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.
- 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.
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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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)
|MUS 101||Elements of Musicianship*||3|
|MUS 103||Introduction to American Popular Music||3|
|ART 110||Art Appreciation||3|
*Prerequisite for MUS 110L - Music Theory and Aural Skills Lab. Requirement may be waived by passing the theory placement exam.
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)
|MUS 110||Music Theory and Aural Skills||3|
|MUS 110L||Music Theory and Aural Skills Lab||1|
|MUS 210||Music Theory and Counterpoint||3|
|MUS 210L||Music Theory and Counterpoint||1|
|MUS 310||Music Theory and Analysis||3|
|MUS 310L||Music Theory and Analysis Lab||1|
|MUS 340||Brass Techniques||2|
|MUS 341||String Techniques||2|
|MUS 342||Woodwind Techniques||2|
|MUS 343||Percussion Techniques||2|
|MUS 349||Music Research||1|
|MUS 350||Early Music History||3|
|MUS 351||Music History: 1725-1900||3|
|MUS 352||Music History and World Music Since 1900||4|
|MUS 400||Music in the Church||3|
|MUS 410||Music Theory Since Debussy||3|
|MUS 410L||Music Theory Since Debussy Lab||1|
|MUS 411||Scoring and Arranging||3|
|MUS 412||Studies in Music Education||3|
|MUS 450||Conducting I||3|
|MUS 451||Conducting II||3|
|MUS 460||Vocal Pedagogy||2|
|MUS 495||Senior Project||1 - 3|
|MUS 497||Senior Project in Music Composition||1 - 3|
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
|MUS 115||Vocal Performance Workshop||2|
|MUS 116||Concert Choir||2|
|MUS 123||Symphonic Band||2|
Up to 50 percent of all required ensemble units may be taken in any of these ensembles
|MUS 117||San Joaquin Chorale||2|
|MUS 118||Vocal Ensemble (Women’s Chorale, Men’s Chorus or other approved vocal ensemble)||2|
|MUS 120||Brass Choir Strings, Handbells, Flutes (Brass Choir, or other approved instrumental ensemble)||2|
|MUS 121||Jazz Band||2|
|MUS 127||Woodwind Ensembles (Flute Choir, Sax Quartet, Woodwind Quintet)||2|
|MUS 208||Pacific Bronze Handbell Choir||2|
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.
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.
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.
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.
|LANG 340||Introduction to Linguistics||3|
|PSY 355||Adolescent Development||3|
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