Buffalo State

Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017

Music Education (Pre-K–12, B.Mus.)


Music Education in Music Department

Bachelor of Music (HEGIS 1005)

National Association of Schools of Music (Accredited)

Rockwell Hall 203 (716) 878-6401

Enrollment in all teacher education programs follows the guidelines for "Admission to Teacher Education Programs" found in this catalog.  Applicants who do not yet meet all admissions criteria should consult with the department.

The Music Education program leads to a New York State Initial Certificate for teaching general, vocal, and instrumental music in New York State schools at the pre-kindergarten through grade 12 levels. The program requires intensive study in music performance, music history, music theory, and methodology of teaching, with an emphasis on world music and urban culture.

For current information regarding policies and procedures for music program acceptance, continuance, and completion, visit suny.buffalostate.edu/music/documents/handbook.pdf.

Intellectual Foundations Requirements

33-39 cr*

Total Required Credit Hours in Basic Musicianship and Performance

70 cr

MUS 171 MUS 173 MUS 271 MUS 273 MUS 371 MUS 373 MUS 471

Applied Instruction (7 semesters; 7 cr)

MUS 290, MUS 313, MUS 314 or MUS 335

Ensemble Requirement (7 semesters; 7 cr)

MUS 113

Brass Techniques (1)

MUS 114

Percussion Techniques (1)

MUS 115

String Techniques (1)

MUS 116

Woodwind Techniques (1)

MUS 119

Vocal Pedagogy

MUS 122

Introduction to Music Studies and Careers (2)

MUS 206

Foundations of American Popular Music

MUS 218

Aural Perception I (1)

MUS 219

Aural Perception II (1)

MUS 220

Technology Applications for Music Education (2)

MUS 230

Music Theory I

MUS 231

Music Theory II

MUS 302

Music History: Antiquity-Baroque

MUS 303

Music History: Classic-Contemporary

MUS 318

Aural Perception III (1)

MUS 319

Aural Perception IV (1)

MUS 321

Composition, Improvisation, and Arranging (2)

MUS 322

Instrumental Conducting (2)

MUS 330

Music Theory III

MUS 331

Music Theory IV

MUS 333

Choral Conducting (2)

MUS 345

Elementary Methods of Music Instruction

MUS 346

Field Experience in Elementary Music (1)

MUS 353

Field Experience in Music for Exceptional Learners (1)

MUS 360

Secondary Instrumental Methods

MUS 361

Field Experience in Secondary Instrumental (1)

MUS 362

Secondary Choral Methods

MUS 363

Field Experience in Secondary Choral Music (1)

MUS 440


Total Required Credit Hours in Professional Education

30 cr

SPF 203

School and Society

SPF 303

Educational Psychology

SPF 403

Historical and Philosophical Forces Influencing Secondary Education

EDU 211

Introduction to Literacy Instruction

EDU 416

Teaching Literacy in Middle and Secondary Schools

EXE 100

Nature and Needs of Individuals with Special Needs

MUS 457

Elementary Student Teaching (5)

MUS 458

Secondary Student Teaching (5)

MUS 460

Student Teaching Seminar (2)

In addition to the course requirements for music education majors, the class piano sequence is strongly recommended in the freshman and sophomore years of study:

MUS 161

Class Piano I (1)

MUS 162

Class Piano II (1)

MUS 261

Class Piano III (1)

MUS 262

Class Piano IV (1)

Total Required Credit Hours

133-139 cr

*Up to 6 general education (IF 14) courses (math/quantitative reasoning, American Civilization, Western Civilization, Non-western Civilization, Global and Diversity) may overlap with required courses in the major which could significantly reduce the total number to 120-121 credit hours required. Advisement is strongly encouraged.

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Undergraduate Major and Minor Programs

Undergraduate Major Programs at a Glance

Undergraduate Minor Programs at a Glance

Anthropology (B.A.)

Art (B.A.)

Art Education (PK–12, B.F.A.)

Art Education (PK–12, B.S.)

Art Education (PK–12, PTCP)

Art History (B.A.)

Arts and Letters (B.A.)

Biology (B.A.)

Business Administration (B.S.)

Business and Marketing Education (B.S.)

Business and Marketing Education (PTCP)

Career and Technical Education (B.S.)*

Career and Technical Education (PTCP)*

Ceramics (B.F.A.)

Ceramics (B.S.)

Chemistry (B.S.)

Childhood Education (Grades 1–6, B.S.)

Childhood Education and English Extension (Grades 1–6 and English 7-9, B.S.)

Childhood Education and French Extension (Grades 1–6 and French 7-9, B.S.)

Childhood Education and Italian Extension (Grades 1–6 and Italian 7-9, B.S.)

Childhood Education and Mathematics Extension (Grades 1–6 and Mathematics 7-9, B.S.)

Childhood Education and Social Studies Extension (Grades 1–6 Social Studies and 7-9, B.S.)

Childhood Education and Spanish Extension (Grades 1–6 and Spanish 7-9, B.S.)

Communication Programs

Communication Design (B.F.A.)

Communication Studies (B.A.)

Computer Information Systems (B.S.)*

Criminal Justice (B.S.)


Dietitian Education Program (B.S.)

Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (B.S.)

Early Childhood and Childhood Education (Birth - Grade 6, Combined Program)

Early Childhood Education (Birth - Grade 2, B.S.)

Earth Sciences (B.S.)

Economics (B.A.)

Economics (B.S.)

Electrical Engineering Technology (Electronics) (B.S.)*

Electrical Engineering Technology (Smart Grid) (B.S.)*

English Programs

English (B.A.)

English Education (7–12, B.S.)

English Education (7–12, PTCP)

Exceptional Education and Childhood Education (B.S.Ed.)

Family and Consumer Sciences Education (B.S.)

Fashion and Textile Technology (B.S.)

Fibers (B.F.A.)

Fibers (B.S.)

Fine Arts

Forensic Chemistry (B.S.)

French Education (7–12, PTCP)

French (B.A.)

Geography (B.A.)

Geology (B.A.)

Health and Wellness (B.S.)

History (B.A.)

Hospitality Administration (B.S.)

Individualized Studies (B.S.)*

Industrial Technology (B.S.)*

Interior Design (B.F.A.)

International Relations (B.A.)

Journalism (B.A.)

Mathematics (B.A.)

Mathematics—Applied (B.S.)

Mathematics Education (7–12, B.S.)

Mathematics Education (7–12, 5–6 Extension, B.S.)

Mathematics Education (7–12, PTCP)

Mathematics Education (7–12, 5 – 6 Extension; PTCP)

Mechanical Engineering Technology (B.S.)*

Media Production (B.A.)

Metals/Jewelry (B.F.A.)

Metals/Jewelry (B.S.)

Music (B.A.)

Music Education (Pre-K–12, B.Mus.)

Painting (B.F.A.)

Philosophy (B.A.)

Photography (B.F.A.)

Physics (B.A.)

Physics (B.S.)

Physics Education (7–12, B.S.)

Physics Education (7–12, 5–6 Extension, B.S.)

Political Science (B.A.)

Printmaking (B.F.A.)

Psychology (B.A.)

Psychology (B.S.)

Public Communication (B.A.)

Sculpture (B.F.A.)

Social Studies Education (7–12, B.S.)

Social Studies Education (7–12, 5–6 Extension, B.S.)

Social Studies Education (7–12, PTCP)

Social Studies Education (7–12, 5–6 Extension, PTCP)

Social Work (B.S.)*

Sociology (B.A.)

Spanish Education (7–12, PTCP)

Spanish (B.A.)

Speech-Language Pathology (B.S.)

Technology Education (B.S.)

Technology Education (PTCP)

Television and Film Arts (B.A.)

Theater (B.A.)

Urban and Regional Planning (B.S.)*

Wood/Furniture (B.F.A.)

Wood/Furniture (B.S.)

Writing (B.A.)

Undergraduate Major and Minor Programs

Course Listings

AAS - African and African American Studies

AED - Art Education

ALT - Arts and Letters

AMT - Applied Mathematics

ANT - Anthropology

ARA - Arabic

ATS - Art Therapy Studies

BIO - Biology

BME - Business and Marketing Education

BSC - University College

BUS - Business

CEL - Community Engaged Learning

CHE - Chemistry

CHI - Chinese

CIS - Computer Information System

COM - Communication

CRJ - Criminal Justice

CRS - International Center for Studies in Creativity

CTE - Career and Technical Education

CWP - College Writing Program

DAN - Dance

DES - Design

DMP - Digital Music Production

ECO - Economics

EDU - Education

ELS - English Language Secondary

ENG - English

ENS - Environmental Science

ENT - Engineering Technology

ESL - English Second Language

EWS - Education Workshops

EXE - Exceptional Education

FAR - Fine Arts

FCS - Family and Consumer Sciences Education

FIN - Finance

FLE - Foreign Language Education

FOR - Forensic Science

FRE - French

FTT - Fashion and Textile Technology

GEG - Geography

GER - German

GES - Geosciences

GRK - Greek

GST - Global Studies

HEW - Health and Wellness

HIS - History

HON - All College Honors Program

HPR - Coaching and Physical Education

HTR - Hospitality and Tourism

HUM - Humanities

IDE - Interior Design

INS - Individualized Studies

ITA - Italian

LAT - Latin

LIB - Library

MAT - Mathematics

MCL - Modern and Classical Languages

MED - Mathematics Education

MST - Museum Studies

MUS - Music

NFS - Dietetics and Nutrition

PAD - Public Administration

PHI - Philosophy

PHY - Physics

PLN - Planning

PSC - Political Science

PSY - Psychology

REL - Religious Studies

SAF - Safety Studies

SCI - Science

SED - Science Education

SLP - Speech Language Pathology

SOC - Sociology

SPA - Spanish

SPC - Speech Communication

SPF - Social Psychological Foundations

SSE - Social Studies Education

SWK - Social Work

TEC - Technology

TED - Technology Education

TFA - Television and Film Arts

THA - Theater Arts

UNC - University College

WGS - Women and Gender Studies