Sep 24, 2020  
2017-18 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-18 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music Education, B.Mus.

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The mission of the Berry College music program is to educate students in the discipline of music and to provide quality musical experiences for all Berry students. It seeks to prepare students for professional careers in music and to provide all interested students and community members with opportunities to appreciate, enjoy and participate in musical performances. Students are admitted to the music program by audition; financial aid is available.

The Music program offers three distinct majors: a Bachelor of Arts in Music, a Bachelor of Music in Music Education, and a Bachelor of Music with Elective Studies in Business. Students majoring in the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music must complete a foreign language through the intermediate level. Students majoring in Music Education will meet all state requirements for certification.

The Bachelor of Music Education is a pre-professional program that prepares students for certification in the field of music education: P-12 in the areas of choral, instrumental, orchestral, and general music.  Music education classes focus on methods of teaching and associated literature, development of curriculum, and professional development.  Music education students are required to take the GACE in music during the senior year as well as go through the edTPA program for certification during full-time student teaching.

Requirements (60 hours):

Music Track Courses (23 hours):

Students choose one track from those listed below. For those students pursuing two applied music tracks, 23 hours will be selected with the approval of the department chair.


For state certification in music, field experiences at elementary, middle-grades and secondary levels are required. Students should do field experience for EDU 206 , Secondary Instrumental or Choral Methods and Curriculum, Elementary Methods and Curriculum, and Instrumental or Choral Literature.

Applied Music Requirements

For all music majors, two hours of credit per semester represent a one-hour-length lesson per week. Individual practice time is required for lessons. A senior recital is required at the 400 level. For majors in music education and music with elective studies in business, a half-hour-length recital is required.

For the Bachelor of Arts with a major in music, a 50-minute recital is required. Major credit is established through individual examinations, called juries, held at the close of each semester by a committee of the music faculty and is based on performance standards and satisfactory progress.

In all applied music subjects, a fee for individual lessons is charged in addition to regular tuition. This fee is $135 for a half-hour lesson per week (minor credit) and $263 for a one-hour lesson per week.

Students taking applied lessons are required to attend concerts each semester. Students taking lessons for 2 hours credit must attend 10 recitals each semester and those taking lessons for 1hour of credit must attend 5 recitals each semester.

College Music Organizations

All music majors are required to participate in either the college Concert Choir (MUS 111 ), the Wind Ensemble (MUS 130 ) or Orchestra (MUS 131 ) each semester of enrollment with the exception of Music Education majors who do not need to participate in an ensemble during the semester of their student teaching; music minors must participate for four semesters. Students may repeat these courses for credit or may elect to participate through the zero-credit option to avoid overload charges.

Participation in the Berry Singers (MUS 121 ) is by audition. Students are encouraged to participate in Jazz Ensemble (MUS 141 ) and Chamber Music (MUS 132 ). Students receiving financial aid through music will be required to perform with these ensembles.

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