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Music Education Emphasis

The music education emphasis provides future vocal, instrumental, and general music teachers with necessary skills, knowledge, and appropriate methodologies for success at all levels of music education within California. Successful completion of this program allows the student to enroll in the Single Subject Teaching Credential program, offered by APU’s School of Education. The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing for public schools approves this specialization.


All music degree students selecting a music education emphasis must complete the music major (B.A.) course requirements, and emphasis course and ensemble requirements (below).

Students also have additional requirements to complete within the School of Music, including recital attendance and performance.


Course Legend:
F = Offered every fall, S = Offered every spring
Fr = Freshman, So = Sophomore, Jr = Junior, Sr = Senior

Music Education Emphasis*12 units
All music education students are required to pass a sophomore music education proficiency examination which includes a solo performance on their main applied instrument or voice, an interview, and a review of their performance in the aural skills class including individual critiques from the instructors of the aural skills classes. If students do not pass this proficiency, they are not permitted to continue as a music education major.
MUS 206
Introduction to Music Education (F) (Jr,Sr)
MUS 331
String Instrument Techniques (S) (Jr,Sr)
MUS 332
Woodwind Instrument Techniques (even F) (Jr,Sr)
MUS 333
Brass Instrument Techniques (F) (Jr,Sr)
MUS 334
Percussion Instrument Techniques (S) (Jr,Sr)
MUS 423
Orchestration I (F/S) (Jr,Sr)
MUS 433
Music Methods for the Elementary and Secondary Schools (S) (Jr,Sr)

*Please note: All music education emphasis students must join the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME) student chapter.

For admission to the APU credential programs, students must complete two additional courses: MUS 432 Music in the Elementary Schools and one of the following: MUS 201, MUS 204, MUS 205, MUS 301.

Performance Ensembles

Ensembles are listed by performance area. All ensembles require audition except Oratorio Choir.

  Required Ensemble Remaining Semesters’ Ensemble Choices
Guitar Oratorio Choir (2 yr.)
  • Chamber Singers
  • Gospel Choir (Rhythm Section)
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Jazz Combo
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Men’s Chorale Praise Band
  • Oratorio Choir
  • University Choir/Orchestra (Rhythm Section)
Piano Oratorio Choir (2 yr.)
  • Bel Canto Women’s Choir
  • Chamber Singers
  • Ensemble Accompanist^
  • Gospel Choir
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Jazz Combo
  • Men’s Chorale
  • Oratorio Choir
  • University Choir/Orchestra
Strings, Winds, and Percussion Select 4 years from:
  • Symphonic Band
  • Symphony Orchestra
  • Wind Ensemble
In addition to the above, select one year from:
  • String Chamber Ensemble
  • Brass Chamber Ensemble
  • Woodwind Chamber Ensemble
  • Percussion Chamber Ensemble
  • Oratorio Choir (2 yr.)
  • Chamber Singers
  • Opera Workshop^^
  • Oratorio Choir

^Ensemble accompanists are assigned by the director of piano studies.
^^Maximum one year for credit in these ensembles.

Note: This information is current for the 2013-14 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.