Music Education

Area of Performing, Visual, and Communicative Arts

Updated Fall 2013

The Music and Music Education majors support the following goals of Milligan College:

The music curriculum at Milligan seeks to produce life-long learners and lovers of music, as well as accomplished performers and avid music consumers The primary goal of the Music Area is to produce well-trained musicians who enjoy music and music making while also viewing music as a way to enhance and improve the quality of life.

All Milligan Students

Milligan College offers a wide variety of lessons including voice, piano, guitar, organ, brass, woodwinds, strings, and percussion instruments. In addition, the music area has numerous choral and instrumental ensembles. Applied study and ensemble participation are available to all students at Milligan College.

Music Majors and Minors: Admission to Program

In order to be appropriately placed in the music program at Milligan College, a prospective student must:

Music Education – B.A.

The music education curriculum is designed as an interdisciplinary program for the student planning a career in teaching music. Licensure is K-12 vocal/general or K-12 instrumental. This degree requires nine semesters of study.

Music Education - Instrumental or Vocal

Required courses (includes Teacher Licensure Requirements and Professional Education Courses) in the major:

* FOR INSTRUMENTAL - A standard band or orchestral instrument must be the principal concentration

*FOR VOCAL - Voice must be the principal or secondary concentration
*All music majors whose principal instrument is piano must enroll in one semester of organ study. (.5 hr)

**MUSC 101, 102, 201 Piano as Secondary Concentration instead of applied study if the secondary area of concentration is piano (6 hrs)

***In order to be eligible for a senior recital, students need to have successfully completed a junior recital.

Additional Licensure Requirements

Music education majors must engage in field experience during the first two weeks of a secondary school’s fall semester in order to satisfy the Tennessee licensure requirements. Students have the sole responsibility for arranging this field experience and must keep a journal which they will submit to their adviser immediately following and as part of their required work for MUSC 451/EDUC 534.

Verification of CPR and/or first aid proficiency is required for approval to student teach.

Students completing any teacher education program are required to take the Praxis II test “Principles of Learning and Teaching” (#0621 PLT for Early Childhood [score 155], #0622 PLT for K-6 [score 158], #0623 PLT for 5-9 [score 158] or #0624 PLT for 7-12 [score155]). Students will register for all Praxis exams at

The following general education requirements are fulfilled in the major:

Total number of required hours: 85.5

To earn a bachelor’s degree, a student must complete 128 semester hours in courses with course numbers at the 100 level or above. In addition to courses in the major (and minor, if applicable), students must complete the requirements for a bachelor of arts degree as described on Pages 41-43 of the 2013-14 catalog. The B.A. degree requires foreign language through the intermediate level.

† Graduate Credit Option

Music education students planning to enter the Master of Education programafter completing their undergraduate degree should consider taking the following courses for graduate credit (EDUC 534, 535, 536, and 537).

These courses will count toward both the undergraduate degree (beyond the 128 hour requirement) and for the Master of Education degreeat Milligan College. If the courses are taken for graduate credit, there will be graduate level objectives and assignments.

These courses will replace the following required courses in the Master of Education degree program:

Taking these courses would permit music education students to complete a Master of Education program in 12 months beyond their undergraduate program. For additional information, contact the Director of Teacher Certification or Area Chair for Education.

For additional information about the teacher licensure program or about the Praxis II exams required for licensure, including a list of courses required for licensure, see the Education: Licensure Programs section of the Catalog.

Applied Study

Applied music study for the music major may be in voice, piano, organ, guitar, brass, woodwinds, strings, or percussion. Either the principal or the secondary applied area for the music major must be piano, unless a proficiency (MUSC 207) in piano is demonstrated. Preparation for the proficiency will be developed through class instruction (MUSC 101, 102, 201 – Piano as a Secondary Concentration) unless it is the judgment of the piano faculty that a student’s substantial background in piano warrants private lessons (MUSC 104 – Applied Study-Piano). All music majors whose principal instrument is piano must enroll in one semester of organ study.

Each semester of their applied study, Music majors take a jury in their principal applied area, unless they have completed a junior or senior recital after mid-term. Please note that if you choose to continue your principal applied study in future semesters after completing your degree requirements, you will be subject to the course requirements in the syllabus about recital performance, juries, etc. Music majors also take a jury in their secondary area each semester of their applied study, unless their secondary instrument is piano. Students with piano as their secondary concentration take MUSC 207-Piano Proficiency when the professor deems the student prepared.


Music majors must participate in a primary ensemble which uses their particular applied study skill and is approved by their applied professor for six semester hours. (Primary Ensembles: Concert Choir, Women’s Chorale, Jazz Ensemble, Civic Band, and Orchestra.) Participation in ensembles will not result in tuition overload charges should the student exceed enrollment in more than 18 hours per semester due to the ensemble credit hours.

Concert and recital attendance

Concert and recital attendance (90%/semester of scheduled performances) is required of the music major for eight semesters. Failure to meet all recital attendance requirements results in a half a letter grade (5 points) reduction in every music class final average for the semester.

Senior Major Exam

The senior major exam, which is required of all baccalaureate degree-seeking students and evaluates the students’ achievement of learning outcomes in their major fields of study, will be fulfilled by successfully completing MUSC 408 Senior Recital, MUSC 490 Senior Project, or MUSC 499C Mentored Research. (In order to be eligible for a senior recital, students need to have successfully completed a junior recital.)