BME - Special Music Education

Program Requirements

A minimum total of 120 credit hours is required for the BME - special music education. In addition to meeting the requirements of the WSU General Education Program and the requirements of the College of Fine Arts, students must meet the following requirements:

Course Title Hours
General Education (34-35 credit hours)
Select courses to meet General Education requirements 131-32
General Education courses that will also meet Program Requirements
CESP 334Introduction to Diversity: Human Growth and Development3
or PSY 111 General Psychology
Applied Music (16 credit hours) 2
Primary performance medium14
Class Piano/Secondary performance medium2
Piano Class Level I - Music Majors
Piano Class Level IV - Music Majors
Required Music Core (13 credit hours)
MUSC 127Musicianship 12
MUSC 128Musicianship 22
MUSC 129Aural Skills 12
MUSC 130Aural Skills 22
MUSC 229Aural Skills 32
MUSC 113Introduction to Music Studies and Professional Skills3
Musicology Electives (3 credit hours)
Select 3 credit hours from the following3
History of Jazz
Topics in Musicology: Aesthetics
Topics in Musicology: Ethnography
Topics in Musicology: Gender
Topics in Musicology: Popular Musics
Theory/Composition Electives (4 credit hours)
Select 4 credit hours from the following4
Jazz Improvisation
Post-Tonal Music
Jazz Music Theory
Introduction to Music Composition
Topics in Music Technology
18th Century Counterpoint
Performance and Analysis
Topics in Analysis: Music in Media
Topics in Analysis: Popular Music Analysis
Special Music Education Required Courses (23 credit hours)
MUSE 231Scaffolding Musical Understanding2
MUSC 334History of Music I3
MUSC 523Form and Analysis2
MUSC 641Orchestration2
MUSP 307Instrumental Conducting2
or MUSP 308 Choral Conducting
MUSP 651Advanced Conducting and Score Reading2
or MUSP 691 Advanced Choral Conducting
Ensembles 3, 46
Recital Attendance
MUSP 105Recital Attendance (two semesters)0
Senior Recital
MUSP 400Senior Recital0
Music Electives as Advised
Select 4 credit hours from the following with advisor approval4
Special Music Education Recommended Electives (2 credit hours)
Elementary Vernacular Instrument Methods
Practicum Special Music Education (may be repeated)
Vocal Focus (select 2 credit hours)
Voice Pedagogy
Voice Pedagogy II
Italian Diction
English Diction
German Diction
Keyboard Focus
Piano Pedagogy
Piano Teaching Materials
Instrumental Focus
Marching Band Techniques
String Pedagogy
Music Education Requirements (27 credit hours)
MUSE 171Orientation to Music Education1
MUSE 271Introduction to Music Education 52
Core I
MUSE 311Introduction to Diversity Field Experience1
MUSE 611Music for Special Education2
MUSE 617Literacy Strategies for Content Areas: Music2
Core II
MUSE 303Elementary and General Music Methods 52
MUSE 305Pre Student Teaching 51
MUSE 306Class Management for Music Educators1
MUSE 309Special Music Education Methods2
MUSE 323Fundamentals of Vocal Music for Secondary Schools 52
or MUSE 324 Fundamentals of Instrumental Music for Secondary Schools
Core III
MUSE 405Teaching Internship Seminar1
MUSE 453Teaching Internship: Special and Elementary Music Education3
MUSE 469Teaching Internship Secondary Music3
CAS 501Teacher Licensure Capstone (Must be taken with MUSE 453 or MUSE 469)0
Additional Requirements
Select 4 credit hours (See check sheet for specific required courses)4
String Rehearsal Methods
Wind and Percussion Rehearsal Methods
Survey of Choral Techniques and Literature
Total Credit Hours120

Required major courses may also count towards General Education requirements. Students will need to select additional electives to reach 120 credit hours required for graduation with assistance from an advisor.


Students must be enrolled in applied music during the semester of their senior recital.


See degree check sheets for specified ensembles, including requirements for transfer students.


Ensembles are counted by semester. 


Must be passed with a B- or better in order to be counted towards the program.

Note: All music majors must pass a piano proficiency examination.

Applied Learning

Students in the BME - special music education program are required to complete an applied learning experience to graduate from the program. The requirement can be met by giving a senior recital ( MUSP 400) and student teaching ( MUSE 405, MUSE 453 and MUSE 469).