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    MTSU School of Music brings in clinicians and guest artists
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  • Vocal Education
    Faculty members share their best teaching techniques
  • Vocal Education
    The Women's Chorale was invited to perform at New York's Carnegie Hall
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    Study partners can almost always be found in Wright Music Hall

Vocal/General Education

Students who aspire to become music teachers or choral directors in grades K-12 choose to study Vocal/General Education in the School of Music. MTSU students start working in schools from their first freshman classes. Top-notch faculty members have real-world experience as music educators in schools; they stay current through state/national organizations, as journal authors, and by conference speaking. Students perform in ensembles such as Concert Chorale, Women's Chorale (2009 Carnegie Hall performance), University Chorus, Opera Workshop, and MTSU University Singers jazz group; in addition, they may join the Murfreesboro Community Men's Chorus, a collaborative effort of the community and university.

Alum presents hip-hop curriculum to national audience

Alum presents hip-hop curriculum to national audience

MTSU alum Alexis Derryberry (B.M., M.A.), Siegel Middle School's music teacher, has designed a hip-hop curriculum and will present it to a national audience. She is invited for a workshop presentation at the National Association for Music Education national conference in October 2013. Derryberry teaches general music and choir at Siegel Middle, Murfreesboro. She is state general music chair of the Tennessee Music Educators Association, Tennessee Treble Honor Choir event chair, and Middle Tennessee Vocal Associations president-elect. As a student, she won the Percussive Arts Society college marimba competition.

Voice ed. majors make mark in music associations

Voice ed. majors make mark in music associations

MTSU major Sarah Wade is one of three college students invited to participate in a student conducting workshop at the 2013 Tennessee Music Education Association state conference. Music alumnus Grant Farmer, director, and his Wilson Central High School Choir were invited to perform at the state conference as well. Undergraduates Matthew Pyles and Caleb Hawkins both received national scholarships to attend the American Choral Directors Association national conference. Students in MTSU's active National Association for Music Education college chapter tutor other music majors, teach individual lessons at high schools, help with YMCA ArtEmbrace, and volunteer at choral festivals.

MTSU has close to a 100 percent placement rate for students training to be music educators. Vocal/General Education majors generally go into teaching in public schools, but they may pursue graduate studies in school administration, conducting, or other music-related fields. Some future career possibilities include

  • Church/community chorus director
  • Conductor
  • General music teacher at elementary/middle schools
  • Choral director at middle/high schools
  • Musicologist
  • Music theater director
  • Private vocal teacher
  • School administrator
  • Singer/performer
  • Talent agent
  • University professor
  • Vocalist


Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Iowa public schools
  • Jackson (Tenn.) school district
  • Macon County Schools, Tennessee
  • Maury County Schools, Tennessee
  • Memphis City Schools
  • Metro-Nashville Public Schools
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • Mississippi public schools
  • Murfreesboro City Schools
  • North Carolina public schools
  • Oklahoma public schools
  • Rutherford County Schools, Tennessee
  • Shelby County Schools, Tennessee
  • Wilson County Schools, Tennessee
  • Williamson County Schools, Tennessee

Glenda Goodin
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Dr. Jamila McWhirter
Coordinator of Undergraduate and Graduate Music Ed
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Dewayne Pigg
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Dr. George Riordan
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MTSU's School of Music offers an undergraduate major in Music leading to Bachelor of Music (B.M.) degree in the following concentrations:

  • Instrumental Music Education
  • Instrumental Performance (Brass, Orchestral Strings, Woodwinds, and Percussion; Guitar; Jazz Studies; Organ; or Piano)
  • Music Industry
  • Theory-Composition
  • Vocal/General Music Education
  • Voice Performance

Undergraduate minors in Music, American Music Studies, and Music Industry are also available.

Teacher Licensure
Students seeking a license to teach music in the public schools must complete (1) a major in Music following the concentration in either Instrumental Music Education or Vocal/General Music Education K–12, (2) minor in Secondary Education, (3) the General Education Program, and (4) additional teacher licensure requirements.

Graduate programs offered by the School of Music include the Master of Arts (M.A.) degree with specializations in collaborative piano; conducting; jazz studies; music composition; music composition for contemporary media; music education; musicology; or performance.

There is a graduate minor in Music.

An academic map is a suggested four-year schedule of courses based on degree requirements in the undergraduate catalog. This sample schedule serves as a general guideline to help build a full schedule each term. Milestones, courses, and special requirements necessary for timely progress to complete a major are designated to keep you on track to graduate in four years. Missing milestones could delay your program

This map based on the 2013-2014 undergraduate catalog is not a substitute for academic advisement - contact your advisor if you have any questions about scheduling or about your degree requirements. Also see the current undergraduate catalog (catalog.mtsu.edu) for a complete list of requirements and electives. Note: Requirements are continually under revision, and there is no guarantee they will not be changed or revoked; contact the department and/or program area for current information. 

You may choose to attend a summer term to reduce your load during fall or spring terms but still stay on track to graduate in four years (see below). NOTE: Learning Support courses will alter the sequences on this map.

Vocal/General Music Education Academic Map

School of Music
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Suggested Fall/Spring and Summer/Fall/Spring Four-Year Schedule

Refer to the scholarships website for information regarding use of the Lottery Scholarship for the summer term.

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FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
MUTH 11104  MUTH 11204 
MUAP 2--11  MUHL 16102 
MUS 15301  MUAP 2--11
MUS 10100  MUS 15401 
MUEN 3---0  MUS 10100 
MUEN 3---0  MUEN 3---0 
MUPD 21802  MUPD 2190, 2200, or 22102 
MUED 20002  MUED 2310 (A)1 
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
MATH (Math) 3  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3 
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL17 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
MUTH 21103  MUTH 21203 
MUAP 2--11  MUAP 2--11 
MUS 25301  MUS 25401 
MUS 10100  MUS 10100 
MUEN 3---0  MUEN 3---0 
MUED 22102  MUEN 3---0 
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  MUED 2310 (B)1 
Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4  YOED 25003 
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3 
    HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
    Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4 
SUBTOTAL17  SUBTOTAL19 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
MUAP 4--11  MUAP 4--11 
MUHL 30103  MUS 31602 
MUS 31402  MUTH 41302 
MUEN 3---0  MUS 10100 
MUEN 3---0  MUEN 3---0 
MUS 10100  MUED 31903 
MUED 32003  YOED 33003 
MUTH 41102  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3 
YOED 30003  Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3 
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3     
SUBTOTAL17  SUBTOTAL17 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
MUAP 48000  YOED 440012 
MUAP 4--11     
MUHL 30203     
MUED 32203    
MUED0     
YOED 40206    
SUBTOTAL13  SUBTOTAL12 

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 128

FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
MUTH 11104  MUTH 11204 
MUAP 2--11  MUHL 16102 
MUS 15301  MUAP 2--11
MUS 10100  MUS 15401 
MUEN 3---0  MUS 10100 
MUEN 3---0  MUEN 3---0 
MUEN 21802  MUPD 2190, 2200, or 22102 
MUED 20002  MUED 2310 (A)1 
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
SUBTOTAL13  SUBTOTAL14 
FRESHMAN SUMMER
MATH (Math)3  Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
MUTH 21103  MUTH 21203 
MUAP 2--11  MUAP 2--11 
MUS 25301  MUS 25401 
MUS 10100  MUS 10100 
MUEN 3---0  MUEN 3---0 
MUED 22102  MUEN 3---0 
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  MUED 2310 (B)1 
Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4  YOED 25003 
    ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3 
    Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4 
SUBTOTAL14  SUBTOTAL16 
SOPHOMORE SUMMER
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
MUAP 4--11  MUAP 4--11 
MUHL 30103  MUS 31602 
MUS 31402  MUTH 41302 
MUEN 3---0  MUS 10100 
MUEN 3---0  MUEN 3---0 
MUS 10100  MUED 31903 
MUED 32003  YOED 33003 
MUTH 41102  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3 
YOED 30003     
SUBTOTAL14  SUBTOTAL14 
JUNIOR SUMMER
HumFA (Rubric 2)3  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
MUAP 48000  YOED 440012 
MUAP 4--11    
MUHL 30203    
MUED 32203    
MUED 46800     
YOED 40206    
SUBTOTAL13  SUBTOTAL12 

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 128

Graduation information may be accessed here.

Music

MUS 1010 - Recital Attendance
0 credit hours
Attendance at a minimum number of recitals and concerts given by students, faculty, and guest artists. Six semesters required for undergraduate music majors (see School of Music handbook for details). May be repeated multiple times. Pass/Fail.

MUS 1020 - Music Enrichment Instrumental
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Acceptance into Governor's School for the Arts. A component of the Governor's School for the Arts. Provides an opportunity for qualified high school students to get first-hand musical experience in an intense, academic, collegiate environment.

MUS 1021 - Music Enrichment Vocal
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Acceptance into Governor's School for the Arts. A component of the Governor's School for the Arts. Provides an opportunity for qualified high school students to get first-hand musical experience in an intense, academic, collegiate environment. Combines traditional large ensemble and opera workshop rehearsals and performances and voice master classes.

MUS 1022 - Music Enrichment Piano
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Acceptance into Governor's School for the Arts. A component of the Governor's School for the Arts. Provides an opportunity for qualified high school students to get first-hand experience in an intense, academic, collegiate environment. Combines traditional applied studio instruction, supervised practice sessions, chamber ensemble rehearsals and performances, master classes, and solo performances.

MUS 1030 - Introduction to Music
3 credit hours
Meets part of the General Education Humanities and/or Fine Arts requirement. Perceptive listening to music of various styles and cultures including popular and world musics and Western classical concert music.

MUS 1510 - Class Voice I
1 credit hour
Basic vocal techniques including posture, breath control, tone quality, and diction. Italian and English diction, Vaccai studies, and moderately easy song repertory.

MUS 1520 - Class Voice II
1 credit hour
Prerequisite: MUS 1510. A continuation of the vocal techniques in Class Voice I with addition of vocal flexibility, uniform tone quality in extending the voice range, interpretation of songs, and stage deportment in public performance. Further study of Vaccai, Italian art songs, and English songs.

MUS 1530 - Class Piano I
1 credit hour
Acquaints beginning piano students with the keyboard. Includes such skills as note reading, basic chords for harmonization of melodies, improvisation, basic exercises for development of coordination and technique, transposition, repertory, and sight reading.

MUS 1540 - Class Piano II
1 credit hour
Prerequisite: MUS 1530. Continuation of skills and concepts taught in MUS 1530. Emphasis on standard piano repertory in addition to sight reading and functional piano skills.

MUS 1550 - Class Guitar I
1 credit hour
Beginning guitar playing, teaching basic techniques through chording and melodic elements.

MUS 1560 - Class Guitar II
1 credit hour
Prerequisite: MUS 1550 . Continuation of skills and concepts sought in Class Guitar I with emphasis on more advanced playing and repertory study.

MUS 2530 - Class Piano III
1 credit hour
Prerequisite: MUS 1540. Continuation of skills and concepts taught in MUS 1540. Emphasis on standard piano repertory in addition to sight reading and functional piano skills.

MUS 2540 - Class Piano IV
1 credit hour
Prerequisite: MUS 2530. Continuation of skills and concepts taught in MUS 2530. Emphasis on standard piano repertory in addition to sight reading and functional piano skills.

MUS 2550 - Keyboard Skills for Pianists I
1 credit hour
Elementary-level sight-playing; three-voice, open-score reading; improvisation; harmonization using primary chords; transposition; and common patterns in two-octave range (scales, arpeggios, progressions).

MUS 2560 - Keyboard Skills for Pianists II
1 credit hour
Intermediate-level ensemble and solo sight-playing; harmonization using primary and secondary chords; improvisation; transposition; four-voice, open-score reading; and common patterns in four-octave range (scales, arpeggios, progressions).

MUS 2660 - Jazz Guitar Lab
1 credit hour
Prerequisites: MUTH 1110 and MUTH 1120, basic proficiency in reading music, and consent of instructor. Recommended: Class Guitar I or one semester of private instruction. Provides minimum background in performing popular guitar styles in an ensemble or studio situation. Course may be taken more than one semester for credit.

MUS 2670 - Jazz Piano Lab
2 credit hours
Prerequisite: MUS 1540. For beginning jazz keyboard students. Study of the harmonic language of jazz, chord voicing, keyboard techniques, interpretation of melodies, and improvisation.

MUS 3140 - Basic Conducting
2 credit hours
Prerequisites: MUTH 2120. Interpretation of scores, fundamental diagrams with and without baton, terminology, and stage deportment.

MUS 3150 - Advanced Instrumental Conducting
2 credit hours
Prerequisites: Two semesters of MUED 2320; MUS 3140. Further development of techniques, especially those relevant to choral and instrumental conducting. Laboratory experiences with large musical groups; conducting with records to develop awareness of musical texture, form, and general musicianship in all areas as related to conducting.

MUS 3160 - Advanced Choral Conducting
2 credit hours
Prerequisite: Two semesters of MUED 2310; MUS 3140. Further development of conducting techniques relative to the choral area. Emphasis on choral style and literature, scope and sequence of the historical perspective, and major developments in the choral art.

MUS 3170 - Guitar Skills I
2 credit hours
Prerequisites: MUTH 1110, MUTH 1120, and two semesters of private study. A skills course for improving reading skills and applying music theory concepts to the guitar. Topics will include arranging, harmonzation of melody, reading from lead sheet format, improvisation, and standard repertoire suitable for a variety of performance situations.  

MUS 4000 - Special Topics in Music
1 to 3 credit hours
Study of a topic in music. Topic and prerequisites to be announced.

MUS 4100 - Independent Study in Music
1 to 3 credit hours
Intensive study of a chosen subject. An indication of reasonable skill and knowledge of research techniques, writing, and creativity expected. Requires permission of the instructor and director of the music school.

MUS 4270 - Music Internship
3 to 6 credit hours
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Examination and experiences in music industry, music education, or instrumental or choral conducting. Music industry may include songwriting and the creative aspects of music, studio production, music publishing, and music merchandising. Music education may include public and private school settings, state board of education arts consulting, and music textbook consulting. Conducting may include school and church conducting, music publishing, and private or public orchestras and/or choirs. Pass/Fail.

MUS 4360 - The Music Industry Professional
3 credit hours
Creation, examination, and experience in developing and implementing a business plan in the selected areas of the music business. Areas include studio teaching, freelance musicianship, contracting, performing, producing, nonprofit organizations, and similar areas of music specialization.

MUS 4570 - The Body Intelligent: A Study of the Alexander Techniqu
3 credit hours
(Same as DANC 4570/THEA 4570.) For those interested in improving ease and freedom of movement, balance, support, flexibility, and coordination in daily activities.

Music Education

MUED 1210 - Fundamentals of Music
3 credit hours
Music fundamentals including scales, intervals, meters, rhythm patterns, sight-singing and dictation, principles of music writing, singing and playing elementary-level compositions, keyboard experience, and analysis for understanding and appreciation.

MUED 1310 - Woodwind Techniques I
1 credit hour
For music majors beginning the study of a minor instrument in woodwinds and open to general college students desiring to learn a musical instrument.

MUED 1320 - Percussion Techniques
1 credit hour
Building performance ability on snare drum in all styles of playing. Introduces performance on principal percussion instruments, including ethnic percussion groups.

MUED 1330 - Brass Techniques
1 credit hour
Designed for music majors beginning the study of a minor instrument in brass and open to the general college student desiring to learn a musical instrument.

MUED 1410 - String Techniques
1 credit hour
Instruction in the elements of stringed instrument playing. The student will select one instrument of the string group and continue its study through one semester.

MUED 2000 - Philosophy and Introduction to Music Education
2 credit hours
First course in the music education curriculum for students working toward vocal-general or instrumental K-12 teacher licensure. Organization and curriculum of American music education as well as the place of music education in the total program of the school explored.

MUED 2210 - Instrumental Techniques for Music Classroom
2 credit hours
Prerequisite: MUED 2000. Learning to play the recorder, guitar, autoharp, and basic mallet and other percussion instruments with teaching application to school music.

MUED 2310 - Choral Music Lab
1 credit hour
Two semesters of Choral Music Lab required of all Vocal/General Education majors. Study and rehearsal of public school materials and repertoire not covered in other music classes. Provides opportunities to explore various methodologies and apply pedagogical skills in a clinical environment. Also provides upper-division music education students opportunities to conduct and teach in an experimental/laboratory setting.

MUED 2320 - Instrumental Music Lab
1 credit hour
Two semesters of Instrumental Lab required of all Instrumental Music Education majors. Study and rehearsal of public school materials and repertoire not covered in other music classes. Provides opportunities to explore various methodologies and apply pedagogical skills in a clinical environment. Also provides upper-division music education students opportunities to conduct and teach in an experimental/laboratory setting.

MUED 3190 - General Music in the Middle and Senior High School
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: MUED 2000. Required for students working toward vocal-general or instrumental K-12 teacher licensure. Introduces vocal/general music education majors to methods and materials available for teaching general music to students in grades 6-12.

MUED 3200 - Music in the Elementary Grades for Music Majors
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: MUED 2000. Focuses on the need for music in the classroom, provides experiences in current methods of music education, and seeks to establish a logical framework of the structure and nature of music as a discipline and an art.

MUED 3210 - Music in the Elementary Grades for Non-Music Majors
3 credit hours
Materials and methods appropriate for elementary grade general music, including a comparison of available music series and recordings; care of the child voice; beginning experience in pitched and non-pitched percussion; and simple wind instruments. Pedagogical trends and methods; analysis for understanding and appreciation.

MUED 3220 - Choral Music in the Middle and Senior High School
2 credit hours
Prerequisites: MUED 3200 and MUS 3140. Rehearsal techniques, choral materials, organization of ensembles, classification of voices including changing voice, general music methods, and materials.

MUED 3230 - Instrumental Materials
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: MUED 2000 and MUS 3140 and successful admission into upper division. Examines materials suitable for public school instrumental music programs. Practice in classifying, grading, and programming. Development of music education philosophy for the control of those procedures.

MUED 3250 - Band Organization and Marching Band Techniques
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: MUED 2000 and successful admission into upper division. Basic drill, principles of showmanship, and show planning for the band.

MUED 3260 - Orchestra Organization and Techniques
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: MUED 2000 or permission of instructor. Development of rehearsal management, score preparation, educational string arranging, and performance skills. Examines materials and resources suitable for public and private school strings and orchestra programs. Development of concert production skills and logistical/organizational skills necessary for contests, festivals, and tours.

MUED 3310 - Woodwind Techniques II
1 credit hour
Prerequisite: MUED 1310. Instruction in the principles and problems of teaching woodwind instruments. Emphasis on problems found in performance by school students.

MUED 4210 - General Music Program K-6
2 credit hours
Prerequisite: MUEN 3200. The role of music and music teaching in elementary education; its objectives, methods, materials, and procedures; innovative trends and exemplary practices; evaluative techniques.

MUED 4240 - Instrumental Rehearsal Problems
2 credit hours
Prerequisites: MUED 2000 and MUS 3140. Designed to improve teaching in instrumental music classes through study of rehearsal planning and techniques, the interpretation of music to students, and group dynamics.

MUED 4250 - Advanced Marching Techniques
2 credit hours
Prerequisite: MUED 3250. Further development and application of marching band techniques as utilized in half-time and contest show production. Selection and analysis of music scores.

MUED 4670 - Music for the Young Child
3 credit hours
Music fundamentals, materials, and methods appropriate for preschool through grade three; pantomime, role playing, improvisation, rhythm, movement, listening, and singing.