Associate’s & Bachelor’s Degrees
The Music Education Program is a comprehensive course of study which leads to a Bachelor of Music Degree (Mus.B.) and is designed for students interested in a career as a music teacher in grades K-12. This program fulfills the New York State Education Department’s requirements for initial certification in Music Education (pending the passing of NYS written and practical assessments).
The carefully crafted coursework includes a mix of classes in liberal arts, science, music history, music theory, ear training, keyboard labs, private instruction, performance ensembles, conducting (vocal and instrumental) and education courses (both elementary and secondary).
Many of the education courses require fieldwork observation hours in local public schools. The program culminates with a student teaching experience where students work closely with a cooperating teacher (both at the elementary and secondary levels) while under the supervision of the Music Education Director.
Potential candidates for the Music Education Program will be interviewed by the Director of Music Education and/or other Music Education Faculty members. Incoming freshman must have an 80% or higher High School GPA (Grade Point Average). Transfer students are required to have a 3.0 GPA or better to become Music Education majors. Candidates are also required to audition on their major instrument/voice (see audition requirements listed below) and follow all other Five Towns College admissions procedures. A GPA of 3.0 or better must be maintained in order to remain in the program and to be placed in a student teaching assignment. The Teacher Education Programs at Five Towns College are CAEP/NCATE Accredited.
Students are required to perform two songs with contrasting styles and will also be tested in the areas of sight reading, aural skills, pitch identification, rhythmic reading and tonal memory. The audition is also used for scholarship purposes. Additional scholarships are available based on merit, community service and need. Download the Music Audition Requirements (PDF) here.