Ithaca College

School of Music

Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degree Programs

New York State now requires that teachers seeking professional certification in the state complete a master's degree within five years of their initial certification. With this expectation students may want to begin graduate study immediately after graduation with the bachelor's degree.

Qualified students who wish to complete both the bachelor's and master's degree programs in music education within five calendar years may be able to do so with careful planning and by attending summer sessions. Qualified students in the four-and-one-half year program may complete their bachelor's degree and the master's degree in music education in five-and-one-half or six years. Any student interested in these opportunities should consult with the chair of graduate studies in music at the end of the junior year.

Undergraduate students will need to apply for the master's degree, complete all application procedures, and hold a minimum 3.00 GPA. Please note that students must make formal application to the graduate program and be accepted in order to pursue the master's degree. Graduate-level music education core courses (MUED-68000 Psychology of Music Teaching and MUED-68200 Seminar in Music Education) may not be taken until formal acceptance into the graduate program.

Below are suggested plans of study for each of the bachelor's programs.

Five-Year Combined Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music Education
Summer following senior year

Graduate electives*

7

Fifth year - fall semester

Bibliography and Research in Music MUTH-65200

3

Graduate electives*

4

Major instrument

1

Ensemble (or performance minor)

1

9

Fifth year - spring semester

Psychology of Music Teaching MUED-68000

3

Portfolio and Presentation I MUED-65400

1

Wind Literature MUTH-53900 or Choral Literature MUTH-54000

2

Major instrument

1

Ensemble (or performance minor)

1

Graduate electives*

1

9

Summer following fifth year

Seminar in Music Education MUED-68200

3

Portfolio and Presentation II MUED-65500

1

Major instrument

1

5

Combined Bachelor of Music Education and Performance and Master of Music Education
Option A
Fall (ninth semester) - with approval of graduate chair

Bibliography and Research in Music MUTH-65200

3

Spring following ninth semester

Graduate electives*

4

Wind Literature MUTH-53900 or Choral Literature MUTH-54000

2

Major instrument

2

Ensemble (or performance minor)

1

9

Summer session

Psychology of Music Teaching MUED-68000

3

Portfolio and Presentation I MUED-65400

1

Graduate electives*

5

9

Fall semester

Seminar in Music Education MUED-68200

3

Portfolio and Presentation II MUED-65500

1

Graduate electives*

3

Major instrument

1

Ensemble (or performance minor)

1

9

Option B
Spring following ninth semester

Graduate electives*

3

Wind Literature MUTH-53900 or Choral Literature MUTH-54000

2

Major instrument

1

Ensemble (or performance minor)

1

7

Summer session

Bibliography and Research in Music MUTH-65200

3

Graduate electives*

3

6

Fall semester

Graduate electives*

3

Major instrument

1

Ensemble (or performance minor)

1

5

Spring semester

Psychology of Music Teaching MUED-68000

3

Portfolio and Presentation I MUED-65400

1

Major instrument

1

Graduate electives*

3

8

Summer session

Seminar in Music Education MUED-68200

3

Portfolio and Presentation II MUED-65500

1

4

* At least 3 credits of the total number of electives must be music education electives.