Coe College band rehearsal

Course Requirements


Mission Statement

Recognizing that music is a crucial component of the liberal arts experience, the Coe College Department of Music believes in the significance of offering a strong music program to students of all ability levels — from the novice to the pre-professional musician. Therefore, the mission of the Department of Music is:

  1. To provide the highest quality pre-professional undergraduate music training possible in the areas of performance, elementary and secondary vocal and instrumental teaching, and theory and composition; this program shall remain consistent with the educational objectives and standards of the college as a whole, consistent with the standards of the National Association of Schools of Music, consistent with traditionally recognized practices in the pre-professional training of musicians, and consistent with, and in accordance with, the skills, areas of expertise and professional goals of its music faculty taken as a whole.
  2. To provide a broad range of opportunities for study and participation in both performance and music courses by students who may not intend to pursue music as a profession.
  3. To provide support for the creative, artistic and professional development of its music faculty.
  4. To provide the services of performance and music expertise to the college community in the forms of concerts, ceremonial music and interdisciplinary teaching.
  5. To provide leadership in educational and cultural experiences in music to the outside community.

Four-Year Plan — Bachelor of Music (Composition, Keyboard and Instrumental Performance, and Vocal Performance)

The following represents only one of many paths you can take to complete the Bachelor of Music degree. Within the Bachelor of Music degree, there are four different tracks: composition, keyboard and instrumental performance, vocal performance and music education. Each of these requires different electives. Note that students typically take four courses per semester for a total of eight each year. Check the Coe catalog and the departmental handbook to review all of your options.

First Year

  • MU-115 Theory of Music I
  • MU-125 Theory of Music II
  • 2 terms of French or German
  • 2 terms of MUA - Applied Music
  • Track electives (1-2)

Second Year

  • MU-215 Theory of Music III
  • MU-255 Music History and Literature I
  • MU-355 Music History and Literature II
  • 2 terms of MUA - Applied Music
  • Track electives (1-2)

Third Year

  • MU-285 Conducting I
  • MU-458 Music History and Literature III
  • 2 terms of MUA - Applied Music
  • Track electives (1-2)

Fourth Year

  • 2 terms of MUA - Applied Music
  • MUA-800 Senior Recital
  • Track electives (1-2)

Four-Year Plan — Bachelor of Music (Music Education)

The following represents only one of many paths you can take to complete the Bachelor of Music degree in the music education track. Note that students typically take four courses per semester for a total of eight each year. Check the Coe catalog and the departmental handbook to review all of your options.

First Year

  • MU-115 Theory of Music I
  • MU-125 Theory of Music II
  • EDU-205 Educational Foundations
  • EDU-257 Exceptional Learners
  • EDU-235 Educational Psychology and Development
  • 2 terms of MUA - Applied Music

Second Year

  • MU-215 Theory of Music III
  • MU-255 Music History and Literature I
  • MU-355 Music History and Literature II
  • MU-405 Elementary and General Music Methods
  • MU-205 Practicum in Music Education
  • EDU 219 Educational Technology Lab (0.0 cc)
  • EDU-387 Human Relations
  • 2 terms of MUA - Applied Music

Third Year

  • MU-285 Conducting I
  • MU-385 Conducting II
  • MU-458 Music History and Literature III
  • MU-410 Choral Music Methods
  • MU-420 Instrumental Music Methods
  • 2 terms of MUA - Applied Music

Fourth Year

  • MU-535 Student Teaching in the Elementary School
  • MU-585 Student Teaching in the Secondary School  
  • 1 terms of MUA - Applied Music

Four-Year Plan — Bachelor of Arts in Music

The following represents only one of many paths you can take to complete the Bachelor of Arts with music major.  (You can add a musical theatre or jazz emphasis to your major as well.) Note that students typically take four courses per semester for a total of eight each year. Check the Coe catalog and the departmental handbook to review all of your options.

First Year

  • MU-115 Theory of Music I
  • MU-125 Theory of Music II
  • 2 terms of MUA - Applied Music

Second Year

  • MU-215 Theory of Music III
  • MU-255 Music History and Literature I or II
  • MU-458 Music History and Literature III
  • 2 terms of MUA - Applied Music

Third Year

  • MU elective
  • 2 terms of MUA - Applied Music

Fourth Year

  •  2 terms of MUA - Applied Music