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Music Faculty Bruce Polay talks with Brian Tanaka at a piano before a performance at the Orpheum Theatre.

Requirements

Department Chair

Nikki Malley

Associate Professor & Chair of Music

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

nmalley@​knox.edu

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Envelopes filled with lyrics for the choir.

Requirements for the Music major

11 credits as follows:

  • Core: MUS 101, 102, 145, 245, and 246
  • Advanced: 5 credits, including at least one outside the European classical tradition
    • at least one of: MUS 361 or 363
    • at least one 300-level seminar: MUS 322 or 324
    • 3 elective credits, including at least 1 at the 300 level. Lessons may not be used to fulfill this requirement.
  • Capstone: MUS 399 or 400
  • Proficiencies: piano (to be completed within 3 terms of declaring a major) and two years of participation in ensembles

Requirements for the Music minor

6 credits as follows:

  • Core: MUS 101, 102, 145 and 245
  • Electives: 2 credits, of which at least one must be at the 300-level.

Requirements for certification in Music Education
Students who want to teach music in elementary or secondary schools may prepare for teaching certification. This demanding curriculum requires completing a major in music, a major in educational studies, and several courses specifically designed for music education. Students who complete these requirements and who pass the State of Illinois certification tests are qualified for recommendation for certification.

Students interested in music education should contact both Professor Lane (Music) and the chair of the Educational Studies Department as early as possible. In order to complete the program in four years at Knox, students must begin in their first year. Specific requirements to prepare for certification in music education are as follows:

  • Music: Completion of the course requirements for a major in music:
    • Core courses: MUS 101, 102, 145, 245, and 246
    • Electives: 5 credits as follows, including at least one outside the European classical tradition:
      • 1 credit in a style history course (MUS 361 or 363)
      • 1 credit in a seminar (MUS 322 or 324)
      • 3 elective credits, including at least one at the 300 level. Lessons may not be used to fulfill this requirement.
    • Capstone: MUS 399 or 400
    • Proficiencies: Piano and two years of participation in ensembles
  • Additional requirements in Music required for certification:
    • MUS 307 Instrumental Techniques I
    • MUS 309 Secondary Choral Methods
    • MUS 311 Fundamentals of Conducting
    • either MUS 308 Instrumental Techniques II, or MUS 310 Vocal Pedagogy
    • proficiency in an additional instrument
  • Educational Studies: a major in K-12 Special Content Areas (course descriptions available in the Educational Studies portion of the Catalog):
    • Introductory course: EDUC 201
    • Foundation courses: EDUC 202 or EDUC 203, EDUC 204, EDUC 205, EDUC 208(.5), EDUC 301, EDUC 310D
    • Methods course: EDUC 312D, EDUC 319
    • Student Teaching: EDUC 340 (3 credits)

Professor Laura Lane directs a Knox College Choir concert.
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Printed on Sunday, May 26, 2019