The Catholic University of America

This text is excerpted from the 2013-2014 CUA Announcements. Please refer to the Announcements for further information on academic policies and programs.

COMBINED GENERAL-CHORAL AND INSTRUMENTAL EDUCATION

This is a nine-semester program. Acceptance into this selective program is determined after a student has been admitted into the undergraduate school of music and has approval of the advisers.

Majors in this degree program are required to complete class instrument courses as listed below. Academic electives will include courses in the natural and behavioral sciences and the humanities.

To graduate, piano principals must complete, at a minimum, Piano Level VIII. Requirements for each level appear at the end of the "Undergraduate Programs" section.

MUS 147, 148, 170, 172, 173, 174, 323, 337, 342, 353, 455, and 456 are offered on a rotational basis, and students may take these courses out of the sequence listed, if necessary.

Music Education majors are required to take the Pre-Professional Skills Test (Praxis I) during their freshman year. They must pass the test before being permitted to enroll in MUS 453, 454, 455, or 456. CUA required scores: Reading -- 177; Writing -- 173; Math -- 177.

Students must register each semester for MUS 150 (Field Experiences in Music Education) until they acquire 100 hours of field experience.

Music elective credits, when used as substitutes for music course credits, may be satisfied by either MUS or MUPI. In order for MUPI credits to count toward the degree, a jury is required.

 
Basic Musicianship and Performance
credits
MUPI 171
Principal Instrument or Voice (9 semesters @ 3 credits)
27
MUS 100
Studio X (9 semesters @ 0 credits)
0
MUS 121, 122, 221, 222
Ear Training and Sight Singing I, II, III, IV (4 semesters @ 2 credits each)
8
MUS 123, 124, 223, 224
Harmony I, II, III, IV (4 semesters @ 2 credits each)
8
MUS 147
Folk Instruments of the World for Music Educators
2
MUS 148
World Percussion Techniques
1
MUS 170
Percussion Techniques for Music Educators
1
MUS 172
Woodwind Techniques for Music Educators
3
MUS 173
Brass Techniques for Music Educators
3
MUS 174
String Techniques for Music Educators
3
MUPI ___
 
or
MUS 155/156 and
MUS 400
Four semesters of private piano study (non-piano principals; 1 credit each)
or
Piano Sight Reading (piano principals only; 2 credits) and
Piano Pedagogy I (piano principals only; 2 credits)
4
MUS 321
Form and Analysis I
3
MUS 323
Orchestration
3
MUS 325, 326, 327
History of Music I, II, III (3 credits each)
9
MUS 337; 338 or 342
Basic Conducting, Choral or Instrumental Conducting (2 credits each)
4
MUS ___
Performing Organization (8 semesters @ 1 credit)
No performing ensemble is required during the semester of Supervised Internship
8
MUS 499
Senior Solo Recital (45 minutes)
0
 
Piano Proficiency Exam; Piano Principals: Level VIII
0
 
Total Basic Musicianship and Performance:
87
 
Professional Education
 
EDUC 251
Foundations of Education
3
EDUC 361
Psychology of Education
3
EDUC 581
Educating Diverse Learners
3
MUS 138
Introduction to Music Education
2
MUS 150
Field Experiences in Music Education (each semester until 100 hours of field experience acquired)
0
MUS 423
Combined: Elementary Gen-Choral or Instrumental Student Teaching
4
MUS 423A Combined: Secondary Gen-Choral or Instrumental Student Teaching 4
MUS 423B Combined: General-Choral/Instrumental Student Teacher Seminar 1
MUS 453
Elementary General-Choral Music Methods
3
MUS 454
Secondary General-Choral Music Methods
3
MUS 455
Elementary and Middle School Instrumental Music Methods
3
MUS 456
Secondary School Instrumental Music Methods
3
 
Total Professional Education:
32
 
General Studies
 
ENG 101
Writing: Logic and Rhetoric (Freshman year)
3
HUM 101
Classics in Conversation (Sophomore year)
3
ENG
English Elective
3
PHIL 201, 202
The Classical Mind, The Modern Mind (3 credits each) (Freshman year)
6
TRS 201
Faith Seeking Understanding (Freshman year)
3
TRS 200-/300-/400-level
Theology Course
3
TRS 200-/300-/400-level
Theology Course
3
(To be determined by student in consultation with adviser.)
Academic (non-music) Electives
6
 
Total General Studies:
30
 
Total Credits for Degree Program:
148