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Bachelor of Arts Music /Music Education /Minor

Majors/Minors


The Department of Music offers a bachelor of arts in music and a bachelor of arts in music/music education. The bachelor of arts in music has five areas of specialization: History/Literature; Theory; Performance; Jazz; and Church Music. The program is a broad experience of the various aspects of music, history, music theory, performance, and ensemble participation within the liberal arts context of the College.

The bachelor of arts in music education is a balance between the liberal arts program of the College and the requirements for both the music and education departments for the certification process in music education. Combined with required field experiences and 12 credits of student teaching, music education candidates will have an understanding of past and current methodologies and research in the field of music education. This K-12 music education program will prepare students for certification in the state of Rhode Island, which as reciprocity with more than 40 states throughout the country.

All students intending to major in music or music education are required to audition and be interviewed by members of the music faculty. Approval from the Department of Music must be obtained before declaring as a music major.

 

Music Education Majors


What are the testing requirements for Providence College Education programs?

Although Providence College is a test-optional institution, admission to any education program requires the passing of a basic skills exam, as mandated by the State of Rhode Island.  Formal application to an education program occurs during their sophomore year at PC.  At that time applicants must pass the SAT or ACT at the levels indicated in the chart below, or pas the Praxis I exam at the levels indicated.

Classes of 2016-2018:

Math Score

Reading Score

Writing Score

Composite

SAT

Minimum 530

Minimum 530

N/A

1150 *

ACT

20

24

N/A

N/A

Praxis I

150

156

162

468**

* While 530 is the minimum allowable SAT score in either Math or Critical Reading, the two scores combined must equal 1150 or higher.

**  No individual score (Math, Reading, or Writing) can be more than 3 points below the score indicated.

Class of 2019:

Math Score

Reading Score

Writing Score

Composite

SAT or ACT

Upper 50%

Upper 50%

N/A

N/A

ACT

Upper 50%

Upper 50%

N/A

N/A

Praxis I

150

156

162

N/A

 

The SAT/ACT percentiles for the Class of 2020 are set at the upper 40%, while for the Class of 2012 and beyond the percentiles are set at the upper 33%.  The Praxis I requirements do not change for these classes.

Students, once admitted to an education major, are required to pass supplemental tests in content knowledge and pedagogical knowledge prior to being approved to student teach.  Passing such tests is required for eligibility for certification in Rhode Island and states with reciprocal agreements.​ 

Undergraduate Course Catalog

Policies for Music, Music Ed., Majors and Minors

Jury Requirements Piano Prof 09.pdf

Guidelines and Requirements for Senior Recital^Project and Pre Recital Jury 09.pdf

 

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