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Elizabeth Packard Arnold

Dir. of Undergraduate Studies

School of Music, College of Fine Arts

College of Fine Arts

School of Music

105 Fine Arts Building

Lexington, KY 40506

Program website

859-257-4900

  • BMME

Music Education provides students with a strong foundation in music performance, history and theory along with the theory and practices of music education. Music Education graduates are prepared for careers in K-12 music education and go on to lead bands, orchestras, choirs and classrooms across the country.

Careers

UK prides itself in educating not only superior teachers but also superior musicians. For music education majors at UK, even though preparation for teaching is a primary goal, it is equally important that all students are also well-trained musicians.  In most cases, there is minimal difference between the performance and academic expectations for music education majors and music performance majors. An outstanding performance faculty in voice, keyboard, strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion provides superior instruction for all music education and performance majors.  Music Education majors will also gain experience in performing in outstanding ensembles, including the University Chorale, University Choristers, Men’s Chorus, Women’s Choir, Symphony Orchestra, UK Philharmonia, Wind Symphony, Symphony Band, Concert Band, Wildcat Marching Band, and three Jazz Ensembles among other smaller ensembles.

The School of Music is particularly proud that music education alumni are teaching in the public schools of at least 26 states around the country as well as in prestigious positions at major universities such as UCLA, University of Florida, Florida State University, Syracuse University, University of Colorado, Colorado State University, Middle Tennessee University and the University of Kentucky, in addition to a number of smaller colleges and universities.

Graduates are licensed to teach K-12 Music Education in the state of Kentucky.

"You just can't beat the kind of environment that UK can provide. Whether you prefer the huge college experience of game day and massive classes, or the one-on-one tailored lessons from applied faculty in the arts, UK can offer you everything you need."

Chris Wheeler

Music Education

Classes & Requirements

 

What You'll Study

Music Education at the University of Kentucky is a joint program between the School of Music and the College of Education.  However, except for a series of three professional education courses, all classes are taught by music professors. Music Education majors may choose between a vocal/elementary general music track and an instrumental (band/orchestra) track. We subscribe to the philosophy that training in music education should be as practical and hands-on as possible. Consequently, the curriculum includes a series of undergraduate seminars that integrate the real experiences of the music teacher in the elementary or secondary schools with the development of skills for becoming an outstanding teacher.  From the practical experience of conducting and rehearsing a school band, chorus or orchestra to the development of a highly personal philosophy of teaching music, these seminars provide a rich foundation on which to build a successful career.

 

School of Music Audition

All students applying to pursue a degree in the School of Music (Music Performance, Music Education or Bachelor of Arts in Music) must audition for admission. Students will apply to UK as pre-majors (Pre-Music Performance, Pre-Music Education, or Pre-Music) and will be transitioned into full major status upon successfully passing the audition. After applying to the University of Kentucky, students should request an audition with the School of Music at the link below. Students must be accepted by the University of Kentucky before they may be accepted by the School of Music. 

In addition to the preferred audition dates listed on the audition request form, individual auditions for admission to the School of Music can usually be arranged any time during the year by special arrangement with a faculty member in the student's area of interest. Students who audition after the preferred dates may not be able to compete for certain University and School of Music scholarship opportunities, and there is a possibility that some programs could be filled to capacity. Also, the audition process is competitive -- for students who audition before these dates, acceptance decisions may or may not (at the discretion of the faculty) be delayed until after students have been heard on the preferred dates.

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General Music Education Requirements

 

Professional Education Requirements

  • EDP 202 - Human Development and Learning
  • EDP 203 - Teaching Exceptional Lerners in Regular Classrooms
  • EPE 301 - Education in American Culture
  • EDC 377 - Student Teaching in Music
  • MUS 317 - Music Technology

Music Requirements

  • Recital Attendance
  • MUS 170/171/172/173 - Theory I: Elementary Aural and Written Theory
  • MUS 270/271/272/273 - Theory II: Aural and Written Theory
  • MUS 371 - Instrumentation and Arranging
  • MUS 372 - Musical Analysis
  • MUS 203 - History of Music I
  • MUS 302 - History of Music II
  • MUS 303 - History of Music III
  • Twelve hours of MUP in Major Performance Area
  • MUP 440 - Senior Recital
  • Six Hours of Ensemble Performance (one of which must be a chamber music ensemble)
  • Six hours of electives

 

Choral Music Education Requirements

 

  • MUS 120 - Foreign Language Vocal Diction
  • MUS 262 - Vocal Music Methods and Materials Seminar I
  • MUS 264 - Vocal Music Methods and Materials Seminar II
  • MUS 360 - General Music I
  • MUS 361 - General Music II
  • MUS 362 - Vocal Music Methods and Materials Seminar III
  • Choose three of the following courses:
    • MUC 157 - Class Instruction in Percussion Instruments
    • MUC 158 - Class Instruction in Woodwind Instruments
    • MUC 161 - Class Instruction in String Instruments
    • MUC 163 - Class Instruction in Brass Instruments

 

Instrumental Music Education Requirements

 

Major Performance Area - Keyboard

  • MUP 102 - Voice
  • MUP 202 - Voice
  • Voice proficiency test must be passed prior to student teaching
  • Choose one of the following courses:
    • MUS 522 - Piano Literature to 1830
    • MUS 523 - Piano Literature since 1830
    • MUS 566 - Piano Pedagogy

Major Performance Area - Woodwinds, Brass, Strings, Percussion

  • MUS 263 - Instrumental Music Menthods and Materials Seminar I
  • MUS 265 - Instrumental Music Menthods and Materials Seminar II
  • MUS 360 - General Music I
  • MUS 363 - Instrumental Music Menthods and Materials Seminar III
  • MUS 365 - Instrumental Music Menthods and Materials Seminar IV
  • Brass, Woodwind and String majors
    • Choose five hours from:
      • MUC 158 - Class Instruction in Woodwind Instruments
      • MUC 161 - Class Instruction in String Instruments
      • MUC 163 - Class Instruction in Brass Instruments
    • MUC 157 - Class Instruction in Percussion Instruments
  • Percussion majors
    • MUC 158 - Class Instruction in Woodwind Instruments
    • MUC 161 - Class Instruction in String Instruments
    • MUC 163 - Class Instruction in Brass Instruments

 

Teacher Education Program

 

Students who wish to graduate with a Music Education major must be admitted into the Teacher Education Program in the College of Education.

Students apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program after 45 hours of study. This will normally be at the middle of the sophomore year.

In order to apply, students must have:

  • 45 hours of credit completed,
  • a GPA of 2.75 or greater and
  • have completed either MUS 262 or MUS 263 and EDC 202 with a C or better.
  • Students must also complete the Praxis Core Academic Skills Test with a passing score for all three sections of the test: Reading, Writing, and Math.

Contact

Elizabeth Packard Arnold

Dir. of Undergraduate Studies

School of Music, College of Fine Arts

College of Fine Arts

School of Music

105 Fine Arts Building

Lexington, KY 40506

859-257-4900

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