Introduction to Music Education
This course introduces students to the field of teaching music in a school setting. It explains the process of completing the Berklee music education curriculum and the process of becoming a licensed music teacher in the state of Massachusetts. Upon successful completion of this course, students will understand the music teaching profession, teacher licensing, national arts standards, the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks for the Arts, and how to successfully negotiate and complete the music education curriculum.
Computer Applications for Music Education
The purpose of this class is to help students become familiar and comfortable with music and other software that could enhance the student's teaching of music in three specific areas: using technology outside of class to prepare music handouts, scores, tapes, or CDs; using a teacher station to present technology-enhanced lessons; and using technology in a MIDI lab where children work on computers.
Elementary Classroom Methods
Methods and materials for the instruction of general music in the elementary school are addressed in this class. This course will present a survey of the educational philosophies, objectives, teaching methods, and musical materials of the Orff, Kodály, Suzuki, Gordon, and Dalcroze methods of music education. Preparation of lesson plans, selection of music for the child voice, directed listening, notation of rhythm and melody, as well as formulation of principles for planning an entire musical curriculum are addressed. Minimum of 15 hours assigned observation in elementary schools is required.
Music Classroom Methods and Materials Music Classroom Methods and Materials
This course will present the educational philosophies, classroom methods, and materials associated with the predominant techniques used in classroom music instruction in the United States. Class activities and individual study and preparation will focus on techniques for developing music skills through select approaches unique to each philosophy. These techniques will be used in planning for instrumental and vocal instruction, and general music activities with special emphasis on singing, moving, and playing recorder and classroom instruments.
Secondary Classroom Methods
An overview of music education in the secondary schools. Concepts and approaches to the organization and development of a music curriculum as applied to general music, instrumental, and choral programs. Special attention focused on the adolescent. Motivational concepts, administrative organization, student/instructor relationship, community involvement, the special student, cultural backgrounds, and evaluational procedures. Minimum of 15 hours assigned observation in secondary schools in the Greater Boston area.
Choral Methods and Materials
Performance of vocal and instrumental works suitable for public school music. Students participate in the conducting of selected works. Basic principles of singing: breathing, tone production, fundamentals of articulation, and diction.
Multimedia for the Educator
The purpose of this class is to address the basic concepts of word processing, database, spreadsheet, and presentation software, with particular emphasis on their practical application to music teaching and music program administration, as well as the use of digital media (multimedia) in music education.
Music, the Brain, and Learning
This course introduces students to the function and structure of the brain and its application to their own study of music. The course includes practical applications of theory in musical learning and teaching, and culminates in a short observational research project on brain function in music.
Teaching With a Multicultural Perspective
This course will enable students to experience music of diverse cultures and give them skills for developing their own resources. Characteristics of art and folk music, instrumentation, the cultural setting, and resources for classroom and performing ensembles. The sounds of the culture, including language, will be explored.
Preparing for the Music Licensing Exam
This course will include suggestions for test taking, memorizing material, organizing time, creating calendars, working on personal motivation techniques, taking multiple choice tests, and writing short essays.
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.