2016 Music Education Electives
Electives in music education and other selected courses may be taken by nondegree students on a space available basis. Please contact the chair of graduate studies in music, Les Black, for more information (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Assessment Practices
- Creating Culturally Affirming Music Education
- Vocal Jazz for Music Educators
- Curricular Design and Development
- Emerging Practices in Music Education
This course will give students the opportunity to create several types of assessment pieces for a chose area/specialty of music education. This curriculum will align with parts of the national music standards and concepts of educational curriculum design. Susan Avery,1.0 credit.
An investigation of the different music of the world in the context of cultural values and identities, with a focus on how to teach them to students in the public school setting. North American has been multicultural since the American Indians spread throughout its vast extent, speaking a variety of languages, creating a multitude of cultures, and exchanging objects and ideas with one another. The creation of the United States out of English colonies, French territories, Spanish settlements, and Native American nations resulted in a multilingual and multicultural nation that has been subsequently nourished by millions of immigrants. Today, even small towns may be ethnically and culturally diverse; large cities have long been so. Sometimes viewed negatively, sometimes positively, the cultural heterogeneity of the United States presents a challenge to its entire population that can best be met through education and experience from preschool onward. Contemporary music is already multicultural; it is our music education that is predominantly Eurocentric. This course will examine effective ways of bringing multicultural music into the music classroom through appropriate pedagogical techniques. This course will also provide you with appropriate multicultural materials and resources for the public school setting. Baruch Whitehead, 1.0 credit.
Vocal Jazz for Music Educators will explore the techniques and resources required when considering the addition of vocal jazz to the choral curriculum. While the primary focus will be on what it takes to start and maintain a high school vocal jazz ensemble, there will also be significant discussion regarding the incorporation of vocal jazz into the elementary, middle school and high school mainstream choral ensembles. Study will include, but not be limted to, repertoire, style, vocal technique, improvisation, rhythm section, and sound reinforcement, as well as student preparation for All-State Vocal Jazz Ensemble auditions. Doug Avery, 1.0 credit.
After close examination of curriculum concepts and process of design in education and music education, this course culminates with students creating a detailed curriculum for their chosen area/specialty of music education. That curriculum will align with parts of the new national music standards along with the most current document of our profession (Vision 2020), and the Partnership for 21st century skills map, among other sources. Susan Avery, 2.0 credits.
For music education to thrive in the 21st century, teachers must adapt to rapidly evolving music and learning-scapes. Tablets, SMART technologies, web-based interfaces, and tools for music creation require both adaptive and innovative pedagogic implementation. This course examines emerging practices, exploratory research, and music technologies to help future music educators connect with even more students within and beyond the margins. Radio Cremata, 2.0 credits.