Music Education

The Conservatory of Music offers two degree plans for a major in Music Education, one with a concentration in instrumental music, the other with a choral concentration. The Bachelor of Music degree is normally awarded at the completion of a four-year program. Several directed teaching programs are offered at the University of the Pacific which leads to the California Single Subject Teaching Credential with a Major in Music:

  1. A plan which requires one full-time semester of student teaching (generally during the fourth year).
  2. A plan which requires one semester of part-time student teaching during the course of the fourth year plus a summer course of Video Microrehearsal and field teaching (six units).
  3. A Video-Microrehearsal/Internship plan in which selected students participate in the summer Video-Microrehearsal/field teaching program and then teach under contract in neighboring school districts in the fifth year.

All music education majors must pass a minimum proficiency examination in piano and in functional guitar. They must also demonstrate basic vocal proficiency. Ninety hours of laboratory teaching/observation in elementary and secondary schools are required. Courses in Music Education and professional education that are part of the Music Education major must be passed with at least a C grade, and courses in music must receive an average of C within each music discipline.

  1. Music Education majors must present a senior music education recital, usually in their senior year.
  2. Music Education majors with voice as a principal instrument are required to complete a senior examination during the final year.
  3. Teaching Credential candidates must demonstrate an understanding of the U.S. Constitution through coursework or examination. They must demonstrate competency in reading, writing and math by passing the CBEST Examination (or approved, eligible SAT/ACT scores). To enroll in the appropriate School of Education courses, music education majors must complete appropriate application and interview processes with the credential office as part of the advising process.
  4. Students who take Video Microrehearsal Techniques as part of student teaching may substitute electives for the student teaching in the fourth year.
  5. Major Ensembles must relate to the student’s proposed teaching area as specified by advisors.
  6. Residency requirements may be waived when in conflict with student teaching.

Bachelor of Music Major in Music Education Concentration Instrumental

Students must complete a minimum of 120 units with a Pacific cumulative and program grade point average of 2.0 in order to earn the bachelor of music degree with a major in music education concentration instrumental.

I. General Education Requirements

For more details, see General Education

Minimum 28 units and 9 courses that include:

A. CORE Seminars (2 courses)

CORE 001Problem Solving & Oral Comm3
CORE 002Writing and Critical Thinking4

Note: 1) CORE Seminars cannot be taken for Pass/No Credit. 2) Transfer students with 28 or more transfer credits taken after high school are exempt from both CORE seminars.  

B. Breadth Requirement (7 courses, at least 3 units each)

At least one course from each of the following areas:
Artistic Process & Creation
Civic & Global Responsibility
Language & Narratives
Quantitative Reasoning
Scientific Inquiry
Social Inquiry
World Perspectives & Ethics

Note: 1) No more than 2 courses from a single discipline can be used to meet the Breadth Requirement.

C. Diversity and Inclusion Requirement

All students must complete Diversity and Inclusion coursework (at least 3 units)

Note: 1) Diversity and Inclusion courses can also be used to meet the breadth category requirements, or major or minor requirements.

D. Fundamental Skills

Students must demonstrate competence in:
Writing
Quantitative Analysis (Math)

Note: 1) Failure to satisfy the fundamental skills requirements by the end of four semesters of full-time study at the University is grounds for academic disqualification.

II. Major Requirements

Basic Musicianship and Performance
MAPP 011 Applied Music8
MAPP 111 Applied Music6
Select 6 units of Major Ensemble:6
Jazz Ensemble
University Symphony Orchestra
Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Concert Band
Select 2 units of Choral Ensemble:
Opera Production
University Chorus
Pacific Singers
MPER 151Principles of Conducting2
MPER 153Instrumental Conducting2
MCOM 032Diatonic Harmony3
MCOM 042Musicianship I1
MCOM 033Chromatic Harmony3
MCOM 043Musicianship II1
MCOM 034Advanced Chromaticism and Analysis3
MCOM 044Musicianship III1
MCOM 014Introduction to Orchestration2
MAPP 001BFunctional Guitar Class1
MAPP 001DClass Piano (Must be taken three times)1
MAPP 001EVoice Class0.5-1
MCOM 009Introduction to Music Technology1
MPER 054Dean's Seminar1
MHIS 011Survey of Music History I3
MHIS 012Survey of Music History II3
One Course MHIS 150 or above to be determined with consultation with advisor3
MUJZ Elective1
Music Education Recital
Music Education
MEDU 101Woodwind Instruments I1
MEDU 102Woodwind Instruments II1
MEDU 103Brass Instruments I1
MEDU 105Percussion Instruments1
MEDU 107String Instruments I1
MEDU 108String Instruments II1
MEDU 113Laboratory Ensemble (Must be taken three times)0.5
MEDU 114Music in Elementary School1
MEDU 115Music Experiences, K-62
MEDU 116Music in Secondary School1
MEDU 117Music Experiences, 7-122
MEDU 119Fieldwork: Music Grades 4-121
MEDU 12021st Century Approaches to Music Education2
Professional Education
EDUC 140Transformational Teaching and Learning4
EDUC 156Content and Disciplinary Literacy Development in Secondary Schools3
EDUC 166Teaching English Learners, Single Subject3
EDUC 171Professional Practice Music ***4 & 10
EDUC 172Professional Practice Seminar ****2
SPED 125XTeaching Exceptional Learners ****2

Bachelor of Music Major in Music Education Concentration Choral

Students must complete a minimum of 120 units with a Pacific cumulative and program grade point average of 2.0 in order to earn the bachelor of music degree with a major in music education concentration choral.

I. General Education Requirements

For more details, see General Education

Minimum 28 units and 9 courses that include:

A. CORE Seminars (2 courses)

CORE 001Problem Solving & Oral Comm3
CORE 002Writing and Critical Thinking4

Note: 1) CORE Seminars cannot be taken for Pass/No Credit. 2) Transfer students with 28 or more transfer credits taken after high school are exempt from both CORE seminars.  

B. Breadth Requirement (7 courses, at least 3 units each)

At least one course from each of the following areas:
Artistic Process & Creation
Civic & Global Responsibility
Language & Narratives
Quantitative Reasoning
Scientific Inquiry
Social Inquiry
World Perspectives & Ethics

Note: 1) No more than 2 courses from a single discipline can be used to meet the Breadth Requirement.

C. Diversity and Inclusion Requirement

All students must complete Diversity and Inclusion coursework (at least 3 units)

Note: 1) Diversity and Inclusion courses can also be used to meet the breadth category requirements, or major or minor requirements.

D. Fundamental Skills

Students must demonstrate competence in:
Writing
Quantitative Analysis (Math)

Note: 1) Failure to satisfy the fundamental skills requirements by the end of four semesters of full-time study at the University is grounds for academic disqualification.

II. Major Requirements

Basic Musicianship and Performance
MAPP 011 Applied Music8
MAPP 111 Applied Music6
Select 7 units of Choral Ensemble:7
Opera Production
University Chorus
Pacific Singers
MPER 151Principles of Conducting2
MPER 153Instrumental Conducting2
MCOM 032Diatonic Harmony3
MCOM 042Musicianship I1
MCOM 033Chromatic Harmony3
MCOM 043Musicianship II1
MCOM 034Advanced Chromaticism and Analysis3
MCOM 044Musicianship III1
MAPP 001BFunctional Guitar Class1
MAPP 001DClass Piano (Must be taken three times)1
MCOM 009Introduction to Music Technology1
MPER 020Introduction to Lyric Diction - Italian2
MPER 054Dean's Seminar1
MHIS 011Survey of Music History I3
MHIS 012Survey of Music History II3
One Course MHIS 150 or above to be determined with consultation with advisor3
MMGT 130Popular Songwriting3
MUJZ Elective1
Music Education Recital
Music Education
MEDU 113Laboratory Ensemble (Must be taken three times)0.5
MEDU 114Music in Elementary School1
MEDU 115Music Experiences, K-62
MEDU 116Music in Secondary School1
MEDU 117Music Experiences, 7-122
MEDU 119Fieldwork: Music Grades 4-121
MEDU 12021st Century Approaches to Music Education2
Select 5 Instructional Method Courses
Woodwind Instruments I
Woodwind Instruments II
Brass Instruments I
Percussion Instruments
String Instruments I
String Instruments II
Professional Education
EDUC 140Transformational Teaching and Learning4
EDUC 156Content and Disciplinary Literacy Development in Secondary Schools3
EDUC 166Teaching English Learners, Single Subject3
EDUC 171Professional Practice Music ***4 & 10
EDUC 172Professional Practice Seminar ****2
SPED 125XTeaching Exceptional Learners ****2

Music Competencies

  1. Sufficient superior musicianship on primary instrument and the ability to perform at a level that will inspire confidence in secondary level students.
  2. Play/sing a variety of instruments, including piano, guitar and voice, to show capability in modeling instruction and the ability to use instruments/voice functionally.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of conducting principles and techniques suitable to instrumental settings.
  4. Apply theoretical, historical, and cultural information so as to choose music and lesson content appropriate to contemporary settings for Pre-K through high school students.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to improvise on primary or secondary instruments and to compose original or derivative works suitable to Pre-K to 12 students’ study/performance.

Teaching Competencies

  1. Students demonstrate knowledge of child/adolescent development and methodological approaches to general music, instrumental and choral music.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of repertoire and curriculum development for Pre-K, elementary, middle, and high school levels.
  3. Utilize technologies appropriate to teaching music in Pre-K to 12 settings.
  4. Demonstrate ability to gauge attitudes, previous learning and skills to plan appropriate educational programs.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to assess themselves and their students and to improve understanding and performance based on that assessment.
  6. Articulate and provide leadership regarding importance of music in education.

Experiential Learning

Lab, Fieldwork, and Student Teaching:

  1. Students demonstrate ability to effectively rehearse and conduct ensembles of various ages and ability levels.
  2. Ability to teach beginning and intermediate levels in general, instrumental, and choral music.
  3. Ability to provide in-depth musical experiences with instrumental populations.
  4. Ability to synthesize and integrate analytical aspects of music, pedagogical elements of teaching, planning, and assessment in Pre-K to 12 settings.
  5. Ability to motivate students and adjust to student and program needs.