This course introduces students to the rewarding field of teaching K-12 music in a school setting. Students will explore qualities of effective teachers, guidelines for teaching and learning such as national standards and the Massachusetts State Frameworks, and the role of a teacher in the artistic lives and development of young musicians. Requirements for teacher licensure in Massachusetts and the distinctive Berklee Music Education program will be reviewed.
The purpose of this class is to familiarize students with music and other software that will enhance the teaching of K-12 music in three specific areas: using technology outside of class to prepare instructional materials; using a teacher station to present technology-enhanced lessons; and using technology in a computer/MIDI lab. This course is part one of the required technology training for music education majors. It provides an overview of technology in music education; concepts for developing curriculum 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 the use of iPads in the K-12 music classroom.
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 recommended to be taken concurrently with ME-383.
This course addresses 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. This course explores a variety of multimedia and productivity software. In addition, we will explore pertinent music technology and music education related websites, including podcasts, blogs, and wikis. The overarching goal of this class is to create a personal eCase (electronic portfolio) to be used throughout the duration of the major, culminating in ME-475 Pre-Practicum Apprenticeship/Seminar.
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.