Music Education Major

The student majoring in music education will develop skills, concepts, and methodologies in the following areas: music, including music theory and composition, musicianship, history, arranging, orchestration, improvisation, and conducting; teaching with technology; solo performance techniques acquired through private instrumental or vocal study; vocal and instrumental techniques, pedagogy, and literature related to solo and ensemble performance; and the relationship of music to other fields of knowledge. The student will demonstrate these competencies through an actual field experience, a student teaching practicum for one semester in a public school environment. The student will work under a cooperating teacher and a college supervisor, and will be evaluated against the standards for teaching licensing as prescribed by the Massachusetts State Department of Education.

Through study and interaction with instructors and supervisors, the student will develop an aesthetic vision of excellence in teaching that will enable him/her to analyze and think critically about teaching and learning, and in turn to foster students' creative and analytical skills, design various evaluative procedures, and use the results of these procedures to assess the effectiveness of instruction. The student will develop the ability to work effectively in groups through collaborative interaction with peers, students, and instructors, and to communicate clearly, understandably, and appropriately with teachers, students, and parents.

The field of music education is a constantly changing one, and the student will develop sufficient content, and theoretical and pedagogical skills, to cope with and readily adapt to changes in the field due to discoveries of ongoing research in learning as well as social, economic, and cultural changes.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of a major in music education, students will:

  • Synthesize musical styles, both current and past
  • Synthesize and apply pedagogical techniques from a variety of established music education traditions (e.g. Kodaly method)
  • Communicate clearly, understandably, and appropriately with teachers, students, and parents.
  • Design instruction which will facilitate learning, consistent with the needs and interests of primary and secondary school learners
  • Design various evaluative procedures, and use the results of these procedures to assess the effectiveness of instruction
  • Analyze and think critically about teaching and learning to foster students' creative and analytical thinking skills
  • Demonstrate the ability to be equitable, sensitive, and responsive to all learners
  • Understand the legal and moral responsibilities of the teaching profession

Download the music education concentrate courses (updated October 2014). Students are strongly encouraged to verify their course requirements with the Office of the Registrar.

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