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Course Syllabus

Course: MUSC 3170

Division: Fine Arts, Comm, and New Media
Department: Music
Title: Elementary Music Methods

Semester Approved: Fall 2017
Five-Year Review Semester: Fall 2022
End Semester: Fall 2023

Catalog Description: This course teaches best practice methods for teaching music in K-6 schools. The curriculum focuses on outcomes delineated in the National Standards for Music Education, and the Utah State Board of Education Standards for Music Education. This course is required for students completing the Snow College/Weber State University music education licensure program.

Semesters Offered: Spring
Credit/Time Requirement: Credit: 3; Lecture: 3; Lab: 0

Prerequisites: MUSC 2120

Justification: This course is required for certification as a K-12 music educator in Utah. It is recommended for students pursing an elementary education degree who may include music in their classroom curriculum.


Student Learning Outcomes:
Students will learn and demonstrate proper methods for teaching rhythm to children, using hybrid sight to sound techniques derived from Kodaly, Suzuki, and Gordon. Students mastery of the theoretical aspects of these methods will be assessed by written examinations. Students mastery of the application of these methods will be assessed by classroom exercises requiring students to demonstrate the use of these methods in a classroom setting.

Students will learn and demonstrate proper methods for teaching melody and harmony to children, by teaching and expending children's vocabularies of melodic words, and the relationship of these words to tonality. Students mastery of the theoretical aspects of these methods will be assessed by written examinations. Students mastery of the application of these methods will be assessed by classroom exercises requiring students to demonstrate the use of these methods in a classroom setting.

Students will learn and demonstrate proper methods for timbre and the expressive elements of music to children.  Students mastery of the theoretical aspects of these methods will be assessed by written examinations. Students mastery of the application of these methods will be assessed by classroom exercises requiring students to demonstrate the use of these methods in a classroom setting.

Students will learn and demonstrate proper methods for teaching musical form to children. Students mastery of the theoretical aspects of these methods will be assessed by written examinations. Students mastery of the application of these methods will be assessed by classroom exercises requiring students to demonstrate the use of these methods in a classroom setting.

Students will learn and demonstrate proper methods for developing musical skill in children, including singing voice, playing musical instruments, listening skills, and movement.  Students mastery of the theoretical aspects of these methods will be assessed by written examinations. Students mastery of the application of these methods will be assessed by classroom exercises requiring students to demonstrate the use of these methods in a classroom setting.

Students will learn and demonstrate proper methods for organizing instruction through the creation of lesson plans, complete with assessment measures.  Students will demonstrate master of this outcome by preparing, executing, refining, and submitting lesson plans.


Content:
1. Students will learn and demonstrate proper methods for teaching rhythm to children, using hybrid sight to sound techniques derived from Kodaly, Suzuki, and Gordon. Students mastery of the theoretical aspects of these methods will be assessed by written examinations. Students mastery of the application of these methods will be assessed by classroom exercises requiring students to demonstrate the use of these methods in a classroom setting.
2. Students will learn and demonstrate proper methods for teaching melody and harmony to children, by teaching and expending children's vocabularies of melodic words, and the relationship of these words to tonality. Students mastery of the theoretical aspects of these methods will be assessed by written examinations. Students mastery of the application of these methods will be assessed by classroom exercises requiring students to demonstrate the use of these methods in a classroom setting.
3. Students will learn and demonstrate proper methods for timbre and the expressive elements of music to children. Students mastery of the theoretical aspects of these methods will be assessed by written examinations. Students mastery of the application of these methods will be assessed by classroom exercises requiring students to demonstrate the use of these methods in a classroom setting.
4. Students will learn and demonstrate proper methods for teaching musical form to children. Students mastery of the theoretical aspects of these methods will be assessed by written examinations. Students mastery of the application of these methods will be assessed by classroom exercises requiring students to demonstrate the use of these methods in a classroom setting.
5. Students will learn and demonstrate proper methods for developing musical skill in children, including singing voice, playing musical instruments, listening skills, and movement. Students mastery of the theoretical aspects of these methods will be assessed by written examinations. Students mastery of the application of these methods will be assessed by classroom exercises requiring students to demonstrate the use of these methods in a classroom setting.
6. Students will learn and demonstrate proper methods for organizing instruction through the creation of lesson plans, complete with assessment measures. Students will demonstrate master of this outcome by preparing, executing, refining, and submitting lesson plans.

Key Performance Indicators:
Written Exams 30-40% 2. Lesson Plan Assignments 20-30% 3. Classroom Exercises 30-40% 4. Observation Papers 15-30%

Written Exams 30 to 40%

Lesson Plan Assignments 20 to 30%

Classroom Exercises 30 to 40%

Observation Papers 15 to 30%


Representative Text and/or Supplies:
Boyer & Rozmajzl, Music Fundamentals, Methods, and Materials for the Elementary Classroom Teacher, 5th ed. (London: Pearson).


Pedagogy Statement:


Maximum Class Size: 30
Optimum Class Size: 20