Music Education

Degree Summary

The Bachelor of Music with Teacher Certification degree is structured for students desiring to become public school music teachers. The curriculum presents students with a broad knowledge of the elements of music, instructional knowledge in teaching individual instruments, voice, and ensembles, as well as the science and art of teaching.

Preparing for the Future

The degree program prepares students to become:

  1. Elementary music teachers,
  2. Orchestra directors for junior & senior high school,
  3. Choir directors for junior & senior high school, or
  4. Band directors for junior & senior high school.

At the conclusion of course-work, students become eligible to take the state certification tests for music (grades EC-12).

Degree Course Work Overview

Each semester, Music Education students will:

  1. Actively work towards completing one of the following degree plans:
    • Degree Plan for future Band Directors:
      • Woodwind Emphasis (for students majoring in Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, or Saxophone)
      • Brass Emphasis (for students majoring in Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, or Tuba)
      • Percussion Emphasis (for students majoring in Percussion)
    • Degree Plan for future Choir Directors (for students majoring in Voice)
    • Degree Plan for future Orchestra Directors (for students majoring in Violin, Viola, Cello, or String Bass)
    • Degree Plan for future Elementary Music Teachers (available to students majoring in Voice, Orchestra String instruments, Woodwind instruments, Brass instruments, or Percussion instruments)
  2. Attend and participate in Music Education Seminars. There are usually 3 seminars each semester.
  3. Complete all other requirements listed for music majors. This includes concert attendance. See the Music Major Handbook for a specific listing of these requirements.
  4. During the last 3 semesters, music education majors will be required to observe public school music teachers at various schools in the Huntsville, Conroe, Klein, and Spring areas. Students should be prepared for the time and travel involved with this process.
  5. The student's last semester will consist of student-teaching at an actual public school. The student will not have time to hold an outside job during this semester. The student should make financial preparations for this semester.






School of Music
Sam Houston State University
1751 Avenue I, Huntsville, TX 77340
Phone: 936-294-1360

www.shsu.edu/music

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