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Music (MUSIC)

MUSIC 444W Emphasis in Elementary and Intermediate Band (3) Examination and application of teaching strategies and materials for students planning to teach band in the elementary and middle schools.

MUISC 444W Capstone Experiences in Elementary and Intermediate Band (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

The course is intended to prepare pre-service teachers to teach beginning through intermediate instrumental (band) music. Preparation will include observation of current public school teachers and teaching technique4s and methods, preparation and implementation of appropriate lessons including assessments, in-depth analysis (case study) of a student currently in the public schools, development of a written philosophy of music education and banc instruction, and consideration of practical matters associated with teaching in the public schools such as scheduling, recruitment and parent interaction.

The course serves as a capstone to the prior courses in the music education curriculum. Previous courses in instructional planning, instructional materials, instrument techniques, conducting piano and voice use will have developed necessary prior skills. Skills and concepts from these classes will be applied in this authentic context in the collegiate and public school classrooms.

The students will be assessed according to their effectiveness in observation, teaching preparation, teaching and research. Evaluation will be in the form of written and verbal feedback, and completion of rubrics by the instructor and the students themselves (self- and peer-evaluation). Enrollment will likely be approximately 5 students each time the course is offered.

The students will be spending considerable class time in local elementary and middle schools for field work.


General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Spring 2011
Prerequisite: MUSIC 345, MUSIC 395A, MUSIC 366 piano proficiency passes

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.

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