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Music Education


Bachelor of Arts; Teaching Endorsement

Are you interested in teaching music? Briar Cliff offers a Bachelor of Arts degree with a specialization in music education. 

Gain real experience by helping instruct in BCU's piano preparatory program and student-teaching in area schools. Our program is certified in vocal and/or classroom music by the Iowa Department of Education.

To qualify, you must also major in K-12 Education at Briar Cliff.


Core Courses

MUSC 114 - Music Theory I
MUSC 114L - Music Theory Lab I
MUSC 115 - Music Theory II
MUSC 115L - Music Theory Lab II
MUSC 125 - American Popular Music (Online)
MUSC 247 - Music History and Literature I
MUSC 248 - Music History and Literature II
MUSC 314 - Music Theory III
MUSC 314L - Music Theory Lab III
MUSC 315 - Music Theory IV
MUSC 315L - Music Theory Lab IV
MUSC 345 - Methods of Teaching Music in Elementary School
MUSC 437 - Conducting I
MUSC 438 - Conducting II
MUSC 440 - Methods of Teaching Music in Secondary School

Additional Program Requirements

All music majors participate in at least one performing ensemble (Cliff Singers, Chamber Choir or the BCU jazz ensemble).

Music majors are to register for recital attendance each semester of enrollment and are required to attend all music performances given by faculty and students, on and off campus.

Students pursuing an endorsement in music education may not student teach until the piano proficiency exam is completed. The proficiency exam in piano includes demonstrating the ability to perform vocal exercises, scales, chord progressions, choral score reading, harmonization, transposition, and the performance of vocal accompaniments. Music majors must pass the piano proficiency exam by the end of the second full year of study in order to continue in the program as a music major.

A senior recital or senior project, approved by the music faculty, must also be completed before graduation.