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B.M.E. Degree Requirements

Candidates for this degree must complete a total of 124-130 credits: 18 credits in applied music, 19 credits in music theory, 12 credits in music history-literature, 13-15 credits of music education and methods courses, 28 credits of professional education and 7 credits of ensemble, plus the Drake Curriculum. Prior to student teaching, all candidates will have completed one semester of a small ensemble experience during their years at Drake.

By the end of the sophomore year, music education students must have completed EDUC 103, 106, and SPED 120. Prospective teachers must pass the Praxis I exam, known as the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) in order to apply for entrance into the Teacher Education Program. Scores should be sent electronically to the School of Education. In addition, the candidate's G.P.A. must be 2.5 or higher to be admitted into the Teacher Education Program. A Sophomore Checkpoint will be completed with Professor of Music Education. A piano proficiency exam is administered at the end of this semester. Four semesters of some piano experience is required of all BME majors.

Instrumental Methods Courses: These are methods and materials courses for instrumental/general music education majors. The goal of these courses is to introduce instrumental music education majors to the instruments and the appropriate pedagogy necessary for successful teaching. Five or six are to be selected from the following options:

MUS 061 - String Methods and Materials

MUS 065 - High Brass Methods and Materials

MUS 066 - Low Brass Methods and Materials

MUS 067 - Single Reed and Flute Methods and Materials

MUS 068 - Double Reed Methods and Materials

MUS 071 - Percussion Methods and Materials

Areas of Inquiry can be fulfilled in various configurations. Consult with your advisor to select those that fit your personal curriculum and time schedules so as to not conflict with methods courses necessary for your B.M.E. degree.

Observation Hours:
 70 hours are earned in EDUC courses, plus another 18-20 in MUS ED courses (88-90 hours total). 
Plan to obtain another 8 hours on your own during summer or winter breaks.
 Observation hours in your own hometown can be used if you document them with signatures of the licensed teachers you observe.  All observation forms (with signatures0 should be copied to the music education professor.

Choral/General Classroom Emphasis

Course Credit Hours
Applied instrument 16
Class Piano (MUS 006, 007, 049, 050), or equivalent private lessons in MUS 170 4
Introduction to Music Education (MUS 013) 1
Materials of Music I, II, III, and IV (MUS 001, 002, 003, 004, 051, 052, 053, 054) 16
Post-Tonal Theory 3
Music History and Literature (MUS 081, 085, 095, and 105) 12
Ensemble (MUS 149) 8
Diction (MUS 075, 076) 4
Upper-division music courses (MUS 154, 155, 156, 158, 162, 163, 164 and 166) 14
Education courses (EDUC 103, 105/106, 109, 142, 164, 166, 167, 168, 169, SPED 120) 31
Small ensemble CR
Recital attendance (MUS 021, eight semesters) CR
TOTAL 109

Instrumental/General Classroom Emphasis

Course Credit Hours
Applied instrument 16
Class Piano (MUS 006, 007, 049, 050), or equivalent private lessons in MUS 170 4
Introduction to Music Education (MUS 013) 1
Materials of Music I, II, III, and IV (MUS 001, 002, 003, 004, 051, 052, 053, 054) 16
Post-Tonal Theory 3
Music History and Literature (MUS 081, 085, 095, and 105) 12
Ensemble (MUS 148 or 150) 8
Upper-division music courses (MUS 134, 146, 156, 158, 159, 161, and 162) 13
Methods courses 5-6
Education courses (EDUC 103, 105/106, 109, 142, 164, 166, 167, 168, 169, SPED 120) 31
Small ensemble CR
Recital attendance (MUS 021, eight semesters) CR
TOTAL 109-110

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