Music Education

Graduates of the BME degree program, upon recommendation of the coordinator of music education and the director of student teaching, are certified by the State of Florida Department of Education to teach instrumental, vocal, and general music to grades K-12 in the public schools of Florida.

The Music Education curriculum at Stetson includes courses in the arts and sciences, professional education, music, and music education. Music education majors are required to present a senior recital. Entering first-year and transfer students are required to take MUED 265, Principles and Methods for Diverse Learning. All music education students are required to join the Collegiate National Association for Music Education (CNAfME) or the collegiate chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA)and become immediate and active participants in the profession.

Elementary and secondary music education methods courses at Stetson provide for pre-student teaching field experiences. The Community School of Music also provides opportunities for teaching in applied areas and for assistance in Orff programs, Young Singers, and Youth Strings. All proficiencies and the senior recital must be completed before internship. Except for students interning in a fall semester, all classwork should be completed prior to internship.

During the first semester of the sophomore year, music education majors should apply in the Department of Education at Stetson for admission to teacher education. All students who apply for admission to the Approved Program must meet the requirements listed below.

All students in the Music Education Major will attend a weekly meeting/forum with the music education faculty. This meeting is every Friday at 2:30PM. Those with a Stetson course conflicting with this weekly meeting submit a waiver form in writing to the coordinator of music education.

Teacher Education Course Sequence

In the first semester at Stetson:

  • Join CNAfME or ACDA, and maintain active membership throughout Stetson career.
  • Take the General Knowledge (GK) portion of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam. This test is offered at various times throughout the year, and it is the student’s obligation to sign up for and post a passing score for this exam during the first year at Stetson.
  • Become familiar with the requirements for admission to the Approved Teacher Education program (requirements listed in the University catalog).

In the sophomore (or second) year at Stetson:

  • You must be approved for the Teacher Education program before you enroll in either MUSC 316 or MUSC 351. Since these courses will be taken in the Junior year, you must meet all necessary requirements before then. Students take responsibility for becoming familiar with these requirements, which are listed in the Catalog.

In the junior (or third) year at Stetson:

  • Students must now have been approved for the Teacher Education program at Stetson in order to proceed in 300-level music education courses.
  • During the fall semester, apply to take the Professional Education and Subject Area portions of the Florida Teacher Certification Exams. Like the GK test, these are offered at various times throughout the year, they require significant advance registration, and it is the student obligation to post a passing score.
  • Become familiar with the requirements needed for admission to student teaching (requirements listed in Catalog).

Preparing for Your Internship

  1. You must attend two meetings in the Department of Education prior to your internship. At the first required meeting, your student teaching application will be discussed. At the second required meeting, you will receive important internship information.
  2. If you plan to intern in the fall semester, the first meeting will be in November of the previous fall semester, and the second meeting will be in April of the previous spring semester.
  3. If you plan to intern in the spring semester, the first meeting will be in April of the previous spring semester, and the second meeting will be in November of the previous fall semester. Notices are posted in Presser and Davis Halls.
  4. Student teaching applications are always due the semester prior to student teaching. For example, if you plan to intern in the fall semester, your application is due early in the previous spring semester. If you plan to intern in the spring semester, your application is due early of the previous fall semester.
  5. All requirements for internship listed in the Undergraduate Handbook, must be met before you will be permitted to student teach; exceptions and extensions are not appropriate or acceptable.