Music Education, BS

Core Course Requirements

MUAP110 Commercial Keyboarding I (1 Credit)

Provides the skill set for reading and playing piano in commercial styles. Emphasis will be placed on reading chord charts, using the Nashville Number system, improvisation, chord voicing and inversions. A main emphasis will be to have the students be able to accompany themselves on piano/keyboard. The course is taken concurrently with MUTH 110 Commercial Music Theory. (Offered spring semester.)

MUAP111B Applied Music - Brass (1 Credit)

Course Fee: $385

MUAP111K Applied Music - Keyboard (1 Credit)

Course Fee: $770

MUAP111P Applied Music - Percussion (1 Credit)

Course Fee: $385

MUAP111V Applied Music - Voice (1 Credit)

Course Fee: $385

MUAP111W Applied Music - Woodwinds (1 Credit)

Course Fee: $385

MUAP115 Commercial Keyboarding II (1 Credit)

This course will provide students with the functional skills on the piano including the ability to develop basic technique, ability to play chord progressions, read, harmonize, transpose, improvise, and compose. Prerequisite: MUAP 110. (Offered spring semester.)

MUED320 Rehearsal Techniques II (2 Credits)

This course is a comprehensive survey of what it takes to run a secondary music classroom. Students will spend half of the semester learning the administrative duties needed to be done before the first rehearsal can take place, followed by introduction to alternative ensembles. Students will end the semester with score selection and study, along with advanced conducting on the selected piece.


MUSG 221


Spring semester of odd calendar years

MUEN257 Elementary Music Methods II (2 Credits)

This course is a clinical course to be taken in a local elementary music classroom. Students will observe local elementary school music educators and take notes through guided questions provided by the instructor. Students and the instructor will meet every two weeks to discuss observations.


Admission into the education program and EDUC 110


Fall semester of odd calendar years

MUSG100 Recital Class (0 Credit)

Recital Class is designated as a requirement for all music majors, who must attend 12 concerts per semester. Music minors need to attend 9 concerts per semester and must be registred for Recital Class during the semesters they are taking applied lessons. Music majors are required to take this course every semester they are attending classes on campus.

MUSG150 Faith, Music , Culture (1 Credit)

This course will serve as a basis for creating a foundation in keeping a connection between a student

MUSG221 Elementary Conducting (2 Credits)

This course studies standard conducting patterns, develops the skill of both hand and baton directing, and emphasizes development of listening and leadership skills. Prerequisite: MUTH 305. (Offered spring of odd calendar years.)

MUSG226 Music Industry Survey (3 Credits)

This course provides a thorough understanding of the theory and practice of studio recording and sound reinforcement. (Offered fall semester.) Course Fee $50

MUSG229 Sound Reinforcement I (1 Credit)

(Offered every semester)

MUSG260 Introduction to Music Technology (3 Credits)

This course is designed to give students a broad base of background and introduction to the various areas of music technology. The student will be introduced to and will have the ability to explore and practice specific techniques required in creating computer-aided scores of their original compositions. Students will create multiple recordings of their own original scores as well as directed assignments in the areas of locking sound to video and scoring for a short film. Prerequisite: MUAP110 and MUTH110. Course Fee: $50

MUSG309 Music History (3 Credits)

This course is a survey of the development of musical styles and their creators from the medieval era through the modern era until 1930.


MUSG 209, MUTH 104, and MUTH 104E


Fall semester of even calendar year

MUSG329 Sound Reinforcement II (2 Credits)

This course is a continuation from, and further practice in live audio, from MUSG 229 Sound Reinforcement I course. We will work in a hands-on experienced based manner in providing the student with further practical experience in larger systems. A focus will be to work as a live audio production team in running various events throughout the semester. Special focus will be working on individual mixing as well as group interaction, speed, efficiency, and quality. Prerequisite: MUSG 229. (Offered spring semester.)

MUSG340 American Popular Music (3 Credits)

This course will survey various styles of American popular music from the early 20th century through the present. Students will have an active role in class meetings, providing examples from personal experiences as sources for class discussion. Genres covered include jazz, country, rock, reggae, funk, hip-hop, urban fold, and more. Students are encouraged to have some experience in the fundamentals of music before enrolling. Meets the general education creative and performing arts requirement.

MUSG350 Faith/Music/Culture Senior Seminar (2 Credits)

This seminar is designed as a capstone course in the CCM degree and is the bookend course to MUSG 150 Faith, Music, Culture. The goal of the course is to empower students to go out into their world after they graduate and reaffirm their ability to make a positive difference through their interactions with their culture. How students can be a Christian witness to a post-modern world will be explored. Meets the general education upper division writing intensive requirement. (Offered spring semester.)

MUSG418 Senior Recital (1 Credit)

The student will prepare a minimum of 45 minutes of music to be performed at a public recital. The recital and program notes must be approved by a faculty jury prior to performance. Final jury must be passed prior to presentation of the recital. MUSG418P is for piano students. MUSG418A is for non-piano students and has a $150 fee.


MUTH 305


Every semester

MUTH110 Commercial Music Theory I (3 Credits)

This course is specifically designed for Music Industry Studies majors. It will enable students to learn basic music theory concepts and some aural skills which will relate to the contemporary music industry. (Offered spring semester.)

MUTH305 Commercial Music Theory II (3 Credits)

This course will prepare the student to thrive in real world situations s/he may encounter as an artist and/or composer in the music field. Skills to be learned in this course include: chord construction and nomenclature, scales, basic pop music arranging, ear training, and keyboard/guitar accompaniment. Prerequisite: MUTH 104 or MUTH 110. (Offered fall semester.)

MUTH306 Commercial Music Theory III (2 Credits)

A continuation in study of MUTH 305. Prerequisite: MUTH 305. (Offered spring semester.)

Applied Lessons and Ensembles

Students must take seven (7) credit hours of both applied lessons and ensembles. 

Note: MUSG 100 must be completed every semester.

Professional Education Courses

EDUC110 Introduction to Education (2 Credits)

This course prepares the candidate for admission to the Teacher Education licensure program. Course content includes the characteristics of the Greenville College Teacher Education Program, the aim of American schooling, a survey of the legal, social, economic, historical, political, and ethical issues involved in public school education. Additionally, the course introduces culturally relevant pedagogy. This course will give you the opportunity to determine whether you want to persist in the Teacher Education Program. (Offered fall semester.) $32 Fee.

EDUC210 Cultural Awareness in the (2 Credits)

The purpose of this course is to explore race and poverty issues that impact the classroom environment. Candidates will search for effective strategies to better meet the needs of underserved populations. The hidden rules of economic class and characteristics of generational poverty will be studied, with emphasis on the impact this has on instruction. Students will spend time assisting in a classroom which serves a high minority and low socioeconomic population. Meets the general education global foundations requirement. Prerequisite: EDUC 110. (Offered fall semester) Course fee may apply.

EDUC220 The Clinical Experience (2 Credits)

This course prepares the candidate for admission to the Teacher Education licensure program. Course content includes the characteristics of the Greenville University Teacher Education Program. Additionally, this course develops culturally relevant pedagogy. This course includes 52-60 hours of field experience in diverse settings. This course will give you the opportunity to determine whether you want to persist in the Teacher Education Program. (Offered Interterm.) Fee $60.00

EDUC240 Communication/Technology Educators (3 Credits)

This course explores the theories and practice that identify communication skills and competencies in diverse educational settings, including virtual and remote, with multiple stakeholders. The course will also introduce educators to the pedagogy and integration of instructional technologies. Emphasis will be placed on interpersonal and intercultural communication, critical listening and questioning techniques, professional collaboration, digital communication and instructional tools. Students will build a professional, digital portfolio and the option to earn a Level 1 Google Certified Educator certification.

EDUC280 Exceptional Child (3 Credits)

This course will examine the historical context, diverse characteristics, and individual planning for the exceptional child. Students in this course will explore how individuals develop and learn within the context of their cultural, linguistic, and academic experiences. Co-teaching instructional plans based on diverse student characteristics, student performance data, and curriculum goals will be developed. Twenty hours of field experience in a special education classroom are required. Students can take EDUC 110 and EDUC 280 at the same time.

EDUC282 Educational Psychology (3 Credits)

This course will provide a current and comprehensive overview of research and theory related to human learning. The course will emphasize major concepts of learning theory but will also cover relevant motivational and developmental theories. The course will underscore the relationship between theory, research, and practice. Meets the general education social science or business management requirement. Prerequisite: EDUC101; Corequisite: EDUC 280. (Offered every term.)

EDUC316 Reading & Writing Across Curriculum (3 Credits)

Emphasis is on teaching reading and writing in content areas from grades 6 through 12. Relationships between reading, literacy, and writing within content areas are established and ways of meeting the needs of culturally diverse and dysfunctional students are explored. Candidates design appropriate learning experiences and apply reading-study skills to the content areas. Field experiences required. Cross listed with ENGL 316. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program. (Offered spring semester.)

EDUC333 The Learning Environment (3 Credits)

This course will investigate the structures of a safe and healthy learning environment that facilitates cultural and linguistic responsiveness, positive social interaction, active engagement, and academic risk-taking. A three tiered level of positive behavior supports (PBS) will be explored as a framework for creating plans to accomplish a productive learning environment. Twenty hours of field experience required. Prerequisite: EDUC 280

EDUC340 Educational Measurement/Evaluation (3 Credits)

This course is designed to explore classroom evaluation of student growth as an integral part of instruction. Candidates explore the purpose of evaluation as it relates to planning instruction. Professional, social, ethical, and philosophical considerations related to teaching/learning are also explored. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program. (Offered every semester.)

EDUC400 Early Professional Experience (1 Credit)

After admission to the professional internship, candidates receive student teaching placements. Candidates work with their cooperating teachers during the first week of school. Five days of clinical experience required. Prerequisite: Admission to the Professional Internship. (Offered fall semester)

EDUC409 Secondary Methods (3 Credits)

Teacher candidates work to integrate prior coursework experienced into the context of real classrooms. Teacher candidates develop a teaching philosophy and an operational "professional identity." Candidates consider the impact that various factors have on the learning environment, develop teaching strategies that promote active learning and which engage students with diverse abilities, cultures, and ethnicity. Candidates explore methods specific to their subject areas under the additional guidance of the program coordinator. Teacher candidates will engage in preparing for the edTPA. Candidates complete a minimum of 15 hours in the clinical setting completing pre-mini student teaching assignments. Students must take EDUC 409 and 410 (Offered Interterm) during the same academic year. Meets the general education upper division writing intensive requirement. Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Education Program; EDUC 316 and 333, (Offered fall semester.)

EDUC410 Secondary Methods Clinical Practice (3 Credits)

Candidates complete a mini-student teaching experience, consisting of 12 full days in the secondary classroom. Teacher candidates will meet on campus for a minimum of three class sessions. The course faculty member, assisted by the Director of Field Experience, will determine the placement for the clinical experience. Students must take EDUC 409 in the same academic year. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program and EDUC 409. (Offered Interterm.)

EDUC425 Student Teaching-Music (K-12) (12 Credits)

For candidates completing the K-12 specialist program in music. Assignments include chorus, instrumental, and elementary music.


Admission to the Professional Internship.


Every semester

EDUC482 Student Teaching Seminar (2 Credits)

The seminar addresses professional topics within the field of education. In addition, the seminar provides an opportunity for teacher candidates to focus on the required performance assessment. The performance assessment, aligned with state standards, is an authentic assessment tool that shows how teacher candidates develop and evaluate student learning. The centerpiece is a portfolio that describes and documents authentic practices from the candidate

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