If you have a passion for music and a desire to serve others through teaching, a Music Education degree from the University of Sioux Falls will prepare you for meaningful service in the classroom. USF's Fredrikson School of Education is accredited by the South Dakota Division of Education and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Through this program you will learn a variety of skills and methodologies that will enable you to teach general music education to grades K-12 or instrumental and/or vocal music at the K-12 level. Learn about teacher certification and licensure here.

All music majors are required to:

  • Participate in a USF large music ensemble for 8 semesters
  • Pass a piano proficiency examination (freshman or sophomore year)
  • Receive approval to continue as a music major during annual evaluations
  • Take applied lessons for 6 semesters (these courses may be taken for no credit)
  • Maintain acceptable attendance at concerts, recitals and community events (10 per semester)
  • Perform in at least one departmental recital per semester (when enrolled in applied lessons)

In addition to meeting the liberal arts core requirements of the University, you must complete the requirements for secondary education certification, omitting EDU 240, and take the following core courses:


Complete the following courses.

  • - Music Theory and Aural Skills I (4 s.h.)
  • - Music Theory and Aural Skills II (4 s.h.)
  • - History of Music I: Ancient to 18th Century (3 s.h.)
  • - History of Music II: 18th Cent. to Present (3 s.h.)
  • - Music Computer Applications (3 s.h.)
  • - Conducting (3 s.h.)


Complete the following courses.

  • - Instrumental Musicianship (3 s.h.)
  • - Vocal Musicianship (3 s.h.)
  • - Recital (1 s.h.)
  • - Administering the School Music Program (3 s.h.)

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