Bachelor of Education in Music

The Music Education Area at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa is a comprehensive program dedicated to providing the public schools with highly trained professionals at all levels. Undergraduate study leads toward the Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) degree and provides for concentration in one or more of two teaching areas: choral/general music, and instrumental music (band or orchestra). A State of Hawai‘i Teaching Certificate is reciprocally recognized in over 30 other states as well. A minor in music education is also available for students whose primary interest is in another related field.

Undergraduates who are interested in becoming certified to teach music in the public schools normally begin their curriculum under the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) program. Following the successful completion of approximately a third to half of required coursework (about two years), students then apply for admission to the College of Education. During this application period they will undergo a review of their file and transcripts, examinations, a personal interview, and if admitted, proceed to complete the necessary coursework leading to the professional semester (student teaching) and certification.

The undergraduate program in music education offers concentrations in one of two areas: choral/general music or instrumental. These include a well-rounded list of courses in basic musicianship and teaching methods as well as many field-based, hands-on experiences for the prospective music teacher. All students pursuing this degree will receive intensive instruction in all aspects of music teaching K–12 regardless of concentration area. Music education students also participate in the Music Department’s nationally recognized ensembles and perform a solo recital during the Junior or Senior year.

At the completion of this program, the student is prepared to teach general music and choral ensembles at the elementary and secondary levels. Coursework emphasizes performance on a major instrument, teaching guitar and ‘ukulele, world music, music appreciation, music technology, music theory, music history, and student teaching.

Music Requirements

The degree requirements posted here are effective Fall 2012. Students who declared the major before this date may have slightly different requirements. Students are advised to meet with a major advisor regarding the specific requirements that apply to them.

Course
Credits
Theory and Aural Training
281–2, 283–4, 285–6, 287–8
12
Music History
265, 266
6
Applied Music *
232_ [4 times] (4 credits)
332_ [2 times] (4 credits) (includes junior recital)
8
Electives
minimum of 7 credits from:
121D & 122D Class Guitar (2 credits)
151, 153, 155, or 156 Instrumental Techniques(2 credits)
231 (B or C) Applied Voice or Piano (3 credits) *
251 Diction (3 credits)
270 World of Music: Asia/Pacific (3 credits)
459 Vocal Pedagogy (3 credits)
* Voice majors must take private piano; all other majors may take voice lessons (may replace 2 cr with MUS 121B/122B). Voice majors are advised to take MUS 251 and 459.
≤7
Secondary Instruments
125–6, 225–6 (4 credits total) ***
4
Ensembles
410B Hawaiian Chorus (2 credits)
414 Concert Choir (5 credits)
31_ or 410_ Chamber or Ethnic Ensembles (3 credits)
10
Conducting
325 Conducting (1 credit)
326 Conducting (2 credits)
3
Advanced Courses
6 credits from the following:
381/382/383 Advanced Music Theory (3 credits)
46_ Music Literature (3 credits)
6
Music Education
250 Intro to Music Education (1 credit)
354 & 354L Music: Elementary School (3 + 1 credits)
355 & 355L Music: Secondary Instrumental (3 + 1 credits)
356 & 356L Music: Secondary Choral (3 + 1 credits)
450 Music Technology (3 credits)
454 Music in Special Education (3 credits)
457 Asian Pacific Music in Education (3 credits)
22
Recital Attendance
199 × 4
0
Total Credits in Music 78

* Six semesters of applied music are required, culminating in a Junior Recital. One credit is given for each semester of applied music, except for the recital semester, which is two credits.
** Voice majors must take applied piano. All other majors may take applied voice may replace 2 credits with Mus 121B/122B).
*** If proficient in piano, substitute 410 Alpha or secondary performance area.

At the completion of this program, the student is prepared to teach instrumental music (band, orchestra) in grades 7 through 12. Coursework includes performance on a major instrument, methods classes on all band and orchestra instruments, music theory, music history, and student teaching.

Music Requirements

The degree requirements posted here are effective Fall 2012. Students who declared the major before this date may have slightly different requirements. Students are advised to meet with a major advisor regarding the specific requirements that apply to them.

Course
Credits
Theory and Aural Training
281–2, 283–4, 285–6, 287–8
12
Music History
265, 266
6
Applied Music *
232_ [4 times] (4 credits)
332_ [2 times] (4 credits) (includes junior recital)
8
Secondary Instruments **
125–6, 225–6
4
Large Ensembles
Choose from
416 Symphony Orchestra
419B Symphonic Wind Ensemble
419C Symphonic Band
419D Concert Band
419E Marching Band
7
Choral Ensembles
Choose from
114 University Chorus (1 credit)
410C Chamber Singers (1 credit)
414 Concert Choir (1 credit)
2
Small Ensembles
410_
2
Instrumental Techniques
151 String Techniques
153 Woodwind Techniques
155 Percussion Techniques
156 Brass Techniques
8
Conducting
325 Conducting (1 credit)
326 Conducting (2 credits)
3
Advanced Courses
6 credits from the following
381/382/383 Advanced Music Theory (3 credits)
46_ Music Literature (3 credits)
6
Music Education
250 Intro to Music Education (1 credit)
354 & 354L Music: Elementary School (3 + 1 credits)
355 & 355L Music: Secondary Instrumental (3 + 1 credits)
356 & 356L Music: Secondary Choral (3 + 1 credits)
450 Music Technology (3 credits)
454 Music in Special Education (3 credits)
19
Recital Attendance
199 × 4
0
Total Credits in Music 77

* Six semesters of applied music are required, culminating in a Junior Recital. One credit is given for each semester of applied music, except for the recital semester, which is two credits.
** If proficient in piano, substitute other applied class or applied music with advisor approval.

The Collegiate Chapter of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa consists of both music education and non-music education majors that have an interest in perpetuating the importance of our musical culture through education, performance, and community service. In recent years, the membership has grown dramatically and has assisted with a number of seminars and campus service projects including the painting and refurbishment of the Music Department’s courtyard practice rooms. New members are always encouraged and welcome to join their ranks. More information is available on the organization through their website.