Graduate Course Descriptions

Undergraduate Courses

ME171 Critical Pedagogy for Music Education I (2)
This course provides undergraduate music education majors with a foundation in issues related to teaching music in public schools. This course will engage students in diverse ways of thinking about music teaching practice and social theory that transforms the relationships among classroom music teaching, performance and the production of musical knowledge. In addition to the social and political contexts of schooling in general, the course will explore the moral and ethical dilemmas music teachers face in the day-to-day routines of their classroom teaching. Course content, activities and experiences in this course covers New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards for Music and prepares students to meet the New Jersey Professional Standards for Teaching.

ME172 Guitar and Recorder in the Classroom (1)
This course provides undergraduate music education majors with a foundation for teaching and playing the guitar and recorder. Students will gain technical proficiency in both instruments while learning appropriate repertoire of a multicultural and diverse nature. Students will also learn efficient pedagogy practices for teaching both instruments, learning of their application in educational settings.

ME187 Instrumental Music: Strings (1)
This course is designed as an introduction to the pedagogy of string instruments. Emphasis is on learning through performance. Instruments are required. Various methods and materials available for use in public schools, developmental ranges, transposition, scoring, and idiomatic writing are investigated. When available, instruments may be rented from the college. Rental fee, per instrument: $20.

ME188 Instrumental Music:Winds and Percussion (2)
This course is designed as an introduction to the pedagogy of brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments. Emphasis is on learning through performance. Instruments are required. Various methods and materials available for use in public schools, developmental ranges, transposition, scoring, and idiomatic writing are investigated. When available, instruments may be rented from the college. Students must provide their own drum pads and sticks. Rental fee, per instrument: $20.

ME271 Critical Pedagogy II (2)
Critical Pedagogy II explores the theories that provide a psychology of learning to frame Critical Pedagogy for Music Education. Grounded in experiential learning, constructivism and multiple intelligences theory, the course content honors the diversity of gifts and challenges children present inside the music classroom. Students learn strategies for the teaching of literacy that integrate into a teaching model to empower musicianship, meet National Standards for Music Education, New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards in Music and align to INTASC standards and the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards in Music. Students design instruction that yields transformational experiences for both the children and their music teacher. This course includes required off-campus field observation in the schools. It is recommended that students complete SP175 before taking this course. Prerequisite: ME171.

ME295 Elementary Praxis (3 credits, 10 hours per week)
This course focuses on the development of musical skills and creativity in young children. Techniques are presented for developing accurate singing in head voice, teaching children to improvise and compose, and building children’s musical skills, including reading, analyzing, and critically listening to music and responding to music through movement. In addition, materials that enhance “authentic learning” in music at the elementary level are introduced. Students teach actual music lessons in class and in the field under faculty supervision. Whenever possible, this practicum meets in the public schools where students are able to observe the course instructor teach children in a “real-life” setting. Prerequisites: ME 171, 172, two semesters of PI103, TH142, and a minimum 2.75 cumulative grade point average. It is recommended that students complete SP273 or SP274 before taking ME295. Course content, activities and experiences in this course covers New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards for Music and prepares students to meet the New Jersey Professional Standards for Teaching.

ME371 Critical Pedagogy III
Through dialogue and small group discussion, students analyze the principal sociological and philosophical discourses that influence education in general and music education specifically. Historical and post-modern perspectives as well as international perspectives are considered within the context of a Critical Pedagogy for Music Education. Students with their teacher look critically at the role and purpose of education and music education in American society and learn to critique theory and practice in the field with the goal of informing their own teaching practice. Students compose a personal philosophy of music education. This culminating paper reflects their ability to synthesize and process the ideas presented and discussed throughout the course and to present and develop their own original thoughts with depth and significance. It also provides evidence that students can participate in a community of scholarly discourse on topics germane to music education. Prerequisite: ME271.

ME395 Secondary School Praxis (3 credits, 10 hours per week)
Based on the study of the secondary school student’s interests and needs, this course deals extensively with middle and senior high school music curricula, the general music class, ensembles, rehearsal and performance techniques, and the music teacher and music program in the school and community. Whenever possible, this practicum meets in the public schools where students are able to observe the course instructor teach children in a “real-life” setting. Course content, activities and experiences in this course covers New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards for Music and prepares students to meet the New Jersey Professional Standards for Teaching. Prerequisites: completion of two semesters of piano study, TH142, and a minimum 2.75 cumulative grade point average. It is recommended that students complete ME295 and either SP273 or SP274 before taking ME395.

ME492 Student Teaching (8)
A full semester internship in directed full-time teaching supervised by department members and carried out under approved cooperating teachers. In addition to the field experience, students attend a weekly seminar on campus where students discuss current issues in music education as they relate to individual teaching situations. Students discuss classroom management strategies, action research, authentic instruction, critical thinking, feeling and action as well as teaching to concepts and objectives. Throughout student teaching, students maintain a digital portfolio that demonstrates how they meet the New Jersey State and INTASC teaching standards. At the conclusion of the semester, students attend a portfolio review with members of the Music Education faculty to assess the success of the teaching experience. Prerequisites:

  1. Classification as a full senior.
  2. Satisfactory completion of music education courses numbered 171, 172, 271, 371 (or 692), 187 and 188 (or 696), 295 (or 681), 395 (or 682), and either SP273 or 274 (or 695).
  3. Satisfactory completion of TH241.
  4. For voice primary students, satisfaction of all requirements of the Piano Proficiency Test.
  5. A minimum 2.75 cumulative grade point average.
  6. Demonstrated aptitude, motivation, and potential for success in teaching, as evidenced by the successful completion of portfolio reviews.
  7. Departmental approval.

Student Teaching fee: $245. Fees for the Praxis Examination and Teacher Certification are additional.

ME495 Assessing Music Learning (1)
This course provides pre-service music teachers with the strategies to assess music learning. Students study various testing models and learn to write and grade traditional tests such as true/false, multiple choice, and essay. In addition, students examine authentic assessment, performance assessment, and portfolio assessment models. Topics such as validity, reliability, standardized tests, and testing bias will be included. In addition, students will learn how to read and interpret quantitative test data and examine the literature on grading. Course content, activities and experiences in this course covers New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards for Music and prepares students to meet the New Jersey Professional Standards for Teaching. The content of this course conforms to the recommendations of the Professional Teaching Standards adopted by the State of New Jersey in 2002. This course may be offered in an on-line format. Students must be able to generate PowerPoint presentations, access information from the Internet, upload and download documents, and participate in on-line discussion groups. Students who lack the computer competencies to meet the expectations of this course must remediate them prior to enrolling. This course will be offered in online format in some semesters.

ME496 Music in Special Education (1)
This course is designed to acquaint the pre-service teacher with the special needs of exceptional children. Content includes categories of special students, characteristic behaviors, mainstreaming, and classroom methodology. Course content, activities and experiences in this course covers New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards for Music and prepares students to meet the New Jersey Professional Standards for Teaching. Prerequisites: same as for ME492.

ME499 Special Topics in Music Education (2 or 3)
The content of this course and the number of credits will vary with the special interests and qualifications of the professor teaching it.

 

Graduate Courses


ME540 Choir Training for Young Singers (3)

Apracticum combined with study designed to teach students how to organize and direct a children’s choir program that emphasizes musical training as a basic requirement. The course focuses on teaching children good vocal techniques and sight-reading skills and includes practice teaching in a local school under instructor supervision. Other areas covered include musical readiness skills, voicechange problems, and repertoire. Course content, activities and experiences in this course covers New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards for Music and prepares students to meet the New Jersey Professional Standards for Teaching.

ME588 Dalcroze Studies (2)
The purpose of this elective course is to provide students with an intensive experience in eurhythmics and eurhythmics pedagogy leading to an understanding of Dalcroze’s principles regarding movement, solfège, piano improvisation and their use in the classroom. An important focus of the class will be to provide students with an insight into how kinesthetic-based learning can help inform and deepen the musical experience. Opportunities for lesson planning and curriculum development in the Dalcroze model will be offered. Students will write and present practice lessons. In addition, students will develop improvisation skills necessary to integrate a eurhythmics into private applied instruction.

ME591 Choral Music: Grades 5 - 12 (3)
This course is designed to acquaint the music educator with repertoire suitable for use with middle and senior high school choral ensembles. Representative repertoire from all periods of music will be discussed, analyzed, and performed in class. Course content, activities and experiences in this course covers New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards for Music and prepares students to meet the New Jersey Professional Standards for Teaching.

ME598 Advanced Dalcroze Studies (2)
This course continues to develop studies in eurhythmics by focusing on the kinesthetic understanding of the rhythms and tempos utilized within popular Baroque and Classical dance compositions such as the minuet, sarabande, and allemande as well as movement activities that may be integrated into classroom music lessons at all levels of school music instruction. Opportunities for lesson planning and curriculum development in the Dalcroze model will be offered. Students will write and present practice lessons. In addition, students will develop improvisation skills necessary to teach a eurhythmics class or to integrate eurhythmics into private applied instruction. Prerequisite: ME498.

ME650 Thesis (1)
Independent research under faculty supervision leading to the writing of a Master thesis. Prerequisite: ME685 (preferred) or MH631.

ME680 Internship in Music Teaching (3)
A field-based experience consisting of three hours per week of internship teaching at a public or private school. Students may be placed in one of the residency programs of Westminster Academy. They will work with a cooperating teacher and be supervised by the instructor of the internship. Students will meet with the instructor periodically throughout the semester. In addition, they will prepare and teach lessons and submit documentation to chronicle the internship experience.

ME681 Music in Elementary Education (3)
An elective course involving study of the strengths and weaknesses of current approaches to teaching music in the elementary school. Special attention is paid to the evaluation of classroom techniques and materials. Approaches covered include Orff-Schulwerk, Kodály, Dalcroze, and individualized and small-group instruction. Also discussed are music education for special students and vehicles for use with children’s voices, including performance groups, repertoire, and musical plays. Course content, activities and experiences in this course covers New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards for Music and prepares students to meet the New Jersey Professional Standards for Teaching.

ME682 Music in Secondary Education (3)
An elective course dealing with contemporary philosophy, materials and techniques for use in classroom music, performing groups, and music theory classes in the middle and senior high school. Emphasis is placed on techniques for working with the adolescent. Topics covered include philosophies and objectives for classroom music programs, choral techniques, repertoire, rehearsal techniques, motivation, and recruitment. Course content, activities and experiences in this course covers New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards for Music and prepares students to meet the New Jersey Professional Standards for Teaching.

ME685 Research in Music Education (3)
This course, intended for students in the M.M.E. program, provides students with the tools necessary to prepare them for writing the Master thesis. Specific objectives include familiarity with a broad variety of research topics in music education, specialization in a chosen research topic in music education, the ability to review music education research literature and to synthesize findings in a scholarly paper using APA style, a knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methods, the ability to interpret quantitative research results based on the understanding of descriptive and correlational statistics, the ability to compute statistics for a given body of research data, and the writing of a thesis proposal as the culminating project of the course.

ME686 Teaching Music in the 21st Century (3)
Critical theory and critical pedagogy provide the framework for advanced study in post-modern teaching philosophies and teaching strategies as applied to music education. Techniques to engage students in diverse ways of thinking about music teaching and learning that transform both student and teacher will be presented. Always in the context of the social and political structures of schooling and the place schooling has in society, students will be empowered to create a dialoguing and problem-posing pedagogy for teaching music to children at all grade levels.

ME690 Independent Study in Music Education (3)
An elective course providing an opportunity to pursue a topic of special interest under the guidance of a music education faculty member of the student’s choice. The proposal for the independent research project should be approved prior to registration for the course.

ME691 Administration and Supervision in Music (3)
An examination of current research in administration and supervision with applications to a K-12 music program. Special emphasis will be given to hiring, supervision and evaluation of teachers, issues in special education, scheduling, budgeting and facilities planning.

ME692 History and Philosophy of Music Education (3)
The course will survey the major philosophical approaches to music education from their context in history. Relationships to developments in general education as well as the political climate of the period will be explored. A major paper investigating one of the philosophical thinkers will be required in addition to a well developed personal philosophy of music education.

ME693 Seminar in Music Education (3)
Issues of arts advocacy, National Standards, integrated arts, and technology in the classroom are all possible topics for this seminar.

ME694 Curriculum Development and Evaluation (3)
This course examines the relationship between curriculum theory and philosophy of music education. Through the study of traditional and contemporary models of curriculum development and evaluation, students broaden their understanding of curriculum as it impacts the learning process. National Standards will be a focal point for the development of curricula that enhance and support quality music education. Course content, activities and experiences in this course covers New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards for Music and prepares students to meet the New Jersey Professional Standards for Teaching.

ME695 Psychology for Music Teachers (3)
This course merges the science of psychology with the teaching of music. It helps the student to understand the applications of psychological principles to the music learning process. The course will identify and discuss variables that affect a student’s learning of music. Students utilize computing facilities to study statistical concepts and to complete a quantitative research study as part of this course. Open to all graduate students. Course content, activities and experiences in this course covers New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards for Music and prepares students to meet the New Jersey Professional Standards for Teaching.

ME696 Teaching Instrumental Music (3)
A graduate level survey of the pedagogy necessary to teach instrumental music (woodwinds, brass, string and percussion instruments) and to develop and maintain beginning string and wind ensembles. The class will include some hands-on playing but is not designed to develop proficiency on the individual instruments. Students must demonstrate sufficient competencies to provide beginning instruction. Instruments will be available for rental. Instrumental methods books will be available in the Music Education Resource Center (MERC) in Talbott Library for student investigation during this course. Course content, activities and experiences in this course covers New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards for Music and prepares students to meet the New Jersey Professional Standards for Teaching. Rental fee, per Instrument: $20.

ME698 Teaching College (3)
This course is designed for the graduate student who will be teaching at the college level. The content combines the theory of college teaching with praxis. Topics covered include: the psychology of the undergraduate, teaching graduate students, designing a syllabus, presenting course content, strategies for student-centered learning, and assessment. Whenever possible, students will have the opportunity to intern with college faculty and will observe, present demonstration lessons, be coached and mentored. Open to all graduate students.