Undergraduate Program (BS)

Music Education

It's your turn to pass your love of music on to a new generation. Our musical education program is based on your musicality and musical literacy rather than on performance accomplishments. Plus you'll graduate with the licensure needed to teach ages 3-21 in the state of Ohio and 43 other states.

Sample Four-Year Music Education Course Sequence

First Year

First Semester Semester Hours
MUSC 199: Recital Attendance 0
MUSC 200: Music Theory I 3
MUSC 201: Aural Skills I 1
MUSC 208: Keyboard Skills I 1
EDMS 131: Professional Education 3
Private Lesson 1
Large Ensemble 1
CORE 100: First-Year Seminar 1
ENGL 101 or ENGL 115 3
CORE 101: GOA Co-Curriculum Program I 0
Second Semester Semester Hours
MUSC 199: Recital Attendance 0
MUSC 202: Music Theory II 3
MUSC 203: Aural Skills II 1
MUSC 209: Keyboard Skills II 1
Private Lesson 1
Large Ensemble 1
EDFD 110: Human Development & Learning 3
PHIL 100: Ethics as an Intro to Philosophy 3
CORE 102: GOA Co-Curriculum Program II 0

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Sophomore

First Semester Semester Hours
MUSC 199: Recital Attendance 0
MUSC 210: Music History I 3
MUSC 300: Music Theory III 3
MUSC 301: Aural Skills III 1
MUSC 308: Keyboard Skills III 3
MUSC 312: Conducting I 3
EDSP 200: Sp Ed: Identification & Issues 3
Private Lesson 0
Large Ensemble 1
Small Ensemble 1
Second Semester Semester Hours
MUSC 199: Recital Attendance 0
MUSC 151, 152, or 268 3
MUSC 211: Music History 0
MUSC 302: Music Theory IV 3
MUSC 303: Aural Skills IV 1
MUSC 309: Keyboard Skills II 3
MUSC 313: Conducting II 0
MUSC 351: String Techniques 0
Private Lesson 1
Large Ensemble 1

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Junior

First Semester Semester Hours
MUSC 199: Recital Attendance 0
MUSC 320: Instrumental Methods 3
MUSC 353: Brass Techniques 3
Private Lesson 1
Large Ensemble 1
EDSP 380: Classroom Management 3
Foreign Language Elective I 3
Historical Perspectives 3
ENGL/CLAS/SPAN 205: Literature & the Moral Imagination 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
MUSC 199: Recital Attendance 0
MUSC 304: Producing Electronic Music I 3
MUSC 352: Woodwind Techniques 3
Private Lesson 1
Large Ensemble 1
Foreign Language Elective 3
Scientific Perspectives 3
MUSC 221: Elementary Methods 3
EDMS 350: Technology & Topics for Education 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Senior

First Semester Semester Hours
MUSC 199: Recital Attendance 0
MUSC 401: Orchestration & Arranging 3
MUSC 354: Percussion Techniques 3
EDMS 411: Clinical Experiences 1
MUSC 321: Choral Methods 3
MUSC 450: Senior Recital 0
Private Lessons 1
Large Ensemble 1
Natural Science Elective 1
Theological Perspectives 3
Philosophical Perspectives 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
EDMS 471: Student Teaching: Multi-Age 9
EDRE 471: Content Area Literacy 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Sample Courses

Xavier is known for providing an education that’s both challenging and personal. Here are some courses that are part of the Music Education major at Xavier:

Keyboard Skills II (MUSC 209) - EDRE 471: Content Area Literacy

Conducting I (MUSC 312) - Developing the skills required to conduct in a variety of different settings, including large and small ensembles.

Choral Methods (MUSC 321) - Emphasis on instrumental and choral methods and materials. Practical guide for the music educator.

Orchestration & Arranging (MUSC 401) - The technique of scoring for orchestra, band, and diverse instrumental ensembles.

100% of Xavier Music Education Majors are employed, attending grad school or working in service or volunteer positions within six months of graduation.

100%

of Xavier Music Education Majors are employed, attending grad school or working in service or volunteer positions within six months of graduation.

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GET INVOLVED

Play an instrument with other students in our Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble or Chamber Orchestra. If singing's more your thing, connect with the XU Concert Choir, the women and men's choruses or the Edgecliff Vocal Ensemble.

ART IN THE QUEEN CITY

Cincinnati is one of only 13 U.S. cities to boast a professional ballet, opera, symphony and theater. Engage with local arts organizations, including the Cincinnati Pops, Cincinnati Ballet and Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra.

PERSONAL ATTENTION

Small class sizes allow you to ask the right questions and get the attention you need to succeed and learn. On top of that, our Career Development mentoring program will connect you with a Cincinnati-based professional in your field.

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Xavier by the numbers

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AVERAGE SIZE OF CLASSES

14

STUDIOS FOR PRIVATE PRACTICE AND LESSONS

65,000+

XAVIER GRADUATES ACROSS THE GLOBE

100+

ARTS AND THEATRE ORGANIZATIONS IN CINCINNATI

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CAREERS AFTER GRADUATION

Xavier music graduates have gone on to such diverse positions and employers as
  • Music educator, public and private schools
  • Private music studio instructor
  • University professor
  • Performer in local bands
  • Sales, professional recording equipment
  • Member, United States Army Band
  • Cincinnati Opera
Xavier music graduates have also been accepted into graduate music programs at
  • Columbia University
  • Florida State University
  • Indiana University School of Music
  • Miami University (OH)
  • Northwestern University
  • Ohio University
  • Peabody Conservatory

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