Music is a passion … and you want to share it with others. Students who pursue a music education degree gain advanced, comprehensive performance experience while also mastering coursework that leads to teacher certification at the K-12 level. You’ll become adept in music performance, theory, history and pedagogy — music studies that prepare you to teach or gain admission to the most selective graduate programs.
Students work closely with distinguished artists and teachers to develop professional skills, knowledge and strategies for K-12 teaching in music. CMU alumni teach in elementary and secondary schools throughout Michigan and across the United States, in university settings, and in community arts education programs. They also work in a variety of related fields, such as publishing, merchandising and arts management.
The Central Michigan University School of Music is located in a modern 119,000-square-foot facility. You’ll learn, practice and perform in a state-of-the-art 500-seat concert hall with a 61-rank Casavant organ, a 100-seat recital hall, digital audio technology labs, recording facilities and a music resource center.
As a music major, you can live in the School of Music Residential College, surrounded by peers who share your interests and goals.
Put Your Degree to Work
Music education majors pursue careers such as:
- Teaching in public and private K-12 schools
- Managing and teaching in community and private music programs
- Management in school arts associations and agencies
- Music and music education publishing
- Music and music education merchandising and industry
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data
|Job||Median Pay||Job Growth through 2022|
|Elementary teacher||$53,090 per year||12% (188,400 more jobs)|
|High school teacher||$55,050 per year||6% (52,900 more jobs)|
|Administrative services manager||$81,080 per year||12% (34,200 more jobs)|
The jobs shown above are generalist positions rather than music-specific, as listed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.
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Music Education Major: General Music Option
Total: 40 semester hours
Core Courses I
Music Theory, History, and Literature
- 7 semesters of MUS 097.
Attendance at recitals and concerts in the School of Music. B.M. and B.M.E. students are required to register for and complete seven (7) semesters of MUS 097. B.A. and B.S. music students are required to register for and complete four (4) semesters of MUS 097. CR/NC only. Prerequisite: Admission to the School of Music.
Training in basic terminology and in melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic elements and processes of music. Prerequisite: Admission to the School of Music. Co-requisite: MUS 103.
Continuation of MUS 101. Prerequisites: Admission to the School of Music; MUS 101 with a C or better.
Sight Singing and Ear Training I
Basic aural and vocal training in the melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic elements of music. Prerequisite: Admission to the School of Music.
Sight Singing and Ear Training II
Continuation of MUS 103 (Sight Singing and Ear Training I). Prerequisites: Admission to the School of Music; MUS 103 with a C or better.
Introduction to Music Technology
A hands-on introduction to the use of computers, software, synthesizers, and related equipment as they relate to music and music education. Prerequisite: Admission to the School of Music.
Continuation of MUS 102. Study of chromatic harmony. This is the third course in a four-course sequence. Prerequisites: Admission to the School of Music; MUS 102 with a C or better.
Study and analysis of forms in music from the Baroque, Classic, Romantic and 20th-century periods. Prerequisites: Admission to the School of Music; MUS 201 with a C or better.
Sight Singing and Ear Training III
Continuation of MUS 104. Prerequisites: Admission to the School of Music; MUS 104 with a C or better.
Sight Singing and Ear Training IV
Continuation of MUS 203. Prerequisites: Admission to the School of Music; MUS 203 with a C or better.
Historical Survey of Music I
Western music history from ancient times to c.1700. Includes an introduction to the music of selected non-western cultures. Prerequisites: Admission to the School of Music; MUS 101 with a C or better.
Historical Survey of Music II
Continuation of the work begun in MUS 211. Western music history from the Baroque through early Romanticism (c. 1700-1850). Prerequisite: MUS 211 with a C or better.
Instrumentation and Scoring
Study of the ranges, transpositions, timbral combinations, and tessitura strengths/weaknesses of orchestral and band instruments with practical application of scoring preexisting music. Prerequisites: Admission to Music candidacy; MUS 201.
Historical Survey of Music III
Continuation of the work begun in MUS 211 and MUS 212. Western music history from c.1850 to the present. May be offered as Writing Intensive. Prerequisites: MUS 212 with a C or better; admission to Music Candidacy.
Core Courses II
Introduction to Music Education
An overview of music teaching methodologies and observations of these methods as they are used by public school music teachers. Prerequisite: Admission to the School of Music.
Music Education in the Elementary Grades
Topics include objectives and instructional strategies for development of basic music concepts and skills in elementary classroom music. Prerequisite: admission to Music candidacy; MUS 230.
Passage of 300-Level Jury in one applied area is required.
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