Bachelor of Arts in Music (EC-12 Music Certification, Band Emphasis)

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with an education minor and teacher certification is designed to prepare music educators to teach all grade levels, EC - 12. The curriculum provides a comprehensive musical foundation, along with the training needed to guide students to an appreciation and understanding of music as an art form and cultural phenomenon. Curricular requirements integrate music students with the university general education requirements and a core of professional education courses. For additional information, see College of Professional Education.

Total Semester Credit Hours (sch): 132 
Major: 64 sch        Required Minor: 26 sch

MUSIC.BA            CIP Code: 50.0901.00


Please refer to the Admission section of this catalog regarding acceptance into TWU.

To obtain acceptance into the undergraduate Educator Preparation Program, you must have:

(All criteria required before taking EDUC 3003EDUC 3482EDUC 4113EDUC 4243, and Clinical Student Teaching)

  • Completion of EDUC 2003 (C or better)
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • Demonstrate basic skills in reading, written communication, and mathematics by meeting the requirements of the Texas Success Initiative;
  • Testing Requirements (please note: all testing requirements are subject to change)
    • TASP/THEA Scores: Reading 260, Math 240, Writing 240; OR
    • Accuplacer Scores: Reading 80, Math 65, Writing 82/6; OR
    • ACT Scores: Verbal 19, Math 19, Composite 23; OR
    • SAT Scores:
      • Prior to March 5, 2016 - Verbal 500, Math 500, Composite 1070;
      • On/After March 5, 2016 – EBRW 480, Math 530

                         ACT and SAT scores cannot be more than five years old

  • Successful completion of a pre-admission interview with assigned faculty advisor
  • Minimum of 12 to 15 semester credit hours in the subject-specific content area for the certification sought
  • Signed application for admission to the Educator Preparation Program
  • Signed Commitment Contract acknowledging awareness and understanding of the Dispositions Policy and Educators’ Code of Ethics
  • Submit a non-refundable Texas Education Agency Fee
  • Acknowledgment and acceptance of admission to the Educator Preparation Program

Students must maintain the admission requirements to remain a student in the TWU Education Preparation Program.

Degree Requirements

Texas Core Curriculum

ENG 1013Composition I3
ENG 1023Composition II3
Life & Physical Sciences6
Language, Philosophy, & Culture3
Creative Arts3
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-18653
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present3
GOV 2013U.S. National Government3
GOV 2023Texas Government3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
CAO: Women's Studies3
CAO: First Year Seminar, Wellness or Mathematics3
Total SCHs42

Courses Required for Major

MU 1021Keyboard Musicianship I1
MU 1031Keyboard Musicianship II1
MU 2061Keyboard Musicianship III1
MU 1521Aural Skills I1
MU 1523Music Theory I3
MU 1531Aural Skills II1
MU 1533Music Theory II3
MU 2521Aural Skills III1
MU 2523Music Theory III3
MU 2531Aural Skills IV1
MU 2533Music Theory IV3
MU 3313Music History I3
MU 3323Music History II3
MU 4512Instrumental Arranging2
Principal Instrument (4 sch at 4000 level)12
Music Ensemble6
Performance Juries (6 completed)
Barrier Exam
Capstone Performance
Total SCHs45

Music Education

Special Requirement: A grade of "B" or higher for courses to be counted toward the degree.

MU 3542Conducting I2
MU 2202Introduction to Music Education2
MU 3832Elementary Music Content2
MU 3401Voice Class1
MU 3001Brass Techniques1
MU 3011Percussion Techniques I1
MU 3031String Techniques1
MU 3041Woodwind Techniques1
MU 3432Secondary Methods and Literature I2
MU 3602Secondary Methods and Literature II2
MU 3601Advanced Conducting1
MU 3441Marching Band Practicum (to be taken twice)2
MU 3571Jazz Ensemble1
Elementary Music Proficiency Exam
Instrumental Music Proficiency Exam
Total SCHs19

Other Requirements

MU 3713Music and World Cultures (GP)3
Total SCHs3

Education Minor

EDUC 2003Schools and Society3
Admission to Teacher Education Program
EDUC 3003Learning Theory and Development3
EDUC 3482Teaching Diverse Learners Through Technology Integration2
EDUC 4113Design and Implementation of Instruction and Assessment3
EDSP 4203Learners with Exceptionalities3
EDUC 4243Classroom Environment and Management3
EDUC 4823Student Teaching: All-Level Music3
EDUC 4823Student Teaching: All-Level Music3
READ 3013Literacy and Learning across the Curriculum3
Total SCHs26

(GP) Satisfies global perspectives graduation requirement. 

First Year
MU 1021Keyboard Musicianship I MUSI 11811
MU 1112Music and Wellness 2
MU 1521Aural Skills I MUSI 1116, MUSI 12161
MU 1523Music Theory I MUSI 1211, MUSI 13113
MU 2202Introduction to Music Education 2
Large Ensemble1
Applied Music: Primary Instrument2
UNIV 1231Learning Frameworks: The First Year Experience EDUC 1100, EDUC 1200, EDUC 13001
ENG 1013Composition I ENGL 13013
 SCHs 16
MU 1031Keyboard Musicianship II MUSI 11821
MU 1531Aural Skills II MUSI 1117, MUSI 12171
MU 1533Music Theory II MUSI 1212, MUSI 13123
MU 3001Brass Techniques 1
MU 3401Voice Class 1
Large Ensemble1
Applied Music: Primary Instrument2
ENG 1023Composition II ENGL 13023
Social/Behavior Science Core3
 SCHs 16
Second Year
MU 2061Keyboard Musicianship III MUSI 21811
MU 2521Aural Skills III MUSI 2116, MUSI 22161
MU 2523Music Theory III MUSI 2211, MUSI 23113
MU 3441Marching Band Practicum 1
Large Ensemble1
Applied Music: Primary Instrument2
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-1865 HIST 13013
Mathematics Core3
 SCHs 15
MU 2531Aural Skills IV MUSI 2117, MUSI 22171
MU 2533Music Theory IV MUSI 23123
MU 3011Percussion Techniques I 1
MU 3571Jazz Ensemble 1
Large Ensemble1
Applied Music: Primary Instrument2
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present HIST 13023
Language, Philosophy, & Culture Core3
 SCHs 15
Third Year
MU 3031String Techniques 1
MU 3313Music History I 3
MU 3432Secondary Methods and Literature I 2
MU 3542Conducting I 2
MU 4512Instrumental Arranging 2
Applied Music: Primary Instrument2
Large Ensemble1
EDSP 4203Learners with Exceptionalities 3
 SCHs 16
MU 3041Woodwind Techniques 1
MU 3323Music History II 3
MU 3601Advanced Conducting 1
MU 3602Secondary Methods and Literature II 2
Applied Music: Primary Instrument2
Large Ensemble1
EDUC 2003Schools and Society EDUC 13013
Life/Physical Science Core3
 SCHs 16
Fourth Year
MU 3441Marching Band Practicum 1
MU 3703 (Core MCWST)Women in Music 3
MU 3713 (GP)Music and World Cultures 3
GOV 2013U.S. National Government GOVT 23053
EDUC 3003Learning Theory and Development 3
EDUC 3482Teaching Diverse Learners Through Technology Integration 2
 SCHs 15
MU 3832Elementary Music Content 2
READ 3013Literacy and Learning across the Curriculum 3
GOV 2023Texas Government GOVT 23063
EDUC 4113Design and Implementation of Instruction and Assessment 3
EDUC 4243Classroom Environment and Management 3
Life/Physical Science Core3
 SCHs 17
Fifth Year
EDUC 4823Student Teaching: All-Level Music 3
EDUC 4823Student Teaching: All-Level Music 3
 SCHs 6
 Total SCHs:  132

(GP) courses satsify global perspectives graduation requirement.