The Bachelor of Arts in Music Education program is based on the idea that the best way to prepare students to become great music teachers is to constantly place them in actual teaching settings alongside outstanding veteran music educators. The core of the music education major is a six-semester fieldwork-based course sequence taught by a faculty of veteran educators of the NH public schools and active cooperating teachers. Students will have at least one teaching experience and one related music education lecture each week. This six-semester sequence will cover as wide a variety of music teaching situations as possible. SNHU has established partnerships with a variety of local school districts and outside music organizations that will allow for these constant hands-on experiences.
The BA in Music Education is based on a cohort model in which only a small number of students is accepted into the program each year. This group of students will take all music and music education courses together as a group. This system results in a low student/teacher ratio, provides significant personal attention for each student, and creates a close, nurturing atmosphere among the students in each cohort.
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The music education major provides students with the necessary skills for a lifetime of continued learning and scholarship in music and other academic domains. Our faculty strive to develop the knowledge and skills students will need to engage with and navigate the challenges of a global society.
The faculty believe that in order to become an effective music teacher one must become an excellent musician. Our music education program is based upon the idea that involving frequent student interaction with outstanding veteran educators, encompassing a variety of learning environments throughout the undergraduate preparation is the best way to prepare for a successful career in music education.
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your BA in Music Education at SNHU include:
This program is approved by the New Hampshire State Department of Education for Teacher Certification as leading to an initial teacher's license or endorsement in New Hampshire. Southern New Hampshire University cannot guarantee licensure, certification, endorsement, or salary benefits. View disclosure information.
In addition to meeting all degree requirements, students seeking certification must meet all testing requirements for their specific certification area as required by the New Hampshire Department of Education. Students will not be recommended for certification until all requirements are met.
The Music Education Program leads to teacher certification for music grades K–12. The program provides an intensive study of music, a broad and integrated background in the liberal arts, and the skills, knowledge and experience to help elementary, middle, and high school students develop to their full potential. Music education majors practice traditional and innovative research-based approaches to teaching music through a six semester series of weekly internships in the local public schools, and a full immersion semester of student teaching.
The BA in Music Education is structured in small student cohorts resulting in a low student-to-teacher ratio, significant personal attention for each student and a close, nurturing atmosphere. It's small enough to give you the personal attention you want, but still offers major ensembles and other opportunities you would expect to find in a much larger program. Our faculty aim to provide all students with the skills needed to achieve employment in the field of music education upon graduation. Successful completion of this degree can qualify you for K-12 certification.
SNHU's bachelor's in music education program includes:
General Education Program
Our programs are designed to equip you with the skills and insights you need to move forward. In recent years, employers have stressed the need for graduates with higher order skills - the skills that go beyond technical knowledge - such as:
All bachelor's students are required to take general education classes. Through foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.
Music Theory and Aural Skills I introduces students to the basic elements, materials, and structure of Western tonal music with an emphasis on harmony, voice leading, and counterpoint. Students will develop aural skills through sight singing, ear training, rhythmic reading, dictation, and part-singing.
Music Theory and Aural Skills II continues to expose students to the basic elements, materials, and structure of Western tonal music that were introduced in MUS-211. Students continue to develop aural skills through sight singing, ear training, rhythmic reading, dictation, and part-singing.
Music Theory and Aural Skills III continues to expose students to the basic elements, materials, and structure of Western tonal music that were introduced in MUS-211 and MUS-212. Students continue to develop aural skills through sight singing, ear training, rhythmic reading, dictation, and part-singing.
Music Theory and Aural Skills IV continues to expose students to the basic elements, materials, and structure of Western tonal music that were introduced in MUS-211, MUS-212 and MUS-311. Students will continue to develop aural skills through sight singing, ear training, rhythmic reading, dictation, and part-singing. Atonal music and jazz theory will be introduced.
A study of the development of western music from its beginnings through the end of the Baroque period. Emphasis will be placed on developing a thorough knowledge of music literature. This course is intended for music majors.
A study of the development of Western music from the Baroque period to the present. Emphasis will be placed on developing a thorough knowledge of music literature. This course is intended for music majors.
Total Credits: 122
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