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    Feb 17, 2020  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Music Education, B.S.

(CIP = 13.1312) (MUE)

Certified Global Pathway Program

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Music Education is designed to prepare students as practitioners in the field. Practical experience is the underlying value in all courses and field experiences. Students receive direct experience with music education philosophies, theories, and practices through course work and laboratory settings, as well as the K-12 schools at all stages in the program. Students’ progress towards a robust, semester-long, student-teaching experience and participate in experimental and professional opportunities offered by formal and informal undergraduate and graduate symposia and contemporary consortia. This degree program challenges and prepares students to not only embrace the traditions of music education in the schools, but also to incorporate new potentials for the future.

This program has been certified as a Global Pathway. Global Pathway programs have significant global content and align with the goals of USF’s Quality Enhancement Plan, the Global Citizens Project. Students in Global Pathway programs are well positioned to earn the Global Citizen Award and become eligible to apply for a study abroad scholarship offered by the Global Citizens Project.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

This is an official state teacher education program. All music education students must demonstrate teaching proficiency upon completion of MUE 2090  in order to continue in the program. Students remain coded as pre-music education (MPE) until all degree admission requirements have been met.

In order to take advanced coursework in the music education program, students must present evidence that they have attained an average of B for three aural theory courses (MUT 1241 , MUT 1242 , MUT 2246 , MUT 2247 ) and have maintained an overall USF GPA of 3.0. These standards are prerequisites for MUE 3424 , MUE 3425 , MUE 4311 , MUE 4331 , MUE 4332 , MUE 4936 , and MUE 4940 . Evidence can be in the form of either an updated USF transcript or a current degree audit report. This information must be presented to the academic advisor before the end of the drop/add week in order to enroll in any of these seven music education courses.

Note: The following prerequisites are required for all education majors. Students should consult their intended majors (listed under “Departments and Programs,” below) for a list of other specific course prerequisites and requirements beyond these listed below:

  • EDF X005 or MUE X040 - 3 credit hours
  • MUT X111 or MUT X121 - 3 credit hours
  • MUT X112 or MUT X122 - 3 credit hours
  • MUT X116 or MUT X126 - 3 credit hours
  • MUT X117 or MUT X127 - 3 credit hours
  • Select from the following options for 4 credits:
    • (MUT X241 and MUT X242 and MUT X246 and MUT X247) - 1 credit each for 4 total credits
    • (MUT X221 and MUT X222 and MUT X226 and MUT X227) - 1 credit each for 4 total credits
    • (MUT X271 and MUT X272 and MUT X276 and MUT X277) - 1 credit each for 4 total credits
  • MUN XXXX - 4 semesters* (4 credit hours)
  • MVx X1X1** -  2 semesters* (2-4 credit hours)
  • MVx XX2X ** - 2 semesters* (2-4 credit hours)
  • Repeat these courses up to 4 semesters in order to gain piano proficiency:***
    • (MVK X111 and MVK X112 and MVK X121 and MVK X122)

FOR ALL MAJORS: Students are strongly encouraged to select required lower division electives that will enhance their general education coursework and that will support their intended baccalaureate degree program. Students should consult with an academic advisor in their major degree area.

*   Music program national accreditation requires minimum semesters of exposure in specified coursework.


MVxXX1X and MVxXX2X are defined as courses under one of the specified prefixes that constantly maintain the digit 1 or 2 (depending upon which course) while allowing 0-9 to replace each “X.” The prefix varies depending upon the student’s focus (i.e. Brass, Strings, Woodwinds, etc.) Prefix areas to choose from are MVB, MVH, MVJ, MVK, MVO, MVP, MVS, MVV, and MVW. Two examples of possible courses are MVB1011 or MVP1311. Examples for MVxXX2X are MVW2223 and MVK2222.

*** Or Secondary Piano Proficiency by examination.

Total Major Hours: 84

Major Core (84 Credit Hours)

Music Courses (49 Credit Hours)

  • Credit(s): 0 Attendance at minimum seven (7) programs per semester for five semesters. Must be registered each semester.
Music Theory (9 Credit Hours)

Aural Theory (3 Credit Hours)

Conducting (4 Credit Hours)

Applied Principal (Studio) (12 Credit Hours)

(2 terms each level)

  • MVx 131X, 232X, 333X (culminating in junior recital)
  • MUN 3XXX Major Ensemble (concurrent registration with studio) (6 credit hours)
  • Upper division voice principals may take up to one semester of opera as a major ensemble.

Professional Education Courses (6 Credit Hours)

Music Education (29 Credit Hours)

Other Program Information

The FTCE (Florida Teacher Certification Exam), which includes the GKT (General Knowledge Test), the PEd (Professional Education Exam), and the SAE (Subject Area Examination in Music) must be taken before entering the internship and successfully completed for the degree and for Florida teacher certification. A copy of the GKT results must be given by the student to the Music Advisor immediately upon receipt.

The Florida Teacher Certification Exam (FTCE)

The exam includes the General Knowledge Test (GKT), the Professional Education Exam (PEd), and the Subject Area Exam (SAE in Music). The GKT is taken separately. However, the PEd and the SAE can be taken together. Observe deadline notes below!

  • If you are interning in the Fall semester, you must submit all passing scores of the required General Knowledge Test to the Music Advisor no later than 5:00 pm on the Friday after the preceding Spring commencement date in order to be guaranteed certification for degree completion.
  • If you are interning in the Spring semester, you must submit all passing scores of the required General Knowledge Test to the Music Advisor no later than 5:00 pm on the Friday after the preceding Summer commencement date in order to be guaranteed certification for degree completion.
  • Warning: Failure to adhere to the guidelines above will result in your inability to intern during the semester for which you have applied.
  • Copies of passing scores of the Professional Education Exam and the Subject Area Exam must be submitted to the Music Advisor. These scores must be submitted no later than 5:00 pm on the Friday following the graduation ceremony during the semester in which you are interning.

JUNIOR RECITAL FOR BS DEGREE IN MUSIC EDUCATION: A public recital will be given during the student’s last year of applied music study. The student should have achieved junior classification as defined by the university and should be enrolled at the 3000 level in applied music. A recital performed at another institution will not satisfy graduation requirements for USF. The recital must be performed on the USF campus and the student must be enrolled in the studio of a USF faculty member during the term of said recital. Exceptions may be made by the Director of the School of Music when deemed appropriate.


GPA Requirements

The GPA in both specialization courses (music) and professional education courses (music education and education) must be 2.5 in order to graduate.

Grading Requirement

The minimum acceptable grade for music, music education, education, and State Communication Requirement and State Computation Requirement courses is “C-.”

Aural theory courses must have an average grade of “B.”

All music education courses must be completed with a C- or better. No “S” grades.

Other Requirements

An application to change from pre-Music Education (MPE) to Music Education (MUE) is necessary for the major to be official. This is available through the Music Advisor’s website and should be submitted to him when MUE 2090 , the General Knowledge Test (GKT), and the Aural Theory courses have been completed.

Research Opportunities

All undergraduate students in any degree program can participate in undergraduate research. There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 2912 , IDS 4914  or IDH 4910  courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office of Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options.

Accreditation Information

National Association of Schools of Music

Other Information

All-Steinway School

Advising Information

Corey Carpenter, Academic Advisor: or FAH 120

Music Education Faculty

Director: K. M. Bryan; Associate Director: D.A. Williams; Professors Emeriti: A. Hawkins, J. Heller, V. Jennings, A. Monroe, J. Reynolds, A. Summer, R. Summer, D. Owen; Distinguished University Professor: C.R. Owen; Professors: K.T. Brantley, C.V. Fung, S.N. Kluksdahl, R.M. McCormick, J.O. Robison, A.J. Wilkins; Associate Professors: K. Cho, J.C. Coble, S. Ivanov, W.W. Jaworski, S.H. Lee, J.B. Moorhead, P. Reller, C.E. Stuart, W.W. Wiedrich, D.A. Williams; Assistant Professors: J. Bugos, Y-H Cheng, E. Ko, C. Randles.

Plan of Study

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