Academic Catalog 2021-2022

Music Education Major (Bachelor of Music)

Major Requirements

This major prepares students to be recommended by the Concordia College department of education for Minnesota licensure to teach music in grades K-12. To be eligible to complete this major, the student must be admitted to the teacher education program. (See education pages for program information, requirements and course descriptions.)

The requirements for a major in music education leading to a Bachelor of Music degree are 42 credits (instrumental emphasis) or 50 credits (vocal emphasis) in music, plus 20 private instruction credits and ensemble participation, and 39 credits in education (instrumental emphasis) or 35 credits (vocal emphasis):

Music Courses
MUS 111Materials of Music I2
MUS 112Materials of Music II2
MUS 121English Diction (vocal major only)1
MUS 122Italian Diction (vocal major only)1
MUS 123German Diction (vocal major only)1
MUS 124French Diction (vocal major only)1
MUS 128Aural Skills I2
MUS 211Materials of Music III2
MUS 212Materials of Music IV2
MUS 225Aural Skills II2
MUS 226Aural Skills III2
MUS 232History of Western Music: Medieval to the Mid-19th Century4
MUS 331Teaching Choral Music (vocal major only)4
MUS 361World Musics4
MUS 394String and Woodwind Techniques2
MUS 395Brass and Percussion Techniques2
Select one of the following:4
Choral Conducting I
and Choral Conducting II
Instrumental Conducting I
and Instrumental Conducting II
MUS 482Senior Recital/Project2
Contextual Studies Courses
Select two of the following:4
Contextual Studies I - Genre
Contextual Studies I - Period
Contextual Studies I - Topic
Select at least one of the following:4
Contextual Studies II - Genre
Contextual Studies II - Period
Contextual Studies II - Topic
Creative Applications
2 credits from creative applications courses2
Composition I
Music Technology I
Music Technology II
Non-Music Electives
12 credits from non-music elective courses 112
Teaching Requirements
EDUC 211Methods of Teaching General Music (required methods of teaching course)4
EDUC 392Methods of Teaching Instrumental Music (instrumentalists only) (required methods of teaching course)4
Successful completion of the secondary/K-12 required coursework (see Education: Curriculum in Secondary/K-12 Education)
Private Instruction
20 credits of private instruction:
16 credits of private instruction in voice or the student's major instrument (eight 2-credit courses)16
4 credits of private instruction in a minor instrument or class piano (four 1-credit courses)4
Eight semesters in ensemble 20
Nine student recitals:
One appearance each year in a general student recital or studio recital
MUS 482Senior Recital/Project (A full recital in the major instrument in the senior year)2
Total Hours92

Bachelor of Music students whose primary instrument is piano are required to take MUS 473 Methods and Materials for Teaching Piano and MUS 474 Piano Repertoire in place of one credit of non-music electives.


Participation in an appropriate ensemble as designated by the music faculty and as related to the major area of study is required each semester of enrollment.

In order to receive the endorsement of the music department, music education students must pass the piano proficiency exam prior to, or during the semester preceding student teaching.

  • Instrumental music education majors must demonstrate competence in voice, usually accomplished through taking MUS 431 Voice Class, which may count as one of the 1-credit courses required for a minor instrument. String education majors with violin or viola as their primary instrument are required to take one semester of private instruction on cello/bass. String education majors with cello or bass as their primary instrument are required to take one semester of private instruction on violin/viola. It is highly recommended that vocal music education students register for MUS 121 English Diction.

Degree and Graduation Requirements
In addition to the program-specific requirements listed above, all students must complete the graduation requirements specified for their degree.  See the Degree and Graduation Requirements section for more information.