Music Education BM K-12 Choral

Program Purpose


This is a limited-enrollment program requiring departmental admissions approval. Please see the Music Education Program website (http://mckinley.byu.edu/music/programs/musiced/) for information regarding requirements for admission to this major.

The BM degree in Music Education prepares the student for K-12 licensure as a public school teacher with a general, choral or instrumental emphasis. The degree program is a composite of music and education. Graduates may obtain a teaching position, pursue graduate work, or use the degree as professional preparation for other fields of endeavor.

The undergraduate and graduate Music Education programs at Brigham Young University support the aims of a BYU education.  We embed experiences within all coursework for our students to strengthen their lives spiritually, enlarge their intellectual experience, build their character, and prepare for lifelong learning and service.

Curricular Structure

A degree in music education prepares the student for licensure as a Utah public school music teacher in grades 6-12 with a K-12 music endorsement. The K-12 Choral Emphasis program is designed to prepare students to teach vocal/choral music in all grades. Graduates also are licensed to teach classroom general and instrumental music. The degree program is a composite of music and education. Graduates may obtain a teaching position, pursue graduate work, or use the degree as professional preparation for other fields of endeavor.

In addition to the music core requirements, the BM degree in Music Education with a choral emphasis includes coursework in vocal technique, pedagogy and performance, world music, ensemble participation, music education methods courses, choral arranging, and pre- and student teaching. Other education courses include adolescent development and multicultural education.  

Major Academic Plan Music Education: K to 12 Choral Emphasis

Catalog Information

Department Information

Application Procedures

http://mckinley.byu.edu/music/programs/musiced/

Learning Outcomes


The Music Education Faculty remains deeply engaged in aligning our curriculum with our program outcomes. The program outlined here represents the latest revision and alignment of course curriculum, objectives, materials and experiences.

In addition to the music core required of all music students, music education students completing the music education program will demonstrate:

1. Effective Pedagogy, Philosophy, and Practice

Students will function as competent educators with a secure grasp of effective pedagogical practice grounded in sound teaching philosophy and carefully considered curricular and instructional priorities.

Courses that Contribute: MUSIC 276 MUSIC 277 MUSIC 278 MUSIC 363 MUSIC 376A MUSIC 376B MUSIC 379 MUSIC 476 MUSIC 482
Linked to BYU Aims: Think soundly, Competence, Character
2. Effective Communication

Students will demonstrate effective interpersonal and communication skills, especially the ability to connect with students.

Courses that Contribute: MUSIC 276 MUSIC 376A MUSIC 376B MUSIC 379 MUSIC 476 MUSIC 482
Linked to BYU Aims: Think soundly, Communicate effectively, Competence
3. Music Teaching Strategies and Materials

Students will demonstrate a knowledge of a broad array of skills, strategies, methodologies, and materials related to music teaching.

Courses that Contribute: MUSIC 276 MUSIC 277 MUSIC 278 MUSIC 363 MUSIC 374 MUSIC 376A MUSIC 376B MUSIC 379 MUSIC 476 MUSIC 482
Linked to BYU Aims: Human knowledge, Competence, Lifelong learning
4. Professional Development

Students will demonstrate the ability to be open, reflective practitioners.

Courses that Contribute: MUSIC 276 MUSIC 277 MUSIC 278 MUSIC 376A MUSIC 376B MUSIC 379 MUSIC 476
Linked to BYU Aims: Gospel knowledge, Character, Lifelong learning

Evidence of Learning


Assessments in the Music Education undergraduate program occur at three key points called "Transitions." At each transition, evidence is gathered as a means of measuring progress. Certain data are collected through a series of forms and documents including the Teacher Work Sample (TWS) and the Clinical Practice Assessment System (CPAS). Students' video recordings of teaching are included as part of all three transition points.

Direct Measures

Transition 1 – Entry into the program

In order to apply to the program, a student must successfully complete Music 176, complete an online application, and, through a competitive process assessed by the Music Education Faculty, be selected to enter one of the Music Education tracks (instrumental, choral, or elementary). 

The Application Portfolio consists of the following:

 

Students are also required to successfully apply to the BYU School of Music and audition on their instrument.

As we have many more applicants than we have open slots each year (approximately 40-60 applicants, up to 30 accepted), the quality of students passing Transition 1 is very high. 

The assessment score of the video recording of teaching is recorded as part of a permanent record for Transition 1 and is used as a baseline for measuring future growth in Transition 2.

 

Transition 2 – Application for Student Teaching

Transition 2 takes place at the end of a student's coursework, just prior to entering the full-time Student Teaching semester.

The Application for Student Teaching consists of the following:

 

Transition 3 – Completion of Student Teaching

Transition 3 occurs at the end of the Student Teaching semester, prior to graduation.

Completion of Student Teaching consists of the following:

Indirect Measures

The Music Education Faculty has ongoing interest in examining indirect measures of the program's effectiveness. Sources of indirect measures have included or may include:

Learning and Teaching Assessment and Improvement