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Music Education

Music Education is an exciting career choice, filled with the joy of making music with young people and helping them find a creative way to express themselves.  At Marian University, we are proud of our many graduates who are making a difference daily in the hearts and minds of students around the country.  If you feel led to a career in music education, you have found the right place to start.  We offer licensing in choral and instrumental music education in partnership with Marian's top rated Education Department.

The mission of the Marian University Music Division is to empower students with knowledge and performance skills in a creative and supportive environment of learning.

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James Larner, Ph.D.

Music Education, Instrumental Music: 50 credits including 125, 126, 250, 325, 326, 328, 329, 330, 331, 332, 333, 334, 335, 336, 337, 338, 339, 430, 490, and eight credits of applied music.

Music Education, Vocal/Choral Music:  50 credits including 125, 126, 226, 227, 228, 250, 325, 326, 327, 328, 329, 330, 338, 339, 430, 490, and eight credits of applied music.

Minor: 22 credits including six credits of applied music and 125, 126, 330, 338, and 339.  Participation in one musical organization and recital attendance is required each semester.

NOTE: In addition to the above, all music majors must participate in at least one of the musical organizations each semester, earning a minimum of eight credits toward degree requirements.  These credits are beyond the total for the major.  All music majors must atttend on-campus recitals, off-campus musical performances, successfully complete a Keyboard Proficiency Exam, and perform in a 45 minute recital during or after their sixth semester.

Each incoming freshmen or transfer student is considered a pre-music major.  Upon successful completion of the required Fourth Semester Exam, the student is formally accepted as a music major and proceeds with upper division courses and rectials.  For transfer students, this exam is administered at a time deemed appropriate by the faculty.

Musical Organizations
Non-music majors are welcome to participate in the musical organizations for credit or on a non-credit basis.  Tuition and fees are assessed the same in either case.  A combined total of 12 credits accumulated in these organizations and in activity courses may be included in the 128 credits for a degree.

Music Private Lessons
All private lesson students are required to sign up for a lesson time in the Steffen Music Center prior to the beginning of the semester.  A schedule is posted on each instructor's door.  

1 credit hour involves one 30 minutes lesson weekly.  2 credit hours involves one 60 minutes lesson weekly.  All music lessons default to one credit hour.  Students wishing to take a music lesson for two credit hours must register for one hour of the course online, then bring their schedule planning form to the Office of the Registrar to have it changed to two hours; for 100-level music lessons, students must first obtain the instructor's signed permission on the schedule planning form.  200-level lessons may be taken by music majors and minors only.  300-level and 400-level lessons may be taken by music majors only.

Fees for Private Lessons
-$125 per credit hour for each lesson enrolled (excludes MUL 126 and MUL 171) + accompanist fees (listed below) if enrolled in 200 or above lessons
   -$125 per credit hour accompanist fee for voice lessons at the 200 level or above;
   -$50 per credit hour accompanist fee for instrumental lessons at the 200 level or above.

Teaching Requirements
High school licensure is available in art, English, French, German, Spanish, and music.  Credits allowed through advanced placement may be counted toward licensing in French, German, and Spanish.  With expanded coursework, a license to teach high school social studies can be earned by economics, history, political science, psychology, and sociology majors.

Students who wish to teach in a content area must meet all requirements for the chosen major field and also meet the School of Education's developmental licensing requirements.  Contact the School of Education for high school licensing program descriptions and specifics for each licensure area.  All courses are subject to change based upon current requirements from the Division of Professional Standards, Indiana Department of Education.



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