2015 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).
- Music For Life
- High Brass Pedagogy
- Curricular Design and Development
- Developing Vernacular Musicianship
Music For Life
A holistic exploration of the functions of music in community, including how various aspects of music creation, music pedagogy, and music learning impact individuals’ motivation and ability to make music a significant pursuit “for life.” This seminar will include discussion on related topics, hands-on projects and learning, and direct application. 1.0 credit.
High Brass Pedagogy
Music educators often express that they wish they had been more involved in their secondary instrument classes. This course is designed as a refresher for playing and teaching high brass instruments – trumpet and horn. Presented are pedagogical approaches and materials for teaching beginning through high school players. Special attention is paid to developing audiation skills, embouchure, technique, breath control, and articulation, as well as equipment and literature choice. Strong emphasis is placed on playing as well as teaching these instruments. 1.0 credit.
Curricular Design and Development
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. 2.0 credits.
Developing Vernacular Musicianship
This course is designed to allow students the opportunity to expand their musicianship and explore informal music learning practices. Students will gain experience covering, arranging, and composing their own songs in ensembles of their own choosing. Students will become familiar with the drum set, guitar, bass, audio technology and GarageBand software. Creativity and improvisation are emphasized throughout the course. The course will include a combination of lecture, discussion, modeling, and small group performances. 2.0 credits.