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Vocal Emphasis

Bachelor of Music in Music Education, Vocal 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 Theatre (no music allowed)3

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


AS, BI, CH, GL, MA, 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 (proficiency requirements for 4th semester jury performance exam) 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 a required enrollment 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 Gorup Piano until the Piano Proficiency Exam is passed. For most, the following are required:
MU 133Group Piano I (or until the Piano Proficiency Exam is passed)1
MU 134Group Piano II (or until the Piano Proficiency Exam is passed)1
Ensembles - 7 hours
Large Ensembles 26
Small Ensembles1
Vocalists: MU 250 / MU 450 Washburn Opera Studio
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 208Guitar Techniques1
Select 3 of the 4 remaining Instrumental Techniques courses: 3
Woodwind Techniques
Brass Techniques
String Techniques
Percussion Techniques
MU 220Vocal Diction for Singers (Enroll in Section A – Vocalists)2
MU 320Form and Analysis2

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.
  • Voice, Keyboard, Strings: Marching Band is required for at least one semester.

Music 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 320Teaching Reading in Elementary School3
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 Proficiency Exam)
4th Semester Performance Proficiency Exam
Required Components:
Piano Proficiency Exam (PPE)
Rhythmic Perception Exam (RPE)
48 Recital Attendance Credits
4th Semester Performance Proficiency Exam
Pass MU 215 Theory I (w/C or better)
Pass MU 217 Aural Skills I (w/C or better)
Senior Recital (must pass recital jury)