Successful completion of this course of study, which leads to the Bachelor of Music Education degree, in the context of other program requirements, qualifies the student for recommendation for the Michigan Department of Education Secondary Provisional Certificate endorsed in music education (K-12), certification code JQ. The Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) covering this field is #099, “Music.”
Music & Dance - College of Arts & Sciences
Diane L. Winder, D.M.
354 Alexander Building
All prospective students (including transfers) must apply to the Department of Music and Dance and complete an entrance audition. Admissions information and access to the department’s online application are available here. Applications must be submitted at least seven days in advance of the requested audition day.
In addition to the degree requirements stated below, students must learn and abide by additional department polices posted on the department’s website.
Initial Teacher Preparation Program Admission
In order to pursue the sequence of courses necessary to complete eligibility for recommendation for certification, one must apply for and be admitted to the teacher preparation program. Admission requirements are common for all teacher preparation programs, except that certain special education programs have additional requirements.
Each undergraduate student is responsible for applying to the teacher preparation program immediately after the semester in which the student has earned 56 credit hours. Transfer students with more than 56 credit hours should apply immediately after the semester in which they have earned 12 hours at EMU, including at least one course in their major. Students with 56 hours of transfer course work with a decision GPA of 3.0 may apply for admission to the teacher preparation program without 12 earned hours at EMU.
Admission to the teacher preparation program is not automatic. Only those persons who have formally applied are considered for admission. Not all persons who apply become eligible for admission.
Applications for the Initial Teacher Preparation Program at EMU are available within your my.emich account under the “Student” tab. Submit your completed application to the Office of Academic Services once you have earned 56 credit hours.
Teaching majors and minors are unofficial until program admission. Students pursuing teacher certification should follow the catalog that exists at the time of program admission. It is important that students apply to the teacher preparation program as soon as they have earned 56 credit hours.
- Completion of 56 credit hours
- Appropriate cumulative GPA. One of:
- An overall EMU GPA of 2.5 or higher based on a minimum of 12 credit hours taken at EMU. An EMU GPA of 2.5 or higher in your major, based on at least one course in your major. The Elementary Education Major is comprehensive, therefore, the elementary major GPA is based on the cumulative of liberal arts curriculum and content course work.
- Transferred 56 credits with a cumulative 3.0 GPA from all previous institutions.
- A grade of “C” or higher (if taken) in the following courses:
- Official Test Scores showing competency in each of the following areas: mathematics, reading and writing. Scores are accepted from the Professional Readiness Exam (PRE), Basic Skills Test (no longer offered), ACT, or Michigan Merit Exam (MME). The following scores are acceptable:
- Mathematics: PRE pass, Basic Skills pass, ACT mathematics 22 or higher, or MME mathematics 1116 or higher.
- Writing: PRE pass, Basic Skills pass, ACT combined English/writing 24 or higher, or MME writing 1129 or higher.
- Reading: PRE pass, Basic Skills pass, ACT reading 22 or higher, or MME reading 1108 or higher.
- ICHAT criminal background check and Statement of Civil/Criminal Convictions. If you answered yes to any of the civil/criminal conviction questions on the application, you will need to provide:
- A copy of the Judgment of Sentence, or Registrar of Actions, or Certification of Conviction. A written explanation of the offense(s). Application of students with civil/criminal convictions will be carefully reviewed and may take longer to process.
- Meet academic, social, moral, and financial obligations as a member of the EMU community.
Major Requirements: 70-75 hours
Major Instrumental Ensembles: 8-11 hours
Wind and Percussion Principals: 11 hours
String Principals: 8 hours
Elective Courses (string principals only): 3 hours
Applied Music Courses: 16 hours
Senior recital approval is required. Students must enroll in Applied Music during the semester the recital is performed.
Music majors enrolled in Applied Music will also participate in a weekly studio class. Studio class times vary; please contact the Applied Music teacher for schedule.
Keyboard and guitar principals must take AMUS 115A - Secondary Applied Music /AMUS 115B - Secondary Applied Music (wind/percussion/string instrument) (total of 4 hrs).
Improvisation Requirement: 0-2 hours
Students in this degree must meet an improvisation requirement. This requirement may be met in one of the following ways:
- MUSC 244 - Jazz Ensemble 1 hr
- MUSC 250 - Jazz Combo 1 hr
- MUSC 305 - Keyboard Skills 2 hrs
- Other approved improvisation course (see an advisor for details)
- Contract in Applied Music for at least one Fall or Winter semester. An improvisation Contract must be completed by the student and approved by the applied music instructor and department head at the beginning of the semester. A written evaluation of the student’s improvisation work must be provided by the applied music instructor and approved by the department head at the completion of the semester. Applied music improvisation projects can be in any style (jazz, classical, world music, etc.) and should be equivalent to one credit of independent study.
Professional Education Sequence: 34 hours
Pre-Admission Phase: The Learner and the Community: 7 hours
The following courses may be taken before formal admission to the Initial Teacher Preparation Program:
- 100 clock hours of approved prestudent teaching field experiences (0 hrs)
Phase I: Curriculum, Assessment and Social Context: 6 hours
Formal admission to the Initial Teacher Preparation Program is required to begin this phase
Phase II: Content Methods, Literacy and Technology: 9 hours
Formal admission to the Initial Teacher Preparation Program is required to begin this phase
Phase III: Capstone Experience: 12 hours
All Bachelor of Music Education students must pass a program specific screening exam before being approved for student teaching. Formal admission to the Initial Teacher Preparation Program is required to begin this phase
Recital Attendance Requirement:
Each undergraduate music major must attend a total of 80 recitals/concerts (events) during their time of undergraduate study; they will receive credit for no more than 25 events per academic year. Students who fail to meet this requirement will not be permitted to graduate. The number of events that transfer students and students seeking a second bachelor’s degree must attend will be prorated, based on the number of semesters of work remaining at the time of their matriculation. Normally each semester the student will attend at least ten musical events, of which five are usually the Department of Music and Dance weekly student recitals. Credit will be received for attendance at any Department of Music and Dance event. Students must be present for an entire event to receive credit. The cards are collected at the end of the program. A student who is performing in an event may receive recital attendance credit for that event if the student performs in less than 50 percent of the event. Attendance at many non-departmental musical events may be credited toward the recital attendance requirement. To obtain credit, bring a ticket stub and program to the music office. The Head of the Department of Music and Dance will determine whether or not the event qualifies for recital credit.
This program does not require a minor.
Students must earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level or above.
MTTC Subject Area Test
Starting January 1, 2013, Students seeking licensure in a secondary or K-12 area are not required to take the MTTC subject area test in their minor area. Students who elect not to take the test in their minor will be required to sign a statement indicating that they understand that they will not be endorsed in their minor area and will not be eligible for teaching positions in their minor unless they pass the minor subject area test within five years of completing field experience and course requirements.
Critical Graduation Information:
Each undergraduate student will be responsible for the fulfillment of the requirements or their equivalents of the Eastern Michigan University catalog in force at the time of their initial registration at a college or university or a subsequent catalog including the one in effect at the time of their graduation.
In the event an undergraduate student does not complete the degree requirements within seven years of the date of their original registration at a college or university, the student may be required to have their credits re-evaluated by the academic department(s) of their major/minor in keeping with catalog requirements in force during the year of their graduation.
The following are minimum requirements for all bachelor’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some majors and minors require more than the minimum in one or more of the areas below; students are urged to consult the online catalog for the requirements of their particular programs.
- Earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level and above. Courses with numbers below 100 will not be counted toward this degree requirement. At most 8 credit hours of physical education (PEGN) activity courses will be counted toward this requirement. A Bachelor of Arts degree requires completion of one year of college credit in a world language.
- Meet the requirements of the General Education program (see information below).
- Complete a Writing Intensive (WI) Course in your major.
- Earn a minimum of 60 credits from a four-year college or university; courses taken at community colleges cannot be used to meet this requirement. (Some formal program-to-program articulation agreements modify this requirement. See specific agreements for details.)
- Earn a minimum of 30 credits from courses taken at EMU.
- Complete 10 of the last 30 hours for the degree from courses taken at EMU.
- Have a minimum of 30 unique credit hours in their major and 20 unique credit hours in their minor for a total of at least 50 unique credit hours between them. Some majors that require 50 or more hours themselves do not require a minor; students should check requirements of the selected major in the undergraduate catalog to see if a minor is required.
- Earn no more than 60 credit hours in one subject area (prefix). Credits in excess of the 60 maximum will not be counted toward the minimum of 124 credits required for a bachelor’s degree.
- Earn the minimum number of credits in 300-level and above courses in each major and minor as specified below - these credits must be earned in distinct courses; that is, no course can be used to fulfill this requirement in more than one major or minor.
- Earn a minimum of 6 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each minor
- Earn a minimum of 9 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that requires a minor.
- Earn a minimum of 15 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that does not require a minor
- Transfer credit will be awarded for courses taken at colleges and universities that are accredited by one of the recognized regional accrediting bodies only if the courses are college-level (equated to 100-level or above at EMU) and the student earned a “C” (or 2.0 on a 4 point scale) or better. Transfer credit may be awarded on a case-by-case basis for college-level courses in which a “C” (2.0) or better was earned at institutions outside the U.S. or at non-accredited U.S. institutions; the internal review of such courses is conducted by individual departments/schools within EMU, and additional documentation may be required. Please note: EMU awards only credits for transferred courses; grades are not used in the calculation of an EMU GPA.
- Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in courses taken at EMU in order to graduate. In addition, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 must be reached in each major and minor. Only courses taken at EMU and those applied to a student’s major or minor, will be used in the calculation of their major and minor cumulative GPAs. (Note: some programs may require a higher GPA - check with your program advisor.)
General Education Requirements:
EMU’s General Education Program requires students to choose from a menu of approved courses in several different areas; do not assume that other courses in the same department or with similar names will fulfill these requirements. Please see General Education for a detailed description of requirements.
Students who transferred to EMU may have modified general education requirements based on Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) or articulation agreements; consult your academic advisor for additional information.