2012-2013 Brenau University Catalog 
    Sep 29, 2023  
2012-2013 Brenau University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music Education (B.M.)

Career Opportunities  Teaching in public and private institutions, performing, church music positions, professional opportunities, preparation for music therapy studies and graduate studies.


Course of Study  In addition to a selection of education courses, a degree in music education shall consist of 67 hours in music courses, including 14 hours in a concentration (applied classes in one’s major instrument that are to be selected from voice, piano, or accompanying); 4 hours in a minor instrument; successful completion of piano proficiency exams; successful completion (earning a C or better) in all music and professional education courses. Students must complete all of the above requirements before student teaching. Students will present a senior recital prior to the semester in which they student teach. Full time students must register for a performing ensemble each semester they are enrolled as assigned by the director of music.

Students must be accepted into the teacher education program by the School of Education, and must complete the specified teacher education sequence. Students should consult their adviser for details and review the Criteria for Admission to Teacher Education in the College of Education  section of this Catalog. After successful completion of appropriate standardized teacher examination(s), music education graduates may earn a teaching Certificate which will qualify them to teach grades P-12. No overload fees will be charged when the total semester credits exceed 18 as the result of ensemble participation. All music majors are required to attend a designated number of concerts and recitals each semester.


Learning Outcomes:

  1. Music majors shall demonstrate mastery of an applied musical instrument.
  2. Music majors shall demonstrate proficiency in basic piano skills.
  3. Music majors shall demonstrate competency in the skills related to music theory and sightsinging.
  4. Music majors shall possess the conducting technique and musicianship skills necessary to lead an ensemble.
  5. Music majors shall be qualified for entrance to graduate programs of study and to entry-level positions in the field of music.
B.M. Outcomes Theory History Diction Choir Conduct Voice Piano Methods
Performing Skill X X X X   X X  
Piano Skills X       X X X X
Analysis/Sightsing X X   X X   X  
Conducting Skill X X X X X X X X
Grad and/or Job X X X X X X X X


Liberal Education Requirements

Brenau University and its faculty are dedicated to the goal of providing students with a thorough background in the liberal arts, as well as academic and professional skills which will help them become enlightened and productive members of society. To that end, the faculty developed a liberal education curriculum based on expectations and learning outcomes.

This liberal education curriculum is divided into four learning portals: World Understanding, Scientific and Analytic Curiosity, Artistic and Creative Imagination and Communication and Language Fluency.

  • World Understanding Learning
  • Scientific and Analytic Curiosity
  • Artistic and Creative Imagination
  • Communication and Language Fluency

Courses applied in one portal may not be applied in another portal. However, courses applied in the Liberal Education may be applied toward a student’s major or minor.

Students with an A.A., A.S. or a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution are exempt from Liberal Education requirements for Brenau’s bachelor degree programs (does not include Brenau’s A.A. degree). This exemption does not does not extend to any other associate’s degree (ex. A.A.S., A.A.T). This exemption does not affect transfer credit. All college-level credit that conforms to Brenau’s transfer credit policy will be recorded on the student’s Brenau transcript. This exemption does not affect any major courses required or any major foundation courses required.

World Understanding Learning Portal

Historical Perspective - 3 hours

Demonstrate knowledge of major events and movements in history and use this knowledge to generate a more sophisticated understanding of current events.

Scientific & Analytic Curiosity Portal

Mathematics - 3 hours

Demonstrate quantitative reasoning through numeric, symbolic or geometric means.

Course taken will depend upon math placement of the student.

Artistic & Creative Imagination Portal

Communication & Language Fluency Portal

Writing - 6 hours

Compose effective and logical written communication.

Modern Language - 0-3 hours

  • Students must have modern language competency through the high beginner (102 or 115) level. It is possible for a student to place out of part or all of modern language via placement or CLEP. Please see the placement information section for specific guidelines. If the student takes 101, that course may be applied as the students communication elective, if needed.
  • International Students will exempt the Modern Language requirement with a TOEFL score of 500 or above.

Communication Elective - 3 hours

Choose from any course in the Communication and Language Fluency portal not already applied in the Liberal Education or choose from the courses below. If a student takes 101 and 102 of the same language to satisfy the modern language requirement, the 101 course may satisfy the communication elective.

Music Courses:

Note: Music Performance Majors must earn a grade of “C” or better in all major classes. See the program plan for courses that can be cross/dual used between the liberal education and the major.

Students must earn a minimum overall grade point average of 2.5 and major grade point averalge of 2.75.

Total Required Hours

A minimum of 129 hours is required to graduate with this major. It is possible that the student may graduate with more than 129 hours based on placement and transfer credit.

Note: Courses marked with an * are Liberal Education courses.