Socially Relevant and Culturally Responsive Teaching
Grounded in educational equity and diversity, learn to carry these principles over to your curriculum and school practices for all students. Learn how to provide equitable access to your core curriculum and maximize academic achievement—for students from all ethnic, race, socio-economic, cultural, academic, linguistic, and other backgrounds.
Non-Traditional Ensemble Arranging
Learn non-traditional approaches to ensembles in a K-12 classroom—to ensure access and inclusion for students who wish to pursue performance opportunities beyond standard offerings. Focus on arranging music for the students in your room, while ensuring a high-quality, standards-driven ensemble experience, in rehearsal and performance.
Technology for Music Education
This course provides tools for you to become active agents of inclusion and responsiveness, paired with the skills and understanding needed to intergrate technology most effectively. We will focus on current software and technology standards, lesson ideas, and direct applications that can be made in a K-12 classroom.
Masters Final Project
The Masters Final Project (one project spread over two terms and listed on the course schedule as “Masters Final Project I and Masters Final Project II”) is any project of a students’ choosing that best fits their needs and their goals within the program. Students may choose from the following options, or propose something else that better fits their needs: (1) curriculum design, (2) professional development presentation, (3) journal article to be submitted to a state, national, or international journal, (4) program development (a new class in their schools, or a new program in the community, (5) research paper, (6) composing or arranging pieces for their ensembles, or (7) action research in the classroom.
Advanced Secondary Choral Methods
This course provides masters of music education students advanced skills to teach choir at the secondary level. Musical and non-musical aspects of teaching will be addressed, including the process of creating holistic vocalwarm-ups, rehearsal pacing and planning that fosters creativityand student centered learning, inclusive vocal pedagogy for gender expansive singers, the changing adolescent voice, age appropriate and diverse choral literature, intentional programming and the continuum of impact in the arts, effective recruitment strategies, etc.
Early Childhood Music
This course will explore essential music education concepts and fundamental skills throughout early childhood development. Students will gain culturally relevant and applicable skills to use across a wide variety of classroom situations. Core music education standards will also be presented, alongside repertoire and lesson plan development for early childhood. Students will further have opportunities to collaborate with colleagues and education associations in order to expand their repertoire of music, activities, and skill sets.
Advanced General Music Pedagogy
Students in this course will explore a spectrum of alternative and traditional music pedagogies within a culturally responsive teaching framework to meet the needs of the children they serve in their communities. Topics include informal music learning, world music pedagogy, hip hop through songwriting, Orff-Schulwerk, Dalcroze and Kodaly/Feierabend. This course will also explore music for social change as it relates the various pedagogies of general music education.
This course will focus on modern band approaches in popular music, popular music learning in formal and informal settings, songwriting and composition within modern band, and modern band approaches that can be implemented in the traditional classroom setting.
Curriculum and Assessment
In this course you will learn about curriculum and assessment of music teaching and learning. Pedagogies considered will be general music, choral, and instrumental music programs. Topics to be covered will include curriculum and assessment from both a practical and philosophical view, rubrics and grading systems, self-assessment and the use of technology in music curriculum and assessment. You will engage in reading, problem solving,analysis, discussion, professional writing, project preparation, and presentation.