Bachelor of Music, Music Education Major
Instrumental Area of Emphasis
The Department of Music is a member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). In addition, the Music Education program is a member of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). CAEP advances excellence in educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning.
Students must successfully audition before the music faculty for entrance into the Bachelor of Music, Music Education degree program.
Since degree requirements and course offerings can change from year to year, consult the General Course Catalog for your appropriate school year's requirements and suggestions.
All Bachelor of Music students are required to pass a Piano Proficiency Examination. It is highly recommended that students complete this examination prior to their junior year. Bachelor of Music students are advised to begin work on piano proficiency during freshman year by enrolling in piano proficiency courses.
NOTE: Music Education students must have successfully completed the piano proficiency exam one full year prior to their anticipated internship. Applications for student teaching or graduation will not be approved without completion of the piano proficiency requirement.
To pass the Piano Proficiency Examination, Bachelor of Music applied instrumental students will be expected to know and perform the following piano skills:
- The ability to play major and harmonic minor scales, two octaves through three sharps and flats.
- The ability to transpose a melody.
- the ability to harmonize a melody, to be provided 24 hours ahead of exam.
- The ability to harmonize a melody using guitar chord letters.
- Play a prepared piece of advanced level 4 or beginning level 5 difficulty as specified in the Magrath repertoire books. Check with a committee member for prior approval.
- SATB choral octavo: be prepared to play a portion of the accompaniment and play several parts from open score (i.e. Soprano and Tenor lines, Alto and Bass lines, etc.). Check with Coordinator of Music Education for prior approval.
Continuation Exam - MUS 300
All undergraduate music majors pursuing a Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree must fulfill the Continuation Exam requirement before enrolling in upper-division theory or music education coursework. This comprehensive exam covers the final two semesters of both the theory and sight-singing sequences. It is strongly recommended students take the exam following the second year of study within their degree program. Exams will be offered each May and August. The Continuation Exam is divided into two equally weighted segments: written theory and oral ear-training sections.
Remember that the Continuation Exam must be passed and completed before enrolling in upper-division theory and oral-ear-training courses. Students will have two opportunities to pass the Continuation Exam before official admittance into the chosen music degree program is denied.
For all students entering the Bachelor of Music-Applied Music and the Bachelor of Music-Music Education degree programs, any grade of C- or lower in the coursework for the major must be repeated (courses may only be repeated once).
Music Education Faculty
- Kate Pollard, M.M. - Lecturer, Coordinator - Music Education
It is highly recommended that students consult with their academic advisor for building an actual plan that best suits the student's particular interests. For Music Education majors, contact Kate Pollard.
National Association for Music Education (NAfME) has a student branch at UNR. With over 60,000 members, the National Association for Music Education has been in existence for over one hundred years. Its mission -- "to advance music education by encouraging the study and making of music by all" -- is based upon a profound philosophy. As NAfME's official Preamble states:
Music allows us to celebrate and preserve our cultural heritages, and also to explore the realms of expression, imagination, and creation resulting in new knowledge. Therefore, every individual should be guaranteed the opportunity to learn music and to share in musical experiences.