Program Details

Bachelor of Arts in Music Education – Instrumental: Piano – Initial Teacher Licensure Initial Program – Leads to Initial Teacher Licensure

Offered By: College of Fine Arts and Production
Next Start Date:
Program Now Enrolling
ProgramLength:
Total Program Credits: 138
Campus: 15 weeks [More Info]
Transfer Credits:
Up to 90 credits, only 84 can be lower division
Program Tuition Rate:
Campus: $8250 per semester. [More Info]

Overview

Earn Your Degree in Music Education

Designed to prepare you for teaching music in 21st century classrooms, the Bachelor of Arts in Music Education - Instrumental: Piano is available for students interested in teaching music and instrumental conducting. The music education for instrumental piano program is offered through the College of Fine Arts and Production to help you focus on performance, music theory, instrument collaboration and composition.

In this program, coursework logically progresses through history, theory and teaching concepts to provide an advanced study of orchestration, arranging, conducting and understanding a wide array of musical genres. Review teaching and immersion practices while embracing classroom technology and assessment strategies before completing a full-time student teaching component in your final semester.

Curriculum in the music education program aligns with the standards of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC), preparing you for K-12 music teacher licensure. Programs leading to teacher certification may require practicum hours, state exams, student teaching and an institutional recommendation from Grand Canyon University. Please note that an audition is required for admission into the piano performance degree program.

Degree Outcomes

Teaching and Music Conducting Curriculum

The Bachelor of Arts in Music Education - Instrumental: Piano program can enhance your creative talents while preparing and showing you ways of teaching students with purpose at the elementary or secondary level. Public recitals, private instruction and concerts throughout the program build your stage performance confidence and personal musical abilities. In conjunction with the College of Education, you acquire knowledge and teaching strategies necessary to lead instruction in elementary or secondary schools. Creating and fostering these music education skills can help you succeed by matching passion with purpose to educate and enhance our next generation of musicians through classroom learning and a required student teaching experience.

What You Will Learn

Master Competencies Using a Global Approach to Music

You are expected to master these skills and competencies by the end of your program:

  • Band literature and conducting
  • Music instruction methods and assessment
  • Instrumental techniques for various instruments
  • Private piano study
  • Educational psychology

Career Outcomes

Careers in Music Education

A balance of theory and practice can prepare you for a future in K-12 specialized education classrooms. Your training can move you toward K-12 teacher licensure through this bachelor's in music education program. Pursue a job as a band or music instructor in any educational or private setting, including development of a privately owned studio.

Course List

The programs offered at Grand Canyon University may vary by content and course length. You are currently viewing the program version available in Arizona. In order to view the specific course content and credit length available for your state, please contact a counselor at 1-855-GCU-LOPE or click here to request more information.
General Education Requirements:
34-40 credits
Major:
98 credits
Open Elective Credits:
0-6 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
138 credits

General Education Requirements

General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University’s General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.

Requirements

Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.

Course Options

  • UNV-103, University Success: 4 credits
  • UNV-303, University Success: 4 credits

Requirements

Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.

Course Options

  • ENG-105, English Composition I: 4 credits
  • UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4 credits
  • ENG-106, English Composition II: 4 credits
  • COM-263, Elements of Intercultural Communication: 4 credits

Requirements

Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.

Course Options

  • CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4 credits
  • CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4 credits

Requirements

Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments. Students are required to take 3 credits of college mathematics or higher.

Course Options

  • MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4 credits

Requirements

Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, crosscultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.

Course Options

  • INT-244, World Religions: 4 credits
  • PSY-100, Psychology in Everyday Life: 4 credits
  • SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4 credits

Program Core Courses

Course Description

Study is devoted to the structure of music, which includes harmony, melody, form, and rhythm. Skill development in analysis and composition is emphasized. The music of the "common practice period" will be studied. Co-requisite: MUS-130L.

Course Description

This course is a study in rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic dictation; basic keyboard performance; and sight singing. Computer-assisted ear training is utilized. Study is devoted to the structure of music, which includes: harmony, melody, form, and rhythm. Skill development in analysis and composition is emphasized. The music of the “common practice period” will be studied. Co-requisite: MUS-130.

Course Description

This course is a practical study of the high and low string instruments in which students learn to play, care for, and teach each instrument.

Course Description

This course is a practical study of the high and low brass instruments in which students learn to play, care for, and teach each instrument.

Course Description

This course is the applied private study for music majors in their secondary instrument or area, and/or the applied private study for nonmusic majors. Prerequisites: Music Department approval and placement audition.

Course Description

This course is class instruction for students with limited or no previous voice training. Instruction includes the study of vocal technique and is designed to pass Part I of the Vocal Proficiency Examination. The voice proficiency requirements are identified in the music handbook.

Course Description

This course is the private applied study required for music majors in their major instrument or area. Prerequisites: Music Department approval and placement audition.

Course Description

A continuation of MUS-130, this course emphasizes skill development through analysis and composition. Prerequisites: MUS-130 and MUS-130L or Music Department approval. Co-requisite: MUS-160L.

Course Description

A continuation of MUS-130L, this course emphasizes aural skill development through practical study in rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic dictation; basic keyboard performance; and sight singing. Computer-assisted ear training is utilized. Prerequisites: MUS-130 and MUS-130L or Music Department approval. Co-requisite: MUS-160.

Course Description

This course is a practical study of percussion instruments in which students learn to play, care for, and teach each instrument.

Course Description

This course is a practical study of the clarinet and saxophone in which students learn to play, care for, and teach each instrument.

Course Description

This course is a practical study of flute and double reed instruments in which students learn to play, care for, and teach each instrument.

Course Description

This course is a continuation of MVC-109. It includes passing Part II of the Voice Proficiency Examination. Prerequisite: MVC-109.

Course Description

This course is the private applied study required for music majors in their major instrument or area. Prerequisites: Music Department approval and placement audition.

Course Description

This writing intensive course is a survey of music from primitive times to the mid-18th century. It presents the growth of music in the Middle Ages and Renaissance through the contrapuntal schools, culminating in the work of J. S. Bach and the development of opera and oratorio during the baroque period.

Course Description

A continuation of MUS-160, this course emphasizes skill development through analysis and composition. Music examples are selected from Bach through Wagner. It also includes an advanced study in analysis and part writing utilizing modulation and chromatic harmony. Prerequisites: MUS-160 and MUS-160L or Music Department approval. Co-requisite: MUS-262L.

Course Description

A continuation of MUS-160L, this course is a study in rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic dictation; basic keyboard performance; and sight singing. Computer-assisted ear training will be utilized. Prerequisites: MUS-160 and MUS-160L or Music Department approval. Co-requisite: MUS-262.

Course Description

Students will study and utilize a variety of music technologies such as computer software, hardware, networking, multimedia, interactive media, and the Internet in order to foster inquiry, collaboration, and interaction in classroom to meet the needs of a diverse student population.

Course Description

This course is a survey of Arizona history and government, as well as American government. It meets the teacher certification requirement for Arizona government and American government.

Course Description

This course is the private applied study required for music majors in their major instrument or area. Prerequisites: Music Department approval and placement audition.

Course Description

This course is the applied private study for music majors in their secondary instrument or area, and/or the applied private study for nonmusic majors. Prerequisites: Music Department approval and placement audition.

Course Description

This writing intensive course is a survey of music from the mid-18th century to modern times. Study is devoted to the rise of homophonic music, the art song, the nationalistic schools, and the principal composers of the classical, romantic, and contemporary periods. Prerequisite: MUS-360 or Music Department approval.

Course Description

A continuation of MUS-262, this course emphasizes skill development through analysis and composition. This course includes analysis and composition methods of music of the late 19th through the 20th century. Prerequisites: MUS-262 and MUS-262L or Music Department approval. Co-requisite: MUS-351L.

Course Description

A continuation of MUS-262L, this course is a study in rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic dictation; basic keyboard performance; and sight singing. Computer-assisted ear training will be utilized. Prerequisites: MUS-262 and MUS-262L or Music Department approval. Co-requisite: MUS-351.

Course Description

This course presents the historical, legal, theoretical, and sociological foundations of programs of instruction for English language learners. It includes an examination of the role of culture in learning and instructional program models, with a focus on Structured English Immersion. Teacher candidates are instructed in immersion strategies and the use of assessment data. Practicum/field experience hours: 10. Fingerprint clearance required.

Course Description

This course is the applied private study for music majors in their secondary instrument or area, and/or the applied private study for nonmusic majors. Prerequisites: Music Department approval and placement audition.

Course Description

This course is the applied private study for music majors in their secondary instrument or area, and/or the applied private study for nonmusic majors. Prerequisites: Music Department approval and placement audition.

Course Description

This course is the private applied study required for music majors in their major instrument or area. Prerequisites: Music Department approval and placement audition.

Course Description

This course is a study of the various organizational structures in music, from motive, phrase, and period, through binary and ternary forms to the most complex, such as the variation, rondo, and sonata. Works of the masters are analyzed from the standpoint of form. Prerequisites: MUS-351 and MUS-351L, or MUS-275 or Music Department approval.

Course Description

This course is a practical study of organizing and training marching bands for high schools and at the collegiate level.

Course Description

In this course, teacher candidates continue to examine the fundamentals of the legal, historical, and educational foundations of Structured English Immersion and other instructional programs for English language learners. Theoretical principles of language acquisition and the role of culture in learning are examined. Methods of assessment are identified and analyzed. Teacher candidates identify strategies to promote English language development and improve student achievement. They plan, deliver, and evaluate instruction for English language learners. Practicum/field experience hours: 15. Fingerprint clearance required.

Course Description

Students study music as culture, and explore the historical, philosophical, and sociological influences that have shaped music, ethnomusicology, and music education. This course also examines the issues faced by educators today, as well as the challenges that await people now entering the teaching profession. The course covers the unique learning needs of exceptional students. Emphasis is placed on definitions, etiology, characteristics, and prevalence of various exceptionalities; laws and litigation protecting the rights of students with special needs and their families; current issues affecting persons with special needs; social perceptions, assessment, inclusion, transition; and basic curriculum accommodations and supportive services for teaching students with special needs in the music classroom. Practicum/field experience hours: 15. Fingerprint clearance required.

Course Description

This course is the applied private study for music majors in their secondary instrument or area, and/or the applied private study for nonmusic majors. Prerequisites: Music Department approval and placement audition.

Course Description

This course is a study of major jazz techniques and styles, including repertoire, instrumentation, improvisation, innovations, and major jazz ensembles.

Course Description

This course is the private applied study required for music majors in their major instrument or area. Prerequisites: Music Department approval and placement audition.

Course Description

This course is a study of the fundamentals and techniques of conducting. Emphasis is placed on basic conducting skills, fundamentals of baton technique, left hand technique, non-verbal communication, leadership, conducting terminology, transpositions, and score reading.

Course Description

This course provides a thematically arranged study of the theories and principles of psychology that have influenced instructional practices. Behavioral and cognitive approaches to learning, motivation, and instruction are explored. Practicum/field experience hours: None. Fingerprint clearance not required.

Course Description

An introductory course to music education, this course is a study and demonstration of methods, materials, topics and issues in teaching general music in the schools. The course will cover methods, approaches, and philosophies of teaching general music as they relate to current national and Arizona music education standards. A study is made of activities implemented with each grade level. Lesson plans are prepared. Students visit classrooms to observe teaching situations. Practicum/field experience hours: 10. Fingerprint clearance required. Prerequisites: MUS-351 and MUS-351L or MUS-275 or Music Department approval.

Course Description

This course is the private applied study required for music majors in their major instrument or area. Prerequisites: Music Department approval and placement audition.

Course Description

This course is a study and application in techniques of scoring and arranging music for various combinations of musical mediums. Includes scoring for strings, woodwinds, brasses, percussion, and voices.

Course Description

This course is a study of advanced techniques of instrumental conducting. Rehearsal techniques, score reading, artistic interpretation, baton technique, and rehearsal techniques will be explored. Prerequisite: MUS-223 or Music Department approval.

Course Description

This writing intensive course is a survey study of the composers and band literature appropriate for elementary and secondary school ensembles. This course will consider major literature, publishers, composers, arrangers, and their styles, as well as common performance and teaching problems.

Course Description

A study of advanced problems in rehearsing and conducting at the high school level. An examination and analysis of the prevailing band philosophies, including performance techniques, score preparation, rehearsal techniques, programming, and administration of the band program.

Course Description

This course is a study and demonstration of methods and materials for the first six grades. Students will be introduced to a number of methodologies including Orff, Dalcrose, Kodaly, and Suzuki, and explore their conceptual pedagogical framework, methodology, application and assessment. A study is made of activities implemented with each grade level. Lesson plans are prepared. Students visit classrooms to observe teaching situations. Practicum/field experience hours: 25. Fingerprint clearance required. Prerequisites: MUS-351 and MUS-351L or MUS-275 or Music Department approval.

Course Description

This course is a study of methods for developing and conducting the music program in junior and senior high schools, focusing on general pedagogy, curriculum, and assessment. Methods, materials, topics, and issues in music education will be used to prepare music education majors to enter the teaching profession. Practicum/field experience hours: 25. Fingerprint clearance required.

Course Description

This course is the private applied study required for music majors in their major instrument or area. Prerequisites: Music Department approval and placement audition.

Course Description

A formal, public recital, sponsored by the music department, in which the student presents a solo recital of a length appropriate to the major. The recital is to be given in the student's senior year. Student must concurrently be enrolled in the appropriate level of private instruction.

Course Description

Teacher candidates are required to fulfill an 8-week internship experience in a classroom with a certified, experienced teacher. The semester includes the opportunity to improve skills in classroom management, assessment, and professional preparation, and to utilize applicable content standards and Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) standards within the classroom. All paperwork for student teaching must be submitted by the due date the semester prior to student teaching. Prerequisites: for A: Fingerprint Clearance and one of the following combinations: 1) Successful completion of all courses in the Program of Study, a 2.8 GPA, and approval and placement by the Office of Field Experience and Certification; or 2) Successful completion of all courses in POS and content area; senior status; a 2.8 GPA; successful completion of state mandated basic skills and content area exams or Praxis I ® (Basic Skills) and Praxis II ® (Content Area); Arizona residents will be required to take the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessments (AEPA).

Course Description

Teacher candidates are required to fulfill an 8-week internship experience in a classroom with a certified, experienced teacher. The semester includes the opportunity to improve skills in classroom management, assessment, and professional preparation, and to utilize applicable content standards and Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) standards within the classroom. All paperwork for student teaching must be submitted by the due date the semester prior to student teaching. Prerequisites: for B: Fingerprint Clearance and one of the following combinations: 1) Successful completion of all courses in the Program of Study, a 2.8 GPA, and approval and placement by the Office of Field Experience and Certification; or 2) Successful completion of all courses in POS and content area; senior status; a 2.8 GPA; successful completion of state mandated basic skills and content area exams or Praxis I ® (Basic Skills) and Praxis II ® (Content Area); Arizona residents will be required to take the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessments (AEPA).

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