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 students selecting a music education emphasis must complete the music major (B.A.) course requirements, and emphasis course and ensemble requirements (below).
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 206Introduction to Music Education (F) (Jr,Sr)
MUS 331String Instrument Techniques (S) (Jr,Sr)
MUS 332Woodwind Instrument Techniques (even F) (Jr,Sr)
MUS 333Brass Instrument Techniques (F) (Jr,Sr)
MUS 334Percussion Instrument Techniques (S) (Jr,Sr)
MUS 423Orchestration I (F/S) (Jr,Sr)
MUS 433Music 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.
Ensembles are listed by performance area. All ensembles require audition except Oratorio Choir.
|Required Ensemble||Remaining Semesters’ Ensemble Choices|
|Guitar||Oratorio Choir (2 yr.)||
|Piano||Oratorio Choir (2 yr.)||
|Strings, Winds, and Percussion||Select 4 years from:
^Ensemble accompanists are assigned by the director of piano studies.
^^Maximum one year for credit in these ensembles.