Apr 19, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Music Education (B.M.)

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105-106 Major Hours, 129-130 Degree Hours

Students may have individual reasons for changing the order of the following curriculum. Students must consult their advisors before completing their schedules. Students will be certified K-12 music education in the state of South Dakota by completing all the hours listed below, passing certification exams, and passing student teaching.


*Piano proficiency for all majors: All music majors must pass a piano proficiency exam either through instruction in two years of class piano or through private piano lessons and/or a separate exam each semester. (majority of students enter the program with piano proficiency and do not require this course, students that take this course use extra hours  towards free electives)

**Recital: A half senior recital is required of music education majors, with the option of doing a full senior recital at the discretion of each studio teacher. When doing a half recital, students should find a partner with whom to fill out the hour concert. The student’s major teacher must approve all recital literature and preparation.

***Major Ensemble: All music majors must be registered for credit for a major ensemble every semester of their course study, excluding the student teaching semester.


Majors must select one of the following groups (11-12 hours)

Students majoring in music education must concentrate in one of the following areas:

Four-Year Program Guides and Costs

USD encourages students to take 15 credits per semester or 30 credits within the year in order to graduate in 4 years. To help students complete their academic degree program in four years, we provide a sample academic plan. Please work with your academic advisor to confirm your plan. 

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to systematically explore issues, objects or works through the collection and analysis of evidence that results in informed conclusions or judgments, and break down complex topics or issues into parts to gain a better understanding of them.
  2. Students will design, evaluate, and implement a strategy to answer an open-ended question or achieve a desired goal.
  3. Students will interact with other students and evaluate the effort put into team tasks, interactions with others, and the quantity and quality made to team discussions.
  4. Students will engage in purposeful, ongoing learning activities that improve their knowledge, skills and competence in their personal and professional lives.
  5. Students will be able to demonstrate cognitive, effective, and behavioral skills that support effective and appropriate interaction in a variety of cultural contexts.
  6. Students will comprehensively explore issues, ideas, artifacts and events before accepting or formulating an opinion or conclusion, and combine or synthesize existing ideas, images or expertise in original ways reflecting a high degree of innovation, divergent thinking, and risk taking.
  7. Music education majors will demonstrate increased knowledge and skill in the pedagogy of music teaching. (Praxis II: Music Content Knowledge exam Major Field Test: Music Praxis II: Principles of Learning and Teaching exam)
  8. Music education majors will demonstrate pedagogical knowledge appropriate specifically to the teaching of K-12 music. (School of Education Standards for Teaching; School of Education Dispositions for Teaching)
  9. Music education majors will demonstrate a level of musical performance competency. (Performance Juries)
  10. Music education majors will develop increased knowledge of historical musical periods, composers, and genres. (Praxis II: Music Content Knowledge exam Subscores for Music History & Literature Major Field Test: Music exam Subscores for Music History)
  11. Music education majors will develop increased theoretical knowledge and skills in analytical techniques applicable to a variety of musical genres. (Praxis II: Music Content Knowledge exam subscores for Music Theory Major Field Test: Music exam subscores for Music Theory)
  12. Music education majors will demonstrate a proficient level of performance and musicianship in voice and/or on an instrument as a culmination of their musical performance training. (Senior Pre-Recital Hearing evaluations)

Courses or Programs Leading to Professional Licensure or Certification

The University of South Dakota as of July 1, 2020, cannot confirm whether any particular course or program meets educational prerequisites for professional licensure or certification in states other than South Dakota. If you are planning to apply for licensure/certification in a state other than South Dakota after completion of your program, contact the academic department offering your major or CDE at 605.658.6152 or by email at cde@usd.edu. USD is working to comply with these requirements and will provide up-to-date information as it becomes available.

If your learning placement course (internship, externship, clinical, rotation, practicum, independent study, study away, etc.) or your online course will be taken outside South Dakota, please reference the State Authorization webpage below.

Information about State Authorization & Professional Licensure

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