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.