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.

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:

REQUIRED MAJOR CORE

Complete the following courses.

  • - Theory I (3 s.h.)
  • - Theory II (3-4 s.h.)
  • - Music Theory III (3 s.h.)
  • - Music Ed Methods - Elementary (3 s.h.)
  • - History of Music I: Ancient to 18th Century (3 s.h.)
  • - History of Music II: 18th Cent. to Present (3 s.h.)
  • - Recital (1 s.h.)
  • - Music Computer Applications (3 s.h.)
  • - Conducting I (3 s.h.)
  • - Conducting II (3 s.h.)
  • - Service in the Arts (1 s.h.)

Instrumental majors must complete the following courses.

  • - Wind Instrument Techniques (2 s.h.)
  • - Music Educ Methods Instrumental (3 s.h.)
  • - Instrumental Techniques: Brass and Percussion (2 s.h.)

Choral/Vocal majors must complete the following courses.

  • - Diction/Literature (2 s.h.)
  • - Music Education-Choral Prep (3 s.h.)
  • - Vocal Pedagogy (2 s.h.)

REQUIRED EDUCATION CORE

Complete the following courses.

  • - Foundations of Education (3 s.h.)
  • - Exceptional Students (3 s.h.)
  • - Paraprofessional in Education (3 s.h.)
  • - Native American Studies for Educators (3 s.h.)
  • - Human Relations (3 s.h.)
  • - Assessment & Evaluation in the Classroom (3 s.h.)
  • - Content Literacy for ELL and Struggling Readers (3 s.h.)
  • - Middle/Secondary Methods (4 s.h.)
  • - Instructional Management (3 s.h.)
  • - Foundations of Middle School (2 s.h.)
  • - Student Teaching: Secondary (10 s.h.) or
    • - Student Teaching: K-12 (4-10 s.h.)
  • - First Aid/CPR (1 s.h.)

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