Jun 23, 2018  
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music Performance & Music Education (B.A.)

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The B.A. in Music Performance & Music Education is a five-year double major that leads to endorsement for state licensure to teach all specializations in music in grades PreK-12. This program guides students through licensure procedures from the beginning of their college education through the completion of the student teaching internship and includes requirements in instrumental, choral and general music methods. The hallmark of the program is the comprehensive nature of the degree supported by strong curricular sequencing of the course work.

Mission Statement & Program Goals

The Music Education Department of Johnson State College endeavors to create an inviting learning environment that provides a systematic, experience-based curriculum in the areas of self-reflection, curiosity and enthusiasm in its future educators. Successful music educators exhibit personal qualities of leadership, intellectual curiosity and social commitment. They approach life, music and the teaching profession in a positive, creative and enthusiastic way.

Musicians are most successful as teachers if they understand current structures, systems and practices in education. The music educator in this age of educational change and accountability must be able to express knowledge of teaching and learning through verbal communication (oral and written) and through overt, demonstrable high-level musical and teaching skills. Johnson graduates plan and implement effective, developmentally appropriate lessons and curricula based upon sound principles of content knowledge, skill development and pedagogy. They employ the National Standards in Music Education and use appropriate materials and strategies to develop students’ critical thinking, problem solving and performance skills all while conveying their deep love of music.

The JSC faculty is dedicated to preparing its candidates for careers as professional music educators and to emulate and convey the following principles: pursuing excellence in education; a commitment to diversity and cultural awareness; excellence in musicianship, pedagogy, research and scholarship. Music educators from JSC enter the field with the skills, knowledge, confidence and enthusiasm to successfully provide their future students with a complete and fulfilling musical experience.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate mastery of basic skills in reading, writing and mathematics by passing the Praxis I exam according to Vermont Guidelines.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of content areas (PreK-12 instrumental, choral, & general music) and successfully complete the Praxis II exam for the Music Content area with a score that meets the Vermont Certification Guidelines.
  3. Be able to develop well-organized, standards-based lessons and unit plans in all content areas of certification (PreK-12 instrumental, choral & general music), as well as use them successfully in a variety of music classroom environments as evidenced by documentation included in an approved portfolio.
  4. Be knowledgeable of both child and adolescent development, various exceptionalities, literacy development, technology integration, anti-discriminatory practice, and demonstrate skill in planning and carrying out varied instructional activities designed to support learning across a diverse student population.
  5. Demonstrate skill in using reflection as a means of improving classroom teaching skills.
  6. Demonstrate collaboration and advocacy skills by working successfully with colleagues, parents and the community at large for purpose of improving the music education experience for all children.
  7. Demonstrate those teaching skills expected of a beginning music educator by successfully completing the required student teaching experience.
  8. Develop skills in critical and creative thinking and apply these to music education as evidenced in the successful completion of the licensure portfolio.

Music Performance & Music Education Requirements

1. Music Performance Core Requirements

Choose either the Classical or Jazz Performance track (53-54 credits).

Classical Performance Track

Required Courses

Subtotal for Classical Track: 20 credits

Jazz Performance Track

Required Courses

Subtotal for Jazz Track: 20 credits

Additional Requirements:

In addition to completing either the classical or jazz track above, students in the Music Performance & Music Education major must also complete the additional music performance requirements listed below, as well as the required history courses, music education tools courses, instrumental courses, choral courses, general music education courses that follow, and the licensure-specific course listed in the Education Department  section of this catalog:

Additional Music Performance Requirements (21 credits)

Required History Courses (9 credits)

Plus a minimum of 8 additional music credits from the following list of courses:


*Music majors are automatically enrolled in an MUS-1120L Applied Music Lesson Lab  for 0 credits each semester that they register for Applied Music/Voice Lessons until they complete the requirement.
**Music majors must enroll in an ensemble for 0, 0.5 or 1 credit every semester that they are registered as a music major.

2. Music Education Core Requirements (36 credits)

Note: Students must earn a B- or better in all the music education core courses listed below.

Required instrumental courses (10 credits)

Required choral courses (7 credits)

Required general music education courses (8 credits)

3. Music Education Teaching Endorsement Requirements (36 credits)

Students pursuing teaching endorsement in music education must complete the B.A. in Music & Music Education, additional teacher education and unified arts education endorsement-specific coursework, and in some cases additional content courses. Please refer to the Education Department  section of this catalog for specific requirements.

General Education Core Requirements (20 credits)

  • First-Year Seminar, 3 credits
  • Creative Audience, 1 credit
  • Foundation Skills: Written Expression, 6 credits
  • Foundation Skills: Mathematics, 6 credits
  • Foundation Skills: Natural Science, 4 credits
    (Perspective and QE credits are embedded in Music and Education courses.)
Total Credits without General Education Core: 130 credits
Total Credits with General Education Core: 150 credits

Keyboard Proficiency Exam Requirement

The Keyboard Proficiency Exam is required of all Music, Music Performance & Music Education, and Musical Theater majors. All students must pass the specific requirements of the keyboard proficiency examination for their major. The exam is held during the final weeks of each semester on the same day as end-of-semester juries; students may sign up for the exam two weeks prior to that date and should contact their academic advisor for more information.


In order to earn a degree, you must successfully complete all requirements for your major as listed here AND meet all other Degree Requirements , including the General Education Curriculum requirements  and JSC Graduation Standards  .

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