From FURMAN MUSIC HANDBOOK Updated 9/30/15
(A) MUS 312, 353 OR 354, 431, 432 OR 433 and Education 111/01, 120, 221, 505

(B) Performance studies as follows:
  1. Band/Orchestra: 14 credits in band/orchestral instrument, and MUS 330, 331, 332, and 333, or 334 in some cases. Two terms participation in a major choral ensemble.
  2. Choral/General: 14 credits in voice (piano major takes a minimum of 6 hours in voice) and MUS 334, 423, 434, and 450.
1 Empirical Studies, Natural World (must include lab experience); 1 Historical Analysis – fulfilled through Music History II; 1 Analysis of Texts; 1-3 Foreign Language; 1 Ultimate Questions; 1 Mind and Body; 1 *Natural Environment; Visual and Performing Arts - fulfilled through Musicianship 111; Empirical Studies, Human behavior - fulfilled through EDU 111 and EDU 120; *World Cultures - fulfilled through World Music; Empirical Studies, Natural World - 1 course exempt; Math and Formal Reasoning – exempt * = “Double Dip” Courses

For students planning to seek state teaching certification in Band/Orchestra or Choral/General music education:

(A) RECITAL: Present a 30-minute recital, typically in the senior year.

In order to be considered for a major in music education, students should complete the following courses and requirements by the end of their sophomore year:
  1. Foreign Language
  2. One science; must include a lab experience
  3. Education 111/01
  4. Education 120 or 221
  5. Pass the SC state required Praxis I.
  6. Complete the application for acceptance into the music education degree program.
Each candidate for the Teacher Education Program must present a dossier to the Teacher Education subcommittee after the completion of ED 111/01 and ED 120. The dossier will include:
  1. Recommendation from a music professor.
  2. State required Praxis I Examination score reports.
  3. Interview with music education faculty.
  4. Successful completion of sophomore jury in major applied area.
    NOTE: If the Teacher Education subcommittee finds the candidate is in need of additional assessment prior to continuing with further education courses, the student will be referred to the Office of Career Services. Final admission to the program must occur prior to the teaching internship.
Declare a major in music education and successfully complete a sophomore jury in the major applied area. Any Choral/General music education candidate whose primary instrument is piano must successfully complete both a piano jury and a voice jury. Choral/General students must have completed a minimum of two terms of voice study before requesting approval of major. (Freshmen are encouraged to take at least one term of voice study.) Any student wishing to major in Choral/General music education must be approved by the voice faculty during the sophomore spring jury.

Proceed with courses required for certification. By February 1 students must complete an application for student internship (The forms can be picked up in HH 101V (the Education Department Office). NOTE: Admission to the Teacher Education Program does not guarantee continuation or recommendation for certification.

  1. A cumulative grade point average of 2.6 and a minimum grade point average of 2.6 in the major is required for admission to the program of teacher education for students who entered Furman in 2014-2015. A cumulative grade point average of 2.75 and a minimum grade point average of 2.75 in the major will be required for admission to the program of teacher education for students entering Furman in and after 2015-2016.
  2. Approval from Office of Student Services
  3. Teacher Beliefs Scale (to be completed during ED 111 or ED 120)
  4. Grade of “C” or above in ED 111/01 field experience and ED 120 and Ed 221
  5. ED 120 Field Experience Evaluation completed by Supervisory Teacher
  6. Grade of “C” or above in all music courses If an intended Music Education major receives a grade of a C- (1.7) or lower in a music course, the student will need to justify to the Education Department [that] they know the material at a “C” (2.0) level. The remediation will be to audit the class or retake the final exam, at the discretion of the professor, after which the professor will make a determination as to whether the student has achieved the required level.
  7. Meet minimum scores mandated by the South Carolina State Board of Education on Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST, Praxis 1): Reading (175) Math (172) Writing (173)
  8. Demonstration of ethical and professional dispositions related to the program’s conceptual framework
  1. A thirty minute solo recital on applied major instrument or voice
  2. Take Praxis II – Principles of Learning and Teaching Examination, and the Music Education Specialty Area Test * (fee charged, description below).
  3. During the final phase of the teaching internship, apply for South Carolina certification.* Even if students do not intend to teach in South Carolina, it is advisable to obtain certification here, as South Carolina enjoys reciprocity with many other states.
As a university preparing students for certification, Furman is subject to regulations and guidelines established and implemented by the South Carolina Department of Education. These include standards adopted by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) for teacher education programs.

  • Principles of Learning and Teaching*
    All students proceeding through a teacher education program in South Carolina must pass the Principles of Learning and Teaching section of the Praxis II Examination. This test assesses knowledge of educational foundations and general teaching methodology believed to be necessary for a competent beginning teacher. The exam should be taken after ED 111, ED 120, ED 221 and methods coursework. It is offered three times a year--in the fall, spring, and summer. A fee is charged for each administration.
    *Application forms are available in the Department of Education Office, Hipp Hall 101V.
  • Music Education Specialty Area Test*
    All students must pass the appropriate Specialty Area Test of the Praxis II Examination in order to be certified to teach in South Carolina. Each of the Specialty Area Tests of the Praxis II (Music Education: Content Knowledge, and Music: Concepts and Processes) lasts two hours and measures understanding of the content and methods applicable to specific areas, such as mathematics, Spanish, etc. The South Carolina Department of Education sets minimum scores for each area listed in Appendix C of the Teacher Education Handbook. The Music Education Specialty AreaTests are offered three times a year--in the fall, spring, and summer.
    *Application forms are available in the Department of Education Office, Hipp Hall 101V.

Course sequence

To view a detailed four year course sequence, open the PDF document linked below and scroll to the designated page. Updated September 2015.

Choral / General Music emphasis  
Page 39 of Music Handbook PDF

Band / Orchestral Instrumental emphasis 
Page 40 of Music Handbook PDF

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