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INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC EDUCATION


 

The purpose of the Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Education is to prepare the student for a professional career in teaching instrumental music in a group setting. Students are trained to teach individual instruments, as well as instrumental ensembles, which results in public school certification at the K-12 levels.

Graduates of the program have 100% pass rate on the Oklahoma Teacher Certification Exams and 100% placement rate for those who were actively seeking teaching positions. Those not seeking positions have been accepted into graduate programs. Students have accepted positions throughout the U.S., Europe, and South Korea. Several instrumental alumni have been named school and district Teachers of the Year. Two of those alumni have gone on to be named Oklahoma Teacher of the Year (2006, 2013).

Instrumental Music Education students have the opportunity for music teaching and conducting experiences outside of the Oklahoma City University classroom through a variety of means. Students teach private lessons in the schools and through the Oklahoma City University Performing Arts Academy. Students are hired or volunteer as sectional coaches for school ensembles, as well as for the Oklahoma Youth Orchestras that rehearse in the Bass Center. Students serve in leadership positions, such as marching band "techs" and drumline coaches, as well as music arrangers. Students also teach at summer music camps and festivals.

Music education method courses contain an observation component that helps the student to become acquainted with master teachers, as well as the discourse of school. Through COMEA students participate in state and regional music education conventions and activities. As a Conn-Selmer School, Bass School of Music students are afforded the opportunity to attend the Conn-Selmer Institute.

The degree plan below shows the courses required for completion of a Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Education. The course sequence is a suggestion only, and each student will meet with his or her advisor to discuss the most appropriate sequence for that student.

All degrees require a minimum of 124 earned credit hours. Students must be enrolled in 12 credit hours to be considered a full-time student. Students must receive credit for six semesters of Music Assembly. Students must attain the required proficiency and performance levels as stated in the Undergraduate Catalog.

  • Freshman Year
  • Sophomore Year
  • Junior Year
  • Senior Year
  • ** Fall-only Art of Teaching offerings

*All courses listed on this degree plan are required for the completion of this degree. The course sequence is a suggestion only, and each student will meet with his or her advisor to discuss the most appropriate sequence for that student.

All degrees require a minimum of 124 earned credit hours. Students must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours to be considered a full-time student. Students must receive credit for six semesters of Music Assembly in their first six semesters at OKCU. Students must attain the required performance levels as stated in the Undergraduate Catalog.

FRESHMAN YEAR

First Semester

COURSE NUMBERCOURSE TITLECREDIT HOURS
MUS 1112Theory I2
MUS 1122Aural Skills I2
AM 1371Major Instrument1
MUENMajor Ensemble1
AMA 1571Class Piano I1
MUED 1002Introduction to Music Education2
MUEDTech Lab1
ENGL 1113Composition I3
 Gen Ed3
 Total Credits16

Second Semester

COURSE NUMBERCOURSE TITLECREDIT HOURS
MUS 1212Theory II2
MUS 1222Aural Skills II2
AM 1471Major Instrument1
AMA 1671Class Piano II1
ENGL 1213Composition II3
MUENMajor Ensemble1
MUEDTech Lab1
 Gen Ed3
 Gen Ed3
 Total Credits17

SOPHOMORE YEAR

First Semester

COURSE NUMBERCOURSE TITLECREDIT HOURS
MUS 2112Theory III2
MUS 2122Aural Skills III2
AM 1371Major Instrument1
AMA 1771Class Piano III1
MUEDTech Lab1
MUENMajor Ensemble1
MUS 1123Music and the Human Experience3
EDUC 2001Introduction to Teaching1
AMVC 1471Class Voice1
 Gen Ed3
 Total Credits16

Second Semester

COURSE NUMBERCOURSE TITLECREDIT HOURS
MUS 35XXTheory Topical Course2
MUS 35XXTheory Topical Course2
MUS 3133Writing About Music3
MUEDTech Lab1
EDUC 3103Human Development3
AM 471Major Instrument1
AMA 1871Class Piano IV1
MUENMajor Ensemble1
 Gen Ed3
 Total Credits17

JUNIOR YEAR

First Semester

COURSE NUMBERCOURSE TITLECREDIT HOURS
MUS 4233Musicology Seminar3
MUS 3142Conducting Fundamentals2
AM 1371Major Instrument1
MUED 3233Teaching Beginning Instrumentalists3
MUENMajor Ensemble1
EDUC 3113Psychology and Assessment3
 Gen Ed3
 Total Credits16

Second Semester

COURSE NUMBERCOURSE TITLECREDIT HOURS
MUS 3242Conducting—Instrumental2
MUED 3433The Art of Teaching Advanced Inst.3
AM 1471Major Instrument1
EDUC 3213Students with Exceptionalities3
MUENMajor Ensemble1
 Gen Ed3
 Gen Ed3
 Total Credits16

SENIOR YEAR 

First Semester

COURSE NUMBERCOURSE TITLECREDIT HOURS
MUS 4112Forms & Analysis2
AM 4341Senior Recital1
AM 1371Major Instrument1
AMA 1371Applied Piano1
MUENMajor Ensemble1
**MUEDArt of Teaching Course3
 Gen Ed3
 Gen Ed + Lab4
 Total Credits16

Second Semester

COURSE NUMBERCOURSE TITLECREDIT HOURS
MUED 4239Student Teaching9
EDUC 4663Student Teaching Seminar3
 Total Credits12

** Fall-only Art of Teaching offerings

COURSE NUMBERCOURSE TITLECREDIT HOURS
MUED 3233Teaching Beginning Instrumentalists3
MUED 3333Teaching Children Foundations of Music3
MUED 3533Teaching Music in Varied Settings3

  • Required Courses: 22 Hours
  • Philosophy/Ethics: 3 Credit Hours
  • Literature: 3 Credit Hours
  • Mathematics: 3 Credit Hours
  • Social Science: 3 Credit Hours
  • Modern Language: 6 Credit Hours
  • Service Learning
  • The Arts and Cross-Cultural Study
  • After beginning coursework at OKCU, students may transfer up to 12 credit hours of general education courses from another institution.
  • All degrees require a minimum of 124 earned credit hours.


    Required Courses: 22 Hours

  • ENGL 1113 Composition I
  • ENGL 1213 Composition II
  • POLS 1113 Governance in America
  • LAS 1063 Liberal Arts Seminar**
  • HIST 1003/1103 US History to/Since 1876
  • REL 1003/2513 The Bible & Culture/Intro to World Religions
  • SCI 1003 & 1041 Methods of Science Inquiry & Integrated Science Lab
  • **Transfer students with at least 29 transferable hours (excluding CLEP, AP and IB credit) may substitute a single course of three or more credit hours for the LAS requirement. This course may be from the OKCU curriculum or transferred from another university. It may not meet any other degree requirement.


    Philosophy/Ethics: 3 Credit Hours

  • PHIL/REL 2163 Moral Issues In Contemporary Culture
  • PHIL/REL 2213 Moral And Social Philosophy
  • MGMT 2223/PHIL 2203 Business Ethics And Leadership
  • PHIL/PHRH 2513 Ethics Of Communication,
  • -or-
  • PHIL/REL 2703 Christian Ethics


    Literature: 3 Credit Hours

  • ENGL 2103 Western Literature
  • ENGL 2603 World Literature
  • ENGL 2403/2413/2703 Survey of British Literature
  • ENGL 2713/2813 Survey of American Literature


    Mathematics: 3 Credit Hours

  • MATH 1503 College Algebra
  • PSYC 2303/POLS 2303/SOC 2303 Statistics For Behavioral Sciences
  • Econ 2123 Business Statistics
  • -or-
  • a higher level math course


    Social Science: 3 Credit Hours

  • PSYC 1113 Intro to Psychology
  • SOC 2013 Intro to Sociology
  • -or-
  • ECON 2113 Principles of Microeconomics


    Modern Language: 6 Credit Hours

  • Six Hours (Through Beginner II Level) in A Single Language;
  • -or-
  • Four Years (Eight Semesters) of A Single Language in High School;
  • -or-
  • Equivalent Competency as Determined by the Department of Modern Language;
  • -or-
  • For international students whose first language is other than English, a TOEFL score of 550 or above (equivalent score on the IBT is 80 or above). Online coursework will not be accepted.


    Service Learning

  • See course schedule each semester for courses approved as service learning courses.


    The Arts and Cross-Cultural Study

  • The arts study requirement is satisfied by any course beginning with the prefix MUS. The cross-cultural study requirement is fulfilled by:
  • REL 2513 Introduction to World Religions
  • ENGL 2603 World Literature
  • -or-
  • MUS 1123 Music and the Human Experience.
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