Bachelor of Arts in Music Education

(Beginning Fall 2022)

Lead. Direct. Use your musical talent to inspire.

Pfeiffer University offers a B.A. in Music Education that is a professional degree designed for students who wish for a career as a K-12 school music teacher. The degree is designed to equip each student with the necessary skills in education to be a successful teacher and the necessary skills in music to be a successful musician. Some students may choose to continue to graduate school in the education of music, or to seek careers as performers, composers, church musicians, or music administrators.

Pfeiffer University is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). As a result, the Pfeiffer music program is designed to ensure that our music instruction is of the highest standards. Students will develop musical skills and knowledge to complement their talents and inspirations in order that they may continue to mature and succeed as a musician and a teacher beyond Pfeiffer.

For more information, read the music studies program one sheet. Express interest here.

Auditions and Audition Requirements:

Please choose your desired program of study and carefully review the audition requirements. First, apply to Pfeiffer through the Office of AdmissionsSecond, complete an online Audition Form for the Pfeiffer Music Program. Third, select an audition date or contact the Music Coordinator at [email protected] or 704-463-3142 for other possible times. Once you have selected a date, someone will be in touch with you to schedule your audition.

Formal Audition Days:

  • Saturday, November 13th
  • Saturday, February 12th
  • Saturday, April 30th

A recorded video audition may be accepted if a student is unable to come to the campus for the audition. Recorded video auditions need to be approved by the Music Coordinator in advance.

Additional scholarships are available for ensemble participation.

Prospective students should prepare their auditions as follows:

Vocalists:

  • One song or aria in English

  • One song or aria in a language of your choice
  • All selections must be performed from memory and may be from the art song repertoire or a combination of art songs, Musical Theater, or an aria from an opera, operetta, or oratorio. (Arias are NOT required. Only ONE selection may be an aria.)

  • Music should be selected from a variety of stylistic periods.

  • Jazz, "CCM" (Contemporary Commercial Music), and original compositions will not be accepted.

  • Piano accompaniment is preferred, but not required.

Organists:

  • One-piece by Johann Sebastian Bach. (The Eight Little Preludes and Fugues are acceptable repertoire to fulfill this requirement.)

  • Another contrasting piece of your choice.
  • Be prepared to sight-read a hymn or short excerpt during your Audition Interview. You may also be asked sight read on the organ or the piano during your Audition Interview.

Pianists:

  • Two contrasting pieces of your choice.

  • All selections should be performed by memory.
  • Music should be from a variety of stylistic periods.

  • Jazz, "CCM" (Contemporary Commercial Music), and original compositions will not be accepted.

  • Be prepared to play scales in parallel motion and hand together for 2-4 octaves during your Audition Interview.

  • Be prepared to sight-read a short excerpt during your Audition Interview.

Instrumentalists (Woodwinds and Brass):

  • Two contrasting pieces of your choice OR your all-district or all-state solo. (You are not required to perform from memory.)

  • Be prepared to play major scales (number of octaves may vary per scale) and a chromatic scale during your Audition Interview. It is perfectly acceptable to play your scales in an All-State scale pattern.
  • Be prepared to sight-read a short excerpt during your Audition Interview.

  • Questions regarding instrumental auditions may be directed to Dr. Joseph Earp, [email protected].

Instrumentalists (Percussionists):

  • Prepare a performance of two contrasting pieces of your choice OR your all-district or all-state solo.

  • Be prepared to play (Mallets) major and chromatic scales (2 octaves), Snare (rudiments), Timpani (tune intervals) during your Audition Interview.
  • Be prepared to sight-read a short excerpt during your Audition Interview.
  • Percussionists are encouraged to show off multiple instruments in during the audition including snare, mallets, and/or timpani.
  • Questions regarding instrumental auditions may be directed to Dr. Joseph Earp, [email protected].

Main Campus: Historical Misenheimer

Pfeiffer’s undergraduate music studies program, in the division of arts and sciences, is available at the Misenheimer campus.

Meet the Music Faculty

Curriculum

The curriculum in music presents students with opportunities to perform with a variety of ensembles such as the University Singers, the Concert Band, the Pep Band, the Handbell Choir, and others. The curriculum includes a variety of courses to assist students in developing a strong base in music theory, music history, and musicianship. Students are offered individual instruction in voice, piano, organ, woodwind, brass, and percussion.

Many of the activities of the Music Program are open to students majoring in other areas who wish to perform with either vocal or instrumental groups. Most courses are available to non-majors as long as they have completed the prerequisite requirements.

For students who have an interest in teaching music in the public schools, Pfeiffer University offers a degree in Music Education. This major equips students with the musical instruction and the teaching skills to succeed as a public school teacher.

During their studies at Pfeiffer, all music majors can expect to be involved in private lessons, ensembles, theatrical productions, concerts, performance tours, program planning, public relations, interdisciplinary projects, and community outreach and service. Prospective students must audition to be accepted into the B.A. in Music Education at Pfeiffer.

Pfeiffer University also offers a Minor in Music. Students minoring in music can expect to participate in many of the same courses, activities and applied lessons as majors.

Requirements for a major in Music Education (99-103 SH)

Foundational Music Knowledge (35-39) SH)

  • MUSI 205 Class Piano I (1 SH)
  • MUSI 206 Class Piano II (1 SH)
  • MUSI 211 Musicianship 1 (4 SH)
  • MUSI 212 Musicianship II (4 SH)
  • MUSI 305 Music Literature I (3 SHS)
  • MUSI 306 Music Literature II (3 SHS)

Foundational Music Knowledge (35-39 SH)

  • MUSI 205 Class Piano I (1 SH)
  • MUSI 206 Class Piano II (1 SH)
  • MUSI 211 Musicianship 1 (4 SH)
  • MUSI 212 Musicianship II (4 SH)
  • MUSI 305 Music Literature I (3 SHS)
  • MUSI 306 Music Literature II (3 SHS)
  • MUSI 309 Arranging and Orchestration (3 SH)
  • MUSI 310 Fundamentals of Conducting (2 SH)
  • MUSI 311 Music Technology (3 SH)
  • MUSI 320 Class Piano III (1 SH)
  • MUSI 321 Class Piano IV (1 SH)
  • MUSI 331 Musicianship III (4 SH)
  • MUSI 332 Musicianship IV (4 SH)
  • MUSI 410 Advanced Conducting and Reh. Techniques (2 SH)
  • MUSI 505 Senior Recital and Research (3 SH)

Music Ed Courses (14 SH)

  • MUED 3XX Music in the Elementary School (3 SH)
  • MUED 3XX Vocal and Choral Methods (2 SH)
  • MUED 3XX Instrumental Techniques I (Woodwind) (1 SH)
  • MUED 3XX Instrumental Techniques II (Percussion) (1 SH)
  • MUED 3XX Instrumental Techniques III (Brass) (1 SH)
  • MUED 3XX Instrumental Techniques IV (String) (1 SH)
  • MUED 4XX Music in the School Curriculum (3 SH)
  • Electives (minimum 2 SH)
  • MUED 3XX Band Pedagogy (2 SH)
  • MUED 2XX Diction (3 SH)

Core Education Requirements (29 SH)

  • EDUC 205G Introduction to Teaching (3 SH)
  • EDUC 206 Digital Learning Competencies I (1 SH)
  • EDUC 316 Digital Learning Competencies II (1 SH)
  • EDUC 306 Learner & Learning I (3 SH)
  • EDUC 322G Diversity in Education (3 SH)
  • SPED 200 Introduction to Teaching Students with Exceptional Needs (2 SH)
  • EDUC 201 The Education Professional (2 SH)
  • EDUC 460 Senior Seminar & Field Exp (2 SH)
  • EDUC 517 WI Student Teaching — Secondary and K-12 (12 SH)
  •      or EDUC 521 (6 SH) Internship in
  •      Education plus 6 SH of complementary
  •      courses (Adviser approval needed.)

Applied Music Courses (14 SH)

  • 14 SH in a concentration of an instrument of their choice:
  • 8 SH of MUSI 118-178
  • 6 SH of MUSI 318-378

Ensembles (7 SH):

  • MUSI 101 University Singers or
  • MUSI 100 Wind and Percussion Ensemble (7 SH)

Ensembles may be repeated for credit.

Ensembles

Join other talented student musicians in one of Pfeiffer’s ensembles. Successful participation in any ensemble earns 1 SH as an academic credit.

MUSI 100 Wind and Percussion Ensemble

An ensemble of wind and percussion instruments that performs traditional and contemporary repertoire composed and transcribed for concert band. Comprised of students and members of the local community, the band performs concerts on and off-campus. Open to all students by audition. To join, contact Dr. Joseph Earp, [email protected].

MUSI 101 University Singers

An ensemble of mixed voices which performs a wide range of sacred and secular repertoire in a variety of classical and contemporary styles. This group performs on and off-campus. Open to all students by audition. To audition, contact Prof. Joe Judge, [email protected].

MUSI 104 Jazz Band

An ensemble of mixed and flexible instrumentation that performs contemporary and traditional jazz, Latin, and pop music. Open to all students by audition. To join, contact Dr. Joseph Earp, [email protected].

MUSI 102 Gospel Choir

A multicultural and interdenominational choral ensemble that primarily performs African-American spirituals and gospel music on and off-campus. Open to all students by audition. To audition, contact Dexter Hinson, [email protected].

MUSI 105 Pep Band

An ensemble of wind and percussion instruments that performs popular tunes and chants at Pfeiffer athletic events. Open to all students by audition. To join, contact Dr. Joseph Earp, [email protected].

MUSI 106 Praise Band

A small ensemble of singers and keyboard, guitar, bass, and drum players perform worship music on campus. Open to all students by audition. To audition, contact Dr. Elizabeth Harrison, [email protected].

MUSI 107 The Village Ringers

An ensemble of English handbell ringers that performs secular and sacred repertoire on and off-campus. Open to all students by audition. To audition, contact Dr. Elizabeth Harrison, [email protected].

MUSI 108 Guitar Ensemble

An ensemble that performs traditional and contemporary music written or arranged for multiple guitars. Open to all students by audition. To audition, contact Brent Lawrence, [email protected].

MUSI 109 Chamber Music

A small ensemble of two or more instrumentalists combined to perform chamber repertoire from all periods of music. Open to all students by audition. To audition, contact Dr. Elizabeth Harrison, [email protected].

Tuition & Fees

Click here for current tuition and fees. Contact an admissions advisor about financial aid and scholarship opportunities.

Careers

If you dream of a career as a school band director, school choir director, school music teacher, study Music Education at Pfeiffer. If you dream of pursuing graduate study in music, education, or music education, this is the degree for you.

Ready to get started? Apply now!

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