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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music Education Pathway Guide

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Preparation for Transfer as a Music Education Major

The following sequences are suggested courses to take in your semesters prior to transferring to SMU as a music education major.  For students attending a Texas public community college or university, Texas Common Course Numbers (TCCNS) are listed.  Click on the SMU course for a course description which may be used to select/compare courses at your current institution. UC listings refer to SMU’s University Curriculum, which all undergraduates are required to complete. Refer to the University Curriculum Transfer Guide for a list of courses satisfying UC components. Interactive equivalency guides organized by transfer institution are available on the Transfer and Transition Services’ website. Save all of your course syllabi! Please note: These plans assume students are ready to take calculus. If you are not “calculus ready,” take math courses to prepare you for calculus so that you advance to calculus as soon as possible. Also, if you are planning a minor, typically only one or two transfer courses will be applied.

B.M. in Music Education

Semester II

Semester III

Semester IV


*A list of UC Breadth Courses is found at under “Prospective Students” and “Pathway Guides.”

**The second language requirement may be satisfied by (1) transferring two terms of college courses in the same world language, (2) placing out of four terms of a world language by taking an SMU placement test or through AP or IB credit, or (3) being literate in a native language other than English.

*** The Division reserves the right to give additional tests to determine the most appropriate placement

Start A Movement

Welcome to the Meadows School of the Arts ! We’re excited that you’re interested in transferring to SMU and majoring in Music Education . Established in 1969, the Meadows School is a nationally recognized arts education institution offering degrees the visual, communication and performing arts.

The Division of Music at SMU Meadows

Music students find many opportunities at SMU Meadows School of the Arts . They take private lessons, explore music history and theory, perform in ensembles for a full season of orchestral, wind, chamber and choral concerts, travel to concerts and festivals, and study abroad. Annual performances include an opera production, a student concerto concert with the Meadows Symphony Orchestra and a gala performance at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center or Winspear Opera House.

The Division of Music  at SMU is internationally recognized for its award-winning students, renowned performing ensembles and distinguished faculty of performers, composers and scholars – including renowned violinist Emanuel Borok, cellist Andrés Díaz, pianist Joaquín Achúcarro, classical guitarist Robert Guthrie and members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Students interact with an extensive slate of guest performers, conductors, composers and scholars.

Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, the Division of Music offers degrees, majors and concentrations in performance, composition, conducting, sacred music, music history, piano pedagogy, music education, and music therapy to undergraduate and graduate students. Its state-of-the-art facilities include the 490-seat, acoustically “tunable” Caruth Auditorium, 170-seat O’Donnell Recital Hall, and 110-seat Bob Smith Auditorium at the Meadows Museum.

SMU Degree

A degree from SMU is typically comprised of a minimum of 122 hours, 60 of which must be completed through SMU. Components of the degree include:

  • Courses in your major.
  • Courses required for the University Curriculum (UC).  
  • Elective courses.  These electives may be used to add a second major or minor.

The University Curriculum (UC)

The University Curriculum is required of all undergraduate students and consists of three main components: 

  1. Foundations - 6 hours of Discernment and Discourse courses, 3 hours of Quantitative Foundation courses, 2 hours of Personal Responsibility and Wellness courses, proficiency in a second language and 3 hours of a Ways of Knowing course (offered only at SMU)
  2. Breadth and Depth - 7 Breadth and 3 Depth courses which may double count with majors and minors
  3. Proficiencies and Experiences - Additionally, all students must complete 6 Proficiencies and Experiences requirements, met through Breadth and Depth coursework or approved, noncredit activities.

Preparing for a Smooth Transfer

A seamless transfer to SMU and the Music Education program requires planning. This guide is designed to assist you in planning your transition. Transfer students who take time to prepare for their move to SMU are among our most successful students. The following are a few important points to remember:

  • The second language requirement of the University Curriculum may be satisfied by 1) transferring two terms of college courses in the same world language, 2) placing out of four terms of world language by taking an SMU placement test or through AP or IB credit, or 3) being literate in a native language other than English.
  • SMU accepts AP scores of 4 or 5.
  • Work on the University Curriculum prior to transfer is highly encouraged.
  • Compare Course Descriptions found in SMU’s University Catalog to course descriptions at your current institution to maximize your awarded transfer credits.
  • For additional information on the Music Education major, visit our SMU homepage or call 214-768-1951.
  • For more information about transferring to SMU, please go to our transfer webpage or call 214-768-3417.

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