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Music Education Courses

The following sample course of study is an example of the sequence of courses you might take in order to receive your degree. Please plan to discuss your actual course of study with your advisor, who can help you stay on track to meet your academic and professional goals.

Semester 1

MU 102
Aural Skills I
An in-depth study of the fundamentals of music theory with emphasis on the development of aural performance and perception. Content includes melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic dictation, sight singing, and contextual listening and identification. A grade of C or higher in this course is required in order to register for MU 104.
1
credits
MU 103
Music Theory I
The procedures of writing and analyzing music in the common practice idiom. Topics include notation practices (manuscript and using computer), triads and seventh chords, figured bass, lead sheet notation, setting texts to music, transposition, voice leading, part writing using triads, and cadences. A grade of C or higher in this course is required in order to register for MU 105.
3
credits
MUSC XX
Principal Instrument
1
credits
MUSC XX
Ensemble
0
credits
GEN ED
General Education
General education from across the university
3
credits
Total Credits
8

Semester 2

MU 104
Aural Skills II
A continuation of MU 102. Content includes more advanced involvement in melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic dictation, sight singing, and contextual listening and identification.
1
credits
MU 105
Music Theory II
A continuation of MU 103. Topics include non-chord tones, part writing and harmonization using seventh chords and secondary chords, modulations, and large-scale formal structures.
3
credits
MUSC XX
Principal Instrument
1
credits
MUSC XX
Ensemble
0
credits
GEN ED
General Education
General education from across the university
3
credits
Total Credits
8

Semester 3

MU 202
Aural Skills III
A continuation of MU 104. Content includes local chromaticism, melodic and harmonic modulations to closely related keys, and aural identification of these elements within the context of larger excerpts. Methods include sight singing, melodic dictation, harmonic dictation and analytical listening.
1
credits
MU 203
Music Theory III
A continuation of MU 105. Topics include chromatic harmonies, borrowed chords, Neapolitan chords, augmented sixth chords, and extended and altered harmonies. Analysis and composition based on techniques of the 19th and early 20th centuries.
3
credits
MUED 201
Introduction to Music Education
This course provides the student with an overview of the profession of music education through the study of its history, philosophy, and current methodology, climate, and trends. 10 hours of field experience is required.
3
credits
MUED 221
Woodwind Techniques
Representative woodwind instruments of the band and orchestra including flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and saxophone. Correct tone production, embouchure development, finger technique, articulation, intonation, transposition, and instrument maintenance of all five instruments.
1
credits
MU 251
Conducting I
Conducting I is an introduction to the basics of conducting. Emphasis is placed on conducting patterns for the 2, 3 and 4 meters, preparatory beats/breaths, emphasizing the art of conducting, score preparation, basic baton technique, left hand independence, non-verbal communication, leadership, terminology and score reading.
2
credits
EDPS 210
Educational Psychology and Child Development
A study of the psychological foundations of education with child development. Emphasis on developmental psychology and psychological foundations of relevant topics including, but not limited to, learning theories, individual variation and student diversity, planning, motivation, class management and assessment. Teaching as a form of ministry, psychology as a science, the use of research in education and the development of skills required to become a reflective practitioner. Field experience required.
3
credits
MUSC XX
Principal Instrument
1
credits
MUSC XX
Ensemble
0
credits
GEN ED
General Education
General education from across the university
3
credits
Total Credits
17

Semester 4

MU 204
Aural Skills IV
A continuation of MU 202. Content includes those from prior semesters, plus modal and atonal melodies, and mixed and asymmetrical meters. Methods include sight singing, melodic dictation, harmonic dictation and analytical listening.
1
credits
MU 205
Music Theory IV
A continuation of MU 203. Topics include analysis of and composition in the basic polyphonic techniques and procedures as found in the motet, invention, and fugue; analysis of significant larger forms of homophonic compositions as exemplified in theme and variations, rondo, and sonata–allegro; and analysis of and composition in the techniques and procedures of contemporary and electronic music.
3
credits
MUED 222
Brass Techniques
Playing techniques of the trumpet and trombone; also horn, baritone, and tuba. Problems of tone production, posture, breathing, and articulation will be dealt with through the study of elementary materials.
1
credits
MUED 301
Elementary Music Methods
This course prepares students for teaching music to children in grades PreK-6. Emphasis is placed on developing a philosophy of music education that considers the developmental needs of children as foundational in the process of teaching music concepts. Students will develop skills in teaching music that incorporates singing, movement, playing instruments, listening, creating, writing, and technology. 10 hours of field experience is required.
3
credits
PSY 324
Psychology of Exceptionality
This is a survey course which attempts to develop an understanding and appreciation for students with special needs. Characteristics of those with learning disabilities, physical challenges, behavioral disabilities, developmental delays, hearing and vision impairment, and giftedness are studied.
3
credits
MUSC XX
Principal Instrument
1
credits
MUSC XX
Ensemble
0
credits
GEN ED
General Education
General education from across the university
5
credits
Total Credits
17

Semester 5

MU 211
Music History to 1750
A survey of music literature and history from ancient times to about 1750.
3
credits
MUED 224
String Techniques
Elementary instruction in violin, viola, cello and bass, including tuning, bowing, fingering, knowledge of posture and care of instrument. The student will acquire sufficient facility in each instrument to be able to demonstrate the various techniques in teaching.
1
credits
MUED 302
Instrumental Music Methods
This course prepares students to provide effective instruction in middle level through high school instrumental music. Students will use knowledge and skills from previous music and education courses to develop effective methods for teaching within the instrumental classroom. 10 hours of field experience is required. MUED 201, music education students only and admission to the education program.
3
credits
EDUC 424
Differentiated Instruction
The course will prepare teacher candidates to meet the diverse needs of ALL students, including the culturally diverse, gifted, at-risk, second language learner, and those with special needs, in inclusive educational settings. It will provide pre-service teachers an overview of special education and the federal laws which govern the education of these students today. Attention will be focused on the process of identifying the individual needs of students and creating effective teaching techniques to address those needs, primarily through the use of differentiated instruction.
3
credits
MUSC XX
Principal Instrument
1
credits
MUSC XX
Ensemble
0
credits
GEN ED
General Education
General education from across the university
4
credits
Total Credits
15

Semester 6

MU 212
Music History since 1750
A survey of music literature and history from about 1750 to the present day.
3
credits
MU 213
World Music
A study of the unique musical styles and traditions associated with diverse world cultures, including Latin America, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Emphasis will be placed on the comparison of historical and contemporary performance practices.
3
credits
MUED 303
Choral Music Methods
The study of methods of teaching choral music for elementary, middle level, and high school music educators. The course is designed to help pre- professional music educators gain the necessary tools to be successful teaching K-12 music. 10 hours of field experience required. MUED 201, music education students only and admission to the education program.
3
credits
MU 303
Arranging
Problems of scoring for instruments, such as range, tone qualities, balance, and blend. Particular emphasis on arranging music suitable for school ensembles.
2
credits
MUED 223
Percussion Techniques
Basic percussion techniques are developed with emphasis on the snare drum. Timpani, Latin American instruments, and cymbal techniques are also covered. Percussion ensemble materials and elementary methods are used.
1
credits
MUSC XX
Principal Instrument
1
credits
MUSC XX
Ensemble
0
credits
GEN ED
General Education
General education from across the university
3
credits
Total Credits
16

Semester 7

MU 493
Senior Project
The capstone experience in the undergraduate study of music. It contains two parts: the planning, preparation, and public performance of a recital, and the research and development of a supporting written project. Enrollment is limited to fourth year music majors.
2
credits
MUED 401
Organization and Administration of PreK-12 Music Programs
This course is a study of the organizational structure and administration functions music teachers needed for delivery of PreK-12 music programs. Course topics include: music education philosophy, assessment and evaluation techniques, classroom management, curriculum development and evaluation, advocacy, and administrative and leadership issues. MUED 201, music education students only and admission to the education program.
2
credits
THEO 381
Christian Teacher’s Ministry
The course applies Biblical and theological principles of vocation, ministry, and the two kingdoms to the teacher of the church and the priesthood of all believers. Study of Scripture, standard historical documents, and current practice in calling, placement, and congregational life focuses on the identity of the teaching minister in parochial education and the Christian teaching in public and private education.
2
credits
PSY 421
Adolescent Psychology and Development
The course presents an arranged sequence of psychological and development theories, concepts, and insights designed to inform the practitioner working with adolescents. The content and class interaction cumulatively examine adolescent behavior and belief systems. The aim is to assist the practitioner with grounded yet flexible decision–making when working with young people in the contexts of counseling, teaching, youth ministry, family, and community.
3
credits
MUSC XX
Principal Instrument
1
credits
MUSC XX
Ensemble
0
credits
Total Credits
10

Semester 8

EDUC 301
Principles of Secondary Education
The purpose of this course is to review and further develop instructional planning, models of teaching and classroom management in today's Lutheran and public secondary schools. Segments include skill development as teachers, leaders and learners affecting successful middle and secondary school teachers. Segments also include assessment strategies, multicultural education, mainstreaming, master teachers’ reflections, interview procedures, and the Christian teacher’s mission. Student Teaching I runs concurrently with this course.
1
credits
MUED 451
Student Teaching Seminar
Music Student Teaching Seminar is a non-credit course designed to assist the student teacher by participating in a discussion forum with other pre-professionals to address issues, experiences, problems and questions that arise during student teaching. Topics of discussion include things such as classroom management, teaching strategies, successes, challenges, etc. This course is to be taken concurrently with Student Teaching I.
0
credits
MUSC XX
Principal Instrument
2
credits
MUSC XX
Ensemble
0
credits
GEN ED
General Education
General education from across the university
3
credits
Total Credits
6