Music education majors at Nazareth College qualify for P-12 certification in music from the New York State Department of Education. As a state certification requirement, students complete professional courses in instrumental, choral, and general music methods. The student teaching experience serves as the capstone for this program. A minimum GPA of 3.0 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 the following minimum credits for degree completion:
- Choral emphasis - 122.5 credits
- Instrumental Band emphasis - 123 credits
- Instrumental String emphasis - 124.5 credits
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 3.0 or higher
- All education course work with a grade of C or higher
- New York State teacher certification examinations
All students in a first time certification program requiring student teaching must successfully complete the following requirements to obtain New York State Teacher Certification:
- Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA);
- Educating All Students Test (EAS); and
- Content Specialty Test(s) (CST).
See www.naz.edu/education/teacher-certification/ 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 www.nystce.nesinc.com. New York State Education Department maintains a website with certification requirements: http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, www.naz.edu/education/teacher-certification
Student Learning Outcomes
- Through advocacy, demonstrate a commitment to the tenets of the music education profession.
- Demonstrate effort and competence as an artist-musician, pedagogue, scholar, and emerging professional.
- Through the completion of the methods course sequence and the professional semester, cultivate and reflect upon one’s own understanding of effective teaching strategies for the music classroom. Show consistent development as an emerging professional, planner, facilitator, evaluator and music specialist.
- Apply knowledge from Core courses, music courses, applied lessons, and ensemble experiences to effective music teaching and learning environments.
- Exercise flexibility, a willingness to learn, and a consistent positive attitude toward music education.
- Writing and Discussion - in writing and discussion, the ability to incorporate both state and national standards into successful, developmentally appropriate music teaching.
Core Curriculum Requirements
All Nazareth students complete Core Curriculum coursework as part of their degree requirements. The Core provides a foundation in the liberal arts and sciences while guiding students to pose and explore their own intellectual questions. See Academic Policies and Procedures for specific core curriculum requirements.
Bachelor of Music Core
All students in the Department of Music must take:
- MUX 019 - Concert Attendance Credits: 0 (4 semesters)
- MUX 099 - Music Department Orientation Credits: 0
- MUP 1_ - Weekly, one hour private lessons (8 semesters)
- ENS 0_ - Major Ensemble (8 semesters; 7 semesters Instrumental in Music Education)
- MUX 49_ Senior Recital Credits: 0
Students pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree must take the following (in addition to the courses listed above):
Music Education Major Required Courses
In addition to the requirements listed above, all Music Education students take the following courses:
Foreign Language Requirement
- Students must complete three credits in a Modern Foreign Language.
Upper Division Music Electives
Elective Requirements by Program
- Bachelor of Arts in Music - complete one upper division music elective from either Music Theory or Music History
- Bachelor of Music in Composition - complete three upper division music electives
- Bachelor of Music in Music Education - complete one upper division music elective from either Music Theory or Music History
- Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy - complete one upper division music elective from either Music Theory or Music History
- Bachelor of Music in Music Performance (Voice) - complete one upper division music electives in Music Theory and one upper division elective in Music History
- Bachelor of Music in Music Performance (Piano, Instrumental) - complete four upper division music electives; at least one must be in Music Theory and one must be in Music History
Music Senior Experience
The culminating senior course for the BM in Music Education is the Senior Recital, an experiential learning course engaging students in demonstrating the practical application of knowledge and skills acquired in the study of applied music, music history, music theory and the liberal arts.
- MUX 49_ Senior Recital Credits: 0
Sample Program for Music Education