Music Education (K-12)

Bachelor of Science

DescriptionLearning Outcomes

Students who choose to major in Music Education become prepared to teach and supervise vocal, instrumental, and general music from kindergarten through grade 12. The Educator Preparation programs at Plymouth State University are approved by the New Hampshire Department of Education and Plymouth State University is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). New Hampshire also participates in the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate Agreement, while means Plymouth State students earning teaching licensure in NH will receive authorization to legally teach or provide service in any receiving state that participates in this agreement. Please note, the receiving state may impose additional requirements. For further information, please contact the Holmes Center for School Partnerships and Educator Preparationhere.

The knowledge, skills, and dispositions of teacher candidates shall be assessed regularly by the faculty. One semester prior to the internship semester, the student will receive faculty approval to intern if the student has:

  • earned a minimum 3.00 cumulative grade point average at the end of the third year;
  • earned a minimum grade of C in all required ME/MU courses; and
  • completed all departmental program requirements through the third year.

During the semester prior to the internship, students in this program are required to present a senior solo recital. Students who do not meet these requirements may withdraw from the BS in Music Education and complete a BA Music, Contract Option.

All teacher candidates who interact with students in public school settings through course-related field experiences, including the Internship in Elementary Music Teaching and the Internship in Secondary Music Teaching, are subject to New Hampshire state legislation that requires a full disclosure criminal records check. This may include fingerprinting. The processing of the criminal records check is conducted at the site school before the field experience begins. The fee for this processing is the responsibility of the teacher candidate and is paid directly to the school district. Each new site will require a separate fingerprinting and background check. Inquiries should be directed to the Coordinator of Internships in the Office of Educator Preparation.

In order for teacher candidates to participate in field experiences in diverse settings that are essential for their development as teachers, teacher candidates must be willing and able to travel outside of the Plymouth area beyond walking distances. All Internship in Teaching candidates should plan for and be able to secure their own transportation by the junior year.

The B.S. Music Education degree is an educator preparation program for music in grades K-12 leading to preparation for the Praxis II Music Content Exam and eligibility for NH certification. The curriculum aligns with the 2012 proposed NH Music Teacher Preparation Standards (Ed 612.20). Through a combination of academic work, demonstrated competency, and pre-service experiences, graduates will possess the skills, competencies, and knowledge required in the following areas:

A. Personal musicianship and performance ability

  1. Performing as a soloist and as a member of a musical ensemble accurately and expressively from notation either vocally or instrumentally:
  2. Improvising to a structured harmonic accompaniment, in a variety of styles, including but not  limited to jazz;
  3. Playing and transposing on
    a. piano; and
    b. guitar;
  4. Conducting representative musical literature;
  5. Researching, planning, and presenting a musical performance.

B. Aural skills and theory

  1. Hearing and correcting individual parts;
  2. Aurally recognizing a variety of historical and contemporary musical forms and genres;
  3. Sight-singing;
  4. Notating music from listening;
  5. Reading and writing music in
    a. traditional notation using a variety of clefs; and
    b. non-traditional notation;
  6. Making common transpositions;
  7. Analyzing formal and expressive elements in written music;
  8. Composing and arranging music.

C. Music history and culture:

  1. Describing the development of Western art music beginning with the Middle Ages;
  2. Analyzing the role of music in a variety of cultures;
  3. Describing the music of a variety of cultures.

D. K-12 general music pedagogy:

  1. Developing in students the ability to read and write music in traditional and non-traditional notation;
  2. Guiding students to express themselves musically through singing, playing instruments, moving purposefully, improvising, composing and arranging;
  3. Developing in students the ability to describe, analyze and evaluate music and musical performances through a variety of methods including guided listening;
  4. Creating sequential instruction in music history, its role in culture, and its relationship to other disciplines;
  5. Designing standards-based curriculum, planning and instruction and assessments including modifications to meet the needs of all learners;
  6. Using competency-based assessment strategies to determine and communicate student progress and achievement;
  7. Working with colleagues to provide inter-disciplinary instruction;
  8. Describing and advocating for a comprehensive K-12 music program;
  9. Using current technologies and multimedia to
    a. plan and prepare instruction;
    b. deliver instruction;
    c. provide opportunities for music students to create, perform, and respond; and
    d. amplify and augment performance.

E.  K-12 music performance pedagogy, the candidate will be able to do (1 & 2 & 3) or (1 & 2 & 4)

  1. Developing in students the ability to sing and perform expressively alone and with others at a beginning level in healthy, age appropriate ways including:
    a. tone production in the general and extended ranges of the voice including the changing voice;
    b. vocal techniques, including, but not limited to diction, breathing, and posture; and
    c. varied repertoire;
  2. Developing in students the ability to play and perform expressively alone and with others at a beginning level on classroom instruments,  band instruments, and orchestral instruments in healthy, age appropriate ways including:
    a. tone production;
    b. articulation;
    c. fingerings; and
    d. transposition for commonly used instruments;THE FOLLOWING (3 & 4) IS AN AND/OR COMPETENCY
  3. Instructing, rehearsing, assessing and refining vocalists throughout their school career and in performances of choral music with knowledge of advanced techniques of:
    a. tone production in the general and extended ranges of the voice including the  changing voice;
    b. vocal techniques, including, but not limited to diction in English and in foreign languages; and
    c. varied repertoire, including music of four or more parts, accompanied or a cappella;AND/OR
  4. Instructing, rehearsing, assessing and refining instrumentalists throughout their school career in performances including advanced techniques of:
    a. tone production;
    b. articulation;
    c. fingerings, including alternate fingerings; and
    d. transposition for less commonly used instruments.

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