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Music Education B.M.E. Program

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Music Education Sequence

Music Education majors are strongly encouraged to adhere to this sequence of courses.

Students with no prior piano experience should take the keyboard skills sequence (PIAN 144-PIAN 288). Demonstration of skills is needed to pass or test out of PIAN 144-PIAN 288. Students whose major performance medium is piano or organ should take PIAN 310 after completing 2 semesters of music theory (this course is only taken once in either the fall or spring term of the sophomore year).

  • F = Fall only
  • S = Spring only
  • B = Both semesters
First Year, Fall Semester (16 hours)     First Year, Spring Semester (17 hours)    
MTHC 105 Theory I 4 F 1MTHC 115 Theory II 4 S
1MEMT 160 Principles of Music Education 1 F 1121 Studio lessons 2  
1MEMT 113 Performance Media: Brass 1 B 1Ensemble (Band, Orchestra, Chorus) 1  
1MEMT 118 Performance Media: Strings 1 B 1REC 100 Laboratory in Music Performance 0  
1121 Studio lessons 2   PIAN 148 Elementary Keyboard Skills II 1  
1Ensemble (Band, Orchestra, Chorus) 1   1ENGL 102 Critical Reading and Writing 3 B
1REC 100 Laboratory in Music Performance 0   1COMS 130 Speaker-Audience Communication 3 B
PIAN 144 Elementary Keyboard Skills I (remedial) REM F 1MATH elective (with MATH 101 as a
prerequisite; approved options:
MATH 115, MATH 365)
3 B
1ENGL 101 Composition 3 B      
1MATH 101 Algebra (or higher) 3 B      

1Courses must be completed before admission to the Professional Sequence.

Second Year, Fall Semester (17 hours)     Second Year, Spring Semester (17 hours)    
MTHC 205 Theory III 4 F MTHC 316 Tonal Form and Post-Tonal Techniques 4 S
1MEMT 114 Performance Media: Woodwinds 1 B 1MEMT 115 Performance Media: Percussion 1 B
MEMT 230 Performance Clinic: Band (1) or
1MEMT 231 Performance Clinic: Choral (1)
1 B MEMT 230 Performance Clinic: Band (1) or
1MEMT 231 Performance Clinic: Choral (1)
1 B
MEMT 232 Performance Clinic: Orchestra 1 F 1MEMT 246 Fundamentals of Conducting 1 B
1MUSC 320 Music History I 2 F 1MEMT 250 Human Musical Learning and Development 2 S
REC 100 Laboratory in Music Performance 0   REC 100 Laboratory in Music Performance 0  
1PIAN 284 Intermediate Keyboard Skills I (2) or
PIAN 310 Advanced Keyboard Skills (2)
(this course is only taken once and is offered only in the fall)
(PM=Piano or Organ)
2 F
B
1PIAN 288 Intermediate Keyboard Skills II (2)  2 S
221 Studio lessons 2   221 Studio lessons 2 S
1Ensemble (Band, Orchestra, Chorus) 1   1Ensemble (Band, Orchestra, Chorus) 1  
PSYC 104 General Psychology 3 B 2MUSC 340 Music History II 3  

1Courses must be completed before admission to the Professional Sequence.

2Music Theory I and II should be taken before Music History II or higher.

  • Students should register to take the Praxis I Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) during the first semester of the sophomore year.
  • Students must apply for admission to the Professional Sequence upon completion of the first semester of the sophomore year.
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Professional Sequence

Professional Sequence Admission Requirements

  1. Cumulative grade-point average of 2.75 or higher.
  2. Grades of C or higher in MATH 101 and 9 hours of Communications/English as listed on the application.
  3. Applicant must achieve minimum PRAXIS I Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) scores of 173 in reading, 172 in writing, and 172 in mathematics. Computer-based PPST scores are acceptable. Applications for the PRAXIS I (PPST) can be made through either the Praxis website or the KU Testing Services website. Students registering for the PRAXIS I (PPST) must request 1 set of scores be sent to the KU School of Education. Test scores will be available online via the student’s personal PRAXIS account (which is set up during test registration). Students should allow 4 weeks for test results to be posted online. Once notified scores are available for viewing, students must print 2 copies, 1 for personal use and 1 for the MEMT office.
  4. A one-page essay (12-point font, double-spaced) attached to the application form that answers the following question: How will you advocate for school music programs in the community at large when you enter the classroom?
  5. A completed and signed MEMT adviser's recommendation form.
  6. Submission of a fully completed application form and associated documents.
  • Transfer students with more than 45 hours of transfer credit must complete the professional sequence application during the first semester of classes at KU.
Third Year, Fall Semester (18 hours)     Third Year, Spring Semester (16 hours)    
3MEMT 330 Rehearsal/Conducting Clinic: Band 1 F MEMT 116 Performance Media: Computers, Synthesizers, and Electronics 1 B
MEMT 331 Rehearsal/Conducting Clinic: Choral 1 B
MEMT 119 Performance Media: Guitar
1 B
3MEMT 332 Rehearsal/Conducting Clinic: Orchestra 1 F
3MEMT 350 Advanced Rehearsal/Conducting Clinic: Band (Wind and Percussion) (1) or
3MEMT 352 Advanced Rehearsal/Conducting Clinic: Orchestra (Strings) (1) or
3MEMT 431 Choral Diction for Music Educators (Choral) (1)
1
S
S
S
3MEMT 367 Managing Behavior in the Musical Environment 2 F 3MEMT 420 Teaching Elementary and Secondary General Music 2
S
Ensemble (Band, Orchestra, Chorus) 1   3MEMT 433 Jazz Techniques 1
S
321 Studio lessons 2   Ensemble (Band, Orchestra, Chorus) (Instrumental or Vocal Chamber Music) 1

MUSC 440 Music History III 3 F 321 Studio lessons 2

BIOL 100 Principles of Biology 3 B MUSC 480 Music History IV 2
 
BIOL 102 Principles of Biology Laboratory 1 B 3C&T 359 Basic Processes of Reading 1
 S
SPED 326 Teaching Exceptional Children and Youth in General Education 3 B SOC 130 Comparative Societies (3) or
ANTH 160, ANTH 162, or ANTH 360 The Varieties of Human Experience (3)
3
B

3Students must achieve admission to these Professional Sequence courses.

  • Students should request a graduation check from the School of Music Student Services Office approximately 1 year before their expected graduation date. Graduation checks before that time should occur with the student’s MEMT adviser.
Fourth Year, Fall Semester (17 hours)     Fourth Year, Spring Semester (12 hours)    
3MEMT 407 The Exceptional Child in Music Education 2 F 3MEMT 498 Student Teaching 4  
3MEMT 408 Vocal Pedagogy 1 F 3MEMT 499 Internship in Teaching Music 8  
3MEMT 450 Teaching Choral Music 2 F      
3MEMT 451 Teaching Instrumental Music 2 F      
3MEMT 455 Psychology of Music 3 F      
3MEMT 351 Advanced Rehearsal/Conducting Clinic:
Choral (Vocal) (1) or
3MEMT 435 Marching Band Techniques
(Wind and Percussion) (1) or
3MEMT 598 Special Course: String Pedagogy
(Strings) (1)
1 F
F
F
     
Ensemble (Band, Orchestra, Chorus) 1        
422 Senior Project lessons
2        
Geology (S not N), Political Science, or
Economics course
3 B
     

3Students must achieve admission to these Professional Sequence courses.

  • Students must do the following during the final semester
    – register to take the PLT (Principles of Learning and Teaching) test
    – register to take the Praxis II Music Content test during the final semester.
    – check their curriculum sheet to see that they have met all of the graduation requirements for the MEMT office.
  • Students must do the following before graduation:
    – submit an application for graduation online through Enroll and Pay at the beginning of the last semester.
    – successfully complete the major applied instrument (422)
    – turn in Blue Repertoire card on or before the end of the final semester
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