum C (2.000) grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

** All courses in the Education minor and in Kent Core Composition must be completed with a minimum C (2.000) grade.

***  Applied music (7 semesters and 14 total credits: 8 credits at 36000 level, 6 credits at 46000 level) based on instrument of acceptance into the music education major. The 46000 level can be taken following a successful 46000 level barrier exam.  The Choral General Concentration is for voice and piano principals.  Piano principals with significant instrumental background may elect the Instrumental Concentration with the approval of the Coordinator of Music Education.  All other students use the Instrumental Concentration.

**** Major ensemble (7 semesters and 7 credit hours): Students must enroll in a major ensemble appropriate to their major performance area each semester they are registered full time as music majors. Students in the Choral General concentration should choose choral based courses, students in Instrumental concentration should choose the instrument based courses.

Important Notes for Music Education:
  • Minimum C- (1.700) grade required in all music courses.
  • Students who begin their music or music education major program as first semester freshmen are required to attend a minimum of 84 concerts or recitals.  Music or music education majors who transfer from a non-music program or university must attend an average of 10 music recitals or concerts for semesters of full time enrollment.
  • All music education majors must perform a half Senior Recital.
  • To graduate from Kent State University with the degree B.M. or B.A. in music, it is required that students take a major field achievement test in music history and music theory during their senior year.  Specific score level achievement is not required.
Important Notes for the Education Minor:
  • In addition to the School of Music professional standards listed above, each B.M. in music education candidate must meet the following requirements in order to enroll in upper-division coursework: pass an achievement examination to enter upper-division music education study; have  a 2.750 major GPA; clear all College of Education, Health, and Human Services professional requirements for admission to advanced study; and declare the education minor. Students seeking teaching licensure must be admitted to advanced study. Application for advanced study should be made at the Office of Advising and Academic Services, 306 White Hall, after 45 hours are completed.
  • To enroll in upper-division professional education coursework, students seeking licensure must be admitted to the education minor in the College of Education, Health, and Human Services. Refer to that college section in this Catalog for specific information about this process.
  • A minimum cumulative 2.500 GPA and major 2.750 GPA are necessary for student teaching and graduation from this program. Successful achievement on the Praxis II exam is required for state of Ohio teacher licensure.

Choral/General Concentration

For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2012-2013 Roadmap.

CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (20 credits) Courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title Credits
  MUS 33211 Elementary and Secondary General Music 3
    33231 Elementary and Secondary Choral Music 3

Applied Music-Piano*
Applied Music-Voice*
    37113 Piano Skills for the Choral/General Music Educator 2
    43243 Vocal Jazz and Musical Theatre in the School 3
    44111 Choral Conducting and Arranging 3
    47811 Instrument Class for the Choral/General Music Educator 1
    48241 Voice Pedagogy 2
    48512 Improvisation 1

*Voice principals take MUS 36111. Enrollment based on placement test; additional remedial courses may be required. Piano principals take MUS 36311. Enrollment based on audition; MUS 47311 may be required as a remedial course.

Instrumental Concentration

For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2012-2013 Roadmap.

CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (20 credits) Courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title Credits
  MUS 37114 Piano Skills for the Instrumental Music Educator 1
    43211 Instrumental Methods II 3
    43231 Instrumental Methods I 3
    43241 Marching Band Techniques and Literature 1
    43242 Jazz Ensemble Techniques and Literature 2
    44121 Instrumental Conducting and Arranging 3

Marching Band *
String Class*
    47311 Voice Class 1
  Choose from the following**: 5
    47411 String Class (1)
    47511 Woodwind Class (1-2)
    47611 Brass Class (1-2)
    47711 Percussion Class (1)

*Wind, brass and percussion majors must enroll in Marching Band once during their first two years of study. String majors replace Marching Band with MUS 47411, String Class.
** Total 5 credit hours; should not include a class of student’s principal instrument; see advisor.