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Music Education, BA

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Department: Music

The Department of Music offers a major which allows prospective music educators to earn a bachelor of arts degree in music education. This program is designed for students who wish to earn Massachusetts state licensure for teaching music (all levels) within their undergraduate experience.


Learning Outcomes   

Music Audition Requirements

A formal audition is required for acceptance into the music major. There is no audition requirement for acceptance into the music minor. Auditions are held in February, March and November. Completed audition forms must be received by the music department two weeks prior to the audition date. To obtain forms, or additional information, contact the audition coordinator by email at auditions@bridgew.edu or by phone at 508.531.1877.

Instrumentalists must proficiently execute the following:

  • Major scales up to four sharps and flats and chromatic scale two octaves from memory
  • A three-to-five-minute prepared solo, with or without accompaniment
  • A selection in a contrasting style

Singers must proficiently execute the following:

  • An unaccompanied major scale on a neutral syllable
  • An art-song or aria
  • A selection in a contrasting style

Accompanist must be provided by the student.

Within 10 days of the audition, the candidate will be notified of their status. They will be:

1) accepted into the major.
2) conditionally accepted into the major.

  • The student may repeat an audition more than once on a scheduled audition or jury day
  • The student must pass the audition within one year in order to be accepted as a music major

3) not accepted to the major. A student who auditions and is not accepted as a music major:

  • may audition only once more
  • may not take courses with a MUSC prefix other than to fulfill core curriculum requirements
  • may select music as a minor

Students with questions concerning the suitability of audition material should contact the audition coordinator by email at auditions@bridgew.edu or by phone at 508.531.1877.

Piano Proficiency Requirement

A student majoring in music must pass a piano proficiency examination, which addresses basic competencies. Specific musical examples and guidelines are available from the Department of Music chairperson. Alternatively, the proficiency requirements may be met by successful completion of MUSC 440 - Advanced Keyboard Skills  with a minimum grade of “C”.

Grade Requirement

To qualify for graduation with a degree in the music education concentration, the student must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.8.

Course Requirements

Recital requirement (0 credit)

Complete six semesters of:

Ensembles (7 credits)

Complete seven credits, selected from the list below. Of the required credits in ensembles, a minimum of five must be earned in MUSC 112, MUSC 113, MUSC 118 and/or MUSC 119.

Please note: students may apply only one ensemble credit per semester toward the major.

Additionally, no more than two credits each may be taken in MUSC 103, MUSC 104, MUSC 105, MUSC 106, MUSC 107, MUSC 108, MUSC 115, MUSC 151, MUSC 152 and/or MUSC 183.

Performance studies (6 credits)

Complete at least one semester at the 300-level and at least one semester in a secondary performance medium (voice for an instrumentalist or instrument for a vocalist), selected from the following:

Licensure requirements (21 credits)

Please note: students must apply to and be accepted to the Secondary Education department before completing EDHM 336 and EDHM 490.

Total minimum credits: 77

Core Curriculum Requirements

A minimum of 120 earned credit hours is required for graduation. These earned hours include the Core Curriculum Requirements as specified in the Core Curriculum section of this catalog and at the Core Curriculum website, www.bridgew.edu/corecurriculum. For additional graduation requirements, see the Undergraduate Academic Policies and Procedures section of this catalog.

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