The purpose of the music education curriculum at Bucknell is to prepare students to become outstanding music teachers in the public schools. The curriculum is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) as a requirement for professional certification. Through this course of study a student will be expected to develop  and apply  sound musicianship in an applied area, knowledge of music theory and the history of music, broad cultural awareness through courses other than music, and crucial methods course skills that will deepen their understanding of pedagogically appropriate and innovative teaching practices. Students may choose a curriculum that reflects either a vocal or instrumental emphasis; however, because PDE certification in music covers levels K-12 all music education students--regardless of emphasis--must meet the state standards for each of the major areas of music instruction typically found in the public schools such as choral, general, strings, and band.

Candidates are reviewed at the end of each semester through an examination by a jury composed of members of the faculty of the Department of Music as well as by an interview with the senior Music Education faculty member. At the end of the sophomore year, students must be approved for upper-level study by the department. Candidates whose progress is determined to be insufficient will not be permitted to continue in the Bachelor of Music degree program.

The student will be expected to make several successful appearances in recital before the senior year, and to present during the fall of the senior year a minimum of half a solo recital in a chosen applied area. The student must also complete an e-portfolio in accordance with departmental guidelines. Additionally, all Music Education majors will take four semesters of lessons in a secondary instrument: those students whose primary performance area is instrumental will study a secondary instrument, voice students will study piano, and piano students will study voice.

Culminating Experience: The music education major will meet the culminating experience requirements (carrying 4 credits) through student teaching and the Student Teacher Seminar. Student teaching placements are assigned and supervised by the music education professor. During student teaching, music education majors will develop professional attitudes, human relationship skills, establish effective classroom climate and management skills, develop effective planning techniques, and have a command of subject-matter knowledge and materials. Criteria for grading have been established by the Bucknell University Education department and are available through the department of music. Failure to achieve an appropriate grade in student teaching results in failure to receive state certification.

Thirty-four full academic course credits are required for graduation, distributed as outlined below:

Courses other than Music:
Core College Curriculum courses (NOTE: CE requirement fulfilled by EDUC 439)

13 (requires double-counting)

Courses in Music and Music Education:
MUSC 135, 142*, 143*, 144*, 145*, 146* or 147*, 200, 201, 202, 235, 239, 241, 249 or another course in world music, 252, 253, 259, 335, 369;
EDUC 101, EDUC 201, EDUC 439 (Student Teaching



Courses in Solo Performance (Private Lessons):
7 semesters at .25 credit per semester in primary instrument and 4 semesters at .25 credit per semester in secondary instrument.



Other Requirements:

Senior Recital
Recital Attendance
Functional Keyboard

Pennsylvania Department of Education Requirements for Certification:

MUSC 230, 231
2 courses in math, a writing course, and a course in English literature
PRAXIS exams and clearances

Total Number of Credits:


*Quarter-credit course.


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