B.M.E. Degree in Music/Vocal Emphasis

Overview

The B.M.E. Degree is for students pursuing a teaching career in music. The degree provides the student with the necessary coursework required for the standard teaching certificate as outlined by the Oklahoma State Department of Education.

An OC graduate with a BME with instrumental emphasis will demonstrate

  1. Ability to hear and analyze rhythm, melody, harmony, and form.
  2. Ability to sight-read music and perform with other musicians.
  3. Understanding of compositional and aesthetic properties of style, and how the art of music is shaped by cultural forces.
  4. Acquaintance with a wide selection of music literature beyond the student’s specialization through lectures, assignments, and concert attendance. 
  5. Ability to perform a cross-section of that repertory according to the student’s interest and departmental standards.
  6. Ability to communicate clearly, critically, and creatively about music.

Student must complete a minimum of 126 hours including the major, core, and minor if required. Elective hours may be needed to reach 126 hours.

77 hours, plus 6 hours counted in the core, professional education minor included 

1. 11 hours basic theory 

  • MUSC-1112 - Music Theory I
  • MUSC-1211 - Ear Training II
  • MUSC-1212 - Music Theory II
  • MUSC-2111 - Ear Training III
  • MUSC-2112 - Music Theory III
  • MUSC-2211 - Ear Training IV
  • MUSC-2212 - Music Theory IV

2. 4 hours class piano 

  • MUSC-1581 - Class Piano I
  • MUSC-1681 - Class Piano II
  • MUSC-2581 - Class Piano III
  • MUSC-2681 - Class Piano IV

3. 9 hours music history, 3 hours used in core 

  • MUSC-3323 - Music History I: Ancient Music Through the Renaissance
  • MUSC-3333 - Music History II: Baroque and Classic Music
  • MUSC-3343 - Leading Music in Worship

4. 5 hours advanced theory and technology 

  • MUSC-3412 - Orchestration
  • MUSC-3513 - Music Education Technology

5. 10 hours music technique 

  • MUSC-2512 - Diction I: English and Italian
  • MUSC-2522 - Diction II: French and German
  • MUSC-3452 - Vocal Pedagogy
  • MUSC-4212 - Choral Conducting I
  • MUSC-4222 - Choral Conducting II

6. 1 hour piano 

7. 8 hours voice

8. 4 hours music ensemble (1300-1400 level courses)

9. 1 hour capstone project or recital 

  • MUSC-4001 - Senior Recital

or 

  • MUSC-4011 - Senior Project

10. 23 hours professional education 

  • EDUC-3121 - Orientation to Teacher Education
  • EDUC-3122 - The School in American Culture
  • EDUC-3213 - Learning, Instruction and Assessment
  • EDUC-3723 - Education of the Exceptional Child
  • EDUC-4013 - Human Relations and Behavior Management
  • EDUC-4131 - Applied Instructional and Assessment Strategies
  • EDUC-4132 - Critical Issues in Education
  • EDUC-4818 - Student Teaching in the Elementary and Secondary Schools

11. 3 hours of psychology, used in core 

  • PSYC-3523 - Developmental Psychology

12. 4 hours music methods

  • EDUC-4422 - Elementary Music Methods
  • EDUC-4442 - Secondary Vocal Music Methods

13. Foreign language competency 

Choose One:
High School Foreign Language – 2 years of same language with a grade of “C” or better

University credit – 3 hours foreign language or American Sign Language with a grade of “C” or better. 

Related Careers

  • Director
  • Music Therapist
  • Private Instructor
  • Symphony or Opera Company Performer
  • Teacher/University Professor
  • Worship/Youth Minister

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