2023-2024 University Catalog 
    Jul 18, 2024  
2023-2024 University Catalog

Music - Education (Grades Pre-K to 12), Teaching Certification

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  • Mark A. Boyle, D.M.A.
  • Kathleen M. Campbell, M.M.
  • Daniel Casebeer, Ph.D.
  • Ted A. DiSanti, D.A.
  • Laurie Fox, M.M.T., M.T.-B.C., L.P.C.
  • Kathleen Harris, Ph.D.
  • Edward Kuhn, M.F.A.
  • Christopher M. Marra, Ph.D.
  • Sarah McMeekin, M.A., M.T.-B.C.
  • Tricia Shelton, Ed.D.
  • Melissa Tamburrino, Ed.D.
  • Jessica Vaughan-Marra, Ph.D.

For teaching certification requirements and learning objectives go to “Education -Teaching Certification ”. Upon successful completion of all requirements, students are eligible to apply for certification in Music Education, K-12 Instrumental and Vocal, from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Learning Objectives: Music

  1. Identify and work conceptually with the elements of music through analysis (e.g., aurally, orally, and visually), performance, and composition.
  2. Identify a wide selection of musical literature within principal eras and genres including Western and global cultures through listening, scholarly discourse, and written reflection.
  3. Develop and defend musical judgments through written reflection and scholarly discourse.
  4. Demonstrate growth in artistry, technical skills, collaborative competence, and knowledge of repertory through regular solo and ensemble performance, as well as attendance at concerts and recitals.
  5. Integrate emerging technologies in music through performing, composing, and arranging.
  6. Perform and/or compose attending to the compositional process, aesthetic properties of style, and the ways these are shaped by artistic and cultural forces.
  7. Sightread music at the degree required proficiency level.
  8. Perform at the degree required level on secondary instrument(s) through performance proficiency assessments.
  9. Perform at the degree required level on the major instrument from a cross-section of the appropriate repertoire.
  10. Synthesize a broad range of musical knowledge and skills while integrating the Foundational Musicianship and University Learning Objectives through self-directed study and the capstone assessment.
  11. Compare, evaluate, and develop ideas, methods, and policies in music education for their impact on the musical and cultural development of students through scholarly discourse, experiential projects, curriculum development, and coursework.
  12. Perform at the degree required secondary proficiency level (i.e., piano, voice, woodwind, brass, string, and percussion instruments).
  13. Create derivative or original music both extemporaneously and in written form in a variety of genres and styles including but not limited to Western, global, and vernacular music styles.
  14. Demonstrate the skills necessary to work as a leader on matters of musical interpretation to create accurate and musically expressive performances with various types of performing groups and in general music classroom settings through conducting and performance.
  15. Apply music pedagogical content knowledge, skills, techniques, and practices in the development and delivery of instruction to lesson plan development, peer teaching, field work, and student teaching experiences.
  16. Apply content, methodologies, philosophies, materials, technologies, and curriculum development in music education to meet the needs of diverse education populations through scholarly discourse, writing, experiential projects, and coursework.
  17. Synthesize knowledge of action research and continued professional development, enabling one to remain current with changes in the art of teaching music through student teaching experiences and capstone assessment.


Admission to the program in music is based on the successful completion of an audition for the music faculty, as well as admission to the University. Auditions are scheduled by appointment throughout the academic year. Consideration for music scholarships is determined by the quality of the entrance audition. This teaching certificate program prepares the student for a teaching certificate for kindergarten through twelfth grade.

All candidates for the Bachelor of Music degree in music education must complete the Liberal Arts Curriculum requirements, the capstone assessment requirement, and the required courses for the major. 

All music students are evaluated in the sophomore year for a formative review. Students complete and present the Year Two Self-Assessment on the Attainment of the Integration of Music/University Objectives, and academic and music performance benchmarks are reviewed by the music faculty during the spring semester of the sophomore year. Upon successful completion of the evaluations, students continue through their upper divisional coursework.

Criteria for Admission to the Education program:

A. Within the first 60 credits, all traditional students must do the following:

 1. Maintain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA overall.

 2. Pass the Basic Skills requirement (PAPA or CORE tests or provide SAT or ACT qualifying score).

 3. Achieve a B- or better in SMU 102 - Foundations of Music Education (Music)  and SMU 220 - Music Methods/Inclusive Classroom (Music) 

 4. Earn 3 credits in an English Composition class and 3 credits in an English Literature class.

 5. Earn 6 credits in two college level math classes.

 6. Earn a minimum of a “Provisional Pass” on the Music Education Sophomore Review.

Upon completion of the above, students will present evidence of completion of these requirements in a professional portfolio to their Education advisor.

  1. To maintain standing in the program (also prerequisite for SMU 433  ), students must:
  1. Maintain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA overall.
  2. Pass the Teacher Disposition and Participation Rubric (two failing grades on this rubric constitutes dismal from the program) and Piano, Vocal and Brass, Woodwind, and String Proficiency Examinations.
  3. Earn a “Formal Pass” on the Music Education Sophomore Review.
  4. Achieve a B- or better in SMU 330 - Music in Elementary Sch/Practicum (Music)  SMU 331 - Music in Secondary School/Practicum (Music) , and SMU 333 - Instrumental Methods/Practicum (Music) .  
  5. Receive the recommendation of both music and education faculty.
  6. Take the Pennsylvania Department of Education certification exams prior to or during SMU 433   (successful completion required for certification).

The capstone assessment includes successful completion of coursework and assignments; successful completion of juries in the applied major; completion of all designated proficiencies in piano, voice, and instrumental (proficiencies music must be completed prior to student teaching placement); student teaching and the action research/presentation of assessment cycle from student teaching. Students must also successfully complete the Senior Performance Test with accompanying program notes and musician’s statement on how the attainment and integration of major and University learning objectives informed the performance.

A minimum of 120 credits is required. Completion of the requirements for the degree normally requires additional time, either in summer study or in a ninth semester of coursework.

In addition, all music majors will have a performance examination (jury) on their major instrument each semester and perform in at least one student recital every semester. They must also participate in one music department major ensemble each semester except during the semester of student teaching and otherwise complete all requirements as identified in the ensemble documents.

Music - Education Curriculum

Total Credits: 116

Special Education Endorsement

For students who wish to receive Special Education Endorsement in Secondary Education, the additional required courses are:

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