Music Teaching

Students majoring in secondary music education must complete the requirements of the secondary education major, the requirements of the music major, and courses in instrumental and/or vocal music.

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Instrumental music

Class or private instruction in major instrumental area: 2 credits
Class or private instruction in secondary instrumental area: 1 credit
Ensemble participation: 1 credit (must be instrumental)
MUS 215 - Survey of Instrumental Literature
This course is designed to provide the student with an overview of the core and standard repertoire for bands and orchestras from a variety of levels. Emphasis will be music suitable for educational settings. In addition, literature for collegiate ensembles will be presented. This course is designed to provide the student with the resources necessary to program band or orchestra literature in a school setting.Prerequisite: MUS112.(1 credit, alternate years, consult department)
MUS 224 - Methods of Teaching Brass Instruments
This course is required for students who have selected a career concentration in instrumental music education. Students will acquire a basic playing facility for at least two instruments in each generic category. The course will familiarize students with concepts and procedures that will enable them to teach wind, percussion, and string instruments to students at the elementary and secondary levels.(1 credit)
MUS 225 - Methods of Teaching Woodwind Instruments
This course is required for students who have selected a career concentration in instrumental music education. Students will acquire a basic playing facility for at least two instruments in each generic category. The course will familiarize students with concepts and procedures that will enable them to teach wind, percussion, and string instruments to students at the elementary and secondary levels.(1 credit)
MUS 226 - Methods of Teaching Percussion Instruments
This course is required for students who have selected a career concentration in instrumental music education. Students will acquire a basic playing facility for at least two instruments in each generic category. The course will familiarize students with concepts and procedures that will enable them to teach wind, percussion, and string instruments to students at the elementary and secondary levels.(1 credit)
MUS 227 - Methods of Teaching String Instruments
This course is required for students who have selected a career concentration in instrumental music education. Students will acquire a basic playing facility for at least two instruments in each generic category. The course will familiarize students with concepts and procedures that will enable them to teach wind, percussion, and string instruments to students at the elementary and secondary levels.(1 credit)
MUS 302 - Advanced Conducting
This course is designed to further develop the student's basic conducting skills. The student will learn how to interpret stylistically the intentions of a composer and how to rehearse effectively. Compositions for band, choir and orchestra are studied. Included in the course are studies in score preparation, clef reading, transposition, rehearsal techniques, and error detection.Prerequisite: MUS301.(3 credits, alternate years, consult department)
MUS 303 - Orchestration
(2 credits, alternate years, consult department) This course provides students with the principles of scoring for small string and wind ensembles, symphonic orchestra, symphonic band, and church worship bands. The study of range, proper notation, transposition and the characteristics of string, woodwind, brass and percussion instruments are included. Prerequisite: MUS112.
MUS 307 - Teaching Elementary Music
This course is designed to prepare students who are music majors or minors for teaching in the elementary school. Students, who anticipate becoming specialists, will learn how to teach music to children through traditional methods, as well as through innovations of leading European and American educators. Students will learn how to establish curriculum's for music education that utilize learning strategies encompassed by the conceptual approach. State INTASC Standards, as well as National Music Standards, will be reviewed and applied. Four areas of musical study will be emphasized: historical, philosophical, content and methodology. Students will do guided practice in class teaching assignments.Prerequisite: MUS112.(2 credits, alternate years, consult department)
MUS 309 - Teaching Instrumental Music
This course deals with techniques, literature and materials used for teaching instrumental music at the elementary and secondary levels. A primary emphasis of the course is the study of educational philosophy. Score reading and analysis of wind, percussion and string music, discussion of rehearsal procedures, and the study and observation of marching band techniques are also covered in the course.(2 credits, alternate years, consult department)
MUS 325 - Recital
This course is to be taken along with one credit of applied instruction during the semester in which the degree recital is given. The student will be required to select music of representative styles and periods, research and write program notes, pass the pre-recital jury one month prior to the recital, and give the public performance.Prerequisite: junior class standing or after four semesters of applied study.(1 credit)

Total credits required: 19

Vocal music

Class or private instruction in voice: 2 credits
Ensemble participation: 1 credit (must be vocal)
MUS 217 - Vocal Pedagogy
This course deals with the vocal processes, including the anatomy and physiology of the vocal tract. Included in this course is a survey of pedagogical approaches and vocal literature appropriate for the beginning student.Prerequisite: MUS261 or permission of instructor.(2 credits, alternate years, consult department)
MUS 218 - Vocal Diction
This course is designed to acquaint the student with the singer's pronunciation of English, French, German, Italian and Latin, using the standard International Phonetic Alphabet.Prerequisite: applied voice or permission of instructor.(2 credits, alternate years, consult department)
MUS 219 - Survey of Choral Literature
This course is designed to provide the student with an overview of the core and standard repertoire for choral ensembles from a variety of levels. Primary emphasis will be music for educational settings. In addition, literature for advanced and collegiate ensembles will be presented. This course is designed to provide the student with the resources necessary to program choral literature in a school setting.Prerequisite: MUS112 or permission of instructor.(1 credit, alternate years, consult department)
MUS 220 - Survey of Vocal Literature
MUS 302 - Advanced Conducting
This course is designed to further develop the student's basic conducting skills. The student will learn how to interpret stylistically the intentions of a composer and how to rehearse effectively. Compositions for band, choir and orchestra are studied. Included in the course are studies in score preparation, clef reading, transposition, rehearsal techniques, and error detection.Prerequisite: MUS301.(3 credits, alternate years, consult department)
MUS 307 - Teaching Elementary Music
This course is designed to prepare students who are music majors or minors for teaching in the elementary school. Students, who anticipate becoming specialists, will learn how to teach music to children through traditional methods, as well as through innovations of leading European and American educators. Students will learn how to establish curriculum's for music education that utilize learning strategies encompassed by the conceptual approach. State INTASC Standards, as well as National Music Standards, will be reviewed and applied. Four areas of musical study will be emphasized: historical, philosophical, content and methodology. Students will do guided practice in class teaching assignments.Prerequisite: MUS112.(2 credits, alternate years, consult department)
MUS 308 - Teaching Secondary Choral Music
This course deals with the areas of curriculum, materials and methodology for teaching music in both non-performance and performance situations.Prerequisite: MUS112.(2 credits, alternate years, consult department)
MUS 325 - Recital
This course is to be taken along with one credit of applied instruction during the semester in which the degree recital is given. The student will be required to select music of representative styles and periods, research and write program notes, pass the pre-recital jury one month prior to the recital, and give the public performance.Prerequisite: junior class standing or after four semesters of applied study.(1 credit)
Choose two courses:
MUS 224 - Methods of Teaching Brass Instruments
This course is required for students who have selected a career concentration in instrumental music education. Students will acquire a basic playing facility for at least two instruments in each generic category. The course will familiarize students with concepts and procedures that will enable them to teach wind, percussion, and string instruments to students at the elementary and secondary levels.(1 credit)
MUS 225 - Methods of Teaching Woodwind Instruments
This course is required for students who have selected a career concentration in instrumental music education. Students will acquire a basic playing facility for at least two instruments in each generic category. The course will familiarize students with concepts and procedures that will enable them to teach wind, percussion, and string instruments to students at the elementary and secondary levels.(1 credit)
MUS 226 - Methods of Teaching Percussion Instruments
This course is required for students who have selected a career concentration in instrumental music education. Students will acquire a basic playing facility for at least two instruments in each generic category. The course will familiarize students with concepts and procedures that will enable them to teach wind, percussion, and string instruments to students at the elementary and secondary levels.(1 credit)
MUS 227 - Methods of Teaching String Instruments
This course is required for students who have selected a career concentration in instrumental music education. Students will acquire a basic playing facility for at least two instruments in each generic category. The course will familiarize students with concepts and procedures that will enable them to teach wind, percussion, and string instruments to students at the elementary and secondary levels.(1 credit)

Total credits required: 19

Notes:

Recommendation for students choosing the instrumental option: voice class and/or voice lessons plus two semesters in vocal ensembles.

Recommendation for students choosing the vocal option: two semesters in instrumental ensembles.

Students desiring certification in both instrumental and vocal music education must complete 2 credits in their major instrumental area and 2 credits in voice.

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