Dual Degree in Music Education and Teaching

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Disclaimer:  The course information provided above is from the 2014-2015 Academic Catalog and is updated annually as new editions are released.  Prior editions of the catalog are also available online.  The catalog under which the student enters serves as the official record of admission, academic, and graduation requirements.  It is the student’s individual responsibility to be aware of the current graduation requirements for his or her particular degree program.  While the University makes reasonable efforts to keep website material current and correct, this information is subject to the University's academic policy committees, relevant accreditation organizations, and (in some instances) state and federal laws and regulations.

Bachelor of Music in Music Education: Master of Arts in Teaching dual degree program (154 semester hours)

Choirs and Conducting 13
CR109 Chapel Choir (2 terms) 2 (1 per term)
CR209 Schola Cantorum (2 terms) 2 (1 per term)
CR509 Symphonic Choir (3 terms) 3 (1 per term)
CR215 Fundamentals of Conducting 3
CR315 Techniques of Conducting 3
Applied Music and Diction 22
  Voice, Organ, or Piano Primary (7 terms) 14 (2 per term)
  Voice and Piano Secondary (4 terms) 4 (1 per term)
VC115 English & Italian Diction *1 2
VC116 French & German Diction *1 2
Theory and Music History 33
TH141/142/241 Musicianship I/II/III 12 (4 per term)
TH342 Contemporary Trends 3
  Theory level I elective 3
  Theory level II elective 3
MH247/248 Music Historiography I/II 6 (3 per term)
MH345 Music History Since 1900 3
  Music History elective 3
Professional Studies 25
ME171/271 Critical Pedagogy I/II 4 (2 per term)
ME172 Guitar & Recorder 1
ME187 Instrumental Music: Strings 1
ME188 Instrumental Music: Winds and Percussion 2
ME492 Student Teaching 12
ME540  Choir Training for Young Singers 3
ME587 Assessing Music Learning 1
ME595 Assessing Music Learning 1
Arts and Sciences 24
LL131 English Composition 3
SP175 Introduction to Psychology 3



Developmental Psychology
Child Development
Educational Psychology
Youth and Adolescent Development
  Literature or Philosophy elective 3
  Science elective 3
  Social Science elective 3
  History elective 3
  Mathematics electives 3
Free Electives 7
  Free electives 7
Master of Arts in Teaching (dual degree program)
Please consult the Rider University Graduate Catalog and the M.A.T. handbook for all current courses that may fulfill requirements in this section. Students must earn a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher in all graduate work.
ME581 Praxis in Elementary Music 3
ME582 Praxis in Secondary Music 3
ME591 Choral Music: Grades 5-12 3
ME685 Research in Music Education 3
ME692 History & Philosophy of Music Education 3
ME721 Curriculum Development and Evaluation 3
ME723 Psychology for Music Teachers 3
  Westminster Choir College graduate-level free elective 3
  School of Education graduate-level free elective 3


  1. VC115 and VC116 are required for voice primary students only. Organ and piano primary students may substitute four additional credits of free electives for these two courses.
  2. The BM/MAT program normally requires five years of study. In order to gain admission, undergraduates must meet the admission requirements set by the School of Education and must be recommended by the Music Education Department of Westminster Choir College. Students may apply after completing the sophomore portfolio review and, if admitted, may begin during the first semester of the junior year.
  3. Upon completion of 124 credit hours and the student teaching experience, individuals are classified as graduate students.
  4. Weekly Music Education Lab attendance is required of all undergraduate music education majors except during the student teaching semester.
  5. Seven semesters of ensemble credits must be completed at the undergraduate level.
  6. Some graduate-level courses may be offered only on the Lawrenceville campus of Rider University.
  7. Upon completion of all requirements of the dual degree program, students receive the Bachelor of Music degree from Westminster Choir College and the Master of Arts in Teaching degree from the School of Education of Rider University. Recipients of the two degrees are then recommended for New Jersey teacher certification.
  8. Students complete a capstone project in this program. Information and guidelines can be found on the Music Education Department website. The course that accompanies this project must be taken in the fifth year of the program.