Music Education

Composite Major

Department Chair: Christopher Redfearn, christopher.redfearn@vcsu.edu, (701) 845-7377
Faculty Contact: Christopher Redfearn, christopher.redfearn@vcsu.edu, (701) 845-7377
Department Office: 113 Foss Hall, (701) 845-7272
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Major

The BS in Music Education degree program at VCSU is designed to give students the skills needed to be a successful 21st-century music teacher. Students learn performance skills on their primary instrument while gaining practical experience in conducting and leading a traditional ensemble. In addition, students gain experience in the modern world of music, including recording and production, integrating jazz and popular music in the curriculum, and experimenting with current technology and teaching trends in music. The music education degree is offered in a combined track, providing experience in both choral and instrumental education.

Accreditation

  • Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

  • National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)

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  • National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Student Chapter
  • American Choral Director's Association (ACDA) Student Chapter

Practical Experience

There are many venues for students to share their performance abilities: Concert Choir, Concert Band, Orchestra, Athletic Band, Jazz Ensemble, University Singers, Quantum Brass, Woodwind Ensemble, and Opera Ensemble.

Teacher Education Requirements

Students are typically admitted into Teacher Education during their sophomore year or beginning of their junior year of college. This program requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher and successful completion of the Praxis I test. Additional criteria for Admission to Teacher Education can be found at the following website: www.vcsu.edu/teacher_ed.

“Valley City State University was the perfect environment to learn about teacher education for the music classroom. The combination of small classroom sizes and close faculty-student relationships allowed me to grow as a teacher through the faculty's great experience.” —Brad Lambrecht ’05, Lisbon, N.D.; orchestra and music director, Alexandria (Minn.) Public Schools

General Education Requirements 

English Composition
Select one of the following:6
College Composition I
College Composition II
Introduction to Professional Writing
or
College Composition II
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition III
Speech Communication
Select one of the following:3
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Interpersonal Communication
Intercultural Communication
Mathematics
Select one of the following:3
College Algebra
Finite Mathematics
Precalculus
Calculus I
Elementary Statistics
Lab Science
Select two of the following:8
Concepts of Biology
General Biology I
General Biology II
General Zoology
Introductory Chemistry
Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Introduction to Earth Science
The Earth Through Time
Concepts of Physics
Introductory Astronomy
Introductory College Physics I
Introductory College Physics II
University Physics I
University Physics II
Introduction to Psychology Lab (Corequisite: PSYC 111 Introduction to Psychology) 3
Technology, Engineering, and Design
Wellness
HPER 100Concepts of Fitness and Wellness2
Technology
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Computer Information Systems
Introduction to Programming in Java
Introduction to Structured Programming I
Discovering Computing
Humanities
Literacies
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Literature
Introduction to Film
World Literature I
World Literature II
American Literature I
American Literature II
Civilization, Thought, and Literary Heritage
1st Year Spanish I
1st Year Spanish II
2nd Year Spanish I
2nd Year Spanish II
Introduction to Theatre Arts
Acting One
Art and Music
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to the Visual Arts
Fine Arts and Aesthetics
Music Appreciation
Music Fundamentals
World Music
History of Rock and Roll
Social Science
Select two of the following:6
Understanding Media and Social Change
Human Communication
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Human Geography
United States to 1877
United States to Present
World Civilizations to 1500
World Civilizations since 1500
Environmental History
Native American Studies
American National Government
State and Local Government
Introduction to Psychology 1
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Anthropology
Additional Humanities or Social Science 2
Select one additional course from Humanities or Social Science or select from the following:
Design
Drawing I
Ceramics I
Survey of Geography
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Valkyries
Concert Choir 2
Athletic Band
Concert Band 2
Planetarium Science
Theatre Practicum
Total Credits39

Major Requirement

Application required for entry into program: application form, audition, program plan. The student must achieve a grade of C or better in each of the specified courses.
Music Core Courses
MUS 109Music Theory I3
MUS 110Music Theory II3
MUS 121Aural Skills I1
MUS 122Aural Skills II1
MUS 200Music Convocation 10
MUS 201Music Theory III3
MUS 202Music Theory IV3
MUS 203Aural Skills III1
MUS 204Aural Skills IV1
MUS 205Basic Conducting2
MUS 301Scoring and Arranging2
MUS 331Music History & Literature I3
MUS 332Music History & Literature II3
Professional Education Sequence for Music
EDUC 240Educating Exceptional Students3
EDUC 283Understanding Cultural Diversity in Education3
EDUC 351Secondary Practicum and Classroom Management1
EDUC 352Culturally Diverse Practicum1
EDUC 375Teaching Reading in the Content Areas2
EDUC 400Educational Psychology2
EDUC 450Trends in Assessment and Educational Issues2
EDUC 480Student Teaching (Secondary)10
MUS 209Modern Audio Recording 2
MUS 249Introduction to Music Education 2
PSYC 250Developmental Psychology3
Total Credits57

Options

K-12 Music Certification: (43 credits)
MUS 111Class Piano I 21
MUS 112Class Piano II 21
MUS 211Class Piano III 21
MUS 212Class Piano IV 21
MUS 231Diction for Singers I1
MUS 232Diction for Singers II1
MUS 321Percussion Methods1
MUS 322Brass Methods1
MUS 323Woodwind Methods1
MUS 324String Methods1
MUS 325Vocal Methods1
MUS 326Guitar Methods1
MUS 390Music in the Elementary School3
MUS 403Choral Methods and Literature3
MUS 404Instrumental Methods and Literature3
MUS 489The 21st Century Music Classroom2
MUS 491Music Recital Capstone0
Primary Instrument Performance
100 Level Applied Music4
200 Level Applied Music4
300-Level Applied Music4
Secondary Instrument Performance
100 Level Applied Music 31
Primary Ensembles 5
Concert Choir
Concert Band
Small Ensembles2
University Singers
Opera Ensemble
Jazz Ensemble
Garage Band
Percussion Ensemble
Brass Ensemble
Woodwind Ensemble
Total Credits43

Total General Education: 39 Hrs
Total Music Core: 26 Hrs

Total Music Education: 43 Hrs
Total Professional Education Sequence: 31 Hrs
Total Needed to Graduate: 139 Hrs

For degree and graduation requirements, visit degree requirements and graduation requirements.

 

Plan of Study

Fall Even Entry

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Applied Music2Applied Music2
CIS 170 (Gen Ed)3ENGL 120 (Gen Ed)3
ENGL 110 (Gen Ed)3MUS 1103
MUS 1093MUS 1121
MUS 1111MUS 1221
MUS 1211Math (Gen Ed)3
Primary Ensemble1Primary Ensemble1
UNIV 1501Social Science (Gen Ed)3
 15 17
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Applied Music2Applied Music2
MUS 2013HPER 1002
MUS 2031Lab Science (Gen Ed)4
MUS 2052MUS 2023
MUS 2092MUS 2041
MUS 2111MUS 2121
MUS 2311MUS 2321
Primary Ensemble1MUS 2492
Speech Communication (Gen Ed)3Primary Ensemble1
 16 17
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Applied Music2Applied Music2
Literacies (Gen Ed)3EDUC 3511
MUS 3221MUS 3012
MUS 3241MUS 3251
MUS 3313MUS 3261
MUS 4043MUS 3323
Primary Ensemble1MUS 4033
Social Science (Gen Ed)3MUS 4910
 Primary Ensemble 1
 17 14
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
EDUC 2403EDUC 3521
EDUC 2833EDUC 3752
Lab Science (Gen Ed)4EDUC 4502
MUS 3231MUS 2063
MUS 3903MUS 3211
Secondary Applied Music1MUS 4892
Secondary Ensemble (Gen Ed)1PSYC 2503
 Secondary Ensemble (Gen Ed)1
 16 15
Fifth Year
FallCredits 
EDUC 4002 
EDUC 48010 
 12 
Total Credits 139

Fall Odd Entry

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Applied Music2Applied Music2
CIS 1703ENGL 120 (Gen Ed)3
ENGL 110 (Gen Ed)3Math (Gen Ed)3
MUS 1093MUS 1103
MUS 1111MUS 1121
MUS 1211MUS 1221
Primary Ensemble1MUS 2492
UNIV 1501Primary Ensemble1
 15 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Applied Music2Applied Music2
MUS 2013Lab Science (Gen Ed)4
MUS 2031MUS 2023
MUS 2052MUS 2041
MUS 2092MUS 2121
MUS 2111Primary Ensemble1
Primary Ensemble1Social Science (Gen Ed)3
Speech Communication (Gen Ed)3 
 15 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Applied Music2Applied Music2
Literacies (Gen Ed)3EDUC 3511
MUS 2311HPER 1002
MUS 3231MUS 2321
MUS 3313MUS 3012
MUS 3903MUS 3211
Primary Ensemble1MUS 3323
Social Science (Gen Ed)3MUS 4892
 MUS 4910
 Primary Ensemble 1
 17 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
EDUC 2403EDUC 3521
EDUC 2833EDUC 3752
Lab Science (gen Ed)4EDUC 4502
MUS 3221MUS 2063
MUS 3241MUS 3251
MUS 4043MUS 3261
Secondary Applied Music1MUS 4033
Secondary Ensemble (Gene Ed)1PSYC 2503
 Secondary Ensemble (Gen Ed)1
 17 17
Fifth Year
FallCredits 
EDUC 4002 
EDUC 48010 
 12 
Total Credits 139

 Please note:  This plan is intended for general information only.  Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their academic advisor each semester before registration.

 

Music Learning Outcomes

VCSU Music Majors will:

  1. Demonstrate competence in basic musicianship skills. (Musicianship)
  2. Develop requisite performance skills as a soloist and ensemble member, consistent with the objectives of their degree plan. (Performance)
  3. Interpret and analyze music from a variety of cultures and time periods. (Analysis)
  4. Demonstrate teaching skills consistent with the objectives of their degree plan. (Pedagogy)