Music Education Courses
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.
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. The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) 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 PK-12 music classroom, as well as teaching and assessment strategies. Students explore DAW, notation, and instructional software, as well as myriad online resources, 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 PK-12 students.
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.
This course surveys instrumental music literature written for, and/or performed by, bands and orchestras in elementary and secondary public schools. Students explore strategies to apply this literature in the elementary and secondary school classroom. This course is recommended to be taken concurrently with ME-431.
This course surveys choral music literature written for, and/or performed by solo, small group, and large group ensembles in elementary and secondary public schools. Students explore strategies to apply this literature in the elementary and secondary school classroom. This course is recommended to be taken concurrently with ME-321.
This course is an overview of basic marching band techniques with an emphasis on the study of commands and maneuvers, color guard techniques, and charting procedures necessary for the development of halftime shows. Students analyze marching band techniques. Students also apply what they have learned to the development of their on materials for marching band.
This course provides fundamental knowledge and skills for basic repairs of woodwinds and brass instruments. On brass instruments, there will be instruction on dent removal, tube straightening, and both soft and silver soldering.
This course addresses the rebuilding of woodwind, brass, string, and percussion instruments, especially those needing significant work.
This course allows students to continue to explore specialized instrumental repair (pending skill level and interest). The student and instructor will agree upon and independent repair project to complete over the course of the term. The project may focus on a specific instrument, family of instruments, or specific repair technique.