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Music Education

Program Requirements:Girl making music

Students can be admitted to the Bachelor of Music degree program by a successful auditionand should contact the Department of Music for specific requirements.  Transfer credits in music theory, music history, and performance must be validated by placement examination.

All Bachelor of Music students will take a piano proficiency examination at the conclusion of one year of study or by the end of the second semester of the sophomore year.  Students who have not passed the piano proficiency examination by the end of MUS 172 will be expected to take MUS 271 as needed.  Failure to pass the proficiency or any portion of it requires reexamination in succeeding semesters.  No one will graduate with a Bachelor of Music degree until this requirement is fulfilled.

No student should participate in more than three major ensembles in a single semester.


Students majoring in music education must complete 92 credit hours in  Professional Education, Studies in Music, and Free Electives as follows:

Professional Education: (24 credits)


MUS 280 (0), MUS 480 (2)


MUS 238, 339, 340 (9)


PSY 113, EDC 312 (6).  These may also be counted toward the social sciences requirement in the Basic Liberal Studies Program.


EDC 250 (1), EDC 484 (12)


Free Electives (3 credits)

Studies in Music: (65 credits)


7 semesters of principal applied music area, 2 credits/semester (14)


7 semesters of MUS 250 , senior recital MUS 450 (0)


4 semesters of secondary applied music areas, 1 credit/semester


MUS 171, MUS 172 required
(students may meet requirement of MUS 172 bypassing the proficiency exam before accumulating 60 credits.


7 semesters of major ensembles appropriate to the principal music area, at 0 or 1 credit per semester (6)

as well as the following courses:


MUS 131 (3)


MUS 121, 122, 225, 226, 227, 228 (12)


MUS 416, 417 (3)


MUS 221, 222, 322 (9)


MUS 169, 170, 173, 175, 177, 179 (1 credit each, total 6)


MUS 235 (3)


MUS 311, 312 (5)

The piano proficiency examination and all courses listed above, with the exception of MUS 480, must be completed before supervised student teaching (EDC 484).

A total of 131 credits are required for graduation.

Major ensembles include MUS 292, 293, 394, 395, and 397.  No more than two semesters in MUS 291 and/or 396 can count toward the major ensemble requirement.

Secondary applied areas can be fulfilled by MUS 171, 172, or 271; or an extra credit of MUS 169, 170, 173, 175, 177, or 179 (register for 2 instead of 1 credit); or 1-credit applied lessons in voice or on an instrument in which you have had little experience.

A minimum of one credit is required in each of MUS 169, 170, 173, 175, 177, and 179.

The piano proficiency examination and all courses listed above, with the exception of MUS 480, must be completed before EDC 484.

For more information on Music Education, visit the Office of Teacher Education and the URI Department of Music.


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