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Music Education Track

(Music BA with Preprofessional Studies Minor in Music Teaching, K-12)

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 in the performance track and have a minimum major GPA of 3.25. The focus in Music Performance requires an audition (see audition information here). Students interested in the music education track then 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 (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). *note: all students beginning their major coursework in Fall 2021 or after should follow the revised Music BA requirements described here.

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 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. 

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 Harmony I: Elements of Polyphony, OR
  • MUSC 258 Harmony I: Elements of Jazz Harmony (3cr)

Critical Histories and Methods

  • 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 315 Music Analysis (3cr)
  • MUSC 236, 327 Thinking through Music I and II (6cr) 
  • 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)