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Introduction 

Welcome to the Music Education program. Northeastern Illinois University is a leader in K-12 music teacher training and licensure. The music education program places a high value on experiential training, and provides substantial, pre-clinical hours inside real classrooms from early in the program. The program fosters the educational development of its students in a nurturing environment, and is designed to prepare teacher candidates how to focus on child-centered learning from day one. The program emphasizes developmentally appropriate material in which students learn how to effectively work in the classroom at all grade levels.

Admission to the Program 

Upon being accepted by Northeastern Illinois University as an incoming student, contact the music department's Recruitment and Scholarship Coordinator (below) to arrange your audition into the program. All prospective music majors must audition to be accepted into the music program.

Degree Requirements 

  • All music education majors MUST consult with the Secondary Education Advisor BEFORE registering for classes in the second semester of their freshman year. Contact: Mike Bochnewych (m-bochnewych@neiu.edu) (773) 442-5387.
  • Vocal Music Education major must sing at the 300-level to become certified.
  • Music majors must attend 80 concerts, 70 of which must be Department of Music concerts.
  • Music majors are required to attend Department of Music Convocations. A missed convocation will result in the removal of 2 recital attendance credits from the student's file.
  • Music majors are expected to apply for 300-level applied lessons upon achieving junior status (between 60-89 credit hours).
  • Music Education majors must pass Music Education Junior Interview (See NOTE below).
  • Music Education majors must pass the piano proficiency examination prior to enrolling for Clinical Field Experience.
  • Music Education majors must obtain departmental approval for admission to student teaching.
  • Music majors must earn a 'C' or higher in all music classes.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 24 semester hours at the 300-level, and 18 semester hours at the 200- and 300-level to graduate.
  • Effective Fall 2008, all music majors must complete a writing intensive course (W.I.) in music to graduate.
  • Music Education students must pass a TB test, as well as FBI and state background checks.

Courses 

Emphasis IIa: K-12 Music Education: Vocal

REQUIRED COURSES

Music Theory 12 credits
Sight Singing/Ear Training  2 credits
Music History  9 credits
Conducting (basic and choral)  4 credits
Applied Music  8 credits
Class Piano  6 credits
Orientation to Music Education  1 credit
Diction  4 credits
Applied Music Pedagogy  3 credits
World Music  2 credits
(W.I.): Contemporary Music K-6  3 credits
Methods/Techniques; Teaching Music in Secondary Schools: Inst.  3 credits
Methods/Techniques; Teaching Music in Secondary Schools: Vocal    3 credits
Seminar in Music Education (clinical field experience)  2 credits
Large Ensemble  8 credits
TOTAL MUSIC 70 credits

PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Philosophical and Historical Foundations of Public Education  3 credits
Education and Individual Differences  3 credits
Psychology of Instruction & Learning  3 credits
School Curriculum  3 credits
K-12 Student Teaching & Seminar in Music  9 credits
English 101  3 credits
English 102  3 credits
Foundations of Communications or Voice & Diction                         3 credits
Health for Effective Living  2 credits
TOTAL PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION 32 credits

GENERAL STUDIES REQUIREMENTS

Math (100-level)  3 credits
Humanities (one must be English Literature)  9 credits
Behaviorial & Social Sciences  
  U.S. History 1607-1877 OR U.S. History 1877-present                  3 credits
  American National Government  3 credits
  Two additional Behaviroal & Social Science electives  6 credits
Natural Sciences (Biology is a required lab course)  9 credits
TOTAL GENERAL STUDIES 32 credits
TOTAL DEGREE 135 credits

Emphasis IIb: K-12 Music Education: Instrumental

REQUIRED COURSES

Music Theory 12 credits
Sight Singing/Ear Training  2 credits
Music History  9 credits
Conducting (basic and instrumental)  4 credits
Applied Music  8 credits
Piano  4 credits
Class Voice  2 credits
Orientation to Music Education  1 credit
Orchestration  3 credits
World Music  2 credits
(W.I.): Contemporary Music K-6  3 credits
Methods/Techniques; Teaching in Secondary Schools: Inst.  3 credits
Methods/Techniques; Teaching in Secondary Schools: Vocal             3 credits
Seminar in Music Education (clinical field experience)  2 credits
Large Ensemble  8 credits
Instrumental Music Studies  
  Brass Instruments  1 credit
  Percussion Instruments  1 credit
  String Instruments  1 credit
  Woodwind Instruments I: Flute/Clarinet  1 credit
  Woodwind Instruments II: Oboe/Bassoon/Saxophone  1 credit
TOTAL MUSIC 71 credits

PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Philosophical and Historical Foundations of Public Education            3 credits
Education and Individual Differences  3 credits
Psychology of Instruction & Learning  3 credits
School Curriculum  3 credits
K-12 Student Teaching & Seminar in Music  9 credits
English 101  3 credits
English 102  3 credits
Foundations of Communications or Voice & Diction  3 credits
Health for Effective Living  2 credits
TOTAL PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION 32 credits

GENERAL STUDIES REQUIREMENTS

Math (100-level)  3 credits
Humanities (one must be English Literature)  9 credits
Behaviorial & Social Sciences  
  U.S. History 1607-1877 OR U.S. History 1877-present                 3 credits
  American National Government  3 credits
  Two additional Behavioral & Social Science electives  6 credits
Natural Sciences (Biology is a required lab course)  9 credits
TOTAL GENERAL STUDIES 32 credits
TOTAL DEGREE 135 credits

Licensing Requirements 

Illinois Educator License, administered through the College of Education.

Suggested 4-Year Course Schedule 

Bachelor of Arts in Education (Vocal Music) - curricular TABLE   MAP

Bachelor of Arts in Education (Instrumental Music) - curricular TABLE   MAP

Opportunities 

There are several options to obtain additional teaching endorsements. Endorsements are available in just about every program area, and serve to enhance a prospective teacher's desirability, as well as hirability.

Careers & Employment 

State licensed teacher in a public or private school, private music teacher, or a variety of nearly limitless career options, depending upon the student's drive, desire and imagination.

Program Contact Information 

Sasha Gerritson
Recruitment and Scholarship Coordinator
Department of Music and Dance Program
(773) 442-5609

Other 

NOTE:

Guitar, Piano, Computer/Electronic Music Media students must be proficient at the 300 level in voice (vocal track) or on a band or orchestral instrument (instrumental track) to complete the music education program. Students must take applied Lessons in voice or a band or orchestral instrument until they pass the upper division 300 level jury in order to complete the music education degree. The student’s program must be approved by the advisor and may extend the time to degree.

Upon attaining Junior status, Music Education majors must apply for a Music Education Junior Interview. This interview serves as a general review of skill and knowledge applicable to the field of music Education. The student’s progress will be assessed and suggestions for improvement will be made. Contact the Music Education faculty for specific requirements and scheduling.

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