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BA in Music: Music Education Track

The Music Education program at Geneseo is an advisement track that prepares qualified students to pursue graduate work in music education. Developed in cooperation with the Eastman School of Music, students who successfully complete the music education track at Geneseo are eligible to apply to Eastman’s MA program in Music Education with Professional Certification. While the music education track at Geneseo prepares students specifically for admission to the Eastman School, the program is broadly designed to prepare students to meet general entrance requirements for most Masters’ programs in music education, and particularly those leading to professional certification in music education in New York state.

Eligibility and Application Process

To be eligible for the Music Education track at Geneseo, students must be a declared music major with a focus in music performance and have a minimum major GPA of 3.25. Students interested in the music education track complete an entrance interview in their sophomore year. While students may declare a major in music in their first year at Geneseo, they are not admitted to the music education track until they complete the sophomore-year interview process. Interview dates are announced at the beginning of the academic year. Further information about the interview may be obtained from the Music Department Secretary, Tammy Farrell. Students must successfully complete all required coursework and proficiencies with a high pass (see below) as well as maintain a B+ major GPA in order to be nominated for the MA program at the Eastman School of Music. Nominations are forwarded to the Eastman School by January 1 of a student’s final year of study at Geneseo.

Program Requirements (65 credits)

Coursework: In addition to completing all degree requirements for the BA in Music with a focus in Music Performance (45 credits), students must complete the following courses (20 credits):

  • MUSC 141: Voice for the General Student              1 credit                                                                   
  • MUSC 240: Piano (2 semesters)                                2 credits                                                       
  • MUSC 256: Harmony I                                                3 credits                                                       
  • MUSC 340: Piano (2 semesters)                                2 credits                                                       
  • MUSC 365, 366: Conducting I & II                             6 credits                                                         
  • SPED: Introduction to Special Education                 3 credits

Students must also complete 3 of the following methods courses in trumpet, clarinet, percussion, high strings, and low strings selected from: 

  • MUSC 142: Woodwinds for the General Student      1 credit                                                         
  • MUSC 143: Brass for the General Student                 1 credit                                                           
  • MUSC 144: Strings for the General Student               1 credit                                                         
  • MUSC 145: Percussion for the General Student        1 credit

Proficiencies: In addition to proficiency on a primary instrument or voice, students will demonstrate proficiencies in keyboard, solfege, aural skills, and written theory.  The courses in the music education track are designed to prepare students for the proficiency exams. In general, students should begin taking proficiency exams after their fourth semester of study. Proficiency exams are offered in both fall and spring semesters. In addition, students will demonstrate continued proficiency on their primary instrument or voice in conjunction with their semester jury evaluations administered in fulfillment of their regular music performance degree requirements.