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Music Major

Division of Communication Studies, Fine Arts and Literature

Voice. Piano. Organ. Strings. Winds. Percussion. It’s your choice.

You have a lot of options for your music degree. Add K-12 music education teacher licensure. Or an emphasis in church music.

As a music major, your home is the Carter Center for Worship and Music. The former Bridgewater Church of the Brethren, the Carter Center is a beautiful historic building with stained glass windows and incredible acoustics. Music faculty offices, performance and rehearsal space, classrooms and 10 private practice rooms are all in the Carter Center. Organists have access to the College's three pipe organs (one of which is in Cole Hall) and one Allen Renaissance Organ.

Music Major

Requires the bachelor of arts degree and consists of 48 credit hours including the following courses:

Development of the singing voice posture breathing vowels consonants intonation placement and resonance English German French and Italian diction and choral and solo literature in several styles. Practical methods in teaching vocal music. Prerequisite music major or permission of the instructor

Unit(s): 1

Practical course in the teaching playing and care of brass instruments. Prerequisite Music major or permission of the instructor Corequisite MUS 214 Prerequisite music major or permission of the instructor Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 1

Practical course in the teaching playing and care of woodwind instruments. Prerequisite Music major or permission of the instructor Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 1

Practical course in the teaching playing and care of string instruments. Prerequisite Music major or permission of the instructor Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 1

Practical course in the teaching playing and care of percussion instruments. Prerequisite Music major or permission of the instructor Corequisite MUS 211 Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 1

Scales in all keys chord progressions harmonization of melodies and sight reading. Students may place out of this course with a satisfactory performance on a playing test. Prerequisites two semesters of applied keyboard at the 200 level or a passing score on the keyboard diagnostic exam

Unit(s): 1

A continuation of keyboard skills study that prepares students to take the keyboard proficiency examination. Students may place out of this course with a satisfactory performance on a playing test. Prerequisites MUS 215

Unit(s): 1

Diatonic harmony voice leading and phrase structure. Aural skills include sight singing and melodic dictation. Prerequisites MUS 110

Unit(s): 3

Continuation of harmony and voice leading with an exploration of secondary functions. Analyses of classical forms including sonata and rondo. Aural skills include sight singing and melodic dictation. Prerequisites MUS 225

Unit(s): 3

History of Western musical style from the early Christian era to 1750 including medieval Renaissance and Baroque eras. Listening and reading assignments focus on specific composers and works as they relate to historical trends in musical style. Prerequisites MUS 110 General education fine arts and music

Unit(s): 3

History of Western musical style including Classical and Romantic eras as well as music of the 20th century. Listening and reading assignments focus on specific composers and works as they relate to historical trends in musical style. Prerequisites MUS 110 General education fine arts and music

Unit(s): 3

Band and orchestral instruments and voices and their classifications ranges and general use. The course includes writing and arranging music for vocal and instrumental solos and ensembles. Prerequisite or co-requisite MUS 226 Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Exploration of chromatic harmony modal mixture the Neapolitan chord augmented sixth chords and musical forms including variations and fugue. Introduction to post-tonal harmony. Aural skills include sight singing and melodic dictation. Prerequisites MUS 226

Unit(s): 3

An examination of the lives and works of American composer George Gershwin and French composer Maurice Ravel. Though the two men had very different musical educations and cultural backgrounds their music shares certain key elements the influence of jazz impressionism neoclassicism and exoticism. This course will explore the songs and orchestral works of both composers as well as the cross-cultural interest between French and American composers in the 1920s and 30s.

Unit(s): 2

Elements of instrumental conducting use of the baton score reading the organization and administration of ensembles and the conducting of suitable literature for those organizations and combined instrumental and choral ensembles. Prerequisite MUS 226 Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

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Elements of choral conducting use of the baton score reading the organization and administration of ensembles and the conducting of suitable literature for those organizations and combined choral and instrumental ensembles. Prerequisite MUS 226 Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

8 credit hours in applied music in the major performance area (300-level)
4 credit hours in applied music in the minor performance area
6 credit hours of ensembles

Jury examinations are required each year in the student's major performance area. Two public performances in the major performance area are required each year. A senior recital is required.

Music Teacher Certification - Choral/Vocal

Consists of completing a music major in voice or keyboard and a minor in keyboard or voice as well as participation in a choral ensemble during each year of residence and completion of the following professional education, music education, and field experience courses and requirements:

Choral literature styles forms and voicings from the Renaissance to the present. Historical considerations and performance practices are discussed and criteria for selection of music for choirs is developed. Alternate years offered 2015-2016

Unit(s): 2

For future music teachers. Introduction to the melodic and harmonic instruments used in the elementary school. Selection and presentation of songs by rote and note rhythmic activities creative activities and listening materials for grades K-6. Prerequisite MUS 226 Alternate years offered 2015-2016

Unit(s): 3

The methodology and philosophy of teaching music in the secondary school including general music music appreciation music theory and performing groups. Prerequisite MUS 226 Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

Admission to the education department and passing scores on the PRAXIS Examinations.
Helps candidates explore the career of teaching. Emphasis on the historical sociological and pedagogical foundations of American public education as well as culturally responsive pedagogy with academically culturally and linguistically diverse populations. Introduces InTASC standards and provides information about local state and national requirements of the teaching profession.

Unit(s): 3

Surveys principles of development learning and evaluation as they relate to learners educational growth. The study of the physical social emotional and intellectual development of the learner focuses on how this development relates to pedagogy motivation classroom management and assessment.

Unit(s): 3

Surveys principles of development learning and evaluation as they relate to learners educational growth. The study of the physical social emotional and intellectual development of the learner focuses on how this development relates to pedagogy motivation classroom management and assessment.

Unit(s): 3

Ten-hour field experience as an observer in an elementary middle or secondary school setting with an academically culturally or linguistically diverse student population. Corequisite EDUC 215

Unit(s): 1

Explores cultural linguistic and academic diversity with an introduction to multicultural education. Introduction to appropriate and effective strategies for instructing these diverse learners in inclusive classroom settings. Prerequisites minimum 2.5 GPA application to the TEP have taken Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests Mathematics have taken or registered for the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) Corequisites EDUC-201 and Sophomore standing.

Unit(s): 3

Twenty-hour field experience in a local school with a focus on literacy. Elementary placements include working with an emergent reader constructing lesson plans and exploring assessment methods. PreK-12 and Secondary placements focus on middle and high school literacy development within the candidates content area including vocabulary development literal interpretive critical and evaluative comprehension and critical thinking and writing strategies. Prerequisites admission to the TEP Corequisite EDUC 330 (Pre-K-6) or EDUC 334 (6-12 Pre-K-12)

Unit(s): 1

Twenty-hour field experience in a local school. Provides pre-service candidates with opportunities to apply theoretical knowledge of EDUC 370 in classroom settings. Reports reflections andor journal entries required as assigned. Candidates are expected to actively engage in teaching co-teaching or assist the classroom teacher. Section 1 is for elementary candidates and Section 2 is for secondary candidates. Prerequisites admission to the TEP Corequisite EDUC 370

Unit(s): 1

Helps secondary education candidates describe and develop effective content literacy strategies for academically culturally and linguistically diverse 6-12 students. Candidates use their content area curriculum to enhance literacy development including vocabulary development literal interpretive critical and evaluate comprehension critical thinking writing strategies listening and speaking skills are also addressed. Prerequisites admission to the Teacher Education Program and junior standing Corequisites Section 2 of EDUC 302

Unit(s): 2

Effective and efficient management of time space and resources including lessons and classroom behaviors are examined as a means of promoting learning. Candidates develop a management plan that is inclusive respectful and based upon current theory and practice. Effective organization and communication techniques are stressed. Prerequisites admission to the Teacher Education Program and junior standing Corequisite EDUC 303

Unit(s): 3

Three-week full-day field practicum taken immediately before student teaching. Candidates teach in a grade-level range different from their student teaching placement but within their range of licensure and certification. Candidates teach a minimum of two times participates in all professional activities of their classroom cooperating teacher and engage in reflective seminars back on campus or through online delivery. Prerequisites admission to the TEP successful completion of EDUC 370303 and taken in the Interterm or summer before student teaching Note Those seeking ESL certification take this course the junior year but after having taken EDUC 370-303.

Unit(s): 3

Taken during the student teaching experience this course emphasizes professional licensure requirements and teacher performance standards measuring student academic progress and collaboration models of teaching. Candidates develop various personal skills and resources including the development of an online educational portfolio consistent with InTASC standards for obtaining employment in the education field. Prerequisites admission to the TEP and taken concurrently with student teaching.

Unit(s): 1

Fifteen-week final field experience involving instructional planning observation and teaching. Supervised by the classroom cooperating teacher and a college supervisor. Students are expected to assume complete responsibility for the classroom during the student teaching experience and engage in all activities related to teaching in the school community. Prerequisites admission to the Teacher Education Program and completion of all coursework in the Teacher Education Program Corequisite EDUC 450

Unit(s): 13

Music Teacher Certification - Instrumental

Consists of completing a music major in a band or orchestral instrument and a minor in a band, orchestral or keyboard instrument, as well as participation in an instrumental ensemble during each year of residence, and completion of the following professional education, music education, and field experience courses and requirements:

A study of the literature of the wind band from 1500 to the present day. Standard repertoire performance practice and conducting considerations are discussed in order to develop skills for selecting appropriate music for middle school through advanced high school bands. Alternate years offered 2015-2016

Unit(s): 2

For future music teachers. Introduction to the melodic and harmonic instruments used in the elementary school. Selection and presentation of songs by rote and note rhythmic activities creative activities and listening materials for grades K-6. Prerequisite MUS 226 Alternate years offered 2015-2016

Unit(s): 3

The methodology and philosophy of teaching music in the secondary school including general music music appreciation music theory and performing groups. Prerequisite MUS 226 Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

Admission to the education department and passing scores on the PRAXIS Examinations.
Helps candidates explore the career of teaching. Emphasis on the historical sociological and pedagogical foundations of American public education as well as culturally responsive pedagogy with academically culturally and linguistically diverse populations. Introduces InTASC standards and provides information about local state and national requirements of the teaching profession.

Unit(s): 3

Surveys principles of development learning and evaluation as they relate to learners educational growth. The study of the physical social emotional and intellectual development of the learner focuses on how this development relates to pedagogy motivation classroom management and assessment.

Unit(s): 3

Ten-hour field experience as an observer in an elementary middle or secondary school setting with an academically culturally or linguistically diverse student population. Corequisite EDUC 215

Unit(s): 1

Explores cultural linguistic and academic diversity with an introduction to multicultural education. Introduction to appropriate and effective strategies for instructing these diverse learners in inclusive classroom settings. Prerequisites minimum 2.5 GPA application to the TEP have taken Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests Mathematics have taken or registered for the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) Corequisites EDUC-201 and Sophomore standing.

Unit(s): 3

Twenty-hour field experience in a local school with a focus on literacy. Elementary placements include working with an emergent reader constructing lesson plans and exploring assessment methods. PreK-12 and Secondary placements focus on middle and high school literacy development within the candidates content area including vocabulary development literal interpretive critical and evaluative comprehension and critical thinking and writing strategies. Prerequisites admission to the TEP Corequisite EDUC 330 (Pre-K-6) or EDUC 334 (6-12 Pre-K-12)

Unit(s): 1

Twenty-hour field experience in a local school. Provides pre-service candidates with opportunities to apply theoretical knowledge of EDUC 370 in classroom settings. Reports reflections andor journal entries required as assigned. Candidates are expected to actively engage in teaching co-teaching or assist the classroom teacher. Section 1 is for elementary candidates and Section 2 is for secondary candidates. Prerequisites admission to the TEP Corequisite EDUC 370

Unit(s): 1

Helps secondary education candidates describe and develop effective content literacy strategies for academically culturally and linguistically diverse 6-12 students. Candidates use their content area curriculum to enhance literacy development including vocabulary development literal interpretive critical and evaluate comprehension critical thinking writing strategies listening and speaking skills are also addressed. Prerequisites admission to the Teacher Education Program and junior standing Corequisites Section 2 of EDUC 302

Unit(s): 2

Effective and efficient management of time space and resources including lessons and classroom behaviors are examined as a means of promoting learning. Candidates develop a management plan that is inclusive respectful and based upon current theory and practice. Effective organization and communication techniques are stressed. Prerequisites admission to the Teacher Education Program and junior standing Corequisite EDUC 303

Unit(s): 3

Three-week full-day field practicum taken immediately before student teaching. Candidates teach in a grade-level range different from their student teaching placement but within their range of licensure and certification. Candidates teach a minimum of two times participates in all professional activities of their classroom cooperating teacher and engage in reflective seminars back on campus or through online delivery. Prerequisites admission to the TEP successful completion of EDUC 370303 and taken in the Interterm or summer before student teaching Note Those seeking ESL certification take this course the junior year but after having taken EDUC 370-303.

Unit(s): 3

Taken during the student teaching experience this course emphasizes professional licensure requirements and teacher performance standards measuring student academic progress and collaboration models of teaching. Candidates develop various personal skills and resources including the development of an online educational portfolio consistent with InTASC standards for obtaining employment in the education field. Prerequisites admission to the TEP and taken concurrently with student teaching.

Unit(s): 1

Fifteen-week final field experience involving instructional planning observation and teaching. Supervised by the classroom cooperating teacher and a college supervisor. Students are expected to assume complete responsibility for the classroom during the student teaching experience and engage in all activities related to teaching in the school community. Prerequisites admission to the Teacher Education Program and completion of all coursework in the Teacher Education Program Corequisite EDUC 450

Unit(s): 13


Careers and Graduate Schools

What can you do with your music degree?

Like our recent graduates, you might enter graduate schools such as:

  • East Carolina University (Voice and Composition)
  • University of Florida (Musicology)
  • James Madison University (Piano, Music Education)
  • University of Maryland (Choral Conducting)
  • University of Mississippi (Choral Conducting)
  • University of North Carolina (Choral Conducting)
  • Shenandoah University (Composition, Church Music, Organ)
  • Virginia Tech (Music Education)
  • Westminster Choir College (Voice)

Or pursue a career as a:

  • Church Music Director
  • Composer
  • Performer
  • Professor
  • Teacher (K-12)

Learn more about the options for employment and advancement in music education careers from the National Association for Music Educators.

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Questions? Contact Us!

For general questions about the department of music, instrumental music and music education:

Dr. Christine Carrillo, Department Chair
540-828-5301
ccarrill@bridgewater.edu

For more information on organ, piano and composition:

Dr. Larry Taylor, Associate Professor
540-828-5302
ltaylor@bridgewater.edu

For more information on choral ensembles and vocal music:

Dr. John McCarty, Assistant Professor
540-828-5305
jmccarty@bridgewater.edu