Apr 17, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Music Education, BM

Program Coordinator: Cynthia Wagoner (211 AJ Fletcher Music Center; 252-328-5721; wagonerc@ecu.edu).

Minimum degree requirement is 120 s.h. as follows:

I. General education requirements including those listed below - 40 s.h.

(For information about courses that carry general education credit see General Education Program.)


II. Common core - 59-64 s.h.

B. MUSC electives - 2 s.h.

C. Performance groups - 2-7 s.h.

The performance groups total requirement is seven semester hours (7 s.h.). Five semester hours (5 s.h.) of large ensemble (1 s.h. per semester) may count toward the general education fine arts (GE:FA) requirement, resulting in this section only counting for 2 s.h. of the total 120 s.h. minimum degree requirement. Music education majors whose primary instrument is wind/percussion take large ensemble courses that are not designated as fine arts and will be required to earn 5 s.h. of large ensemble courses to satisfy the performance groups requirement. See below notes.


  • Approval of student’s major applied instructor and ensemble directors is required for ensemble registration.
  • Music education majors whose primary instrument is wind/percussion must include either two semesters of MUSC 1706 - Marching Band Field Experience  or one semester of MUSC 1706 - Marching Band Field Experience  and one semester of MUSC 3277 - Marching Band Practices and Techniques . These courses are not designated as fine arts and cannot be counted towards the general education 40 s.h. requirement.
  • Music majors may count only two semester hours of MUSC 1706 - Marching Band Field Experience  (1 s.h.) for large ensemble credit. MUSC 1705 - Marching Band  (2 s.h.) may not count toward large ensemble credit for music majors. Music majors taking more than 2 s.h. of MUSC 1706 or MUSC 1705 must sign a release form. The form is available in the music office and clarifies that hours above the required 2 s.h. of MUSC 1706 will not count as part of the music education degree plan at ECU, and that these extra hours may lead to additional hours on a student’s transcript before graduation.

Keyboard and voice majors must include two semesters of MUSC 3287 - Choral Laboratory .

D. Music education - 8 s.h.

Choose one of the following tracks of study. Students must earn at least a C in each track course with an asterisk and in MUSC 2123 to be admitted to the internship (MUSC 4324).

III. Applied music - 21 s.h.

(keyboard, string, voice, wind or percussion)

A. Applied major - 14 s.h.

  • No more than 6 semesters of 1000 level applied courses and 3 semesters of 3000 level applied courses can be counted toward this requirement.
  • Students must present a half senior recital.

B. Applied minor - 7 s.h.

A student who is exempt from any applied minor courses specified must take other applied minor courses to complete the total required hours.