2016-17 Catalog

Publication date June 2016

Music Education Major: General Music Emphasis - Bachelor of Science (BS)

Admission requirements to EC-A teacher certification programs

(Teacher certification program: early childhood-adolescence licensure, EC-A)

Auditions required.

60 credits

Music education core requirements (25 credits)

MUS 201Musical Cultures3
MUS 202Music History: 1600-18252
MUS 235Music Theory I3
MUS 236Music Theory II3
MUS 237Music Reading & Aural Skills I1
MUS 238Music Reading and Aural Skills II1
MUS 301Music History: 1825-19002
MUS 302Music History: 20th Century2
MUS 335Music Theory III3
MUS 336Music Theory IV3
MUS 337Music Reading & Aural Skills III1
MUS 338Music Reading and Aural Skills IV1
Successful completion of attendance at 12 concerts per semester for six semesters attendance
Total Credits25

General music emphasis (35 credits) 

General music core
MUS 149Keyboard Competencies IV1
MUS 211Basic Conducting2
MUS 213Class Guitar1
MUS 263Introduction to Music Technology1
MUS 321Choral Arranging2
MUS 322Choral Techniques3
MUS 328Diction in Music1
MUS 371Methods and Materials in Elementary School Music3
MUS 372General Music in the Middle/Senior High School3
Applied music
Select one of the following options:6-8
OPTION I: Applied music (for voice) option (6 credits of applied voice, at least 2 credits must be 300 level):
Applied Voice
Applied Voice
Select at least two credits at the 300 level
OPTION II: Applied music (for instruments, 6 credits in one instrument PLUS 2 credits in applied voice) option:
Select at least two credits at the 300 level
Private piano or vocal accompanying
MUA 314Applied Piano1
or MUS 349 Vocal Accompanying
Large ensembles
Select six credits from the the following:6
Screaming Eagles Marching Band I
Screaming Eagles Marching Band II
Screaming Eagles Marching Band III
Screaming Eagles Marching Band IV
Concert Choir I
Concert Choir II
Concert Choir III
Concert Choir IV
Orchestra I
Orchestra II
Orchestra III
Orchestra IV
MännerChor I
MännerChor II
MännerChor III
MännerChor IV
Women's Chorus I
Women's Chorus II
Women's Chorus III
Women's Chorus IV
Wind Symphony I
Wind Symphony II
Wind Symphony III
Wind Symphony IV
Choral Union I
Choral Union II
Choral Union III
Choral Union IV
Small ensembles
Select two credits of the following:2
Opera Workshop
Jazz Orchestra I
Jazz Orchestra II
Jazz Orchestra III
Jazz Orchestra IV
Jazz Ensemble I
Jazz Ensemble II
Jazz Ensemble III
Jazz Ensemble IV
Vocal Jazz I
Vocal Jazz II
Vocal Jazz III
Vocal Jazz IV
Chamber Choir I
Chamber Choir II
Chamber Choir III
Chamber Choir IV
Select one of the following options:1-3
Electives (for voice, three credits) option:
Select any MUA or MUS course 1
Electives (for instruments, one credit) option:
Select any MUA or MUS course 1
Total Credits35

except MUS 105 and MUS 110.

Students must complete MUS 149 Keyboard Competencies IV (1 cr.) with a grade of "B" or higher prior to student teaching.

Additional teacher education requirements are listed in the School of Education.

All students must complete the general education, college core (waived for teacher certification programs), major/minor, and university degree requirements in order to qualify for a degree. The easiest way to track all of these requirements is to refer to the Advisement Report (AR) found in the Student Information System (WINGS) Student Center. All enrolled students have access to the AR.

Baccalaureate degree requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degrees must accomplish the following:

  1. Fulfill the general education requirements.
  2. Complete at least one ethnic studies (diversity) course.
  3. Complete the courses prescribed by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the degree desired in the respective school or college. (No substitutions for graduation may be made in course requirements for a major or minor after the fourth week of the last semester of the senior year.)
  4. Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1 At least 40 credits must be earned in 300/400 (senior college) level courses. Courses earned at the 100/200 level that transferred to UWL as 300/400 level courses do not apply to this requirement nor do courses from two-year schools.
  5. Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
  6. A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
  7. Submit an application for graduation via the "Apply for Graduation" link in the WINGS Student Center as soon as the student has registered for his or her final semester or summer term in residence. December and winter intersession graduates should apply by May 1. May and summer graduates should apply by December 1.

Grade point average requirements for some programs will be considerably higher than 2.00. Re-entering students may be required to earn credits in excess of the 120 needed for graduation in any curriculum in order to replace credits earned in courses in which the content has changed substantially in recent years. Each case will be judged on its own merit.

No degree will be awarded unless all requirements are fulfilled and recorded within 30 days after the official ending date of each term.

Below is a sample degree plan that can be used as a guide to identify courses required to fulfill the major and other requirements needed for degree completion. A student's actual degree plan may differ depending on the course of study selected (second major, minor, etc.). Also, this sample plan assumes readiness for each course and/or major plan, and some courses may not be offered every term. Review the course descriptions or the class timetable for course offering information.

The sample degree plans represented in this catalog are intended for first-year students entering UWL in the fall term. Students should use the Advisement Report (AR) in WINGS and work closely with their faculty advisor(s) and college dean’s office to ensure declaration and completion of all requirements in a timely manner.

General Education Program
The general education curriculum (Gen Ed) is the common educational experience for all undergraduates at UWL. Sample degree plans include Gen Ed placeholders to ensure completion of the general education requirements. Courses may be rearranged to fit the needs or recommendations of the student’s program of study. Gen Ed courses may be taken during winter term (January between the semesters) and summer to reduce the course load during regular terms (fall and spring). Students should consult with their advisor and/or the assistant to the dean of their college for assistance with course and schedule planning. Refer to the general education requirements for more specific details.

Note: at least 40 credits of the 120 credits required must be earned at the 300/400 level.

This sample degree plan does not establish a contractual agreement. It identifies the minimum requirements a student must successfully complete, to qualify for a degree, in a format intended to assist the student plan their academic career. Actual degree plans may differ.

Year 1
CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy - Oral)3MUS 2381
Gen Ed Arts2-3MUS 2631
Gen Ed Math4HIS 101 or 102 (Gen Ed World History)3
MUA 221 or MUA 200 Level Instrument or Both1-2MUA 221 or MUA 200 Level Instrument or Both1-2
MUS 2353Gen Ed Health & Well Being3
MUS 2371ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy - Written)3
Large Ensemble1MUS 2363
 Large Ensemble1
 16-17 16-17
Year 2
MUS 3353MUS 14911
MUS 1471MUA 221 (or MUA 200 Instrument)1
EDS 203 (Gen Ed Self & Society)3MUS 3281
MUA 221 (or MUA 200 Instrument)1MUS 3363
MUS 201 (Gen Ed Global Studies)3MUS 1481
MUS 3371MUS 3381
MUS 1461EDS 206 (Gen Ed Minority Cultures)3
MUS Elective (Voice only)2Large Ensemble1
Large Ensemble1PSY 2123
 MUS 2022
 Apply to EC-A Program2 
 16 17
Year 3
PSY 3703Gen Ed Natural Lab Science - Physical4
MUS 2491Large Ensemble1
MUA 321 (or MUA 300 Instrument)1Small Ensemble1
POL 101 or 102 (Gen Ed Self & Society)3MUA 321 (or MUA 300 Instrument)1
Large Ensemble1MUS 3491
MUS 2112Gen Ed Hum-Lit3
MUS 3012MUS 3022
Small Ensemble1EDS 3092
Gen Ed Arts2-3EDS 3192
 17 17
Year 4
SPE 4013Gen Ed Elective (if needed)2-3
MUS 3713EDS 4502
EDS 3514MUS 3223
Gen Ed Lang/Logical Systems3-4MUS 2131
MUS 3212MUS 3723
 Gen Ed Natural Lab Science-Life4
 15-16 13
Additional year
EDS 4921 
EDS 494311 
Total Credits: 139-142

Prerequisite: MUS 148 or consent of instructor. Offered Spring - Odd Numbered Years


Students need 40 earned credits, passing basic skills test scores, and a 2.75 GPA. More information can be found on the EC-A Admissions website.


See the Office of Field Experience for details about applying to student teaching.

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