Academic Catalog 2024-2025

Slippery Rock University

Music Education: Marching Arts, Minor

The Minor in Music for Education: Marching Arts minor is designed to support students interested in the marching arts (marching band, winter guard, indoor drumline, etc.) and to provide a competitive edge in the form of a credential for those interested in working with ensembles professionally or as volunteers. The flexible minor allows the student to tailor their interest towards developing skills in drill writing, movement fundamentals, marching band pedagogy, winter guard, color guard, and teaching woodwinds, brass, and/or percussion. 

The minor also allows students majoring in education (elementary, middle-level, secondary, etc.) an opportunity to stack credentials, providing a competitive edge for supplemental teaching opportunities in their local districts. 

To access Minor Requirements, please view the Curriculum Guide tab.


  1. The student will be able to identify and interpret the basic elements of music both visually and aurally, including analyzing musical compositions, focusing on theoretical and historical aspects.  (SRU SLO #2, 5, 6, 9)
  2. The student will be able to perform as a member of a musical ensemble demonstrating proper techniques of ensemble performance such as balance and blend, as well as musical and social interaction and cooperation, to achieve shared goals.  (SRU SLO #2, 5, 6, 7)
  3. The student will be able to perform primary and/or secondary instruments with appropriate techniques of posture, breathing, tone production, articulation/bowing, diction, intonation, expression, and style.  (SRU SLO #2, 5, 6)
  4. The student will be able to demonstrate knowledge of instrumental/vocal repertoire by performing music of different styles, periods, and composers. (SRU SLO #5, 6, 9)
  5. The student will be able to employ creative strategies to express feelings, perform music, and select resources and procedures for instruction with their students. (SRU SLO #1, 2, 5, 6, 9)
  6. The student will be able to identify instrumental and/or vocal strengths and weaknesses and provide appropriate instruction to improve performance of students/self. (SRU SLO #1, 2, 5, 6)
  7. The student will be able to use technology in composition, performance, analysis, teaching, and research.  (SRU SLO #10)
  8. Using informal and formal assessment measures, the student will be able to assess the musical skills of their students, including identifying and correcting discrepancies between an aural perception of performance and visual perception of the music score, implementing developmental and remedial experiences that will provide alternate ways for their students to achieve musical objectives when needed. (SRU SLO #1, 2, 5, 6)
  9. The student will be able to create a positive learning environment by using classroom management procedures and motivational techniques that provide their students with opportunities for optimal learning. (SRU SLO #2, 5, 9)
  10. The student will be able to apply concepts of stationary fundamentals, moving fundamentals, staging, sound design, and general effect to successfully create, perform, and instruct both drill and music as a part of the contemporary marching arts. (SRU SLO #1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 9)
  11. The student will be able to promote and implement multicultural and interdisciplinary awareness. (SRU SLO #7, 8, 9)
  12. The student will be able to draw upon knowledge of emotional, intellectual, social, physical, and psychological development while planning, assessing, and teaching students by creating instructional plans with objectives, standards, materials, procedures, accommodations, assessment, and reflection.  (SRU SLO #2, 5, 6, 9)
  13. The student will be able to exhibit professional attributes and personal characteristics that contribute toward excellence in teaching, including attaining a level of musicianship necessary to present oneself as a role model for students and demonstrating professional responsibility by successfully completing organizational and administrative responsibilities. (SRU SLO #1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. 10)

Related Links

Music Education Program page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page



Minor GPA: 2.00 or higher


  • Students must complete at least 9 credit hours of MUSI in their minor from SRU.
  • Students must complete at least 6 credit hours in their minor from SRU.
  • A minimum of 6 credit hours must be upper division (courses numbered 300 and above).
  • A minor shall be no fewer than 18 credits.
  • Students must earn a grade of "C" or higher in all coursework.
Required Foundations of Music Coursework
MUSI 151Music Theory and Musicking I2
MUSI 154Musicianship Skills I1
MUSI 203Musician's Health1
MUSI 204Art and Science of Performing1
MUSI 253Music Theory and Analysis II2
MUSI 256Musicianship Skills II1
Required Foundations of Music Education Coursework8
Introduction to Music Education
Marching Band Techniques
Music Education for Diverse Learners
Performance Study
Select 2 credits from the following:2
Class Piano I
Class Piano II
Class Voice I
Voice Methods
Functional Guitar for Music Therapy I
Functional Guitar for Music Therapy II
Applied Music
Applied Voice
Applied Strings
Applied Brass
Applied Woodwinds
Applied Percussion
Class Piano III
Class Piano IV
Applied Piano
Applied Voice
Applied Strings
Applied Brass
Applied Woodwinds
Applied Percussion
Select 4 credits total, 1 at each level (1XX, 2XX, 3XX, 4XX)4
MUSI 118-418
Marching Pride
MUSI 196-496
Winter Guard
Music Education Electives
Select 3 credits to reach 25 total credits for this minor - at least 2 credits must be at the 300/400 level3
Low Brass Methods
Fundamentals of Conducting
Clarinet and Saxophone Methods
Fundamentals of Conducting Lab
Percussion Methods
Instrumental Methods
Instrumental Rehearsal Techniques
Flute, Oboe, & Bassoon Methods
High Brass Methods
Advanced Conducting
Social Emotional Learning in Music Education
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Wind Band Literature
Total Hours25

Some courses may require pre-requisites. Please see course descriptions to determine if there are any pre-requisites for that specific course.

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

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Effective: Fall 2022
Revised 03..15.2024
UCC 01.30.2024