Instrumental Music Education

As a prospective music educator enrolled in the instrumental music education concentration, you’ll focus on musical and academic issues pertaining to the multi-faceted responsibilities of band directors in the public schools. In addition to the core education component, you’ll have the flexibility to enhance your professional development by studying topics relating to your professional interests, whether by building on undergraduate training or discovering new music teaching methodologies.

  • Master’s Core Component – 12 credits
  • 3
    This course will provide an in-depth study of the social/cultural basis of behavior and examine the role of mythology as a vehicle for intrapersonal and interpersonal understanding. The major theoretical, empirical, and applied lines of work in the following topics in contemporary social psychology will be explored, including social cognition, interpersonal perception, attitudes, stereotyping and prejudice, the self, and interpersonal and group relations. Mythology will be employed as a mechanism for cross-cultural comparison and as a unifying construct to enhance multicultural understanding.
  • 3
    A study of the historical, philosophical, and social-philosophic foundations of education. Emphasis is placed upon the ideas of the classical, medieval, Enlightenment, and post-Enlightenment periods that have influenced types of American educational systems relative to their mission and purpose. Analysis of how these systems have defined ethics and the characteristics of the virtuous person.
  • 3
    Knowledge and understanding of the commonly accepted research designs. Study of research instruments and statistics used in educational research. Wide reading in various types of research design. Critical analysis of research design.
  • 3
    An overview of current theories concerning the brain, development, and learning. Analysis of developmental concepts from birth through adolescence and adulthood. Discussion of language acquisition, thinking and learning styles, multiple intelligence, and creativity. Topics include teaching, learning, and assessment issues related to cultural diversity, technology, and learning differences.
  • Specialization Component – 15 credits
  • 3
    A multi-faceted seminar intended to help participants improve upon the musical, educational and administrative skills involved with public school instrumental music. Emphasis will be placed on new methodologies and material. The staff of guest speakers will include active educators from throughout New England as well as featured speakers whose contributions to music education have gained national or international attention. Since topics will vary, the course may be repeated. Summer.
  • 3
    The study of instrumental conducting as applied to the public school setting, with emphasis on developing effective teaching and rehearsal strategies is the focus for this course. Study will include available published methods and pedagogical materials as well as age-appropriate study performance repertoire. On-site observation and advising will involve one or more of the student's ensembles. Attendance at periodically scheduled on-campus seminars will also be required.
  • 3
    This course will examine the history and evolution of Music Technology in music education and how it impacts music curriculum development, music education, culture and society. It will explore music education, music administration, music notation and music sequencing software, MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) techniques, synthesis, programs and equipment that support MIDI, music notation, and music sequencing for the music educator. Students will acquire proficiency in MIDI technology and demonstrate that proficiency by designing a curriculum that integrates Music Technology into the music classroom. Student must also select to work in either Finale PrintMusic or Digidesign ProTools to demonstrate mastery of MIDI and MIDI software.
  • 6
    An in-depth study of a specialized topic pertaining to contemporary issues and methodologies. The course will be taught by a specialist or series of specialists within the area under study. Since topics will vary, the course may be repeated. Summer.
    • Capstone Experience – 6 credits
    • 6
      This course will focus on the application and documentation of strategies pertaining to the musical, administrative, and/or pedagogical responsibilities of instrumental music teachers in public schools. Attendance at periodically scheduled on-campus seminars will be required. Also a minimum of one year of teaching experience is necessary for this course.
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    • 6
      A research project that requires students to demonstrate the ability to synthesize salient elements from the core, professional and specialty areas. In essence, the student's research should be the natural result of the focus and direction of planned study. The project should emanate from the area of specialization and incorporate relevant concepts learned through coursework and experience. Using sound research practices, a student should illustrate ability to interpret, reflect, summarize and conclude. The written product of this effort will be defended in a seminar before faculty and the student's peers. Students should contact the advisor to plan for this project. Topic approval is needed from the advisor and the Associate Vice President for Graduate Studies. Offered according to demand.
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    • 6
      Students select a topic for study in consultation with their program advisor and related faculty. A time-line, thesis publication and defense are outlined. Three copies of the thesis must be submitted with a bound copy that remains on file in the College of Graduate Studies office.
    • Total for MEd in Music Education, Instrumental Music Education Concentration – 33 credits

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