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Music Education Major Map

Campus: West Virginia University / Morgantown
College/School: College of Creative Arts
Pathways: Visual and Performing Arts, Education

If you successfully complete this program (and all tests required by the West Virginia Department of Education), you’ll qualify for a Birth–Adult Music professional certificate that allows you to teach instrumental, vocal and general music in West Virginia schools.

Academics

Fall
  • MUSC Major Ensemble
    1
  • MUSC 121-127D Applied Music
    2
  • Select one of the following courses:
    1
    MUSC 130 Piano Class Level 0 or
    MUSC 131 Piano Class Level 1/2 or
    MUSC 132 Piano Class Level 1 or
    MUSC 133 Piano Class Level 1 1/2
  • MUSC 138 Voice Class 1 Exclamation Point
    1-2
  • MUSC 161 Aural Theory 1 Exclamation Point An A in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    2
  • MUSC 162 Written Theory 1 Exclamation Point A C in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    2
  • ENGL 101 Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric Exclamation Point An A in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    3
  • MUSC 191 First-Year Seminar - Creative Arts
    2
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
17
Spring
  • MUSC Major Ensemble
    1
  • MUSC 121-127D Applied Music
    2
  • Select one of the following courses:
    1
    MUSC 130 Piano Class Level 0 or
    MUSC 131 Piano Class Level 1/2 or
    MUSC 132 Piano Class Level 1 or
    MUSC 133 Piano Class Level 1 1/2
  • MUSC 163 Aural Theory 2 Exclamation Point A B in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    2
  • MUSC 164 Written Theory 2 Exclamation Point A B in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    2
  • MUSC 177 Introduction to Music Listening Exclamation Point An A in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    1
  • MUSC 180 Introduction to Music Education
    1
  • MUSC 189 Music Convocation An A in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    0
  • Select one of the following courses:
    2
    MUSC 280 Woodwind Instrument Pedagogy or
    MUSC 281 Brass Instrument Pedagogy or
    MUSC 284 Vocal Pedagogy
  • MUSC Chamber Music
    1
  • SPED 304 Special Education in Contemporary Society Exclamation Point
    3
16
Exclamation Point Critical Course A Icon B Icon C Icon Success marker (try to get the grade indicated)

This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • New international students: Find a mentor who is an upperclassman
  • Complete the Campus Read
  • Spend 100 hours at student success centers
  • Get a Success Coach from Student Life Office of Student Success or in your college
  • Download the Guide application

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your first year you should:

  • Make something at the WVU Craft Center
  • Take a hike, bike or go rock climbing at Coopers Rock State Forest
  • Attend Spring Family Weekend with your family
  • International students: Participate in international social events
  • Attend WVUp All Night

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your first year you should:

  • Take a language course
  • Attend the Festival of Ideas
  • Be a reporter for The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM
  • Get involved in the Student Government Association
  • Join a student organization

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your first year you should:

  • Complete AlcoholEdu Part 1
  • Join an intramural team
  • Make a healthy smoothie with the Student Wellness Ambassador Team
  • Exercise daily
  • Use the WELLWVU HeartMath Lab

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your first year you should:

  • Complete the financial literacy course
  • Submit your resume to Career Services
  • Take a writing or communications class
  • Attend a career fair
  • Get a job on campus at the residence hall desk or a dining hall

Academics

Fall
  • MUSC Major Ensemble
    1
  • MUSC 221-227D Applied Music
    2
  • Select one of the following courses:
    1
    MUSC 130 Piano Class Level 0 or
    MUSC 131 Piano Class Level 1/2 or
    MUSC 132 Piano Class Level 1 or
    MUSC 133 Piano Class Level 1 1/2
  • MUSC 189 Music Convocation An A in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    0
  • MUSC 200 Fundamentals of Conducting Exclamation Point
    2
  • MUSC 261 Aural Theory 3 Exclamation Point
    2
  • MUSC 262 Written Theory 3 Exclamation Point
    2
  • MUSC 270 History of Western Musical Traditions 1 Exclamation Point
    3
  • Select one of the following courses:
    2
    MUSC 280 Woodwind Instrument Pedagogy or
    MUSC 281 Brass Instrument Pedagogy or
    MUSC 284 Vocal Pedagogy
  • ENGL 102 Composition, Rhetoric, and Research Exclamation Point A B in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    3
18
Spring
  • MUSC Major Ensemble
    1
  • MUSC 221-227D Applied Music
    2
  • Select one of the following courses:
    1
    MUSC 130 Piano Class Level 0 or
    MUSC 131 Piano Class Level 1/2 or
    MUSC 132 Piano Class Level 1 or
    MUSC 133 Piano Class Level 1 1/2
  • MUSC 189 Music Convocation An A in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    0
  • MUSC 201 Conducting and Score Interpretation Exclamation Point
    2
  • MUSC 263 Aural Theory 4 Exclamation Point
    2
  • MUSC 264 Written Theory 4 Exclamation Point
    2
  • MUSC 271 History of Western Musical Traditions 2 Exclamation Point
    3
  • Select one of the following courses:
    2
    MUSC 280 Woodwind Instrument Pedagogy or
    MUSC 281 Brass Instrument Pedagogy or
    MUSC 284 Vocal Pedagogy
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
18
Exclamation Point Critical Course A Icon B Icon C Icon Success marker (try to get the grade indicated)

This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Spend 100 hours at student success centers
  • Get a Success Coach from Student Life Office of Student Success or in your college
  • Attend a SORTS (Students On the Road To Success) seminar
  • Complete the Campus Read
  • Find a faculty mentor

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your second year you should:

  • Go on one of the break trips through the Outdoor Rec Center
  • Attend a Sophomore/Junior Year Experience trip or event
  • Attend Fall Family Weekend with your family
  • Attend a football game
  • Attend WVUp All Night

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your second year you should:

  • Become an Adventure WV student leader
  • Attend a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day diversity program
  • Participate in leadership development opportunities in student organizations
  • Participate in the Friends of International Students Program
  • Study Abroad (complete one major experience outside the classroom)

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your second year you should:

  • Become a leadWELL Mentor
  • Use the WELLWVU HeartMath Lab
  • Take Student Wellness Ambassador peer certification
  • Take an academic yoga class in the Health and Education Building
  • Attend a WELLWVU Try It event

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your second year you should:

  • Attend the Sophomore/Junior Fair during your fall semester to explore studying abroad, internships, career choices and more
  • Meet with a career professional to make sure you are on track professionally
  • International students: Explore optional practical training (12 to 29 months work experience in the U.S.)
  • Attend a career fair
  • Internship (complete one major experience outside the classroom)

Academics

Fall
  • MUSC Major Ensemble
    1
  • MUSC 321-327D Applied Music
    2
  • MUSC 189 Music Convocation An A in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    0
  • MUSC 202 Conducting and Rehearsing
    2
  • Select one of the following courses:
    2
    MUSC 282 String Instrument Pedagogy or
    MUSC 283 Percussion Instrument Pedagogy
  • Select one of the following courses:
    3
    MUSC 380 Instrumental Methods and Technology Applications or
    MUSC 381 Choral Music Methods and Technology Applications or
    MUSC 382 General Music Methods and Technology Applications
  • EDUC 301 Learning in Educational Settings Exclamation Point
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    4
17
Spring
  • MUSC Majors Ensemble
    1
  • MUSC 321-327D Applied Music
    2
  • MUSC 189 Music Convocation An A in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    0
  • Select one of the following courses:
    2
    MUSC 282 String Instrument Pedagogy or
    MUSC 283 Percussion Instrument Pedagogy
  • Select one of the following courses:
    3
    MUSC 380 Instrumental Methods and Technology Applications or
    MUSC 381 Choral Music Methods and Technology Applications or
    MUSC 382 General Music Methods and Technology Applications
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • SPED 360 Differentiation of Instruction for Students with Special Needs Exclamation Point
    3
14
Exclamation Point Critical Course A Icon B Icon C Icon Success marker (try to get the grade indicated)

This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • International students: Meet one-on-one with an immigration adviser
  • Go talk to a faculty member in your department about graduate school or career options
  • Be the last person to leave the library from studying
  • Check all of your degree requirements
  • Become a tutor or mentor in your major

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your third year you should:

  • Visit the West Virginia and Regional History Center in the Downtown Library
  • Attend a Ring Day ceremony (where you will receive your WVU class ring)
  • Attend a football game
  • Attend a professional performance at the CAC
  • Visit the Core Arboretum

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your third year you should:

  • Create a culture of well-being with a WELLWVU academic internship
  • Explore mentorship opportunities in Greek Life
  • Be a reporter for The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM
  • Develop fundraising skills in a student organization
  • Complete a financial management skill development opportunity in student organizations

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your third year you should:

  • Become a Student Wellness Ambassador Leader
  • Become an Alcohol Literacy trainer and educate peers about the real effects of drinking alcohol
  • Stay active with moveWELL, the Student Rec Center and Outdoor Rec Center
  • Exercise daily
  • Participate in liveWELL programs

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your third year you should:

  • Attend a career fair
  • Consider graduate or professional school
  • Internship (complete one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Study Abroad (complete one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Undergraduate research (complete one major experience outside the classroom)

Academics

Fall
  • MUSC Major Ensemble
    1
  • MUSC 421-427D Applied Music
    2
  • Select one of the following courses:
    3
    MUSC 380 Instrumental Methods and Technology Applications or
    MUSC 381 Choral Music Methods and Technology Applications or
    MUSC 382 General Music Methods and Technology Applications
  • MUSC 384 Music Arranging for Public School Groups
    2
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • RDNG 422 Reading in the Content Areas
    3
17
Spring
  • MUSC 491 Professional Field Experience
    1-18
  • MUSC 487 Student Teaching Seminar
    2
  • C&I 491 Professional Field Experience
    1-18
4
Exclamation Point Critical Course A Icon B Icon C Icon Success marker (try to get the grade indicated)

This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Earn at least 15 credits per semester
  • Attend a SORTS (Students On the Road To Success) seminar
  • Get a Success Coach from Student Life Office of Student Success or in your college
  • International students: Meet one-on-one with an immigration adviser
  • Attend the Graduation One-Stop Shop

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your fourth year you should:

  • International students: Participate in international social events
  • Register with the WVU Alumni Association
  • Take a picture in front of Woodburn Hall with your graduation attire
  • Attend Spring Family Weekend with your family
  • Attend a football game

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your fourth year you should:

  • Develop fundraising skills in a student organization
  • Attend a multicultural, international or diversity program
  • Create a culture of well-being with a WELLWVU academic internship
  • Complete a financial management skill development opportunity in student organizations
  • Be a reporter for The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your fourth year you should:

  • Stay healthy: Ask an Expert via well.wvu.edu
  • Exercise daily
  • Become a Well-being Coach for your peers
  • Use exercise for mental well-being in Movement for Mental Health
  • Visit the Student Rec Center

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your fourth year you should:

  • Submit your resume to Career Services
  • Attend a career fair
  • Become a student-leader in at least one organization
  • Participate in a practice job interview session
  • International students: Explore optional practical training (12 to 29 months work experience in the U.S.)

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