Music Education Courses

ME-355

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Cecil Adderley
Semesters Offered: Spring Only
Required of: None
Electable by: MUED majors
Prerequisites: ME-212
Department Code: MUED

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.

 

ME-381

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Cecil Adderley
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: MUED majors
Electable by: MUED majors
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: MUED

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.

 

ME-383

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Cecil Adderley
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: MUED majors
Electable by: MUED and MTHE majors
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: MUED

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.

 

ME-385

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Cecil Adderley
Semesters Offered: Fall Only
Required of: None
Electable by: MUED majors
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: MUED

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.

 

ME-387

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Cecil Adderley
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: MUED

This course addresses instrument repair for brass, woodwind, string, and percussion instruments used in traditional ensembles. Students apply what they learn to repair broken instruments.

 

ME-431

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Cecil Adderley
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: MUED majors
Electable by: MUED majors
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: MUED

This course is an overview of the instrumental instruction programs in PK-12 schools. Students examine teaching techniques for beginning instrumental students. Students also analyze appropriate methods books for instrumental instruction.

 

ME-475

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Cecil Adderley
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: MUED majors
Electable by: MUED majors
Prerequisites: ISKB-322, ME-211, ME-311, and written approval of course chair. NOTE: Passing score on MUED proficiency and MTEL Communication Skills are required.
Department Code: MUED

In this course, students gain practical teaching experience in elementary and secondary schools. Students complete a minimum of 45 hours of fieldwork at the site. Students learn from a cooperating teacher in the field, who serves as their field-based supervisor. Students assist their cooperating teacher, as well as create and implement their own lessons. Students also assess their own teaching practice. They learn to improve their teaching, based on feedback from their cooperating teacher and from the Berklee faculty who observe them in the classroom. In the required seminar, students further evaluate their teaching experiences and share best practices. Students also learn from expert teachers who serve as guest lecturers in the seminar.

 

ME-495

6 credit(s)
Course Chair: Cecil Adderley
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: MUED majors
Electable by: MUED majors
Prerequisites: ME-475 and written approval of course chair. NOTE: Passing scores on both MTEL Communication Skills and Music exams are required.
Department Code: MUED

In this course, students gain practical teaching experience in elementary and secondary schools. Students complete a minimum of 450 hours of fieldwork at the site, with a minimum of 150 hours of full responsibility in the classroom. Students learn from a cooperating teacher in the field, who serves as their field-based supervisor. Students assist their cooperating teacher, as well as create and implement their own lessons. Students also assess their own teaching practice. They learn to improve their teaching, based on feedback from their cooperating teacher and from the Berklee faculty who observe them in the classroom. In the required seminar, students further evaluate their teaching experiences and share best practices. Students also learn from expert teachers who serve as guest lecturers in the seminar.

 

ME-P342

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Cecil Adderley
Semesters Offered: Fall Only
Required of: None
Electable by: MUED majors
Prerequisites: ME-152 and ME-326
Department Code: MUED

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.

 

ME-P388

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Cecil Adderley
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: ME-387
Department Code: MUED

This course addresses the rebuilding of woodwind, brass, string, and percussion instruments. Students focus especially on instruments needing significant work. Students apply what they learn to repair broken instruments.

 

ME-P389

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Cecil Adderley
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: ME-387
Department Code: MUED

This course addresses keyboard instrument repair. Students also learn minor tuning of standard pianos. Students apply what they learn to repair broken keyboard instruments.

 

PSME-311

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Cecil Adderley
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: MUED majors
Electable by: MUED majors
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: MUED

In this performance class for music education majors, students prepare for solo and ensemble presentations. Students demonstrate proficiency in voice and on their instruments.

 

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