Academic Catalog 2024-2025

Introductory and Specific Music, Subject Matter Authorization

Holders of a Single Subject or Multiple Subject credential issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing may secure an Introductory Music Subject Matter Authorization that allows the holder to teach the subject matter content typically included in curriculum guidelines and textbooks approved for study in grades 9 and below. This allows an employer to assign a teacher with an introductory music authorization to teach a class in which the curriculum is for grades 9 and below but the students in the class may be in grades K-12.

Specific Music Subject Matter Authorization that allows the holder to teach the specific subjects in grades preschool, K-12, and classes organized primarily for adults.

For other requirements governing issuance of this authorization, consult the Teacher Education section of this catalog or contact the School of Education Student Services Center.

Complete each of the following courses or equivalent as approved by the Music Department Advisor


Lower Division Required Courses
MUS 101Introducing Music3
MUS 105Introduction to Musicianship1
MUS 110Music Fundamentals3
MUS 112Music Theory I3
MUS 120Beginning Voice Class1
MUS 122Beginning Guitar Class1
MUS 180Individual Lessons1
MUS 280Individual Lessons1
Upper Division Required Courses
MUS 325Conducting3
MUS 333Foundations in Music Education3
Select one of the following: 13
MUS 420
Instrumental Methods: MUS ED
Ensemble Requirement
Complete one of the University's large performing ensembles for at least four semesters 24
Total Hours27

Students wishing for an Introductory Subject Matter Authorization may select MUS 420 or MUS 421 Instrumental Methods: MUS ED. Students wishing for a Specific Subject Matter Authorization in instrumental music must select MUS 421 Instrumental Methods: MUS ED, while students wishing for a specific subject matter authorization in vocal music must select MUS 420 .


These ensembles include orchestra, chorus, chamber singers, jubilee choir, bands, and jazz ensemble (1,1,1,1). For orchestra, for example complete MUS 176 Orchestra, MUS 276 Orchestra, MUS 376 Orchestra, and MUS 476 Orchestra.