Bachelor of ArtsEducation - Instrumental Music (K-12)

Majoring in Music Education involves the study of pedagogy, or the method and practice of teaching. You’ll develop the skills and insights to become an effective vocal or instrumental music teacher (K-12) and lifelong learner. You’ll gain knowledge and skills that are important for any teaching career as you take 93 to 104 credit hours towards a Bachelor of Arts degree, and the music education curriculum meets the Minnesota Department of Education requirements for a teaching credential (passage of standardized examinations of content and pedagogy are also required).

4,500+ Enrollment (1,400 on-campus undergraduates)
1893 the year Concordia was founded
16 Fortune 500 Companies Headquartered in the Twin Cities
Apply Now

Education - Instrumental Music (K-12) Curriculum Overview

Students majoring in Secondary Education at Concordia will develop the skills and insights to become effective middle school or high school teachers and life-long learners. A variety of specialties are available that allow students to customize their major to the subject area in which they would like to teach. Because of Minnesota’s rigorous teacher licensure standards, students graduating from the state’s colleges and universities are favorably regarded nationwide. Students have an opportunity to blend theory and practice through a series of content courses, methods courses, field experiences, and clinical practice.

Prerequisites from General Education
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
MUS - 121 Listen to Life: Global & Pop 2
PSY - 101 Introduction to Psychology 4

Using global folk and art music and contemporary popular idiom music, this course teaches music listening skills, relates music to history and culture, and reveals music as a conveyer of human emotions, thoughts, and ideals. This course contributes to the Fine Arts/Aesthetic component of the General Education curriculum. MUS121 is required for Music Education students.

Download Our Catalog

This course introduces the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Psychological, behavioral, cognitive, humanistic, psychodynamic and social-cultural perspectives are explored. Topics such as scientific method, statistical reasoning, neuroscience, learning, cognitive processes, development, psychological adjustment, therapy, social psychology, diversity and community are studied.

Download Our Catalog
Prerequisites: if determined in assessments by music department
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
MUS - 101 Basic Musicianship 2
MUS - 111 Class Piano I 2
MUS - 112 Class Piano II 2
MUS - 115 Beginning Guitar I 1

Basic Musicianship is designed for the student with little background in music. This course will present concepts needed for an understanding of the basic fundamentals of music theory. Students will also have an introduction to ear training and the keyboard. (Offered every spring. No prerequisite. This course can serve as a prerequisite for MUS201 and ED446. Studio course.)

Download Our Catalog

This is the first of two courses in a beginning piano instruction sequence. Through group class instruction students are given a practical knowledge of the keyboard and an understanding of the tonal-rhythmic structure of music. Keyboard skills requisite for handling classroom music situations or for personal enjoyment of music are developed. (Offered every fall and spring. No prerequisite. Players with previous keyboard experience may be exempt by examination. Can serve as a prerequisite to MUS201 and ED446. Studio course.)

Download Our Catalog

This is the second of two courses in a beginning piano instruction sequence. Through group class instruction students are given a practical knowledge of the keyboard and an understanding of the tonal-rhythmic structure of music. Keyboard skills requisite for handling classroom music situations or for personal enjoyment of music are developed. (Offered every fall and spring. No prerequisite. Players with previous keyboard experience may be exempt by examination. Can serve as a prerequisite to MUS201 and ED446. Studio course.)

Download Our Catalog

This course is designed for those with no knowledge of the instrument. Areas covered include tuning the guitar, strumming techniques, chords-two keys, and transposing. Open to all students. (Offered every fall and spring. No prerequisite. Players with previous guitar experience may be exempt by examination and move on to private guitar if desired or needed for program. Studio course.)

Download Our Catalog
K – 12 Music Teaching Major: 38 Credits
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
MUS - 201 Musicianship I 4
MUS - 202 Musicianship II 4
MUS - 261 Beginning Conducting 2
MUS - 301 Musicianship III 4
MUS - 302 Musicianship IV 4
MUS - 321 Music History I 3
MUS - 322 Music History II 3
MUS - 323 Music History III 3
MUS - 360 String Techniques & Pedagogy 1
MUS - 361 Woodwind Tech & Pedagogy 1
MUS - 362 Brass Techniques & Pedagogy 1
MUS - 365 Elect Instrmt Tech & Pedagogy 2
MUS - 366 Vocal Techniques & Pedagogy 1
MUS - 367 Percussion Tech & Pedagogy 1
MUS - 444 Instrumental Arranging 1
MUS - 445 Choral Arranging 1
MUS - 840 Piano 1

This course begins with a brief review of music fundamentals (scales, keys, intervals and triads) and continues with four-part harmonic writing, and basic analysis. Exercises in keyboard harmony, sight singing, and dictation are included in the course.(Offered every fall. Prerequisite: MUS101 or equivalent as determined by music placement test.)

Download Our Catalog

Students continue to learn four-part harmonic writing, including the use of inversions and seventh chords. Exercises in analysis incorporate the study of melody, harmony, rhythm, texture, and form. Dictation, sight singing, and keyboard harmony are continued. (Offered every spring. Prerequisite: MUS201 or equivalent.)

Download Our Catalog

The goal of this introductory course is to begin to develop a clear and expressive conducting technique. Students will conduct in class frequently, videotaping their work and receiving immediate feedback and suggestions for improvement. Students will learn to conduct regular beat patterns, preparatory gestures, cues, cutoffs, deadbeats, fermatas, asymmetrical patterns, and subdivided gestures. Students will learn to make thoughtful decisions in varying their conducting pattern to show changes in dynamics, tempo, and articulation. Activities to strengthen the inner ear while conducting will also be included. Requirement: for Church Music and Music Education majors. (Offered every odd fall. Prerequisites: music reading ability, MUS201 and/or consent of instructor. Studio course.)

Download Our Catalog

Students learn to write in the contrapuntal style of the 18th century. Chromatic harmonies and a study of classical period forms are also included in the course. Dictation, sight-singing, and keyboard harmony are continued. (Offered every fall. Prerequisite: MUS202 or equivalent.)

Download Our Catalog

Students explore the new directions composers have taken in the 20th century and compose their own pieces in various contemporary styles. Keyboard harmony, dictation, and sight-singing are continued. (Offered every spring. Prerequisite: MUS301.)

Download Our Catalog

This course explores the Ancient, medieval, Renaissance and early Baroque periods of Western music. (Offered every third semester in sequence with the other two Music History Courses). Prerequisites: MUS120 or MUS121, MUS201.)

Download Our Catalog

This course explores the 18th and 19th centuries of Western music. (Offered every third semester in sequence with the other two Music History Courses). Prerequisites: MUS120 or MUS121, MUS201. MUS321 is preferred, but not required.)

Download Our Catalog

This course explores Western Music from the late 19th century to the present. (Offered every third semester in sequence with the other two Music History Courses). Prerequisites MUS 120 or 121 and 201. MUS 321 and 322 preferred but not required.

Download Our Catalog

This course acquaints students with the techniques and challenges of playing and teaching stringed instruments. (Offered even falls. Prerequisite: music reading ability. Studio course.)

Download Our Catalog

This course acquaints students with the techniques and challenges of playing and teaching woodwind instruments. (Offered odd springs. Prerequisite: music reading ability. Studio course.)

Download Our Catalog

This course acquaints students with the techniques and challenges of playing and teaching brass instruments. (Offered odd falls. Prerequisite: music reading ability. Studio course.)

Download Our Catalog

This course introduces students to a range of computer-based music technologies. Extensive work is done with the music notation/MIDI program, Finale. Students will also explore using pre-set patches, sequencing, and creating new synthesized sounds. CD ROM programs for music history, music education, music theory, and ear-training will also be explored. Students will be expected to log lab hours in the music technology studio. This course is an elective in all music majors, minors, and emphases. (Offered every spring. Prerequisites: music reading ability, computer literacy. Studio course.)

Download Our Catalog

This course is designed for advanced singers who wish to gain techniques and practice in teaching vocal technique, both in working with individual voice lessons and with choral groups. This course is required for the vocal tracks of the director of parish music (DPM) program and the music teaching major. Activities include leading warm-ups and teaching peer voice lessons. (Offered even falls. Prerequisites: private voice study and consent of instructor. Studio course.)

Download Our Catalog

This course acquaints students with the techniques and challenges of teaching and playing percussion instruments. (Offered even springs. I Prerequisite: music reading ability. Studio course.)

Download Our Catalog

Instrumental arranging focuses on the practical aspects of scoring and is approached in terms of understanding how composers have traditionally written for instrument(s) and ensembles. (Offered even springs. Prerequisites: MUS201, current or previous enrollment in MUS202.)

Download Our Catalog

This course is designed for the musician wishing to make effective settings for choral groups. (Offered odd springs. Prerequisites: MUS301, current or previous enrollment in MUS302.)

Download Our Catalog

1 credit each, repeatable. Meets 1/2 hour per week. May not be taken pass/no pass. These courses may be repeated with credit. Individual lessons on the standard orchestral and band instruments and voice stress proper tone production, phrasing and style. Special techniques unique to the instrument are studied. Material covered includes standard works for the instrument. All lessons include studio classes scheduled throughout the term as a lab time. (Offered every semester. Prerequisites: approval and placement by instructor. Private lesson fee.)

Download Our Catalog
Vocal and Classroom K – 12 Track: 12 to 19 credits
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
MUS - 369 Art of Accompanying 1
MUS - 425 Choral Literature 2
MUS - 456 Choral Conducting & Methods 2
MUS - 713 Jubilate Choir 1
MUS - 860 Voice 1

This course is designed as a practice and provides students with the skills necessary to become artistic and capable accompanists. Areas explored include vocal, instrumental, and choral accompanying. (Offered odd falls. Prerequisite: MUS840 or other previous private piano study. Studio course.)

Download Our Catalog

A study of the choral literature from the Renaissance through the present (including global choral music) forms the material for this course. Choral composers and representative compositions from each era are studied. The historical perspective on choral music is discussed and a filing card reference library developed. (Offered odd falls. Prerequisites: MUS120 or 121, MUS202 or consent of instructor.)

Download Our Catalog

This advanced conducting course will apply and develop the skills gained in MUS261, focusing on leading choirs. Topics will include literature selection/programming for various school and church choirs, choral score study, audition procedures, seating formations, rehearsal planning and execution, working to develop vocal quality and musicianship in rehearsals and administration of church and school choral programs. A major component of the course will be the preparation and conducting of a public choral ensemble performance. Requirement for Vocal Music Education majors and Church Music majors-choral track. (Offered even springs. Prerequisite: MUS261. Studio course.)

Download Our Catalog

This choir regularly provides music for chapel worship. Special projects include the Fine Arts Christmas Concert and choral worship services throughout the year. While full-year membership is desired, students may audition to enter the choir at semester breaks. Jubilate is an excellent ensemble for students who wish to sing but are involved in other touring ensembles or will be off-campus part of the year as student teachers or interns. (Offered every fall and spring. Prerequisite: choral audition for placement by instructor.)

Download Our Catalog

1 credit each, repeatable. Meets 1/2 hour per week. May not be taken pass/no pass. These courses may be repeated with credit. Individual lessons on the standard orchestral and band instruments and voice stress proper tone production, phrasing and style. Special techniques unique to the instrument are studied. Material covered includes standard works for the instrument. All lessons include studio classes scheduled throughout the term as a lab time. (Offered every semester. Prerequisites: approval and placement by instructor. Private lesson fee.)

Download Our Catalog
Instrumental and Classroom K – 12 Track: 12 to 19 credits
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
MUS - 368 Jazz Improvisation 1
MUS - 426 Instrumental Literature 2
MUS - 457 Instrumental Conducting & Meth 2
MUS - 720 Concert Band 1
MUS - 800 Violin 1

Students will explore concepts used in jazz improvisation. (Offered odd springs. Prerequisites: A workable knowledge of scales, chords, chord progressions, sight-reading, and a familiarity with the musical vocabulary. Studio course.)

Download Our Catalog

Instrumental literature will emphasize literature for school-aged groups. Instrumental composers and compositions are studied through lecture, listening, reading, and student presentations. Students also develop a level II and III, four-year curriculum for band and orchestra. Teaching strategies based on the National Standards for Arts Education will also be discussed. (Offered even falls. Prerequisites: MUS120 or 121, MUS202 or consent of instructor.)

Download Our Catalog

Rehearsal techniques, transcriptions, performance practices and score study of standard concert band and jazz ensemble repertoire will be presented. The organization and management of an instrumental program will be covered. A major component of the course will be the preparation and conducting of a public instrumental ensemble performance. Requirement for Instrumental Music Education majors. (Offered odd springs. Prerequisite: MUS261. Studio course.)

Download Our Catalog

Concert Band performs works drawn from worldwide genres. Performances include chapel services, fall and spring concerts, and Commencement. Occasional off-campus performances are also scheduled. (Offered every fall and spring. Prerequisite: prior instrumental experience and seat audition placement.)

Download Our Catalog

1 credit each, repeatable. Meets 1/2 hour per week. May not be taken pass/no pass. These courses may be repeated with credit. Individual lessons on the standard orchestral and band instruments and voice stress proper tone production, phrasing and style. Special techniques unique to the instrument are studied. Material covered includes standard works for the instrument. All lessons include studio classes scheduled throughout the term as a lab time. (Offered every semester. Prerequisites: approval and placement by instructor. Private lesson fee.)

Download Our Catalog
Prerequisites to Admission to Teacher Education: 10 to 14 credits
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
ED - 201 Foundations & Intro to Edu 3
PSY - 210 Child Psychology and Dev 4
PSY - 220 Adolescent Psychology 4
PSY - 215 Child & Ad Dev Psy for K-12 Ed 4
ED - 336 Educational Psychology 3

Concordia's teacher education program and its conceptual framework are introduced to students in this course. This course introduces students to the philosophical, historical, sociological, and legal foundations upon which current educational theory and practice is constructed. During the duration of the course students need to register for required MTLE Basic Skills Test (additional fee). A 15-hour field experience that satisfies a portion of the university's human relations requirement is included. Admission to Program is an outcome including development of efolio and admittance to program interview.

Download Our Catalog

A broad sketch of human growth and development is provided from the prenatal stages to the adolescent years. Developmental processes are studied from both a biological and social-cultural perspective to understand physical and perceptual development, cognition and language, personality and social development. Child studies of children at the studentsÀ projected levels of teacher certification are required. (Prerequisite: PSY101)

Download Our Catalog

This course examines developmental phenomena of adolescence, its physiological, emotional, cognitive, parent-child, social, vocational and religious dimensions, with opportunity for personal exposure to youth's needs and interacting societal institutions. (Prerequisite: PSY101)

Download Our Catalog

This course will provide K through 12 educators an understanding of human growth and development from the prenatal stages through adolescence. Developmental processes are studied from both a biological and social-cultural perspective to understand physical and perceptual development, cognition and language, personality and social development. Child studies, examining various aspects of child and adolescent development, are required. (Prerequisite: PSY101)

Download Our Catalog

This course applies the basic principles of human development and behavior to the classroom situation. Emphasis is given to the teacher education conceptual framework, theoretical backgrounds in learning, and their application to the classroom. Topics include the characteristics of children, student variability, educational planning and instructional objectives, classroom management and assessment. A 15 hour field experience that satisfies a portion of the university's human relations requirement is included.

Download Our Catalog
Prerequisites to Student Teaching: 17 credits
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
MAT - 330 Advanced Prob & Stats 4
ED - 346 Effective Middle School Teach 2
ED - 347 Effective Secondary Teacher 2
MUS - 356 K-6 General Music Tchng Mthds 2
MUS - 357 7-12 General Music Tchng Mthds 2
ED - 439 The Inclusive Classroom 2
ART - 487 Art Education Capstone 2
ED - 487 Reading Across Content Areas 3
ED - 471 Student Teaching 4

This course is a Calculus-based look at Probability and Statistics. Assuming students have been exposed to the basics through an introductory course, this course will build upon that experience. Topics include an in depth investigations of probability, discrete and continuous random variables, parameter estimation, hypothesis testing, inference using the normal and binomial distributions, goodness of fit, regression and correlation, and ANOVA. The course will include a statistical software component. (Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in MAT145 and MAT110)

Download Our Catalog

The historical, sociological, psychological and philosophical aspects of the middle school are studied. Discussion and activities focus on the purposes, functions and implications of the curriculum and the learner. Students explore middle school teaching practice and student learning in the classroom and current middle school organization and practice. (Prerequisite: admission to Teacher Education Program)

Download Our Catalog

This course provides a study of the purposes, history, philosophy, organization, operation, students, curriculum, teaching practices, and current problems of secondary schools in the United States. Emphasis is on the knowledge and skills necessary to teach effectively in a secondary school. (Prerequisite: admission to Teacher Education Program)

Download Our Catalog

This course will deal with the planning and implementation of instruction in the non-performance-based music class from kindergarten to the senior high at the elementary school levels. Students will examine curriculum, textbooks and teaching materials available for these classes. The National Standards for Arts Education receive special attention in relation to planning a spiral curriculum. A strong emphasis is placed on unit and lesson planning. The course is required for all Music Teaching Majors. Offered every even fall. Prerequisite: MUS 120 or 121.

Download Our Catalog

This course will deal with the planning and implementation of instruction in the non-performance-based music class from kindergarten to the senior high at the secondary school levels. Students will examine curriculum, textbooks and teaching materials available for these classes. The National Standards for Arts Education receive special attention in relation to planning a spiral curriculum. A strong emphasis is placed on unit and lesson planning. The course is required for all Music Teaching Majors. Offered every even fall. Prerequisites: MUS120 or 121, MUS 202.

Download Our Catalog

Prospective educators are introduced to legislation and practices related to the inclusion of students with unique learning needs into regular classrooms. Topics include the classroom teacher's role is assessing, developing, and implementing unique learning experiences and managing group and individual behaviors. A 15-hour field experience that satisfies a portion of the university's human relations requirement is included. (Prerequisite: upper level standing)

Download Our Catalog

This course aims to enable future art teachers to relate the general concepts of art education to specific teaching theories. Past and contemporary theories of art education are studied. In addition, historical approaches to art education are presented, as are a variety of artistsÀ philosophies on the nature of art. (Prerequisite: ED447 or consent of instructor)

Download Our Catalog

The range of standardized and informal assessment options will be studied. Techniques will include the administration of procedures including analyzing data and making instructional and placement decisions. Communication of results to students' parents, caregivers and other professionals; impact on career skills affecting employability; and ethical issues will be discussed. (Prerequisite to Student Teaching.)

Download Our Catalog

Student teaching provides direct teaching experience for students to develop the understanding, skills, and dispositions necessary for implementing developmentally appropriate practices in classrooms for young children. Typically, students are assigned to work with two cooperating teachers in two different classrooms for one full semester. Seminars are held on campus and a capstone portfolio is required. (Birth-Grade 3 Practicum.)

Download Our Catalog

Requirements

Bachelor of Arts degrees at Concordia University, St. Paul consists of a major of typically 32 to 44 credits or two minors, general education courses, and elective courses totaling a minimum of 128 credits.

Meet Your Professors

Dr. David Mennicke Professor of Music, Director of Choral Studies, Music Department Chair

Dr. Mennicke's teaching expertise covers choral conducting, voice training, music education, church music, musical theatre, and music arranging.

Nathan Kennedy Term Faculty of Music

Nathan Kennedy teaches the music theory sequence, applied and class piano, pedagogy, and accompanying, and accompanies the choirs and opera workshop.

Lonn Maly Dean, College of Education & Science

Lonn Maly is a graduate of Concordia University who worked for 14 years as a teacher and a principal in Lutheran schools in Michigan and Southern California.

Career Potential

  • Public School Music Teacher
  • Private School Music Teacher

Related Programs
Discover Similar Programs at CSP