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Music Education

Bachelor of Music

The Music Education curriculum prepares teachers and supervisors of music for kindergarten through grade 12. Program objectives are located at: This major presupposes a high level of interest in and aptitude for music. An audition is required before admission to the program. Upon entering the program, students declare a primary instrument or voice. All students must pass a basic piano proficiency test and a basic aural skills test before the end of the sophomore year or they will not be permitted to enroll in junior year courses in Music Education. Students must work closely with their advisors in planning for completion of this tightly structured program.

Fourteen credits in Applied Music, including a 30- to 40-minute senior recital, must be in the primary instrument or voice and must be completed before student teaching. Participation in at least one large ensemble appropriate to the student's program (chosen from MU 172, MU 173, MU 174, MU 175, MU 177, or MU 178) is required each semester of applied music study, with the exception of the semester of student teaching. Additionally, students are required to take at least one semester of a chamber ensemble (MU 171).¹

A grade C or higher must be earned in each music course counted toward the major. A minimum of 40 total credits must be at the 300-400 level (Music and non-Music courses). Student GPA must average 2.50 to qualify for student teaching.

¹ Pianists/organists may substitute up to two semesters of MU 171 Piano Ensemble for these ensembles.

Mid-Level Review

All music majors must complete a Mid-Level Review prior to the junior year. The Review is normally conducted during the student's fourth semester of study, with adjustments made for transfer credits, participation in national and international exchange programs, and official leaves of absence. The Mid-Level Review consists of an application (information form, transcript, and reflective essay) and an assessment meeting between the candidate and the Faculty Review Panel. Application forms and additional information are available from the Music Department Office.

The purpose of the Mid-Level Review is threefold: 1) to assess the student's academic progress, 2) to assess the student's artistic progress, and 3) to advise the student on academic, artistic, and career goals. Music Education and Music Performance majors whose academic record and/or artistic growth are not at an appropriate level based on state and national standards cannot continue in either of those two Bachelor of Music degree programs, but may continue to be a music major in the Bachelor of Arts in Music program.

Language Requirement

The minimal requirement for all students with a major in Music is one course in a foreign language, normally French, Spanish, or German.

Integrative Studies Requirements

40 credits minimum

All students in an educator preparation program must meet the New Hampshire General Education Studies standard (Ed 609.01). This standard is met by successful completion of Keene State College Integrative Studies program.

Major Requirements

96-97 credits

(Four credits will be applied to Integrative Studies requirements.)

Educator Preparation

20 credits

MU 130 Introduction to Music Education (2 credits)
MU 354 Music Curriculum & Assessment (2 credits)
MU 355 Adaptive Music (2 credits)
MU 356 General Music K-12 Practicum (1 credit)
MU 359 Ensemble Music Practicum (1 credit)
MU 475 Music Student Teaching - Elementary (5 credits)
MU 476 Music Student Teaching - Secondary (5 credits)
MU 477 Music Student Teaching Seminar (2 credits)

Music Courses

76-77 credits

Select one of the following World Music courses (4 credits):

  • IAMU 112 Latin American Music Survey
  • IAMU 114 Music Cultures of the World
  • IIMU 241 Afro-Brazilian Music & Culture
  • IHMU 305 History of Jewish Music
  • IAMU 312 Latin American Music, Society, and Culture

MU 100 Music Workshop (6 semesters, 0 credit)
MUA 101, MUA 102, MUA 201, MUA 202, MUA 301, MUA 302, and MUA 401 Applied Music (2 credits each, total 14 credits)
MUA 480 Senior Recital: Music Education (0 credit)
MU 118, MU 119, MU 218, and MU 219 Functional Piano I-IV (1 credit each, total 4 credits) (Piano majors may substitute MU 181 Collaborative Piano Skills for MU 118, MU 119, MU 218, and MU 219 for a total 4 credits.)
MU 151, MU 152, MU 251, and MU 252 Music Theory I-IV (2 credits each, 8 total credits). Students who do not pass the theory placement test given at the time of their audition are advised to seek a private tutor to eliminate this deficiency before starting the sequence of theory classes.
MU 161, MU 162, MU 261, and MU 262 Aural Skills I-IV (1 credit each, 4 total credits)
MU 171 Chamber Ensemble (1 credit)
MU 172, MU 173, MU 174, MU 175, MU 177, or MU 178 Ensembles (1 credit each, 6 total credits)
MU 220 Technology for Music Educators
MU 222 Musical Improvisation (1 credit)
MU 223 String Methods I (1 credit)
MU 225 Brass Methods I (1 credit)

Select one of the following Woodwind Methods (1 credit):

  • MU 227 Woodwind Methods - Flute
  • MU 228 Woodwind Methods - Clarinet & Saxophone
  • MU 232 Woodwind Methods - Oboe & Bassoon

MU 229 Percussion Methods I (1 credit) (Percussion majors may substitute a Music Elective)
MU 231 Guitar Methods (2 credits) (Guitar majors substitute MU 326)
MU 281 Aural Skills Proficiency Assessment Exam (0 credit)
MU 282 Mid-Level Review Assessment Exam (0 credit)
MU 283 Piano Proficiency Assessment Exam (0 credit)
MU 310 Western Music Before 1700
MU 312 Western Music After 1700
MU 315, MU 316 Conducting I and II (2 credits each)
MU 357 General Music K-12
MU 358 Choral Music Education (2 credits)
MU 360 Instrumental Music Education (2 credits)

Specialization (select one):


6 credits

MU 105 Voice Class (1 credit)
MU 172 Concert Choir (1 credit)
MU 224 String Methods II (1 credit)
MU 226 Brass Methods II (1 credit)
MU 230 Percussion Methods II (1 credit) (Percussionists substitute a Music elective)

Select one of the following Woodwind Methods courses (1 credit)

  • MU 227 Woodwind Methods - Flute
  • MU 228 Woodwind Methods - Clarinet & Saxophone
  • MU 232 Woodwind Methods - Oboe & Bassoon


7 credits

MUAS 101, MUAS 102, and MUAS 201 Applied Music (1 credit each, 3 total credits; secondary instrument)
MU 140 Vocal Diction I (1 credit)
MU 141 Vocal Diction II (1 credit)
MU 326 Applied Pedagogy (2 credits)

Degree Requirements

136-137 credits
40 credits at the upper-level