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. 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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Instrumental music

Class or private instruction in major instrumental area: 2 credits
Class or private instruction in secondary instrumental area: 1 credit
MUS 111 - Music Theory I
This course will teach the fundamentals necessary for performing, composing/arranging, teaching, directing, writing about, and recording/producing music. Related topics such as music history, performance practice and music technology are also explored and an in-depth study is made of the Christian perspective on music and music-making.Prerequisite for 111: MUS101 or passing score on diagnostic placement exam.(2 credits)
MUS 112 - Music Theory II
This course will teach the fundamentals necessary for performing, composing/arranging, teaching, directing, writing about, and recording/producing music. Related topics such as music history, performance practice and music technology are also explored and an in-depth study is made of the Christian perspective on music and music-making.Prerequisite for 112: MUS111 or passing score on diagnostic placement exam.(4 credits)
MUS 211 - Music Theory III
This course will teach the fundamentals necessary for performing, composing/arranging, teaching, directing, writing about, and recording/producing music. Related topics such as music history, performance practice and music technology are also explored and an in- depth study is made of the Christian perspective on music and music-making.(4 credits)
MUS 212 - Music Theory IV
This course will teach the fundamentals necessary for performing, composing/arranging, teaching, directing, writing about, and recording/producing music. Related topics such as music history, performance practice and music technology are also explored and an in- depth study is made of the Christian perspective on music and music-making.(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
MUS 217 - Vocal Pedagogy
Vocal Pedagogy is a course designed for music education and vocal majors who expect to teach applied voice in an educational setting or a private studio. The course deals with the vocal processes, the anatomy and physiology of the vocal tract, and practical application of this knowledge to successfully train students to sing in a free and healthy manner. This course is required for all Secondary Vocal Education and Instrumental Education majors. Prerequisite: MUS261 or permission of instructor. (2 credits; 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 301 - Basic Conducting
This course is designed to assist students in developing a basic conducting technique. Skills are taught which enable the student to direct vocal and instrumental groups. Included in the course are studies in transposition, clef reading and score preparation.Prerequisite: MUS112.(2 credits, alternate years, consult department)
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 309 - Teaching Instrumental Music
This course deals primarily with philosophy, techniques, programming, literature and materials used in teaching instrumental music at the elementary and secondary levels. Activities include the study of educational music philosophy, evaluating criteria for quality music, selecting appropriate literature and programming, discussion of rehearsal procedures, organization of an instrumental music program, classroom management/environment, and study and observation of marching band techniques. (4 credits; alternate years, consult department)
MUS 317WI - History of Music I
Music history courses present a summary of the chronological development of music in western civilization. Music from Antiquity through the late 18th century is covered. Prerequisite: MUS112 or permission of instructor. (4 credits; alternate years, consult department)(Writing intensive)
MUS 318AE - History of Music II
Music history courses present a summary of the chronological development of music in western civilization. Music from the late 18th century through the present is covered. Prerequisite: MUS112, junior class standing or permission of instructor.
MUS 320CC - World Musics
(3 credits, alternate years, consult department)(IGE option under Cross-Cultural Engagement) Music is an integral part of every culture. By studying the music of other cultures, including the way music relates to faith, power, societal structure, and daily life, students will be able to better understand, love, and treat people from other cultures with justice. This class will give students tools from the field of ethnomusicology to engage with the music of the world's people through listening, observing, researching and music-making.
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 one course:
MUS 133 - Piano Class Intermediate II
This class is designed for students with limited experience in piano. Beginning class is for the student with no piano background or very little prior instruction. Intermediate class is for the student who reads melodic lines and has some previous keyboard experience. Advanced class is for the student who has had a few years of keyboard instruction and wishes to broaden repertoire. Placement in appropriate level is by permission of instructor.(1 credit)
MUS 251 - Piano Lessons
Private instruction is offered in keyboard, voice, brass, woodwind, percussion and string performance. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. (1-2 credits)
Cognate requirements:
PHI 238BR - Philosophy of the Arts
(4 credits) (IGE option under Belief and Reason) A study of major theories of the analysis and evaluation of art.
Education requirements:
EDU 102 - Foundations of Education
(2 credits) This course provides philosophical, historical, social and economical foundational background for students considering the teaching profession. Note: This course includes a field experience. Students must earn a C- or better in order to fulfill program requirements for elementary licensure.
EDU 202 - Early Field Experience
This course requires 30 clock-hours of field experience with a certified teacher in an area school. Prerequisite: EDU102. (1 credit) (Note: Graded on a pass/no pass basis.)
EDU 206 - Survey of Exceptional Individuals
(3 credits) This course provides an overview of the history of special education up to and including present day trends and practices in education students with exceptionalities. Various areas of exceptionality are explored, including ways to support students with di verse learning and behavioral needs in inclusionary environments. Note: This course includes a field experience. Students must earn a C- or better in order to fulfill program requirements for elementary licensure.
EDU 227 - Instructional Technology
This course studies the impact and uses of media and technology in educational settings. Use and operation of AV equipment will be taught. Emphasis is placed on the various ways the computer can be used in teaching. Current and future use of technology in education will be addressed.(2 credits)
EDU 304 - Educational Psychology
The application of psychological principles to the learner, the learning process and the learning situation. This course not only explores learning theories that impact education today, but also has an emphasis on developing appropriate motivation techniques, creating developmentally appropriate and productive learning environments, developing classroom management, as well as developing authentic and appropriate evaluation and assessment. Prerequisites: EDU102, PSY221SS or 224, and junior class standing. (2 credits)
EDU 307WI - General Methods in Secondary Education
The principles and methods of teaching at the secondary level, including lesson plans, teaching skills, reading in the content area, classroom management, evaluation and school law. Note: This course includes a field experience. Students must earn a "C" or better in this course in order to fulfill program requirements for secondary licensure. Prerequisite: sophomore class standing and admission to the teacher education program. (3 credits) (Writing intensive)
EDU 340 - Human Relations
Major issues and concepts associated with living in a culturally diverse society and teaching in culturally diverse schools will be clarified. Students will consider ways in which ethnicity, gender/sexuality, social class, and religion intersect and influence beliefs and behaviors. (3 credits)
EDU 347 - Reading in the Content Area
This course addresses skills necessary in teaching students to read in social studies, math, science, and other content areas. This course offers strategies for vocabulary, comprehension, study skills, writing, assessment, and more. (2 credits)
EDU 409SR - Philosophy of Education
The liberally educated Christian teacher is the knowledgeable servant of God and society and this course examines the reasoning behind policies and methods of teaching, learning and schooling. Various schools of thought are discussed, including a distinctively Christian perspective, to prepare students to serve as professional teachers. This course is the NWCore Senior Seminar course for education students. (2 credits)
EDU 415 - Secondary Student Teaching
This experience will include the observation, engagement and instruction of a secondary classroom for 4-16 weeks while under the supervision of a licensed, qualified teacher. Exact number of weeks/credits required will be determined by student teacher coordinator and department chair. Candidates will draw from and develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions in planning, instruction, assessment and professionalism learned and assessed throughout the secondary education program. Candidates are expected to model "Teacher as Servant" throughout the experience by serving God and society in diverse classroom settings. (4-16 credits) Note: Graded on a pass/no pass basis. Successful completion of student teaching is a necessary step towards licensure; a passing grade for student teaching does not guarantee licensure recommendation from department.
Choose one course: *
PSY 221SS - Developmental Psychology: Childhood
(4 credits)(IGE option under Self and Society) This course explores the development of the child from the prenatal period into adolescence. Children's physical, cognitive, emotional, personality, social, moral and faith development is examined. Psychological research methods for studying children are covered.
PSY 224 - Developmental Psychology: Adolescence
Adolescents experience many changes in a few short years as they transition from childhood to adulthood. This course explores the major psychological issues and theories in adolescent development with emphasis on cognitive development, self-concept, peer relationships and sexuality, among others.(4 credits)

Total credits required: 84-86

Notes:
Following a music placement exam, students will either be placed in Music Theory I (MUS 111) or Music Fundamentals (MUS 101). MUS 101 does not count toward a music major, or music ministry major or minor. Recommendation: two semesters in vocal ensembles.

Vocal music

Class or private instruction in voice: 2 credits
Ensemble participation: 1 credit (must be vocal)
MUS 111 - Music Theory I
This course will teach the fundamentals necessary for performing, composing/arranging, teaching, directing, writing about, and recording/producing music. Related topics such as music history, performance practice and music technology are also explored and an in-depth study is made of the Christian perspective on music and music-making.Prerequisite for 111: MUS101 or passing score on diagnostic placement exam.(2 credits)
MUS 112 - Music Theory II
This course will teach the fundamentals necessary for performing, composing/arranging, teaching, directing, writing about, and recording/producing music. Related topics such as music history, performance practice and music technology are also explored and an in-depth study is made of the Christian perspective on music and music-making.Prerequisite for 112: MUS111 or passing score on diagnostic placement exam.(4 credits)
MUS 211 - Music Theory III
This course will teach the fundamentals necessary for performing, composing/arranging, teaching, directing, writing about, and recording/producing music. Related topics such as music history, performance practice and music technology are also explored and an in- depth study is made of the Christian perspective on music and music-making.(4 credits)
MUS 212 - Music Theory IV
This course will teach the fundamentals necessary for performing, composing/arranging, teaching, directing, writing about, and recording/producing music. Related topics such as music history, performance practice and music technology are also explored and an in- depth study is made of the Christian perspective on music and music-making.(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
MUS 217 - Vocal Pedagogy
Vocal Pedagogy is a course designed for music education and vocal majors who expect to teach applied voice in an educational setting or a private studio. The course deals with the vocal processes, the anatomy and physiology of the vocal tract, and practical application of this knowledge to successfully train students to sing in a free and healthy manner. This course is required for all Secondary Vocal Education and Instrumental Education majors. 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 220 - Survey of Vocal Literature
MUS 301 - Basic Conducting
This course is designed to assist students in developing a basic conducting technique. Skills are taught which enable the student to direct vocal and instrumental groups. Included in the course are studies in transposition, clef reading and score preparation.Prerequisite: MUS112.(2 credits, alternate years, consult department)
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 primarily with philosophy, techniques, literature and materials used in teaching secondary vocal music. Areas of study will fall into four main categories; literature selection (planning and preparation), instruction (pedagogy), classroom environment, and professional responsibilities. Prerequisite: MUS112. (4 credits; alternate years, consult department)
MUS 317WI - History of Music I
Music history courses present a summary of the chronological development of music in western civilization. Music from Antiquity through the late 18th century is covered. Prerequisite: MUS112 or permission of instructor. (4 credits; alternate years, consult department)(Writing intensive)
MUS 318AE - History of Music II
Music history courses present a summary of the chronological development of music in western civilization. Music from the late 18th century through the present is covered. Prerequisite: MUS112, junior class standing or permission of instructor.
MUS 320CC - World Musics
(3 credits, alternate years, consult department)(IGE option under Cross-Cultural Engagement) Music is an integral part of every culture. By studying the music of other cultures, including the way music relates to faith, power, societal structure, and daily life, students will be able to better understand, love, and treat people from other cultures with justice. This class will give students tools from the field of ethnomusicology to engage with the music of the world's people through listening, observing, researching and music-making.
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 one course:
MUS 133 - Piano Class Intermediate II
This class is designed for students with limited experience in piano. Beginning class is for the student with no piano background or very little prior instruction. Intermediate class is for the student who reads melodic lines and has some previous keyboard experience. Advanced class is for the student who has had a few years of keyboard instruction and wishes to broaden repertoire. Placement in appropriate level is by permission of instructor.(1 credit)
MUS 251 - Piano Lessons
Private instruction is offered in keyboard, voice, brass, woodwind, percussion and string performance. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. (1-2 credits)
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)
Cognate requirement:
PHI 328BR - Philosophy of the Arts
No course description available.
Education requirements:
EDU 102 - Foundations of Education
(2 credits) This course provides philosophical, historical, social and economical foundational background for students considering the teaching profession. Note: This course includes a field experience. Students must earn a C- or better in order to fulfill program requirements for elementary licensure.
EDU 202 - Early Field Experience
This course requires 30 clock-hours of field experience with a certified teacher in an area school. Prerequisite: EDU102. (1 credit) (Note: Graded on a pass/no pass basis.)
EDU 206 - Survey of Exceptional Individuals
(3 credits) This course provides an overview of the history of special education up to and including present day trends and practices in education students with exceptionalities. Various areas of exceptionality are explored, including ways to support students with di verse learning and behavioral needs in inclusionary environments. Note: This course includes a field experience. Students must earn a C- or better in order to fulfill program requirements for elementary licensure.
EDU 227 - Instructional Technology
This course studies the impact and uses of media and technology in educational settings. Use and operation of AV equipment will be taught. Emphasis is placed on the various ways the computer can be used in teaching. Current and future use of technology in education will be addressed.(2 credits)
EDU 304 - Educational Psychology
The application of psychological principles to the learner, the learning process and the learning situation. This course not only explores learning theories that impact education today, but also has an emphasis on developing appropriate motivation techniques, creating developmentally appropriate and productive learning environments, developing classroom management, as well as developing authentic and appropriate evaluation and assessment. Prerequisites: EDU102, PSY221SS or 224, and junior class standing. (2 credits)
EDU 307WI - General Methods in Secondary Education
The principles and methods of teaching at the secondary level, including lesson plans, teaching skills, reading in the content area, classroom management, evaluation and school law. Note: This course includes a field experience. Students must earn a "C" or better in this course in order to fulfill program requirements for secondary licensure. Prerequisite: sophomore class standing and admission to the teacher education program. (3 credits) (Writing intensive)
EDU 340 - Human Relations
Major issues and concepts associated with living in a culturally diverse society and teaching in culturally diverse schools will be clarified. Students will consider ways in which ethnicity, gender/sexuality, social class, and religion intersect and influence beliefs and behaviors. (3 credits)
EDU 347 - Reading in the Content Area
This course addresses skills necessary in teaching students to read in social studies, math, science, and other content areas. This course offers strategies for vocabulary, comprehension, study skills, writing, assessment, and more. (2 credits)
EDU 409SR - Philosophy of Education
The liberally educated Christian teacher is the knowledgeable servant of God and society and this course examines the reasoning behind policies and methods of teaching, learning and schooling. Various schools of thought are discussed, including a distinctively Christian perspective, to prepare students to serve as professional teachers. This course is the NWCore Senior Seminar course for education students. (2 credits)
EDU 415 - Secondary Student Teaching
This experience will include the observation, engagement and instruction of a secondary classroom for 4-16 weeks while under the supervision of a licensed, qualified teacher. Exact number of weeks/credits required will be determined by student teacher coordinator and department chair. Candidates will draw from and develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions in planning, instruction, assessment and professionalism learned and assessed throughout the secondary education program. Candidates are expected to model "Teacher as Servant" throughout the experience by serving God and society in diverse classroom settings. (4-16 credits) Note: Graded on a pass/no pass basis. Successful completion of student teaching is a necessary step towards licensure; a passing grade for student teaching does not guarantee licensure recommendation from department.
Choose one course:
PSY 221SS - Developmental Psychology: Childhood
(4 credits)(IGE option under Self and Society) This course explores the development of the child from the prenatal period into adolescence. Children's physical, cognitive, emotional, personality, social, moral and faith development is examined. Psychological research methods for studying children are covered.
PSY 224 - Developmental Psychology: Adolescence
Adolescents experience many changes in a few short years as they transition from childhood to adulthood. This course explores the major psychological issues and theories in adolescent development with emphasis on cognitive development, self-concept, peer relationships and sexuality, among others.(4 credits)

Total credits required: 81-83

Notes:
Following a music placement exam, students will either be placed in Music Theory I (MUS 111) or Music Fundamentals (MUS 101). MUS 101 does not count toward a music major, or music ministry major or minor. Recommendation: two semesters in instrumental ensembles.

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