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 can be earned in either the K-12 Choral or K-12 Instrumental track.

Accreditation
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

  • National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)

GET INVOLVED ON CAMPUS
  • 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
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
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
Women in America
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
Select one additional course from Humanities or Social Science or select from the following:2
Design
Drawing I
Ceramics I
Survey of Geography
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Valkyries 2
Concert Choir 2
Athletic Band 2
Concert Band 2
Planetarium Science
Theatre Practicum
Total Credits39
 
1

 Required

2

Students must choose two credits from these courses.

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 I2
MUS 332Music History & Literature II2
MUS 333Music History & Literature III2
MUS 334World Music2
Professional Education Sequence for Music
MUS 209Modern Audio Recording 2
EDUC 240Educating Exceptional Students2
EDUC 249Introduction to VCSU Program1
MUS 249Introduction to Music Education 2
PSYC 250Developmental Psychology3
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
Total Credits59

Options

Student must select one of the following options:
K-12 Music Certification: Vocal Emphasis (38 credits)
MUS 111Class Piano I 21
MUS 112Class Piano II 21
MUS 211Class Piano 21
MUS 212Class Piano 21
MUS 231Diction for Singers I1
MUS 232Diction for Singers II1
MUS 305Advanced Conducting2
MUS 321Percussion Methods1
MUS 322Brass Methods1
or MUS 323 Woodwind Methods
MUS 324String Methods1
MUS 325Vocal Methods1
MUS 328Jazz and Popular Music Lab1
MUS 390Music in the Elementary School3
MUS 403Choral Methods and Literature2
MUS 489The 21st Century Music Classroom2
Performance
100 Level Applied Music4
200 Level Applied Music4
300-Level Applied Music4
MUS 385Creative Performance 1
MUS 491Music Recital Capstone0
Ensembles
MUS 131Concert Choir (Five Semesters) 35
K-12 Music Certification: Instrumental Emphasis (38 credits)
MUS 111Class Piano I 41
MUS 112Class Piano II 41
MUS 152Voice Class1
MUS 211Class Piano 41
MUS 212Class Piano 41
MUS 305Advanced Conducting2
MUS 321Percussion Methods1
MUS 322Brass Methods1
MUS 323Woodwind Methods1
MUS 324String Methods1
MUS 327Marching Band Methods 1
MUS 328Jazz and Popular Music Lab1
MUS 390Music in the Elementary School3
MUS 404Instrumental Methods and Literature2
MUS 489The 21st Century Music Classroom2
Performance
100 Level Applied Music4
200 Level Applied Music4
300 Level Applied Music4
MUS 385Creative Performance 1
MUS 491Music Recital Capstone0
Ensembles
MUS 140Athletic Band (must be taken in the Fall semester)0-1
MUS 141Concert Band (Four Semesters) 50-1
1

Students must register for MUS 200 each semester they are registered for Applied Music.

2

Students whose primary instrument is piano must substitute MUS 213 and 3 credits of MUS 153 for these courses.

3

Students may elect to substitute 1 credit of MUS 130, 132, or 133 for 1 credit of MUS 131.

4

Students whose primary instrument is piano may substitute MUS 213 and 3 credits of MUS electives for these courses.

5

Students may elect to substitute 1 credit of MUS 142, 144, 145, or 146 for 1 credit of MUS 141.

Total General Education 39 Hrs
Total Music Core  28 Hrs

Total Music Education 38 Hrs
Total Professional Education 31 Hrs
Total Needed to Graduate 136 Hrs

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

 

Plan of Study

Vocal Emphasis

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Applied Music2Applied Music2
ENGL 110 (Gen Ed)3EDUC 2491
Ensemble1ENGL 120 (Gen Ed)3
MUS 1093Ensemble1
MUS 1111MUS 1103
MUS 1211MUS 1121
Technology (Gen Ed)3MUS 1221
UNIV 1501MUS 2492
 Speech Communication (Gen Ed)3
 15 17
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Applied Music2Applied Music2
Ensemble1Ensemble1
MUS 2013HPER 100 (Gen Ed)2
MUS 2031MUS 2023
MUS 2052MUS 2041
MUS 2092MUS 2121
MUS 2111MUS 2321
MUS 2311MUS 3052
MUS 3312MUS 3211
 MUS 3322
 15 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Applied Music2Applied Music2
Ensemble1EDUC 3511
Literacies (Gen Ed)3Ensemble (Gen Ed)1
Mathematics (Gen Ed)3Lab Science (Gen Ed)4
MUS 3221MUS 3012
MUS 3281MUS 3241
MUS 3332MUS 3251
MUS 3851MUS 3342
MUS 4032MUS 4910
 16 14
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
EDUC 2833Art and Music (Gen Ed)3
EDUC 2402EDUC 3521
Ensemble (Gen Ed)1EDUC 3752
Lab Science (Gen Ed)4EDUC 4502
MUS 3231MUS 4892
MUS 3903PSYC 2503
Social Science (Gen Ed)3Social Science (Gen Ed)3
 17 16
Fifth Year
FallCredits 
EDUC 4002 
EDUC 48010 
 12 
Total Credits 138

Instrumental Emphasis

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Applied Music2Applied Music2
ENGL 110 (Gen Ed)3EDUC 2491
Ensemble1ENGL 120 (Gen Ed)3
MUS 1093Ensemble1
MUS 1111MUS 1103
MUS 1211MUS 1121
Technology (Gen Ed)3MUS 1221
UNIV 1501MUS 2492
 Speech Communication (Gen Ed)3
 15 17
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Applied Music2Applied Music2
Ensemble1Ensemble1
MUS 2013HPER 100 (Gen Ed)2
MUS 2031MUS 2023
MUS 2052MUS 2041
MUS 2092MUS 2121
MUS 2111MUS 3052
MUS 3312MUS 3211
 MUS 3322
 14 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Applied Music2Applied Music2
Ensemble1EDUC 3511
Lab Science (Gen Ed)4Ensemble (Gen Ed)1
Mathematics (Gen Ed)3Lab Science (Gen Ed)4
MUS 3221MUS 3012
MUS 3271MUS 3241
MUS 3281MUS 3342
MUS 3332MUS 4042
MUS 3851MUS 4910
 16 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
EDUC 2833Art and Music (Gen Ed)3
EDUC 2402EDUC 3521
Ensemble1EDUC 3752
Literacies (Gen Ed)3EDUC 4502
MUS 3231MUS 4892
MUS 3903PSYC 2503
Social Science (Gen Ed)3Social Science (Gen Ed)3
 16 16
Fifth Year
FallCredits 
EDUC 4002 
EDUC 48010 
 12 
Total Credits 136

 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

The succesful music graduate will be able to:

  1. Conceive and develop new musical and artistic works and ideas.
  2. Realize musical works and ideas through performance, interpretation, or delivery of instruction.
  3. Respond to and analyze musical works and ideas through a variety of contexts.