Mission Statement

The mission of the Master of Music Education Program at Lebanon Valley College is to enhance the practice of music educators by implementing current research methods and innovative technologies. We are committed to a pedagogy that values cultural diversity and inclusion. Our aim is to inspire educators with ideas and techniques that are immediately applicable to the 21st century classroom.

 

Program Goal 1

To provide a rigorous study of relevant topics and the pedagogical skills necessary for teaching 21st century children in diverse K-12 settings.

Learning outcomes—Students will develop and implement:

  • new approaches for teaching diverse student groups.
  • programs of study through a global perspective in music education.
  • contemporary approaches to music teaching and learning.
  • advanced skills in music theory and analysis.

 

Program Goal 2

To provide a comprehensive understanding of research methodology leading to fluency in reading, applying, and disseminating research in music education.

Learning outcomes—Students will:

  • read and write papers utilizing scholarly modes of expression
  • analyze research in music education and identify strengths and weaknesses in content and presentation.
  • apply concepts of educational research methodologies in thesis and/or project based assignments.
  • engage in academic discourse with peer teachers designed to clarify and persuasively communicate one’s own beliefs.

 

Program Goal 3

To provide a comprehensive study in how music is best learned in order to further develop and articulate a robust philosophy of music learning and teaching.

Learning outcomes—Students will:

  • develop and articulate a philosophy of music education grounded in experience and research study.
  • demonstrate an understanding of how children learn and develop pedagogical strategies to foster optimal music education experiences.
  • demonstrate knowledge of learning theories and teaching strategies.

 

Program Goal 4

To foster an environment that promotes life-long learning and professional and service oriented collaboration.

Learning outcomes—Students will:

  • engage in activities and classroom experiences that will promote community and foster strategies for the development of life-long learning and professional and service related collaboration.
  • be engaged in reflective practice to promote continuous learning and excellence in teaching.