Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019


Music Education (MUE)

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

8 Semester Plan

134 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 13.1312

College of The Arts


Major Description

Certified Global Pathway Program
The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Music Education is designed to prepare students as practitioners in the field. Practical experience is the underlying value in all courses and field experiences. Students receive direct experience with music education philosophies, theories, and practices through course work and laboratory settings, as well as the K-12 schools at all stages in the program. Students’ progress towards a robust, semester-long, student-teaching experience and participate in experimental and professional opportunities offered by formal and informal undergraduate and graduate symposia and contemporary consortia. This degree program challenges and prepares students to not only embrace the traditions of music education in the schools, but also to incorporate new potentials for the future.


This program has been certified as a Global Pathway. Global Pathway programs have significant global content and align with the goals of USF’s Quality Enhancement Plan, the Global Citizens Project. Students in Global Pathway programs are well positioned to earn the Global Citizen Award and become eligible to apply for a study abroad scholarship offered by the Global Citizens Project.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Transfer students should complete the following prerequisite courses listed below at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted. Unless stated otherwise, a grade of "C-" is the minimum acceptable grade. If students are coming to the university from a Florida College System institution, the following prerequisite courses will be accepted as meeting lower level requirements.

Electives: Music credits beyond those required may be used as program electives.

This is an official state teacher education program. All music education students must demonstrate teaching proficiency upon completion of MUE 2090 in order to continue in the program. Students remain coded as pre-music education (MPE) until all degree admission requirements have been met.

In order to take advanced coursework in the music education program, students must present evidence that they have attained an average of B for three aural theory courses (MUT 1241, 1242, 2246, 2247) and have maintained an overall USF GPA of 3.0. These standards are prerequisites for MUE 3424, 3425, 4311, 4331, 4332, 4936, and 4940. Evidence can be in the form of either an updated USF transcript or a current degree audit report. This information must be presented to the academic advisor before the end of the drop/add week in order to enroll in any of these seven music education courses.

Note: The following prerequisites are required for all education majors. Students should consult their intended majors (listed under "Departments and Programs," below) for a list of other specific course prerequisites and requirements beyond these listed below:

  • MUE X090 Foundations of Music Education
  • MUT x111 Music Theory or MUT x121
  • MUT x112 Music Theory or MUT x122
  • MUT x116 Music Theory or MUT x126
  • MUT x117 Music Theory or MUT x127
  • MUT x241 Aural Theory or MUT x221, x222, x226, and x227 or MUT x261, x262, x266, and x267 or MUT x271, x272, x276, and x277
  • MUT x242 Aural Theory or MUT x221, x222, x226, and x227 or MUT x261, x262, x266, and x267 or MUT x271, x272, x276, and x277
  • MUT x246 Advanced Aural Theory or MUT x221, x222, x226, and x227 or MUT x261, x262, x266, and x267 or MUT x271, x272, x276, and x277
  • MUT 2247 Advanced Aural Theory or MUT 1221, 1222, 2226, 2227, 1261, 1261, 2266, 2267, 1271, 1272, 2276, or 2277
  • MUN XXXX 4 semester hours
  • MVx X1X1 Secondary Applied Music Courses, 2-4 semester hours
  • MVx X2X2 Secondary Applied Music Courses, 2-4 semester hours
  • Secondary Piano Proficiency by Examination or MVK x111, x112, x121 and x122 or MVK x111r, x112r, x121r or MVK x211 and x221 or MUE 1111 and MUE 1121

Total Major Hours: 92 Hours

Major Core Courses - 85 Hours

Music Courses (47 credit hours)

  • Music Theory (9 credit hours)
  • Aural Theory (3 credit hours)
  • Keyboard Skills (0-8 credit hours)
  • Conducting (4 credit hours)
  • Music History (11 credit hours)
    • MUH 2020 The History of Blues and Rock or MUH 2051 Folk and Traditional Music of World Cultures
    • MUH 3300 Music History/Medieval and Renaissance
    • MUH 3301 Music History/Baroque and Classic
    • MUH 3302 Music History/Romantic and 20th Century
  • Applied Principal (Studio) (2 terms each level) (12 credit hours)
    • MVx 131X, 232X, 333X (culminating in junior recital)
    • MUN 3XXX Major Ensemble (concurrent registration with studio) (6 credit hours)
    • Upper division voice principals may take up to one semester of opera as a major ensemble.
  • MUS 2010 Recital Attendance (attendance at minimum seven (7) programs per semester for five semesters. Must be registered each semester.)

Professional Education Courses (6 ​credit hours)

  • TSL 4324 ESOL Competencies and Strategies
  • RED 4312 Emergent Literacy Strategies and Assessment

Music Education (32 credit hours)

  • MUE 2090 Foundations of Music Education
  • MUE 3421 Choral Techniques
  • MUE 3422 Wind Techniques (taken twice)
  • MUE 3423 String Techniques
  • MUE 3475 Percussions Techniques or MUN 3443 Percussion Ensemble
  • MUE 3414 Creative Performance Chamber Ensemble
  • MUE 3424 Progressive Music Education Methods 1
  • MUE 3425 Progressive Music Education Methods 2
  • MUE 4311 General Music Methods (includes pre-internship)
  • MUE 4331 Choral Methods or MUE 4332 Instrumental Methods (includes pre-internship)
  • MUE 4936 Senior Seminar in Music Education (taken with Internship)
  • MUE 4940 Internship: Music Education [Register for 6 credit hours. 3 hours apply to EXIT Capstone]

Methods courses include:

  1. Curriculum and instruction
  2. Human development and learning,
  3. Classroom management,
  4. Assessment through measurements,
  5. Teaching exceptional students with varied learning styles and achievement levels.

Major Elective Courses - 7 Hours

Seven (7) credit hours of music electives.

Additional Major Requirements

Major Requirements

The FTCE (Florida Teacher Certification Exam), which includes the GKT (General Knowledge Test), the PEd (Professional Education Exam), and the SAE (Subject Area Examination in Music) must be taken before entering the internship and successfully completed for the degree and for Florida teacher certification. A copy of the GKT results must be given by the student to the Music Advisor immediately upon receipt.

The Florida Teacher Certification Exam (FTCE)

The exam includes the General Knowledge Test (GKT), the Professional Education Exam (PEd), and the Subject Area Exam (SAE in Music). The GKT is taken separately. However, the PEd and the SAE can be taken together. Observe deadline notes below!

  • If you are interning in the Fall semester, you must submit all passing scores of the required General Knowledge Test to the Music Advisor no later than 5:00 pm on the Friday after the preceding Spring commencement date in order to be guaranteed certification for degree completion.
  • If you are interning in the Spring semester, you must submit all passing scores of the required General Knowledge Test to the Music Advisor no later than 5:00 pm on the Friday after the preceding Summer commencement date in order to be guaranteed certification for degree completion.
  • Warning: Failure to adhere to the guidelines above will result in your inability to intern during the semester for which you have applied.
  • Copies of passing scores of the Professional Education Exam and the Subject Area Exam must be submitted to the Music Advisor. These scores must be submitted no later than 5:00 pm on the Friday following the graduation ceremony during the semester in which you are interning.

JUNIOR RECITAL FOR BS DEGREE IN MUSIC EDUCATION: A public recital will be given during the student's last year of applied music study. The student should have achieved junior classification as defined by the university and should be enrolled at the 3000 level in applied music. A recital performed at another institution will not satisfy graduation requirements for USF. The recital must be performed on the USF campus and the student must be enrolled in the studio of a USF faculty member during the term of said recital. Exceptions may be made by the Director of the School of Music when deemed appropriate.


Major GPA Requirement

The GPA in both specialization courses (music) and professional education courses (music education and education) must be 2.5 in order to graduate.

Major Grade Requirement

The minimum acceptable grade for music, music education, education, and State Communication Requirement (formerly known as Gordon Rule Writing) and State Computation Requirement (formerly known as Gordon Rule Math) courses is "C-."

Aural theory courses must have an average grade of "B."

All music education courses must be completed with a C- or better. No "S" grades.

Major State Communication and Computation Requirement (formerly Gordon Rule)

The State Communication Requirement (formerly known as Gordon Rule Writing) requires 12 credit hours of ENC 1101, ENC 1102, and two other Communication courses. The State Computation Requirement (formerly known as Gordon Rule Math) requires 6 credit hours of Mathematics coursework and is satisfied through FKL courses.

Major Foundations of Knowledge and Learning (FKL) Requirement

MUH 2020 or MUH 2051 should be taken to satisfy both FKL Fine Arts and the Music History requirement for American Roots or Non-Western music.

Major Foundations of Knowledge and Learning (FKL) Exit Requirement

The following courses are approved FKL Capstone Learning Experience courses:

  • MUE 4936 Senior Seminar in Music Education (WRIN)
  • MUE 4940 Internship: Music Education (CPTS)

Major Other Requirements

An application to change from pre-Music Education (MPE) to Music Education (MUE) is necessary for the major to be official. This is available through the Music Advisor's website and should be submitted to him when MUE 2090, the General Knowledge Test (GKT), and the Aural Theory courses have been completed.

Research Opportunities

All undergraduate students in any degree program can participate in undergraduate research. There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 2912 or IDS 4914 courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office for Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options.

Additional Major Information

Major Advising

Dr. William Hayden, Academic Advisor: wphayden@usf.edu or FAH 120

Major Faculty

Director: K. M. Bryan; Associate Director: D.A. Williams; Professors Emeriti: A. Hawkins, J. Heller, V. Jennings, A. Monroe, J. Reynolds, A. Summer, R. Summer, D. Owen; Distinguished University Professor: C.R. Owen; Professors: K.T. Brantley, C.V. Fung, S.N. Kluksdahl, R.M. McCormick, J.O. Robison, A.J. Wilkins; Associate Professors: , J. Carmichael, K. Cho, J.C. Coble, W.P. Hayden, S. Ivanov, W.W. Jaworski, S.H. Lee, K. McCormick, J.L.S. Moore, J.B. Moorhead, P. Reller, C.E. Stuart, W.W. Wiedrich, D.A. Williams; Assistant Professors: , J. Bugos, Y-H Cheng, , ,, E. Ko, C. Randles, , B. Sekhon.

Major Accreditation

National Association of Schools of Music

Major Other Information

All-Steinway School

  More About this Major

  Research Opportunities

There are research opportunities associated with this major.


  Additional Requirements

There are additional requirements for this major such as grade, GPA, foreign language, and/or general education requirements.


  Additional Information

There is more information available for this major such as faculty, advising, and/or accreditation information.