The Music BA: Music Education Track

Preprofessional Studies Minor in Music Teaching, K-12

The Pre-professional Studies Minor in Music Teaching, K-12 is designed to prepare students to pursue graduate work in music education. Students interested in completing the minor must first be accepted to the Music BA Performance track on their primary instrument or voice. (see audition information here).

In addition, every year Geneseo nominates select students who meet the eligibility requirements described below to receive preferred applicant status to the Eastman School of Music's MA program in Music Education with Professional Certification. This status grants the student an admissions interview at the Eastman School. While the minor was developed in cooperation with Eastman, 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.

Program Requirements (66 credits)

Coursework: In addition to completing all degree requirements for the Music BA with a focus in Music Performance (45 credits), students must complete the additional Preprofessional Minor in Music Teaching; K-12 (21 credits).  

Methods and Musicianship Requirement

The basic requirements for the Music BA balance training in musicianship with methods for critical inquiry and exploration of our rich musical world.

Total Credits: 26

Musicianship Requirement

  • MUSC 139, 140  Piano I and II (2cr)
  • MUSC 189  Elements of Music Theory (3cr)
  • MUSC 256  Elements of Diatonic Harmony and Polyphony (3cr)
  • MUSC 315  Music Analysis (3cr)

Critical Histories and Methods

  • MUSC 236, 327 Thinking through Music I and II (6cr) 
  • MUSC 226 Music History I: Music in the European City, 1685-1803 (3cr)
  • MUSC 227 Music History II: Key Figures in Music History, Beethoven to Beyoncé (3cr)
  • MUSC 331-339 Seminar in Musicology or Ethnomusicology (3cr)
Performance Requirement

The music performance requirements allows students to develop advanced performance technique on their instrument or voice while studying with one of our highly trained studio faculty. Performance students also develop crucial skills in leadership and collaboration while forging lifelong friendships and connections in their ensembles, studio classes, and chamber groups. 

Total Credits: 19cr

  • MUSC 160, 165 Ensemble Participation (8cr)
  • MUSC 350-355 Intermediate Studio Instruction (4cr)
  • MUSC 450-455 Advanced Studio Instruction (4cr)
  • MUSC 359, 459 Junior and Senior Recitals (3cr)
Preprofessional Studies Minor in Music Teaching; K-12

Total Credits: 21cr

  • MUSC 141: Voice for the General Student (1cr)
  • MUSC 240: Piano (2cr)
  • MUSC 257: Harmony II (3cr)
  • MUSC 259: Elements of Figured Bass (1cr)
  • MUSC 340: Piano (2cr)
  • MUSC 365, 366: Conducting I & II  (6cr)
  • SPED: Introduction to Special Education (3cr)

Three of the following methods courses in trumpet, clarinet, percussion, high strings, and low strings selected from:

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

Eastman School of Music MA in Music Education with Professional Certification

Eligibility and Application Process

To receive a nomination to the Eastman School of Music's MA in Music Education with Professional Certification, students must be a declared music major in the performance track and have a minimum major GPA of 3.25. Students then complete an entrance interview in their sophomore year. 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 complete all proficiencies with a high pass (see below). Nominations are forwarded to the Eastman School by January 1 of a student’s final year of study at Geneseo.


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 to demonstrate these proficiencies. 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.