Frequently Asked Questions
Q: If I take a summer course at another university, and the course credit is 3, will I receive one full credit for that course at DPU?
A: No. When you take a course at another university that is 3 semester hours, DPU will accept that credit amount, but only for .75 credit. The .75 credit will be applied to the requirement of the course (i.e., .75 in BIO can be applied to the DePauw BIO requirement), but the remaining .25 must be made up so that you earn the correct amount of credit to graduate. Major ensembles and chamber music cannot be used to satisfy that .25 credit. Applied secondary instruments can be used to apply to this .25 credit, but you will have to pay a fee for those lessons.
IMPORTANT NOTE: When investigating summer courses, check the other university’s online catalog and course description. Notice if the course is a 3-hour course or a 4-hour course. A 4-hour course from another university WILL transfer as a 1-hour course at DPU, but a 3-hour course will only transfer as a .75 credit course (a 5-hour course will transfer as 1.25 credits to DePauw).
Q: When is MUS 255 Music Education Lab offered, and what credit amount to I sign up for?
A: Music Education Lab (three semesters of which are required for all music education majors) is offered every Spring semester. Freshmen and Sophomore music education students sign up for .25 credit; Juniors register for .50. The reason is that Juniors are responsible for most of the planning, preparation, and teaching that takes place during the semester.
Q: For MUS 375—Field Experience, do I need to take this every time I register for a Methods course?
A: No—MUS 375 only needs to be taken one time. Register for it when you take any Methods course: Elementary General Methods, Vocal Methods, or Instrumental Methods.
Q: When are music education courses, as well as Education Studies courses, offered so I can plan for my future semesters?
A: Music Education and Education Studies courses will be offered in the following sequences:
MUS 251, 252, 253, 254 Techniques Courses: The four Techniques courses are offered in a consistent, two-year rotation:
MUS 253 Brass Techniques—Fall 2012, 2014, 2016
MUS 251 Percussion Techniques—Spring 2013, 2015, 2017
MUS 254 Woodwind Techniques—Fall 2013, 2015, 2017MUS 252 String Techniques—Spring 2014, 2016, 2018
MUS 255 Music Education Lab—every Spring
MUS 262: Music in Early Childhood—every three semesters
MUS 263: Music for Students with Diverse Needs—every three semesters
MUS 352: Secondary Vocal Music: Methods and Materials—every other Fall semester
MUS 355: Secondary General Music—every three semesters
MUS 351: Elementary General Music Methods and Materials—every other Fall semester
MUS 354: Elementary and Secondary Instrumental Methods—every other Fall semester
EDU 222: Developmental Learning Theories—generally every semester; however, this depends on the schedule set by the Education Studies department. Consult their office and the online course selection list each semester. It is highly recommended that this course be taken no later than the second semester of the Sophomore year.