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Instrumental Emphasis

Bachelor of Music in Music Education, Instrumental Emphasis - 126 Hours

General Education - 39 Hours

Required Courses - 12 hours
WU 101The Washburn Experience3
EN 101First Year Writing (minimum grade of C)3
EN 300Advanced College Writing (Teaching Emphasis Required)3
MA 112Contemporary College Mathematics (or above; minimum grade of C)3
Social Science - 9 hours 1
HI 105Introduction to World Music and its History (required of all Music Majors)3
PY 317Music and the Brain (suggested)3
Natural Science / Mathematics - 9 hours 2
Arts / Humanities - 9 hours 3
CN 150Public Speaking3
Elective in Art or Theater (no music courses allowed)3

AN, EC, GG, HI, IL170, PO, PY, SO - Max 6 hours any discipline.


AS, BI, CH, GL, MS, PS, IL170 - Max 6 hours any discipline.


AR, CN, EN, FL102 or higher, IL170, MM, PH, RG, TH - Max 6 hours any discipline.

Music - 58 Hours 

Theory - 18 Hours
MU 122Rhythm Perception-Music Majors 11
MU 123Integrating Technology in Music1
MU 215Music Theory I3
MU 314Music Theory II3
MU 315Music Theory III3
MU 316Theory IV3
MU 217Aural Skills I1
MU 311Aural Skills II1
MU 312Aural Skills III1
MU 317Orchestration2
Music History and Literature - 8 Hours
MU 325Music History I3
MU 326Music History II3
MU 327Music History III2
Music Lessons - 14 Hours
Applied Lessons in Concentration Area (MU 070 required each semester)12
Piano - Students must take at least 2 hours of Group Piano or piano lessons and pass the Piano Proficiency Exam prior to the 4th Semester Jury. Students must enroll in Group Piano until the Piano Proficiency Exam is passed. For most, the following are required:
MU 133Group Piano I1
MU 134Group Piano II1
Conducting - 3 Hours
MU 237Choral Lab (requirement for conducting courses, enroll for 0 credit)0
MU 238Instrumental Lab (requirement for conducting courses, enroll for 0 credit)0
MU 240Beginning Conducting1
MU 441Advanced Choral Conducting1
MU 442Advanced Instrumental Conducting1
Techniques / Pedagogy - 8 Hours
MU 204Vocal Techniques - Instrumental Majors1
MU 205Woodwind Techniques1
MU 208Guitar Techniques1
MU 210Brass Techniques1
MU 211String Techniques1
MU 212Percussion Techniques1
MU 220Vocal Diction for Singers (Enroll in Section B )2
Ensembles - 7 Hours
Large Ensembles 26
Small Ensembles
MU 254Small Ensembles-Lower Division1
or MU 454 Small Ensembles-Upper Division

Students must enroll in MU 122 Rhythmic Perception course for credit if they do not pass the entrance exam.

  • Students must enroll in 2 large ensembles each semester - one must be the major ensemble for the primary performance concentration.
  • Vocalist/Strings/Keyboard: Marching Band is required for at least one semester.
  • Wind/Brass/Percussion: Marching Band is required for at least four semesters.
  • Choir: All instrumentalist must take one semester.

Professional Education Requirements - 29 Hours 

MU 150Introduction to Music Education 11
MU 313Foundations of Elementary Music Education 12
MU 417Secondary Choral Methods 13
MU 418Elementary/Secondary Music Education Instrumental Methods 13
MU 420Jazz Band Pedagogy1
MU 421Marching Band Pedagogy1
ED 285Educational Psychology3
ED 302Teaching Exceptional Learners3
ED 440Student Teaching Grades P-1212

Courses that require fieldwork outside of class.

Music Department Proficiency Requirements (complete the following prior to scheduling the 4th Semester Peformance Proficiency Exam)
4th Semester Performance Proficiency Exam
Proficiency Requirements:
Piano Proficiency Exam (PPE) 1
Rhythmic Perception Exam (RPE) 1
48 Recital Attendance Credits 1
4th Semester Performance Proficiency Exam 2
Scale Proficiency Exam 1
Pass MU 215 Theory I (w/C or better) 1
Pass MU 217 Aural Skills I (w/C or better) 1
Senior Rectial (must pass recital jury)

Students must complete all proficiency requirements prior to taking 4th Semester Performance Proficiency Exam.


4th Semester Performance Proficiency Exam: Students who pass can enroll in upper division lessons, ensembles, music classes and music education and professional education classes.