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Course Syllabus

Course: MUSC 1700

Division: Fine Arts, Comm, and New Media
Department: Music
Title: Introduction to Music Education

Semester Approved: Spring 2018
Five-Year Review Semester: Spring 2023
End Semester: Spring 2024

Catalog Description: This course is an introduction to teaching music as a profession. It includes on site observations of public school music programs.

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

Justification: This course is required at most universities for students pursuing a bachelor's degree in music education. Completion of this course during the first two years of college will provide students with an understanding of the realities of a career in music education. This course will provide students with a framework for understanding the importance of subsequent required course work. Students who complete this course at Snow College will be better prepared to transfer in junior status to a four year institution. Students opting to remain at Snow College to complete the Bachelor of Music with Emphasis in Commercial Music degree will need this course if they desire to obtain a Utah teaching license.


Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will develop a broad perspective and understanding of music education as a career.  This outcome will be assessed through the submission of written assignments, observation reports, and exams.

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the history of music education.  This outcome will be assessed through the submission of written assignments, observation reports, and exams.

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the philosophical foundations of music education.  This outcome will be assessed through the submission of written assignments, observation reports, and exams.

Students will demonstrate an introductory level knowledge of music education pedagogy and practice. This outcome will be assessed through the submission of written assignments, observation reports, and exams.


Content:
This course will include:
• Introduction to the Course, The Nature and Rewards of Music Teaching
• The School Music Teacher
• The Importance of Music in the Schools
• The Secondary School Music Curriculum
• Planning for Music Instruction
• Guidelines for Teaching Music in the Schools
• The Elementary School Music Curriculum
• Teaching Instrumental Music
• Jazz Education
• Teaching General Music and Nonperformance Courses
• School Music Performances and Planning
• Teenagers and Music/How Music Effects the Brain
• Managing Music Classes and Rehearsals
• Assessing Learning in Music
• The Music Profession
• Resources for Music Educators
• Students will also be required to visit and observe public school music educators in the classroom eight times each semester. They must observe at least four different cooperating teachers in both middle school and high school setting. Students will keep an observation journal in which they will keep records of every school visit


Key Performance Indicators:
Written Assignments:  30 to 40%

School Observation Journal:  30 to 40%

Exams:  20 to 30%


Pedagogy Statement:
This course will be delivered via lecture, class discussion, and field work.

Instructional Mediums:
Lecture

IVC

Maximum Class Size: 30
Optimum Class Size: 20