Music Secondary Teaching Emphasis

  • Student violinist reading sheet music
  • Walter Saul reading sheet music for Sound of Music 2014

Students who are interested in applying for admission to the Teacher Education Program should consult with their academic advisors and/or contact the Regional Enrollment Office prior to (two or more semesters before) completion of their degrees.

Highlights

  • This emphasis offers a comprehensive study of skills in band and orchestral instruments: brass, strings, woodwinds and percussion.
  • Additional courses focus on electronic music, conducting, vocal pedagogy and music education.

Career opportunities

The secondary teaching emphasis is intended specifically for students who plan to teach in a music program in grades K-12.

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Course listing

Note: Emphasis courses are additional courses that are to be completed alongside the general education and parent program requirements as dictated by the Fresno Pacific University catalog. Please review the course requirements for baccalaureate programs and the general education summary in the Undergraduate Academic Catalog.

Prerequisites (6 Units)

CodeTitleUnits
MUS 101Elements of Musicianship*3
MUS 103Introduction to American Popular Music3
ART 110Art Appreciation3

*Prerequisite for MUS 110L - Music Theory and Aural Skills Lab. Requirement may be waived by passing the theory placement exam.

NOTE

Students who demonstrate sufficient background (by exam) may waive MUS 101 - Elements of Musicianship and proceed directly to MUS 110 - Music Theory and Aural Skills and MUS 110L - Music Theory and Aural Skills Lab. For students who require foundation studies in preparation for the theory course sequence, music faculty recommends MUS 131 - Piano Class or MUS 135 - Private Instruction in Piano, followed by MUS 101 - Elements of Musicianship.

Required Courses (31-33 Units)

CodeTitleUnits
MUS 110Music Theory and Aural Skills3
MUS 110LMusic Theory and Aural Skills Lab1
MUS 210Music Theory and Counterpoint3
MUS 210LMusic Theory and Counterpoint1
MUS 310Music Theory and Analysis3
MUS 310LMusic Theory and Analysis Lab1
MUS 340Brass Techniques2
MUS 341String Techniques2
MUS 342Woodwind Techniques2
MUS 343Percussion Techniques2
MUS 349Music Research1
MUS 350Early Music History3
MUS 351Music History: 1725-19003
MUS 352Music History and World Music Since 19004
MUS 400Music in the Church3
MUS 410Music Theory Since Debussy3
MUS 410LMusic Theory Since Debussy Lab1
MUS 411Scoring and Arranging3
MUS 412Studies in Music Education3
MUS 450Conducting I3
MUS 451Conducting II3
MUS 460Vocal Pedagogy2
MUS 495Senior Project1 - 3
MUS 497Senior Project in Music Composition1 - 3

NOTE

Successful completion of Level 1 on the student’s primary instrument is a prerequisite for MUS 310 - Music Theory and Analysis.

Music history courses should be preceded by MUS 110L - Music Theory and Aural Skills Lab and MUS 110 - Music Theory and Aural Skills and MUS 349 - Music Research

Applied Music (Private Instruction) (8 Units)

Enrollment in private music instruction in the student’s primary instrument is required each semester of attendance, totaling at least 8 units (including at least 4 upperdivision units) on the same instrument.

Ensemble (16 units minimum)

Participation in a performance ensemble is required each semester of attendance. This requirement includes all music students regardless of primary instrument. All ensemble participation units may be taken in any of these ensembles

CodeTitleUnits
MUS 115Vocal Performance Workshop2
MUS 116Concert Choir2
MUS 123Symphonic Band2

Up to 50 percent of all required ensemble units may be taken in any of these ensembles

CodeTitleUnits
MUS 114Crosswind2
MUS 117San Joaquin Chorale2
MUS 118Vocal Ensemble (Women’s Chorale, Men’s Chorus or other approved vocal ensemble)2
MUS 120Brass Choir Strings, Handbells, Flutes (Brass Choir, or other approved instrumental ensemble)2
MUS 121Jazz Band2
MUS 127Woodwind Ensembles (Flute Choir, Sax Quartet, Woodwind Quintet)2
MUS 208Pacific Bronze Handbell Choir2

Additional Requirements

All music majors must pass a piano proficiency exam. Enrollment in Piano Proficiency Class (MUS 132) or Private Piano Instruction (MUS 135) is required until the exam is passed. Transfer students who have passed the piano proficiency test at another institution are required to pass the FPU piano proficiency exam as well.

Level Exams: Passing the Level 1 exam signals official admittance into the music department as a music major and is a prerequisite for admittance to Music Theory and Analysis (MUS 310). The Level 2 exam must be passed at least one semester prior to the senior recital (MUS 495 - Senior Project, MUS 497 - Senior Project in Music Composition).

During the final year of study, graduating music majors are required to present a senior performance recital. Students will register for MUS 495 - Senior Project or MUS 497 - Senior Project in Music Composition during the semester of the scheduled recital. A portfolio chronicling the student’s activities in music is due the semester of graduation. The portfolio is especially important for music education majors.

NOTE

Two semesters of MUS 115 - Vocal Performance Workshop is required for music education students whose primary instrument is voice.

Teacher Education Program Information

Students who are interested in applying for admission to the Teacher Education Program should consult with their academic advisors and/or contact the Regional Enrollment Office prior to (2 or more semesters before) completion of their degrees.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the Teacher Education Program are required to complete the following in order to be considered for admission.

  • Online application
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • A written request to waive the GPA requirement can be submitted for Program Director consideration.
  • Three letters of reference
  • Personal statement documenting experience working with youth LA 385 - Critical Approaches to Teaching is recommended to students, as it provides school-based experiences with youth that meet this requirement.
  • Verifications of negative TB test and Certificate of Clearance.

Testing Requirements

Students are strongly encouraged to complete the required tests prior to admission to the credential program. Students must meet established testing requirements to progress into the student teaching or internship phase of the Teacher Education Program.

  • Passing results on CBEST
  • Passing results on CSET for area of credential

Required Co-Requisite Courses

Students are strongly encouraged to complete the required co-requisite courses as part of their undergraduate programs. If not completed prior to admission to the Teacher Education Program, the equivalent graduate-level courses can be added to a student’s academic plan for the credential program.

CodeTitleUnits
LANG 340Introduction to Linguistics3
PSY 355Adolescent Development3
PS 120
HIST 150
American Politics and Society
or American Civilization
3
or 4

Program director

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Jeffrey Wilson, DMA

Program Director, Professor of Music, Director of Choral Activities

Faculty

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Christa Pehl Evans, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Music