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The School of Music, which includes program areas of music education, musicology/composition, keyboard, strings, voice, and winds/percussion, offers courses and curricula designed to train and educate students who are planning careers in music. In addition, the schools offerings allow students to gain an understanding of music as a humanistic study.Recitals by students, faculty, and guests are augmented by the overall community programs in the fine arts.
Students in the School of Music enjoy the use of extensive facilities in the Duerksen Fine Arts Center and Wiedemann Hall; these include the Lewis and Selma Miller Concert Hall and the recital/concert auditorium in Wiedemann Hall, which was constructed in 1986 to house the first Marcussen organ in North America.
Students receiving the BME must meet the state requirements for licensure. Students may select from three options within this degree:
1. Instrumental emphasis offered to satisfy the needs of students whose chief performing medium is instrumental or keyboard and who plan to enter the field of instrumental music teaching in the public schools;
2. Vocal emphasis offered to satisfy the needs of students whose chief performing medium is voice, piano, or guitar and who plan to enter the field of vocal and general music teaching in the public schools;
3. Special music education emphasis offered to satisfy the needs of students, either vocal or instrumental specialists, who plan to enter the field of music education for special education children in the public schools.
Admission into the student teaching semester requires a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.500; a minimum grade point average of 2.500 in music courses; senior standing (90 hours200 credit points); a grade of ENGL101 or its equivalent and ENGL 102,
All students must have an application on file with the music education area and receive its approval. Students must file applications with the director of music education.
College English I and II, COMM 111, Public Speaking, and MATH 111, College Algebra; completion of prerequisites in educational psychology; foundations of education and music education methods; successful completion of the piano proficiency exam and all other music requirements (including senior recital); successful completion of a physical examination; and a recommendation by the music education area. Transfer students must satisfy education requirements for prerequisites not taken at Wichita State.
The following program fulfills both the university requirements for graduation and the Kansas licensure requirement and must be taken by all Bachelor of Music Education candidates. In completing the BME program, the student must meet the general education program requirements of the university given in the Academic InformationRequirements for Graduation section of the Catalog.