Music Education Courses

MED 110. Foundations of Music Education. This course is a study of foundational matters that shore up an understanding of the music education process in schools, framing philosophical issues cross-culturally and comparatively, so that prospective teachers might grasp a broader and more varied view of music in education across time and place. It will include a balance of the strong traditions of school music programs with the program transitions that are unfolding as society expands into technology and mediates popular culture. One component of the course will be a weekly field experience (two hours per week, minimum) to orient students into practical matters of curriculum and instruction linked to philosophical and theoretical issues.  3 credits.

MED 223. Brass Techniques. A study of the brass family. Emphasis on pedagogical techniques. Mixed brass ensemble experience.  2 credits.

MED 227. Percussion Techniques. A study of the percussion family.  1 credit.

MED 280. Field Practicum in Music Education. Optional supervised field experiences in appropriate settings.  May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: MED 110 and permission of instructor. 1-3 credits.

MED 330. Woodwind Techniques. A study of the woodwind family.  2 credits.

MED 331. String Techniques. A study of the string family.  2 credits.

MED 333. Methods and Materials, General Music: Elementary. A comprehensive study of general music teaching at the elementary school level, the philosophy of music education, varied approaches for developing conceptual learning and music skills, creative applications and analysis of materials.  3 credits.

MED 334. Choral Literature and Methods. A study of literature, materials and approaches appropriate for choral and general music classes in grades 5-12.  Fulfills general education requirement: Writing Process. 3 credits.

MED 335. Instrumental Literature and Methods. A study of literature, materials, philosophy and methods applicable to the teaching of instrumental ensembles (including marching band) from elementary through high school levels.  3 credits.

MED 337. Music Teaching and Learning I. This course is designed to introduce theories of learning with application to music education. Topics include stage and phase theories, theories of musical play and socialization, constructivist theory of meaning making, social learning and reinforcement theories, learning style theories, and theories/strategies of instruction. One component of the course is a weekly field experience in the local schools (one hour per week, minimum) to orient students into practical matters of music instruction and curriculum linked to principles of learning. Current and emerging education technology will be infused in the course.  2 credits.

MED 437. Music Teaching and Learning II. This course is designed as the application of learning theories to the teaching of music, with particular focus on elementary/middle (gr. 4-8) and secondary (gr. 9-12) education. Topics include curriculum design, contemporary practices, and instructional materials, with an emphasis on current and emerging technology. One component of the course will be a weekly field experience (one hour per week, minimum) in the local schools.  2 credits.

MED 441. Student Teaching: Instrumental. Music education majors spend a semester in the music department of a school district under the supervision of cooperating teachers.  4-8 credits.

MED 442. Student Teaching: Vocal. Same as MED 441.  4-8 credits.