Bachelor of Music program (BM)
Pedagogy Option (Music Education Pre-credential)
The Bachelor of Music with an option in Pedagogy (Music Education Pre-credential) is for musicians who want to teach music to others, especially in the public schools.
This option will satisfy the “Subject Matter Competence” requirement for music teacher credentialing (licensing) in California. California has a long practice of separating the actual credential program and coursework from the Bachelor’s degree, requiring that a Credential Program be a 1-year post-baccalaureate sequence focusing on the development of teaching skills and deepening knowledge of educational psychology and the social and legal obligations of schools. Cal Poly Pomona has such a program, the Single Subject Credential Program, and our faculty advisor works closely with them. To complete the credential, this combined program requires 131 undergraduate units and 36 post-baccalaureate units. The post-baccalaureate units are in the Single Subject Credential Program, administrated by the Department of Education in the College of Education and Integrative Studies. There is a separate application process for the credential program.
For those desiring to work with youth in musical organizations, after school programs, and private schools, as well as preparing for graduate study in music therapy, the Option in Pedagogy (Pre-Credential) is also excellent preparation.
Many graduates of CPP’s Music Education option and Single Subject Credential are teaching in school districts nearby, and are now often the cooperating teacher mentors for our students in their clinical practice. Over the last 15 years, our graduates who desire to teach (approximately 85%) have gone on to successful teaching in schools across California. The others are pursuing related opportunities, including performing, private teaching, composing, music therapy, and graduate study.