OSRHE Program Code: 062
CIP Code: 131312
Major Code: 4652
- 465A - Instrumental
- 465B - Keyboard/Instrumental
- 465C - Keyboard/Vocal
- 465D - Percussion
- 465E - Vocal
The program prepares highly competent teachers dedicated to the field of music education and qualified to teach students in grades PK-12.
The Bachelor of Music Education (Music Education, B.M.E.) degree is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (http://nasm.arts-accredit.org/) located at 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190, 703-437-0700.
In addition to completing all program requirements, teacher candidates must pass the following certification tests to earn Oklahoma certification: Oklahoma General Education Test (OGET); the appropriate Oklahoma Subject Area Test (OSAT); and the Oklahoma Professional Teaching Examination (OPTE). There are fees associated with certification testing which is administered by an outside agency under contract with the Oklahoma Office of Educational Quality and Accountability. NSU’s Education Certification office can assist with information regarding university recommendation for certification.
Before pursuing a major in music, all students must successfully complete a performance audition for entrance into the applied area of concentration (instrumental, piano, vocal). This requirement must be fulfilled before degree plans can be approved and advisors assigned.
Transfer students are given placement tests to determine what academic music courses are best suited for their background and experience. Students who have taken Music Theory or Piano courses at other institutions should consult the Transfer Guides at http://academics.nsuok.edu/music/TransferStudents.aspx to prepare for the exams. These are necessary to ensure that students have the appropriate background and can succeed in the courses they take.
Music majors are required to participate in at least one music ensemble per semester as specified in the individual degree plans. They are to pass MUS 3611 Wind Ensemble, MUS 3631 University/Community Chorus, or MUS 3681 Band.
Students pursuing a Bachelor of Music Education (Instrumental winds and percussion) are required to pass Band a minimum of seven semesters.
Instrumental music majors with an emphasis in guitar may choose an appropriate ensemble as prescribed by their advisor.
Minimum Grade Requirements (Music) - Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in music courses to be used in either major or minor. Grades lower than a “C” on NSU or transfer credit will not apply for music major or music minor.
All music majors must pass the Junior Standing Jury (except BA Musical Arts and Music Business students) as prescribed by the music area (keyboard, instrumental, vocal) before enrollment in any 4000 level applied music. Junior standing is also a prerequisite to MUS 3030, Senior Recital.
Students are to declare a major in music by the beginning of their sophomore year. Transfer students are to declare a major in music by the end of their first semester as an NSU student.
At least one fourth of the total semester hours in the major applied music area must be upper level credit from NSU.