Student teaching experience in elementary or secondary schools. A minimum of 450 clock hours practice teaching in kindergarten to grade 12 is required. Critique and evaluation of problems encountered in student teaching certification assignments in the public schools. Weekly seminar meetings are supervised by the Music Education Department chair.
Music in Early Childhood
This course will introduce students to music education for young children, from birth through the first five years of life. Early childhood cognitive, physical, and social development will be discussed. Age-appropriate skills, concepts, and activities will be a primary focus. Practical strategies for working with young children and their parents will be addressed. Issues pertaining to the development of a well-rounded, comprehensive, and effective curriculum for preschool age children will be central to the course.
Composition, Technology, and the K-12 Student
The study of composition is fundamental to understanding the expressive qualities of music. It provides an ideal framework for exploration and experimentation with the basic materials of music. MENC recognizes the role of creativity and the importance of composition by including composing and arranging as one of the nine National Standards for Music Education (Standard #4). Collaborative and creative music composition can be facilitated in the classroom using music production and notation software. This course focuses on ideas and concepts for individual and group composition projects in the K-12 music classroom, as well as teaching and assessment strategies. DAW, notation, and instructional software, as well as myriad online resources, will be discussed and explored to create age-appropriate composition activities. In addition, special emphasis will be placed on how other media elements, such as text, graphics, audio, and video, as well as web-based tools, can enhance the music composition process for K-12 students.
Instrument Repair 2
Part two of ME-387, this course addresses the rebuilding of woodwind, brass, string, and percussion instruments, especially those needing significant work.
Instrument Repair 3
Part three of ME-387 and ME-P388, this course covers keyboard instrument repair, including minor tuning of standard pianos.
Directed Study in Mediterranean Music
History of Music in the European Tradition
In this course, students will explore the art music of Europe and the United States. The course will address such important trends as the evolution of counterpoint, the birth of opera, and the emergence of post-tonal compositional practices, using a selection of repertoire spanning the Middle Ages to the present. Students will finish the course with a clear understanding of how the poly stylistic music of the twenty-first century has evolved from past practices. Additionally, students will develop a greater understanding of how other cultural forces have shaped musical practice in the West.
Introduction to Music Production and Engineering
This course explores the roles and responsibilities of music producers and engineers from idea inception to finished product. Included is an overview of studio technologies and basic recording procedures. This course is recommended for students considering the music production and engineering major or anyone desiring a broad overview of the field.
Accelerated Pro Tools
Pro Tools has become the undisputed recording industry standard for digital audio production. It provides a comprehensive and powerful environment for audio recording, MIDI sequencing, editing, and inside-the-box mixing. This course will jump-start your Pro Tools production chops, covering a full range of basic as well as advanced tools and techniques in a single semester. Prior experience with Pro Tools or another DAW is highly recommended. You must have access to a native Pro Tools rig running current Pro Tools software. (Check with the MP&E Department for specific requirements.)
Critical Listening Lab for Musicians
This online course focuses on developing critical listening skills with particular emphasis on analyzing recording and mix techniques in the context of the popular music mix. Topics include: acoustics of the critical listening environment; mix elements such as balances, panning, EQ, reverb, compression, delay and time-based effects; instrument identification; stylistic comparisons of recording and mix techniques. Listening analysis examples and concepts are reinforced through weekly critical listening assignments. A set of weekly audio ear training drills are also part of the class.
Production Analysis Lab for Musicians
This course represents a step-by-step approach to the essential elements of effective records. Using in-class evaluation of demos, masters and commercial recordings, it takes students through an in-depth analysis and appraisal of the emotional effectiveness of recordings, with consideration for: artist identity, vision and intention; melody, lyrics and song form; arrangement, performance, and mixing. Several in-class presentations of student analysis projects are required.
Principles of Independent Record Production
With the proliferation of low-cost, high-quality music technology, most musicians now have the means to make a viable commercial album without the support of a record label. Artists who choose this route may fill the role of producer by choice and/or financial necessity, or utilize the production services of associates whose resumes feature musical chops more than formal experience. This course provides an overview of independent record production for musicians interested in leveraging their musical expertise as the basis of taking on broader production responsibilities. The curriculum surveys the general production process from concept through mastering, focusing on producer roles and requisite skills, production methods and techniques, and technical options for recording. Students will gain relevant experience by producing an original song for an artist of their choice.