Music Education Courses
Music Education Orff Ensemble
Students will learn a series of pieces to be played on Orff instruments. Pieces will be organized around arrangements of authentic folk music, pieces from the Orff/Keetman publications, and student compositions. Improvisation will be included in most pieces. Development of polyphonic awareness (singing a song while playing an instrument) will be an objective. Students will develop the basic technical skills for pitched percussion.
Survey of Instrumental Literature
A survey for music education majors of literature written for, and/or performed by, bands and orchestras in the elementary and secondary public schools. Note: This course is recommended to be taken concurrently with ME-431.
Survey of Choral Music Literature
A survey for music education majors of choral literature for and/or performed by solo, small, and large ensembles in the elementary and secondary public schools. This course is recommended to be taken concurrently with ME-321.
Methods and Materials for Marching Band
An overview of basic marching band techniques. Emphasis on the study of commands and maneuvers, color guard techniques, and charting procedures necessary for the development of half-time shows.
Instrument Repair 1
This course will address instrument repair for brass, woodwind, string, and percussion instruments used in traditional ensembles.
Instrumental Methods and Materials
An overview of the instrumental instruction program in the K-12 schools. Detailed examination of teaching techniques for beginning instrumental students. Survey of appropriate methods books for instrumental instruction.
Assigned practical experience in elementary and secondary schools of the Greater Boston area. Minimum of 45 hours field work at the site. Evaluation of teaching experiences through group discussion at seminar meetings. Guest lecturers from the teaching profession. Final written report required.
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.