This course introduces students to the field of teaching music in a school setting. Students learn the requirements of the Berklee music education curriculum and the process of becoming a licensed music teacher in the state of Massachusetts. Students learn about the music teaching profession, teacher licensing, National Core Arts Standards, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education standards, and the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks for the Arts. Students will also learn how to negotiate and complete the music education curriculum.
This course is part one of the required technology training for music education students. Topics will include an overview of technology in music education; concepts for developing effective curriculum activities and resources using music technology in the K-12 general music classroom; the use of DAW software (digital audio workstation, otherwise known as sequencing); the use of notation software; and using iPads in the K-12 music classroom. Special attention will be paid to the following: using music creation software to teach music fundamentals, music theory, and music composition basics and techniques; using music creation software to teach basic music production techniques; using music creation software to prepare teaching resources and materials such as .MID and audio files, various types of handouts, scores, CDs, and files suitable for upload to the web; using a teacher station to present technology-enhanced lessons; teaching with technology in a lab setting; and using iPads for learning music fundamentals, composition, and performance.
Methods and materials for the instruction of general music in the elementary school are addressed in this class. This course will present theories of educational psychology as they apply to elementary music teaching. Preparation of lesson and unit plans as well as planning a K-5 music curriculum will be central to the course. Development of singing skills, movement, directed listening, classroom instrument skills with a focus on soprano recorder, transition from rote to note teaching, and development of creative musical skills will form the primary strategies and tools for curriculum development. Discussion of classroom organization and management will be threaded throughout the curriculum. Requirements in this course include teaching as part of the preschool program at Berklee (KidsJam) and a minimum of 15 hours assigned observation in elementary schools.
This course will explore the educational philosophies, classroom methods, and materials associated with the predominant techniques (Dalcroze, Orff, Kodály, Suzuki, and Gordon) used in classroom music instruction in the United States. Students learn instructional philosophies for music education as well as 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.
This course is an overview of music education in secondary school settings. Students learn the concepts and approaches to the organization and development of a music curriculum as these apply to general music, instrumental music, and choral programs. Students devote special attention to teaching adolescents. Students explore motivational concepts, administrative organization, the student/instructor relationship, community involvement, and the special student. In addition, students analyze and apply strategies for teaching students with diverse cultural backgrounds. Students also analyze various evaluational procedures. Students are required to complete a minimum of 15 hours of observation in a secondary school classroom.
This course examines performance of vocal and instrumental works suitable for public school music. Students participate in the conducting of selected works and learn basic principles of singing: breathing, tone production, fundamentals of articulation, and diction.
This course is part two of the required technology training for music education students. This course relies heavily on the use of the internet and will examine and incorporate a variety of digital media and technology-assisted teaching and learning tools in support of the K-12 music curricula. Topics will include evaluating a variety of software-based and internet-based (cloud) technology-assisted instruction; the use of multimedia tools for developing teaching and learning resources (which include text, graphics, audio, and video) in the digital domain; copyright and fair use; the use of presentation software, both software and Internet-based; Web 2.0 tools such as podcasting, blogging, wikis, Google apps, and other social media tools; and basic template-based web authoring. This course provides music education students with the tools and skills to develop and maintain the required Music Education department electronic portfolio. Note: it is expected that the student has acquired a satisfactory understanding of ME-152 materials and tools. Fluency with creating sequencing and notation files is required for this course, but will not be covered.
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.
This course introduces students to music education for young children, from birth through the first five years of life. Students study early childhood cognitive, physical, and social development. Students also focus on age-appropriate skills, concepts, and activities. Students address practical strategies for working with young children and their parents. Students apply what they learn to the development of a well-rounded, comprehensive, and effective curriculum for preschool age children.
This course enables students to experience music of diverse cultures. Students gain the skills they need to develop their own multicultural music resources. Students analyze characteristics of art and folk music, with special focus on instrumentation and the cultural setting. Students also explore resources for classroom and performing ensembles. Students learn the sounds of the various cultures, including diverse languages, and learn strategies to apply this knowledge in the classroom.
This course prepares students for the Music Licensing Exam. Students learn strategies for test taking, memorizing material, organizing time, and creating calendars. Students also develop personal motivation techniques. In addition, students complete various multiple choice practice tests and write short essays.
Students learn a series of pieces to be played on Orff instruments. Pieces are organized around arrangements of authentic folk music, pieces from the Orff/Keetman publications, and student compositions. Improvisation is included in most pieces. Students develop polyphonic awareness (singing a song while playing an instrument). Students also develop the basic technical skills for pitched percussion.