Music Education Course Descriptions

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.