University of Montana Catalog 2023-2024

Music - Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E)

Individuals interested in teaching in K-12 schools must complete a degree in the content area they want to teach plus the Teacher Education Program through the Department of Teaching and Learning. Individuals must complete the teaching track within that degree program, which may contain different course requirements than the non-teaching track since the sequence of courses is designed to meet state standards. Upon completion of the degree program with the teaching track and the secondary licensure program, one will be eligible for a standard Montana teaching license in this content area.

Bachelor of Music Education

General Education Requirements

Information regarding these requirements can be found in the General Education Section of the catalog. 


Technique Courses9
Music Theory, Methods, and History47
Marching Band1
Applied Study5
Concert Attendance See requirement0
Ensemble Requirements7
Writing Requirement for Music Education3
Secondary Teaching Licensure
Total Hours72

Degree Specific Credits: 72

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.75

Note: Students must be formally admitted to the Teacher Education Program and complete all of the professional education licensure requirements. Students apply for admission during their second year. See the Department of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education and Human Sciences for more information.

Technique Courses

Complete all of the following courses:
MUSE 120Techniques: String Instruments in Classical Music I1
MUSE 121Techniques: String Instruments in Classical Music II1
MUSE 123Techniques: Voice1
MUSE 126Techniques: Percussion Instruments I1
MUSE 127Techniques: Percussion Instruments II1
MUSE 274Techniques: Upper Brass1
MUSE 275Techniques: Lower Brass1
MUSE 280Techniques: Woodwinds – Clarinet and Saxophone1
MUSE 281Techniques: Woodwinds - Double Reed and Flute1
Total Hours9

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Music Theory, Methods, and History

Complete all of the following courses:
Music Theory:
MUSI 105Music Theory I2
MUSI 106Music Theory II2
MUSI 205Music Theory III2
MUSI 206Music Theory IV2
Keyboard Skills:
MUSI 135AKeyboard Skills I (MUSI 332 should be taken by keyboard principals)1
or MUSI 332 Advanced Functional Piano
MUSI 136AKeyboard Skills II (MUSI 435 should be taken by keyboard principals)1
or MUSI 435 Piano Methods & Materials I
MUSI 235Keyboard Skills III1
MUSI 236Keyboard Skills IV1
MUSI 296Piano Professional Assessment (must be completed prior to moving on to upper-division courses)0
Aural Perception:
MUSI 140Aural Perception I2
MUSI 141Aural Perception II2
MUSI 240Aural Perception III2
MUSI 241Aural Perception IV2
Methods and Literature:
MUSE 100Introduction to Music Education2
MUSE 333General Music Methods & Materials I2
MUSE 334General Music Methods & Materials II2
MUSI 440Orchestration2
MUSE 425Technology and Materials2
MUSE 497Methods (Taken twice: Choral and Instrumental)4
MUSI 335Instrumental Conducting2
MUSI 336Choral Conducting2
Music History:
MUSI 202LIntro to Music Literature3
MUSI 301HMusic History I3
MUSI 302HMusic History II (This course satisfies the Intermediate Writing Requirement)3
Total Hours47

Minimum Required Grade: C- 

Marching Band

Note: String, Voice, and Keyboard principals required to take only 1 credit of MUSI 155A. Wind/percussion principals must take 2. 

Complete the following course:
MUSI 155AMarching: Grizzly Marching Band1-2

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Applied Study

Complete all of the following courses:
MUSI 195Applied Study I (1 credit each semester in the first year of study)2
MUSI 295Applied Study II (1 credit each semester in the second year of study)2
MUSI 395Applied Study III (Taken in Fall of third year)1
Total Hours5

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Concert Attendance

Note: All students majoring in Music are required to attend in a minimum of 100 approved recitals/concerts prior to graduation. During the 4th year in an undergraduate degree program and upon completion of this requirement, students should register for the following course:

Complete the following course:
MUSI 388Concert Attendance UM0

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Ensemble Requirements

Lower-Division Ensemble Requirement

Note: All majors seeking an undergraduate degree in music and who are registered for 5 or more credits must participate in an ensemble specified by their degree curriculum each semester of residence of the regular school year. (See specific curricula for maximum ensemble credits applicable toward minimum degree requirements.) One credit must be taken each semester for two credits each year. 

Complete 4 credits in one of the following courses:4
Orchestra: UMSO (String principals)
Choir (Voice principals)
Opera Theatre I
Band: UM Concert Band (Instrumental Principals)
Chamber Ensembles I (Piano and Guitar principals)
Total Hours4

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Upper-Division Ensemble Requirement

Note: These are to be taken for 1 credit each semester for a total of two credits during the the third year and for 1 credit during the Fall semester of the 4th year.

Complete 3 credits in the following courses:3
Orchestras II: UM (String principals)
Choir III (Voice Principals)
Opera Theatre II
Band III: UM Concert Band (Instrumental principals)
Chamber Ensemble III: UM (Piano and Guitar principals )
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C- 

Writing Requirement for Music Education

Advanced Writing Requirement

Complete one of the following courses:3
Music 20th Century to Present
Topics in Music History
Cultural Studies in Music
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Secondary Teaching Licensure

Note: For endorsement to teach ­­­­­Music, a student also must gain admission to the Teacher Education Program and meet all the requirements for secondary teaching licensure. For more information, see the Teaching and Learning Department