Bachelor of Music, Music Education Concentration
Music Education Area
The mission of the music education area at Colorado State University is to prepare outstanding students to be excellent music educators. Equal emphasis is placed on academic achievement, personal musicianship, and teaching skills. Course work requires a minimum of 126 credit hours and falls into three categories:
All-University Core Curriculum (PDF)
The requirements include math, science, history, etc.
Music Courses (theory, music history, conducting, lessons, ensembles). Please find the following checksheets for undergraduate music programs (Please select by category or by year):
- B.M., Music Education Concentration, Instrumental Option (PDF)
- B.M., Music Education Concentration, Choral Option (PDF)
- B.M., Music Therapy Concentration (PDF)
- B.M., Composition Concentration (PDF)
- B.M., Performance Concentration, Jazz Studies Option (PDF)
- B.M., Performance Concentration, Orchestral Instrument Option (PDF)
- B.M., Performance Concentration, Organ Option (PDF)
- B.M., Performance Concentration, Piano Option (PDF)
- B.M., Performance Concentration, Piano Pedagogy Option (PDF)
- B.M., Performance Concentration, Voice Option (PDF)
- B.M., Performance Concentration, String Pedagogy Option (PDF)
- B.A. in Music (PDF)
- Music Performance Minor (PDF)
Teacher Preparation Courses
(Requiring admission to the Teacher Licensure Program and student teaching). For more information on licensure, please visit the following sites:
Music education students at CSU learn in an encouraging, collegial environment with many early opportunities to have field experiences in local schools as early as the freshman year. Students who successfully complete the prescribed curriculum and student teaching are eligible for a Colorado Teaching License and employment as K-12 choral and instrumental music educators.
Applications from pianists
Pianists may audition for the keyboard faculty for the B.M. Music Education degree program as either choral-track or instrumental-track. Piano will be considered as their principal instrument on which they will pursue applied study. Piano applicants must also interview with the music education area to be considered for the B.M. Music Education degree program, and should have experience as a performing member of one or more large, secondary music ensembles to receive consideration for admittance into the degree program.
Music Education Interview and Audition (3 parts)
- Interview: Students are required to interview with members of the Music Education faculty. Your audition will be 10 minutes in length. Make sure to sign up for an interview slot when you register for your audition.
- Skills Test: After your interview, you will be asked to take a basic skills test for diagnostic purposes:
- Keyboard proficiency
- Instrument Audition: prepare the required materials for your principal instrument.
- PLEASE NOTE: In addition to the CSU Music audition, students must apply to CSU through the Office of Admissions.
Suggested Preparation for Your Music Education Interview
- Formal dress is recommended.
- Come prepared to discuss your reasons for pursuing music education, your personal goals, and any experience you have working with kids.
- Bring 1-2 questions you have about the degree program.
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Education Committee, Fort Collins Symphony Guild