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2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog 
2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music Education - Major (Bachelor of Music)

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Music education majors at Nazareth College qualify for birth-12 certification in music from the New York State Department of Education. (Currently, 41 states participate with New York in an interstate reciprocity agreement that recognizes New York State certification as a legitimate teaching credential within their states.) As a state certification requirement, students complete professional courses in instrumental, choral, and general music methods. In addition to a music senior experience, the student teaching experience serves as the capstone for this program. A minimum GPA of 2.7 is required for student teacher placement. To earn teacher certification, students must complete all professional courses (as defined in the department handbook) with a grade of C or higher, and must pass the New York State teacher certification exams. The Bachelor of Music degree in music education requires a minimum of 136 credits.

Note: The program listed below is the traditional four-year program. A nine-semester program of study is available in the department of music student handbook. The nine-semester program does not require summer study.


Requirements for New York Initial Teacher Certification
All teacher candidates must successfully complete the following to meet the requirements for New York teacher certification:
• Academic and education program with a GPA of 2.7 or higher
• All education course work with a grade of C or higher
• New York State teacher certification examinations


A minimum of three exams need to be passed:
• Liberal Arts and Science Test (LAST)
• Written Assessment of Teaching Skills (ATS-W)
• Content Specialty Test (CST)

See for details, suggested timelines for these exams and costs.

Teacher candidates use the NYS TEACH system to apply for Initial certification(s) and need to pay the fees in effect at the time they apply. New York requires all teacher candidates to have fingerprint/background check on file with TEACH and pass all appropriate New York State Teacher Certification Examinations New York State Education Department maintains a website with certification requirements:

During a teacher candidate’s final semester information on the application process will be sent via email. Additional support may be obtained by contacting the Nazareth College Teacher Certification Office at 389-2592 or 2591 or e-mail or,


Music Core

All students in the Department of Music must take:

  • MUS 019 - Concert Attendance Credits: 0  4 Semesters
  • MUS 099 - Music Department Orientation Credits: 0
  • MUP 1_ - Weekly, one hour private lessons  8 Semesters
  • ENS 0_ - Major Ensemble  8 Semesters
  • 3 credits in upper division Music Theory or History and Literature courses (300 or 400 level)

As well as:

Bachelor of Music Core

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree must take the following:

Required Courses for Music Education - Major

In addition to the Cores listed above, all Music Education students take the following courses:

  • Foreign Language Credits:6

Elective Courses for Music Education - Major

From the list below, students select two upper division music electives; one should be a history course. Performance electives may also be selected.

Music Senior Experience

The Music Senior Experience allows students an opportunity to integrate their academic and performance training in music with the broad-based liberal arts curriculum of Nazareth College. It includes a publicly performed senior recital/project and a written component that reflects upon the integration of music and the liberal arts tradition.

  • MUX 49_ Senior Recital Credits: 0
  • MUX 499 Music Comprehensive Exam Credits: 0

Note: All Music Therapy majors add MUX*229 Music Therapy Proficiency Level I and MUX* 329 Music Therapy Proficiency Level II


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