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Associate’s & Bachelor’s Degrees

Music Education


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).

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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.

Call for Comments for CAEP reaccreditation:
Five Towns College posts this “Call for Comments” by all interested parties related to its reaccreditation by CAEP. In particular, the Childhood/Music Education Teaching Divisions/Units at Five Towns College is hosting an accreditation visit by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) on May 6-8, 2018. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments to the site team. Please note that comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the party’s relationship to the provider (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates).
We invite you to submit written testimony to:
CAEP 1140 19th Street NW, Suite 400 Washington, DC 20036 Or by email to:
Such comments must be within the specified period and based on the core tenets of CAEP accreditation standards of excellence, which recognize that:
• In CAEP’s performance-based system, accreditation is based on evidence that demonstrates that teacher candidates know the subject matter and can teach it effectively so that students learn. In the CAEP system, EPPs must prove that candidates can connect theory to practice and be effective in an actual P-12 classroom.
• A professional education provider that is accredited by CAEP is expected to be involved in ongoing planning and evaluation; engaged in continuous assessment and development; ensure that faculty and programs reflect new knowledge, practice, and technologies; and be involved in continuous development in response to the evolving world of education and educational reform.
• Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the respondent’s relationship, if any, to the institution (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates). Copies of all correspondence received will be sent to the university for comment prior to the review. No anonymous testimony will be considered. 

Audition Requirements

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.