The Catholic University of America

Instrumental Music Education

Undergraduate or Graduate

Instrumental music education majors are required to complete class instrument courses as listed below. A student who principally performs on a woodwind, brass, percussion, or string instrument normally will replace one class in the category of his or her principal instrument with guitar class (by advisement). Academic electives will include courses in the natural and behavioral sciences and the humanities.

Piano principals may be accepted into this degree program provided they possess sufficient experience and/or aptitude for learning band and orchestral instruments. To graduate, piano principals must complete, at a minimum, Piano Level VIII. Requirements for each level appear at the end of the Undergraduate Programs section.


MUS 115, 148, 170, 172, 173, 174, 337, 342, 455, and 456 are offered on a rotating basis. Students may take these courses out of the sequence listed, if necessary. History of Music I, II, and III (MUS 325, 326, 327) may be taken in any order.

Music education majors are required to take the Praxis® Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) Tests during their freshman or sophomore year.They must pass the test before being permitted to enroll in MUS 455 or 456..

Please note that as of August 2016, Praxis I will no longer be accepted and has been replaced by Praxis® Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) Tests.



All entering graduate students admitted to the MAT degree program must also pass this test with scores in all three areas (reading, writing, and math) sufficient to meet D.C. public school licensure requirements.