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Music, Music Education Concentration, BA

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Departments: Music 
                       Secondary Education and Professional Programs  

The Department of Music offers a major which allows prospective music educators to earn a bachelor of arts degree in music with a concentration 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.

Audition Requirements

A formal audition is required for acceptance into the music major. Auditions are held in February, May 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 e-mail at or by phone at 508.531.1877.

Instrumentalists must proficiently execute the following: contact the audition coordinator by e-mail at or at 508.531.1877.

  • Major scales up to four sharps and flats and chromatic scale two octaves from memory
  • Sight-reading
  • 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
  • Sight-reading
  • 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 his/her status. He/she 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 e-mail at or by phone at 508.531.1877. A student majoring in music with a concentration in music education must earn 85 credits by combining required courses, electives and the requirements of a minor in secondary education. In addition, a piano proficiency examination, which addresses basic competencies, must be passed. 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 .

Grade Requirement

The Department of Music will permit its majors to use only one passing grade below “C-” to satisfy requirements in the music major (including both the required core courses and electives). An additional grade below “C-” will require the student to take another music course, chosen in consultation with his or her advisor. The required core courses are designed to develop competence in theory, history, musicianship and performance.

Course Requirements

Ensembles (7 credits)

Students seeking Massachusetts Educator Licensure-Initial Licensure in music are required to participate in an ensemble for a minimum of seven semesters including at least four semesters in a large ensemble (wind ensemble or chorale). Select from the following:


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:

Total minimum credits: 52

Licensure courses

Students seeking Massachusetts Educator Licensure-Initial Licensure must also declare a minor in secondary education and complete all requirements of the minor. See the Secondary Education Minor  section of this catalog for more information and the list of specific course requirements.

Please note: As a minimum prerequisite to student teaching, students will be required to pass a Music Education Piano Proficiency Exam, which may necessitate private lessons.

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 Undergraduate Academic Programs  section of this catalog and at the Core Curriculum website, For additional graduation requirements, see the Undergraduate Academic Policies  section of this catalog.

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