Music Education

UK subscribes to the philosophy that training in music education should be as practical and hands-on as possible. Consequently, the curriculum includes a series of undergraduate seminars that integrate the real experiences of the music teacher in elementary and secondary schools with the development of skills for becoming an outstanding teacher. From the practical experience of conducting and rehearsing the school band, chorus, or orchestra to the development of a highly personal philosophy of teaching music, these seminars provide a rich foundation on which to build a successful career. In addition to the seminars, the music education majors also specialize in the teaching of general music in the elementary school with a broad overview of the Dalcroze, Kodaly, and Orff-Schulwerk approach as well as instruction in Modern Band. Vocal/general majors are required to take two courses in general music and instrumental majors are required to take just one, with the second course optional as an elective. An elementary music education laboratory, complete with instruments, music books, method materials, and technological equipment is part of the Lucille Little Fine Arts Library and is used extensively by music education students at all levels, elementary education students from the College of Education, and graduate music therapy students. A comprehensive study of brass, woodwind, percussion and string instruments are included in the curriculum at varying degrees, depending on the specialization and student background. A rich environment of successful school programs in Lexington/Fayette County and surrounding counties provide students with a wealth of opportunities for observations throughout their sophomore and junior years and for their semester-long student teaching experience. The School of Music is particularly proud that alumni in music education are teaching in the public schools of some 26 states around the country as well as in prestigious positions at major universities such as UCLA, University of Florida, Florida State University, Syracuse University, University of Colorado, Colorado State University, Middle Tennessee University, and the University of Kentucky as well as a number of smaller colleges and universities.

For music education majors at UK, even though preparation for teaching is a primary goal, it is equally important that all students are expected to be well-trained musicians. In most cases, there is minimal difference between the performance and academic expectations for music education majors and those who are classified as performance majors. An outstanding performance faculty in voice, keyboard, strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion provides superior instruction for all music education majors.  Related to the development of musicianship for all music education majors is the experience of playing in outstanding performing organizations.  See our many ensembles for performance opportunities.

Certificates in Orff Schulwerk and Dalcroze Eurhythmics are available to graduate students through our Music Education Summer Training Program!

Degrees

Music Education majors may choose between a vocal/elementary general music track or an instrumental (band/orchestra) track. See the School of Music Admissions & Auditions page for more information about applying to be a music major or graduate student.

Bachelor of Music in Music Education

The major in music education is the joint concern of the School of Music in the College of Fine Arts and the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education. Admission to the program is granted only after the successful completion of an audition in the student's performance area. In addition to completing the required courses, the student must present a half-recital or the equivalent on the major instrument or in voice during or after the sixth semester of study.

Except for a series of three professional education courses, all classes are taught by music professors. The Music Education program at the University of Kentucky is an integrated P–12 initial preparation program. Although music education students may specialize in a given area such as vocal/general or instrumental, all students are certified to teach P–12 music in the state of Kentucky. 

For music education majors at UK, even though preparation for teaching is a primary goal, it is equally important that all students are expected to be well-trained musicians. In most cases, there is minimal difference between the performance and academic expectations for music education majors and those who are classified as performance majors. An outstanding performance faculty in voice, keyboard, strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion provides superior instruction for all music education majors. Relative to the development of musicianship for all music education majors is the experiences of playing in outstanding performing organizations, including the University Chorale, University Choristers, the Men’s and Women’s Choirs, the Symphony Orchestra, the Wind Ensemble, the Symphonic Band, the Wildcat Marching Band, and two nationally renowned Jazz Ensembles.

UK prides itself in educating not only superior teachers but superior teachers/musicians as well. Currently, approximately 50% of the undergraduate music majors at UK are music education majors.

For complete information about entrance and course requirements, please see the current UK Bulletin. The requirements below have been condensed for brevity and presented for your convenience.

UK Core Requirements (30 credit hours)

Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement 

  • EPE 301 Education in American Culture (3 credit hours)

Professional Education Requirements

  • EDP 202 Human Development and Learning (3 credit hours)
  • EDP 203 Teaching Exceptional Learners in Regular Classrooms (3 credit hours)
  • EPE 301 Education in American Culture (3 credit hours)
  • EDC 377 Student Teaching in Music (12 credit hours)
  • Computer Competency: MUS 317 or EDC 317 or equivalent (0-1 credit hours)

Professional Subtotal: 21-22 credit hours

General Music Requirements

  • Recital Attendance: (four courses – 0 credit hours)
  • Music Theory: MUS 170, 171, 172, 173, 270, 271, 272, 273, 371, 372 (20 credit hours)
  • Music History: MUS 203, 302, 303 (9 credit hours)
  • Performance: MUP course in chosen major performance area (12 credit hours)
  • Senior Recital (MUP 440): the successful completion of one half a solo recital must be completed for graduation. 
  • Ensembles (one of which must be a chamber music ensemble) (6 credit hours)
  • Electives (6 credit hours)

General Subtotal: 53 credit hours

Major Performance Area Requirements

All music majors must pass a piano proficiency examination and should schedule, in consultation with their advisor, a suitable course each semester until this requirement is completed. Students with little or no prior piano study should normally expect to complete the piano proficiency examination by the end of four semesters of study. Music Education majors should pass the piano proficiency examination at least two semesters before student teaching.

Depending on the area of interest, the student must select one of the major performance areas below: 

Vocal

  • Diction: MUS 120 (two semesters) (2 credit hours)
  • Piano proficiency (0-4 credit hours)
  • Music Education: MUS 262, 264, 360, 361, 362 (15 credit hours)
  • Secondary Instruments (3 credit hours)
    • Choose three of the following: MUC 157​​​​​​​​​​​​​​, MUC 158​​​​​​​​​​​​​​, MUC 161​​​​​​​​​​​​​​, MUC 163

Vocal Subtotal: 20-24 credit hours

Keyboard

A voice proficiency test must be passed prior to student teaching.

  • Piano proficiency (0-4 credit hours)
  • Minor Performance: MUP 102, 202 (3 credit hours)
  • Pedagogy and Literature (3 credit hours)
  • Select one of the following: MUS 522, MUS 523, MUS 566
  • Music Education: MUS 262, 264, 360, 361, 362 (15 credit hours)
  • Secondary Instruments (3 credit hours)
    • Choose three of the following:​​​​​​​ MUC 157, MUC 158​​​​​​​, MUC 161​​​​​​​, MUC 163

Keyboard Subtotal: 24 credit hours

Woodwinds, Brass, Strings, Percussion

  • Piano proficiency (0-4 credit hours)
  • Secondary Instruments Brass, Woodwind and String
  • Choose 5 credit hours from:​​​​​​​ MUC 158​​​​​​​, MUC 161​​​​​​, MUC 163
  • Plus 1 credit hour MUC 157

Percussion (6 credit hours)

  • Take two hours each of: MUC 158, MUC 161, MUC 163
  • Music Education: MUS 263, 265, 360, 363, 365 (15 credit hours)

 

Woodwinds, Brass, Strings, Percussion Subtotal: 21-25 credit hours

Total: 125-131 credit hours

Master of Music in Music Education

Delivered via: Internet, Practicum, Onsite Instruction

The School of Music offers courses leading towards the Master of Music Degree concentrating in Music Education. Requirements of 30 hours may be completed via Internet courses and summer offerings onsite. Students desiring concentration in Orff Schulwerk must spend at least two weeks on the UK Campus for three summers. Internet courses and other on-site courses are offered during regular semesters as well. Some courses require a few meetings. Many teachers keep their school jobs while completing this degree; however, careful course planning is crucial in order to enroll in specific courses during summers.

Certificates in Orff Schulwerk and Dalcroze Eurhythmics are available through our Music Education Summer Training Program!

Those interested in more details should contact either Dr. Martina Vasil (martina.vasil@uky.edu) or Dr. David Sogin (sogin@uky.edu).

PhD in Music Education

UK subscribes to the philosophy that training in music education should be as practical and hands-on as possible. From the practical experience of conducting and rehearsing the school band, chorus, or orchestra to the development of a highly personal philosophy of teaching music, these seminars provide a rich foundation on which to build a successful career. In addition music education students may also specialize in the teaching of general music with a Graduate Certificate in Orff Schulwerk and/or Dalcroze Eurythmics. An elementary music education laboratory, complete with instruments, music books, method materials, and technological equipment is part of the Lucille Little Fine Arts Library and is used extensively by music education students at all levels and by elementary education students from the College of Education. A rich environment of successful school programs in Lexington/Fayette County and surrounding counties provide students with a wealth of opportunities for observations, work, and study throughout their graduate career.

Doctor of Music Education (Ph.D.)

Application Requirements
CV Upload Required
Personal Statement Upload Required
Portfolio Upload Required
3 Letters of Recommendation
Spring App Deadline: November 30
Summer App Deadline: November 30
Fall App Deadline: April 3

Program requirements may change at any time. Contact the DGS of your intended program to confirm requirements.

Teacher Education Program

Coordinator Dr. Martina Vasil, martina.vasil@uky.edu  859-257-8203

Due Dates

Information on the deadline for submitting materials in application for the Teacher Education Program can be found on the UK College of Education Academic Calendar. These deadlines are normally in the first full week of classes in each semester.

Applying for the Teacher Education Program

THE FIRST STAGE

Apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program after 45 hours of study. This will normally be the spring semester of the sophomore year. Application packets are available in Room 166 of Taylor Education Building or online.

In order to apply one must:

  • have 45 hours of credit,
  • a GPA of 2.75 or greater, and
  • have completed either MUS 262 or MUS 263 and EDC 202 with a C or better

Take the Praxis I Core Academic Skills Test for Educators: Combined Test (5751) when registering. Passing scores for all three sections of the test are required: Reading - 156, Writing – 162, and Math - 150.

Follow the deadlines provided in the most current TEP site of the UK College of Education website. Deadlines are normally within the first two weeks of each semester.

The TEP Application  includes the following (all of which must be completed and turned in to the UK College of Education by the TEP deadline as listed on the UK College of Education Calendar):

  • TEP Application and Basic Information Forms
  • Character and Fitness Review
  • Three CONFIDENTIAL recommendation forms (one from a college instructor) are required and are to be emailed directly to Dr. Vasil martina.vasil@uky.edu 
  • Standards Sets Self-Assessment Worksheet
  • Proof of having passed the Praxis I Core Academic Skills Test for Educators
  • Transcripts from all higher education institutions (UK transcript can be unofficial)
  • Check or money order for $30.00 payable to the “University of Kentucky.” NOTE: Cash and debit/credit cards not accepted.

THE SECOND STAGE

Part I: The TEP Music Education Portfolio 

The following must be emailed as a single PDF attachment to the Music Education Program Faculty Chair, Dr. Martina Vasil martina.vasil@uky.edu approximately two weeks prior to the TEP interviews

  • Resume (maximum 2 pages). This can be single spaced if you wish, any format.
  • One-page cover letter describing why you want to be a music educator. Include what your short-term goals as a music education student are as well as your long-term goals as a potential music educator. One-inch margins, 12pt Times New Roman font, double-spaced.
  • Three-page critical essay about a current topic or trend in music education. Arts advocacy and funding are topics that are NOT allowed. Choose a topic from an article in Teaching Music or Music Educators Journal from within the past ten years.
    • Paragraph 1: Briefly summarize the points that the author makes on the topic.
    • Paragraphs 2–6: Clearly outline your opinion. Why do you agree with some of the author’s points and why do you disagree? This discussion should be thoroughly fleshed out based upon your prior experiences and organized clearly. This means you discuss one idea per paragraph.
    • End the essay with one paragraph that summarizes your personal view on the topic. 
    • DO NOT GO OVER THREE PAGES. Revise and make your writing succinct.
    • One-inch margins, 12pt Times New Roman font, double-spaced.
  • Five-min teaching video, anyone, any setting. You will be assessed according to four categories on a 3-point scale. Maximum score: 12 Minimum score 4. We are looking for scores from 7–12. Save the video on OneDrive or unlisted on YouTube. Include the link to the video within your portfolio. Make it clear as to where the link is, perhaps give the link a page within the portfolio so that it stands out.
  Proficient (3) Basic (2) Needs Attention (1)
Musicianship Musical modeling is consistently accurate, clear, expressive, and sensitive. Musical modeling is somewhat accurate, clear, expressive, and sensitive. Musical modeling is not accurate, clear, expressive, and sensitive enough.
Verbal Communication Directions, questions, and feedback are consistently clear and specific. Voice is dynamic. Directions, questions, and feedback are somewhat clear and specific. Voice is somewhat dynamic. Directions, questions, and feedback are vague. Voice is not dynamic enough.
Nonverbal Communication Gestures, cues, actions, and presence are consistently clear and engaging. Gestures, cues, actions, and presence are not consistently clear and engaging. Gestures, cues, actions, and presence are not clear and engaging enough.
Motivation and Interaction Very responsive to student’s ideas and needs. Sensitive to pacing and interaction necessary for a positive learning experience. Somewhat responsive to student’s ideas and needs. Somewhat sensitive to pacing and interaction necessary for a positive learning experience. Not responsive enough to student’s ideas and needs. Not sensitive enough to pacing and interaction necessary for a positive learning experience.

Part 2. The Interview

All candidates who have applied for the TEP program by the deadlines will have an interview with the members of the Music Education Program Faculty. This event takes place approximately three weeks after the deadline for applying for TEP. Candidates will be notified with further instructions about time and place for the interview and for submitting the TEP Admission Portfolio. Interviews are typically 7–8 minutes long at a location on campus. Applicants will be asked questions about the materials they submitted (both the TEP Admission Packet and the  TEP Music Education Portfolio). Applicants should dress as if they were going to a job interview.

THE THIRD STAGE

Apply for Student Teaching a year prior to the semester you intend to student teach. Applications are available online or in Room 104 of the Taylor Education Building.

Interview with the School of Music’s Supervisor of student teaching, Dr. Michael Hudson at least a full semester before student teaching begins. (If you plan to student teach in the fall, interview late in the previous fall semester or very early in the spring semester.) This interview will relate to potential placements and to what experiences you would like to have in your student teaching.

In order to be accepted for student teaching, you must have:

  • completed all education and music education courses with a minimal grade of C in every course and an overall 2.75 GPA in those courses,
  • maintained an overall 2.75 GPA,
  • passed the piano proficiency at least two semesters before beginning student teaching,
  • and logged 200 hours of field experience in OTIS.

If you intend to student teach in the fall semester, you must pass the piano proficiency by the previous fall semester. If you intend to student teach in the spring semester, you must pass the piano proficiency by the spring semester of the previous year.

Read and agree to follow the Code of Ethics as stated in the Teacher Education Program documents.

Note: Student teaching is a 12-credit course. It is not recommended that students take additional work or plan their senior recital during this time. However, it is possible to take up to 15 hours of coursework in the student teaching semester if it is necessary.

THE FOURTH STAGE

Student Teaching is the culmination of students’ years of training in music, music education, and professional education. The course for music student teachers is EDC 377. The syllabus states:

The primary objective of the student teaching experience is to provide opportunities for practical application of the music education/teacher training curriculum and to provide the student teacher a most important transition from student to a practicing music teaching professional. The people (teachers, students, principals and supervisors), the environment (a real school, real classes, and professional attitudes), and the assignment (prepare/plan, teach, and assess yourself and your students) provide this bridge to your future as a teacher.

A formal exit portfolio is a document required by the student teaching syllabus and is explained as part of the student teaching requirement. The experience also culminates in the completion by the student teacher and the cooperating teacher of the document, Student Teacher in Music Performance Assessment Form K–12 Music Certification based on the ten Kentucky Teacher Standards.

THE FIFTH STAGE

After completing student teaching and all other requirements for a music education degree, the prospective teacher must seek certification. Certification to teach in Kentucky requires all prospects to take the series of Praxis Exams: https://www.ets.org/praxis/ky/requirements/

Music: Content and Instruction (5114) Passing Score - 162

Principles of Learning and Teaching (Grade level selective) Passing Score - 160

Study guides for preparing for these tests are available on-line (www.ets.org, then go to Praxis II) and in the Education Library.

The final step after successfully completing the Praxis tests is to apply for Teaching Certification in music, K–12, through the College of Education.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT PRAXIS TESTING

To learn more about Praxis testing, go to www.ets.org/praxis. To access study guides, go to www.ets.org/store.html.

Information, sample questions and helpful tips for each of the tests are available from the www.ets.org/praxis web site.

Music Education Faculty

Associate Director of the School of Music, Professor
Voice, Music Education, Associate Director of Choirs
101 Wessells House
859-257-8202
Part-Time Instructor
Music Education
Office N/A
859-494-1826
Part-Time Instructor
Music Education
Office N/A
Associate Professor
Music Education
147 Fine Arts
859-218-1476
Instructor
Office N/A
Professor
Music Education
202 Wessells House
859-257-1038
Assistant Professor
Division Coordinator for Music Education and Music Therapy, Director of Orff Schulwerk and Dalcroze Summer Institute
203 Wessell’s House
257-8203
Lecturer
Choristers
Wessel's House
859-257-4900
Lucille Caudill Little Associate Professor and Chair of Music Therapy
Associate Professor
319 Rose Lane, Office 203
859-218-0997