The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Music (String, Teacher Certification), Bachelor of Music

This program leads to a profession which requires an occupational license as defined under Texas Occupations Code 58.001 This requires that all applicants seeking to become licensed must undergo a criminal background check prior to licensure. Students in this program should check with the College of Education and P-16 Integration on the requirements for a criminal background check prior to student teaching.

This degree is designed to train students for careers in the professional world of music performance or who wish to pursue a graduate degree in music. 

Core Curriculum Requirements – 42 Hours

The Core Curriculum serves as a broad foundation for the undergraduate degree. All candidates for a bachelor’s degree must achieve core student learning outcomes, including communication, critical thinking, empirical and quantitative skills, teamwork, personal responsibility and social responsibility, by completing courses within each category or component area of the Core Curriculum as outlined below.

The University has approved specific courses that satisfy Core Curriculum Requirements. Approved courses can be found on the Core Curriculum Page. Students seeking the most efficient way to complete the core curriculum and major or minor requirements are advised to take approved courses that can fulfill both requirements. Although core curriculum courses can also be used to fulfill major or minor requirements, earned credits hours are only applied once. The courses listed below fulfill core curriculum and major requirements. Students who have completed a core curriculum category with courses other than those listed below will still be required to take the listed course(s) to meet major requirements.

040 Language, Philosophy, and Culture – 3 hours

MUSI 1309World Music Cultures

3

050 Creative Arts – 3 hours

MUSI 1308Music History and Literature I

3

Major Requirements – 60 Hours

String Concentration - 40 hours

String Core - 15 hours

MUSI 1114Piano for Music Majors I

1

MUSI 1115Piano for Music Majors II

1

MUSI 2114Piano for Music Majors III

1

MUSI 1183Vocal Methods

1

MUSI 3102Instrumental Conducting I

1

MUSI 3107Orchestral Literature

1

MUSI 3213Orchestral Techniques

2

MUSI 4102Instrumental Conducting II

1

Choose 6 hours from the following:
MUSI 1166Woodwind Methods I

1

MUSI 1167Woodwind Methods II

1

MUSI 1178High Brass Methods

1

MUSI 1179Low Brass Methods

1

MUSI 1188Percussion Methods

1

MUSI 1192Guitar Methods

1

MUSI 1194Modern Band Instruments Methods

1

MUSI 1195High String Methods

1

MUSI 1196Low String Methods

1

Applied String Electives - 14 hours

Choose 14 hours of MUAP courses of which 6 hours must be advanced

Major Ensembles - 7 hours

Complete the following 7 hours of Major Ensembles:  
 
MUEN 1153Symphony Orchestra I

1

MUEN 1173Symphony Orchestra II

1

MUEN 2153Symphony Orchestra III

1

MUEN 2173Symphony Orchestra IV

1

MUEN 3153Symphony Orchestra V

1

MUEN 3173Symphony Orchestra VI

1

MUEN 4153Symphony Orchestra VII

1

Secondary Ensembles - 4 hours

Choose 4 hours of secondary ensembles of which 2 hours must be advanced: 
 
MUEN 1140Chamber Music

1

MUEN 3133Chamber Music for Strings

1

MUEN 3140Chamber Music

1

MUEN 1148Mariachi Ensemble I

1

MUEN 1178Mariachi Ensemble II

1

MUEN 2148Mariachi Ensemble III

1

MUEN 2178Mariachi Ensemble IV

1

MUEN 3148Mariachi Ensemble V

1

MUEN 3178Mariachi Ensemble VI

1

MUEN 4148Mariachi Ensemble VII

1

MUEN 4178Mariachi Ensemble VIII

1

Required Courses - 20 hours

Music Core
MUSI 1211Music Theory I

2

MUSI 1116Sight Singing and Ear Training I

1

MUSI 1212Music Theory II

2

MUSI 1117Sight Singing and Ear Training II

1

MUSI 2211Music Theory III

2

MUSI 2116Sight Singing and Ear Training III

1

MUSI 2212Music Theory IV

2

MUSI 2117Sight Singing and Ear Training IV

1

MUSI 3211Musical Form and Analysis

2

MUSI 3301Music History and Literature II

3

MUSI 3302Music History and Literature III

3

Teacher Certification – 27 Hours

The courses listed below are required to earn the BM in Music and to seek teacher certification.

Area of Certification: Music (EC-12)

MUSI 2313Introduction to the Music Teaching Profession

3

MUSI 4312Implementing and Assessing Effective Secondary Music Content Pedagogy

3

MUSI 4313Elementary Music Methods

3

EDUC 3302Knowledge of Student Development and Learning

3

EDUC 3304Instructional Planning and Assessment in Culturally Sustaining Classrooms

3

EDUC 3306Evidence-Based Teaching in Positive Learning Environments

3

READ 4305Disciplinary Literacy in Content Area Classrooms

3

EDUC 4611Student Teaching Secondary or All-Level

6

Total Credit Hours: 42

Total Credit Hours: 129

Major Admissions Requirements

Admission requirements required for this program beyond university admission requirements. 

Music Requirements:

Students must pass an audition prior to beginning the music program.

Teacher Education Requirements:

Admission to the Teacher Education Program at the Office of Educator Preparation and Accountability is required for completion of teacher certification requirements with the undergraduate degree. All admission requirements are in accordance to Texas Administrative Code rules §227.10 and the HEA Title II accountability requirements. All applicants must meet the current certification requirements in effect at the time of application, regardless of the catalog year of degree plan.

Major Progression Requirements

Progression requirements required for this program.

Music Requirements:

All music courses must be passed with a minimum grade of “C.”

Prior to enrolling in the Junior Year, the following courses must be passed

  • MUSI 2313 Introduction to the Music Teaching Profession 
  • 4 method courses for the major including MUSI 1183  
  • Applied Instrument I-IV  
  • 4 semesters of Major Ensembles; 2 semesters of Secondary Ensembles 

In addition, the student must pass the Sophomore Barrier. The Sophomore Barrier is the final exam taken at the end of MUAP IV. This exam must be passed in order to be considered for upper level lesson enrollment. If they do not pass the sophomore barrier, they will be required to retake lower level applied lessons. Sophomore barrier requirements will be determined by each applied area.

Teacher Education Requirements:

Teacher Education Program progression requirements include GPA, course grades, certification courses, benchmarks/key assessments and testing.

Major Graduation Requirements

Specific graduation requirements required for this program beyond university bachelor’s degree requirements. 

Music Requirements:

A grade of “C” or better is required in all music courses. This includes MUSI, MUAP, and MUEN coursework.  

Students must successfully pass a Senior recital. 

The Senior Recital must be completed prior to enrolling in EDUC 4611.