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Music Education (with a Minor in All – Level Certification)

Music at UIW

The mission of the Music Department at the University of the Incarnate Word is threefold: to develop skilled musicians by educating the minds, ears, and souls of our music students within the liberal arts tradition; to serve the general student population by enriching the CORE curriculum; and to enhance the musical offerings in the UIW and San Antonio communities. Music students at UIW receive comprehensive instruction in theoretical, historical and stylistic perspectives, and are provided the opportunity for training in music technology. The Music faculty themselves are active performers, composers, clinicians, and scholars who bring practical experience and insight into the classroom. Students receive ample performance opportunities through ensemble membership and studio/seminar classes. In accordance with the mission of UIW, the music department encourages the development of musicians who are committed to serving the worldwide community with their art.

Careers in Music Education

Graduates with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education are teachers in elementary, middle, and high schools throughout the San Antonio area, and beyond. Teaching careers in colleges and universities are possible when combined with graduate work in music.


(71-75 credit hours in music; 30 hours in education)

A. 34-38 semester hours of music theory and history:
MUSI 1100 Introduction to Aural Skills (if required)
MUSI 1300 Introduction to Music Theory (if required)
MUSI 1191 Aural Skills I
MUSI 1192 Aural Skills II
MUSI 2193 Advanced Aural Skills III
MUSI 2194 Advanced Aural Skills IV
MUSI 1111 Keyboard Skills I
MUSI 1121 Keyboard Skills II
MUSI 2110 Keyboard Skills III
MUSI 1321 Music Theory I
MUSI 1322 Music Theory II
MUSI 2323 Music Theory III
MUSI 3324 Music Theory IV
MUSI 3323 Orchestration
MUSI 3341 Music History I
MUSI 3342 Music History II
MUSI 3348 Studies in World Music
MUSI 4323 Form and Analysis

B. 24 credit hours of applied music:
MUSI 4344 Conducting
14 credit hours of the principal instrument (MUAP)
7 credit hours of a major ensemble: Chorale, Orchestra, Wind
Ensemble, or Jazz Ensemble
MUSI 40XX Recital

C. 13 credit hours of music education courses.
MUSI 3344 Creative Development in Music I
MUSI 3101 WD Woodwind Instrumental Techniques
MUSI 3103 BR Brass Instrumental Techniques
MUSI 3105 ST Strings Instrumental Techniques
MUSI 3107 PR Percussion Instrumental Techniques
MUSI 3361 Vocal Techniques and Diction
MUSI 4343 Creative Development in Music II

All Level Minor in Education:
A. 6 credit hours Pre-Professional Requirements:
EDUC 2305 Foundations of Education
EDUC 4345 Creative Play and Play Environments

B. 24 credit hours Professional Development Sequence:
EDUC 3340 Technology in Education
EDUC 3370 Teaching Diverse Populations
EDUC 3373 Learning Theories
EDUC 3380 Pedagogy in the Secondary and Middle School
EDUC 3383 Integrative Pedagogy in the Secondary & Middle School
EDUC 4305 Teacher Apprenticeship Seminar
EDUC 4605 Teacher Apprenticeship

Scholarships and Auditions

Up to: $4000 per year for music majors, $800 per year for music minors.

Contact Mr. Roland Sul, 210-829-3855 or visit for detailed information.

Please note that you will receive an email with a link and password to the Music Theory Diagnostic Test once you have submitted your completed Audition Information Form.

Music Faculty

William Gokelman, Professor and Chair (M.M., Westminster Choir College; Choirs, Conducting, Vocal Coaching, Piano)
Deborah Bussineau-King, Professor (M.M., Southwest Texas State University; Voice, Opera, Vocal Pedagogy & Diction, Women in Music)
Dr. Ken Metz, Professor (Ph.D., Texas Tech University; Theory, Aural Skills, Composition)
Dr. Janice Dvorkin, Associate Professor (Ph.D., Pace University; Music Therapy, Psychology of Music)
Dr. Kevin Salfen, Assistant Professor (Ph.D., University of North Texas; Music History, World Music, American Popular Music, Jazz History, Music Appreciation)
Jim Waller, Instructor (M.M., Indiana University; Music Industries Studies, Jazz Ensemble)
Ferd Vollmar, Instructor (M.M., University of Houston; Music Education, Bands, Woodwind & Brass Methods)

Terance Frazor (Orchestra, Aural Skills, Counterpoint)
Mark Pomerantz (Theory, Aural Skills)
Meredith Ridgway (Piano, Class Piano)
Zachary Ridgway (Piano)
Ray Tamez (Guitar, Class Guitar)
Joe Gonzalez (Guitar)
Steve Girko (Clarinet)
Jeanne Gnecco (Flute)
Richard Kilmer (Violin, Concertmaster)
Daniel Kobialka (Violin)
Rachel Ferris (Harp)
John Godoy (Percussion, Percussion Methods)
Mark Hill (Trombone)
Larry Loden (Saxophone)
James Syler (Composition)
Basel Sarweh (Cello)
Gerald Schoelzel (Viola)
John Carroll (Trumpet)
Janet Tracy (Tuba)
John Boyer (Voice)


Prof. William Gokelman, Chair: 210-829-3848,
Roland Sul M.A., Secretary: 210-829-3855,

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