Music Education: Instrumental/Vocal Certification, BM

Requirements for Students Matriculating in or before Academic Year 2017-2018. Learn more about University Academic Regulation 3.1.

Minimum Overall Grade Point Average: 2.50
Total Hours: 129

General Education Requirements
English Composition
ENGL 1113Composition I3
or ENGL 1313 Critical Analysis and Writing I
See Academic Regulation 3.5
Select one of the following:3
Composition II
Critical Analysis and Writing II
Technical Writing
American History & Government
HIST 1103Survey of American History3
POLS 1113American Government3
Analytical & Quanitative Thought (A)
MATH or STAT course designated (A)3
Humanities (H)
MUSI 3753History of Music to 1600 (H) 13
Courses designated (H)3
Natural Sciences (N)
Must include one Laboratory (L) course
Course designated (N)6
Social & Behavioral Sciences (S)
PSYC 1113Introductory Psychology (S)3
SPCH 2713Introduction to Speech Communication (S)3
Additional General Education
Courses designated (A), (H), (N), or (S)7
Hours Subtotal40
Diversity (D) & International Dimension (I)
May be completed in any part of the degree plan
Select at least one Diversity (D) course
Select at least one International Dimension (I) course
College/Departmental Requirements
First Year Seminar
A&S 1111A&S First Year Seminar (transfer students with 15 hours exempt)1
Foreign Language
See note 3
Upper-Division General Education
Select 6 hours outside major department
See note 2.c.
Hours Subtotal1
Major Requirements
Minimum 2.50 GPA in all Music and Professional Education courses with a minimum grade of "C" in each course
Lower Division
MUSI 1531Sight Singing and Aural Skills1
MUSI 1533Theory of Music I3
MUSI 1541Sight Singing and Aural Skills II1
MUSI 1543Theory of Music II3
MUSI 2551Sight Singing and Aural Skills III1
MUSI 2553Theory of Music III3
MUSI 2561Sight Singing and Aural Skills IV1
MUSI 2563Theory of Music IV3
Select 8 hours of lower-division Applied Major Music Lessons8
Select 4 hours of lower-division Major Music Organization4
Upper Division
MUSI 3582Survey of World Musics2
MUSI 3712Basic Conducting2
MUSI 3722Advanced Ensemble Conducting2
MUSI 3763History of Music from 1600-18003
MUSI 3783Form And Analysis3
MUSI 3873History of Music from 1800-Present3
MUSI 4901Senior Recital1
MUSI 4972Post Tonal Analysis2
Select 5 hours of upper-division Applied Major Music Lessons (to include at least 1 hour at 4000 level)5
Professional Education
EPSY 3413Child and Adolescent Development3
SPED 3202Educating Exceptional Learners (D)2
Select Instrumental or Vocal18
Hours Subtotal74
Electives 2
May need to include 10 hours of a foreign language (see note 3)
May need to include 6 hours upper-division general education outside major department (see note 2.c.)
Hours Subtotal0
Total Hours129

 College and Departmental Requirements that may be used to meet Gen Ed Requirements



MUSI 1011Piano Class Lessons1
MUSI 1021Piano Class Lessons1
MUSI 2010Piano Class Lessons1
Select 6 hours of Instrumental Techniques Classes6
MUSI 3852Secondary Instrumental Methods2
MUSI 4912Orchestration and Arranging2
Select 3 hours of upper-division large ensemble of the following:3
University Bands II
Symphony Orchestra II
University Choral Ensembles II
Winds, Brass, & Percussion
MUSI 3842Marching Bands Methods2
MUSI 4890Special Studies in Music Pedagogy2


Select 3 hours of lower-division Minor Music Lesson Field3
MUSI 1631Introduction to Diction for Singers1
MUSI 2842
MUSI 3732Secondary Choral Methods2
MUSI 3932Intermediate Music Methods2
MUSI 4842Choral Literature for the Classroom2
MUSI 4890Special Studies in Music Pedagogy1
MUSI 4912Orchestration and Arranging2
MUSI 3130Elective Voice (2 hours )2
MUSI 4600Chamber Ensembles (2 hours collaborative piano; 1 hour chamber ensemble to equal 3 hours)1
MUSI 3022Piano Skills for Vocal Music Education Majors2
Select 3 hours upper-division large ensemble fo the following:3
University Bands II
Symphony Orchestra II
University Choral Ensembles II

All Music Majors must successfully complete an entrance audition, upper-division theory examination, keyboard proficiency examination, and six semesters of MUSI 0500 Student Recital Attendance and must participate in Applied Major Music Lessons each semester of residence. All wind and percussion instrumental music education majors must enroll in MUSI 2610 University Bands I/MUSI 3610 University Bands II each fall semester, except while student teaching.

Other Requirements

  • See the College of Arts and Sciences Requirements.

  • Upper-Division Credit: Total hours must include at least 40 hours in courses numbered 3000 or above.

College of Arts and Sciences Requirements

  1. General Education Requirements
    No more than two courses (or eight hours) from the major department may be used to meet General Education and College and Departmental Requirements. The General Education required English Composition, required U.S. History, required American Government, one required MATH or STAT course, and required foreign language for B.A. degrees do not count against the two-course maximum.
  2. A&S College/Departmental Requirements
    1. Arts and Humanities are defined as any course carrying an (H) designation or courses from AMST, ART, ENGL (except ENGL 3323 Technical Writing) HIST, MUSI, PHIL (except PHIL 1313 Logic and Critical Thinking (A), PHIL 3003 Symbolic Logic (A)and PHIL 4003 Mathematical Logic and Computability), REL, TH, and foreign languages (second year and above). No more than six hours may be music or theatre performance or art studio
    2. Natural and Mathematical Sciences are defined as any course from the following prefixes: ASTR, BIOC, BIOL, BOT, CHEM, CS (except CS 4883 Social Issues in Computing), GEOL, MATH, MICR, PHYS, STAT and ZOOL; or courses from other departments that carry an (A) or (N) general education designation.
    3. The required six hours of upper-division General Education may not include courses from the student’s major department. This requirement may be satisfied by courses also used to satisfy any part of a student’s degree program (i.e., in General Education, College Departmental Requirements, Major Requirements or Electives).
    4. Non-Western Studies Requirement for B.A. and B.F.A.; One 3-hour course in Non-Western Studies from:
      AMIS 2013Introduction to American Indian Studies (D)3
      AMIS 4013American Indian Sovereignty (D)3
      ANTH 3443Peoples of Mesoamerica (IS)3
      ANTH 4223The Aztec Empire (H)3
      ART 2693
      ART 2733
      ART 4603History of Ancient Egyptian Art3
      ART 4653History of Indian Art3
      ART 4663History of Chinese Art (H)3
      ART 4673History of Japanese Art3
      ART 4683Modern and Contemporary Art in Asia3
      ART 4703Art East and West: Biases and Borrowings3
      ART 4713 The Visual Culture of the Islamic World (HI)3
      ART 4763Native American Art and Material Culture3
      CHIN 1225
      ENGL 2963Survey of Nonwestern Traditions (HI)3
      ENGL 3183Native American Literature (DH)3
      ENGL 3190Readings in Postcolonial and Multiethnic Literature (African Novel)3
      ENGL 4330Studies in Native American Literature3-6
      FLL 1000Special Studies in Foreign Languages and Literatures (Arabic 2 & Mvskoke2)1-10
      GEOG 3053Introduction to Central Asian Studies (IS)3
      GEOG 3733Russia and Its Neighbors (IS)3
      GEOG 3753Asia (IS)3
      GEOG 3763Africa (IS)3
      GEOG 3783The Middle East (IS)3
      HIST 1713Survey of Eastern Civilization (H)3
      HIST 3003
      HIST 3013Ancient Egypt and Israel (H)3
      HIST 3043Ancient Mesopotamia: Iraq, Iran & Syria from 4000-333 B.C. (H)3
      HIST 3053Introduction to Central Asian Studies (IS)3
      HIST 3123The History of Modern Africa (HI)3
      HIST 3133African Diaspora History (H)3
      HIST 3153Russia to 1861 (H)3
      HIST 3163Russia Since 1861 (HI)3
      HIST 3203The Medieval World, 500-1500 (H)3
      HIST 3403East Asia to 1800 (H)3
      HIST 3413East Asia Since 1800 (HI)3
      HIST 3423Modern Japan (HI)3
      HIST 3433Modern China (HI)3
      HIST 3443Gender Relations in Chinese History (H)3
      HIST 3503Medieval Islamic History (H)3
      HIST 3513Modern Middle East (HI)3
      HIST 3523History of South Asia 1700 - Present (HI)3
      HIST 3543Israel & Palestine in Modern Times (HI)3
      HIST 3553Media and Popular Culture in the Arab Middle East (HI)3
      HIST 3583Minorities and Diversity in the Middle East (H)3
      HIST 3793Native American History (DH)3
      HONR 3033Contemporary Cultures of the Non-Western World: Honors (IS)3
      JAPN 1225
      JAPN 2015
      JAPN 2225
      MUSI 3583Traditional World Music (HI)3
      PHIL 3943Asian Philosophy (HI)3
      PHIL 4943Indian Philosophy3
      PHIL 4953East Asian Philosophy3
      POLS 3003The Soviet Union: History, Society and Culture(IS)3
      POLS 3053 Introduction to Central Asian Studies (IS)3
      POLS 3123Politics of Russia and Eurasia (I)3
      POLS 3163Politics of Africa (I)3
      POLS 3223Politics Of East Asia3
      POLS 3313Politics Of The Middle East3
      REL 1103Introduction to World Religions (HI)3
      REL 3573The Religions of Native Americans (DH)3
      REL 4113The World of Islam: Cultural Perspectives (HI)3
      REL 4213Understanding Global Islam (HI)3
      REL 4223Religions and Sects in the Middle East (HI)3
      RUSS 1225
      RUSS 3003The Soviet Union: History, Society and Culture (IS)3
      RUSS 3053Introduction to Central Asian Studies (IS)3
      RUSS 3123Russian Culture and Civilization (H)3
      RUSS 4013Survey of Russian Literature I3
      RUSS 4023Survey of Russian Literature II3
      RUSS 4113Russian Literature in Translation I (H)3
      RUSS 4123Russian Literature in Translation II3
      SOC 4533World Population Problems3
      SOC 4653Gender and the Middle East (IS)3

      This requirement may be satisfied by courses also used to satisfy any part of a student’s degree program (i.e., in General Education, College Departmental Requirements, Major Requirements or Electives).
    5. The College of Arts & Sciences requires a minimum 2.0 GPA in all major requirements and a minimum 2.0 GPA in all major-prefix courses.
  3. Foreign Language Proficiency
    1. The foreign language requirement for the B.A. may be satisfied by 10 hours college credit in the same language, or equivalent proficiency (e.g., passing an advanced standing examination; completing a second-year or higher college-level course in the language, etc.).
    2. The foreign language requirement for the B.S., B.M. and B.F.A. may be satisfied by presenting a high school transcript which demonstrates two years of study of a single foreign language (passing grades at second year level of study). It may also be satisfied by any of the options listed above for the B.A. utilizing elective hours.
    3. In addition to a. and b., students pursuing teacher certification must meet novice-high foreign language proficiency by presenting a high school transcript which demonstrates two years of study of a single foreign language with no grade below B. Or, students may complete 5 hours college credit in the same language with no grade below C (or pass an advanced standing examination equivalent to 5 hours of college credit.).
  4. Exclusions
    1. Courses used to satisfy the General Education English Composition, U.S. History, American Government, and Mathematics or Statistics requirements will not count toward the 54 hour maximum allowed from one department.
    2. Courses with ATHL or LEIS prefixes and leisure activity courses may not be used for degree credit.
  5. Teacher Certification
    Students can satisfy the requirements for secondary schools teaching certification while earning a B.A. or B.S. in the College of Arts & Sciences. Those interested should see their Arts and Sciences adviser and the OSU Professional Education Unit in room 325 Willard.

Additional State/OSU Requirements

  • At least: 60 hours at a four-year institution; 30 hours completed at OSU; 15 of the final 30 or 50% of the upper-division hours in the major field completed at OSU.
  • Limit of: one-half of major course requirements as transfer work; one-fourth of hours earned by correspondence; 8 transfer correspondence hours.
  • Students will be held responsible for degree requirements in effect at the time of matriculation and any changes that are made, so long as these changes do not result in semester credit hours being added or do not delay graduation.
  • Degrees that follow this plan must be completed by the end of Summer 2023.