Music Education

Music Department

See the Music Department Web Site for information about audtions, scholarships, performing opportunites, music events, and department open houses.

The Music Education Major

The Department of Music provides a course of study for the Special Subjects (K-12) teaching license in North Carolina. Refer to the Department of Education for a summary of Reciprocity, Requirements for Admission to Teacher Education, and Requirements for Admission to Student Teaching. Each of these guidelines is applicable to the Music Education curriculum. Students in this program may require more than eight semesters to complete the curriculum.

To be accepted as a candidate for a B.M. in Music Education, the student must audition no later than the end of the fourth semester.  Music Education majors must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher to be eligible for the music education program. For each semester a full-time student is enrolled as a music major, a passing grade must be earned in MUS 0710 (Concert Attendance).

All music majors are required to pass the piano proficiency exam. All music majors are required to be enrolled in applied music lessons the semester their senior recital is performed.

Requirements for the major in Music Education (B.M.)

  1. To be accepted as a candidate for a B.M. in Music Education (instrument or voice), the student must audition successfully no later than the end of the fourth semester.
  2. All music majors at Methodist University must successfully pass the sophomore gateway review. This normally consists of a face to face meeting with all full time music faculty (and student’s applied music instructor) at the end of the spring semester of the sophomore year. Further detail of the sophomore gateway review is outlined in the Methodist University Music Department Handbook.
  3. Continuous enrollment in MUS 071 (with a passing grade). 7 semesters total.
  4. 39 s.h. of MUS 1070, 1080, 1090, 1600 (if necessary), 1610, 1620, 2070, 2080, 2090, 2190, 2600, 2610, 2620, 3010, 3030, 3040, 3110, 3130, 3610, 4190, plus 1 additional course from 4640, 4650, or 4660. ; and foreign language courses in one language through the 1020-level or demonstration of competence; or a total of 6-8 s.h. of foreign language courses in two separate languages (must be French, German, or Italian) or demonstration of competence;
  5. Continuous enrollment in MUS 071 (with a passing grade). However, during the student teaching semester, enrollment in applied music, MUS 071 (Concert Attendance), and an ensemble is not required.
  6. A minimum of 14 continuous semester hours of applied lessons (C or higher) is required for all students receiving a Bachelor of Music in Education on one instrument or in voice. Percussionists must complete no fewer than 14 semester hours of applied lessons, with at least 10 semester hours in applied orchestral percussion.
  7. For students whose major instrument is not piano, satisfactory completion of the Piano Proficiency Exam is required. The Piano Proficiency Exam must be successfully completed prior to the EDU 342 semester.
  8. For instrumental majors, a minimum of two semesters of voice lessons or participation in Noblemen or Treble Tones (with instructor permission) is recommended.
  9. For vocal majors, a minimum of two semesters of instrumental lessons or participation in Marching Band or Concert Band (with instructor permission) is recommended
  10. Continuous enrollment in ensemble in your major instrument or voice is required. A minimum of 8 credits of large ensemble (Concert Band, MUS 3480/3490), Noblemen (MUS 3280/3290), or Treble Tones (MUS 3860/3870), approved string or orchestra ensemble, or Guitar Ensemble.
  11. Instrumental Music majors (wind, brass, and percussion) are required to participate in Marching Band for no fewer than 3 years.
  12. A full instrumental/vocal recital is required for graduation. This must be completed prior to the student teaching semester. In addition, each student will be required to create a presentation or paper as a Capstone Project as required by the Education Department and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. This project must be approved by the coordinator of Music Education at the beginning of the recital semester.
  13. Enrollment in upper MUS 300-400 level courses is predicated on successful completion of MUS 1000-2000 level classes.
  14. Advancement into the education program: All students who wish to be licensed to teach must have completed the following requirements and met the grade standards before applying for admission to the Teacher Education Program.

Teacher Education Program Requirements

  1. A cumulative GPA of at least C+ (2.5) and a grade of C (2.0) or better in each course in the student’s major and in the professional licensure sequence.
  2. Passing score of 60% or better on the practice PRAXIS exam in the library during MUS 1090. Failure to meet this requirement will result in the mandatory attendance in a PRAXIS tutoring workshop at the student’s expense.
  3. Passing scores on the PRAXIS I—Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. The test is offered in two formats, the Pre-professional Skills Test (a written format), and as a Computer Based Test. A combined score of 1100 on the SAT (Reading and Math) or any score of 550 or higher on either section, exempts a student from taking PRAXIS I in its entirety or on those particular sections. A score of 24 or higher on the ACT also exempts a student from PRAXIS I. Students should contact the Education Department secretary regarding possible exemption, test dates, and costs.
  4. The student must have successfully completed a minimum of 60 semester hours to include MUS1090, 2090, and 2190 ; from the academic core ENG 1010 and 1020; MAT 1050; 3 s.h. of science; and from the professional education sequence EDU 2400 and SPE 2550.
  5. Three recommendations from faculty. Of the three recommendations, one must be from a faculty member in the student’s major and one must be from a faculty member in the Education Department.
  6. A pre-admission interview with the Chair of the Teacher Education Committee, the Director of Student Teaching and Field Experiences, and the Subject Area Program Coordinator.
  7. Review and approval of the student’s application for admission to Teacher Education by the Teacher Education Committee.
  8. A student must be admitted to Teacher Education before he/she will be allowed to enroll in the EDU 3000 and 4000 level courses in the professional licensure sequence or student teaching block (EDU 3300, 3420, 4070, 4190, and 4210. The Capstone Project is part of the student’s final semester of applied lessons, e.g., MUS 4310 - Applied Voice, in addition to their senior recital.
  9. Once a student is admitted to Teacher Education he/she is required to maintain the same grade standards required for admission to Teacher Education. A student whose grades fall below the required standards of a cumulative “C+” (2.5 GPA) and a “C” (2.0) or better in his/her major and licensure courses will meet with his/her advisor and the Chair of the Teacher Education Committee to plan a program to raise his/her grades to the required standard before going forward in the program.

Requirements for the Minor in Secondary Instrument/Voice

Applied lessons (8 semester hours – 4 semesters). No senior recital is required, but student must perform on semester student recitals and juries. This minor is only available to music majors. 

Program Faculty & Staff

Julia Atkins, Adjunct Instructor of Clarinet

Julia Atkins

Adjunct Instructor of Clarinet
(910) 630-7100

Justin Collis

Adjunct Instructor of Saxophone
(910) 630-7100
Keith Dippre, Professor of Music & Department Chair

Dr. Keith Dippre

Professor of Music
(910) 630-7101
Susan Durham-Lozaw, Associate Professor of Music

Dr. Susan Durham-Lozaw

Associate Professor of Music
(910) 630-7603
Skipper Hartness, Adjunct Instructor of Classical Guitar

Skipper Hartness

Adjunct Instructor of Classical Guitar
(910) 630-7100
Scott Marosek, Associate Professor of Music

Dr. Scott Marosek

Associate Professor of Music
(910) 630-7252
Michael Martin, Associate Professor of Music

Dr. Michael Martin

Union-Zukowski Professor of the Arts
(910) 630-7153
Daniel McCloud, Director of University Bands

Dr. Daniel McCloud

Assistant Professor of Music
(910) 630-7673
Anne Charli Mills, Adjunct Instructor of Voice; Director, Treble Tones

Anne Charli Mills

Director, Treble Tones; Adjunct Voice Instructor
(910) 630-7100

Michael Sparks

Adjunct Instructor of Violin and Viola
(910) 630-7100
Linda Volman, Fine Arts Coordinator & Adjunct Instructor of Flute

Linda Volman Lane

Fine Arts Coordinator
(910) 630-7100
Larry Wells, Associate Professor of Music

Dr. Larry Wells

Professor of Music
(910) 630-7602

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