Music 446

MUSC 446: Methods and Practicum for General Music

Prerequisite: MUSC 161:MUSC 162, MUSC 352, and MUSC 353

Credit Hours: (3)

Study of methods and materials for the teaching of Pre K-12 general music. At least 15 hours of observation/participation in public school general music classes are required.

Detailed Description of Content of Course

I. Lecture
    A. Philosophical foundations for general music education
    B. Historical foundations for general music education
    C. Sociological foundations for general music education
    D. Conceptual organization of music
        1. Rhythm (beat, accent, meter, rhythm patterns, etc.)
        2. Melody (scale systems, intervals, direction, etc.)
        3. Harmony (pentatonic--layered ostinatos; diatonic--functional harmony; atonal)
        4. Form (song forms, classical forms, other)
        5. Texture
        6. Expressive elements
        7. Timbre
    E. Activities for teaching general music
        1. Movement
        2. Listening
        3. Reading and writing
        4.  Singing
        5. Playing instruments
        6. Creating (improvising and composing)
    F. Materials for general music
        1. Graded music texts
        2. Resource books
        3. Recordings
        4. Instructional hardware and software
    G. Methodologies
        1. Orff
        2. Kodaly
        3. Dalcroze
        4. Comprehensive Musicianship
        5. Gordon
        6. Music in Education
        7. Education through Music
        8. Weikert
        9. Suzuki
    H. Planning for music teaching
        1. Professional standards
            a. National Standards for Music
            b. Virginia Standards of Learning for Music
            c. Virginia Standards of Learning, non-music
            d. School district curriculum guides
        2. Program goals
        3. Long range planning
        4. Daily lesson planning
        5.  Assessment of student learning
I. Special topics
        1. Classroom management
        2. Technology
        3. Safety and security
        4. Multi-cultural music and music of non-western cultures
        5. Individual differences among children:  economic, social, racial, ethnic, religious, physical, and mental
        6. Related arts
        7. Public relations
        8. Copyright law (print, sound, technology)
        9. Other legal and ethical issues in education
        10. Using music to support instruction in reading and other non-music content areas
II. Laboratory
    A. At least fifteen hours of observation/participation in public school general music classes
    B. Peer teaching exercises
    C. Collegiate MENC membership and participation

Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

The course includes lecture, demonstration, peer teaching exercises in class. The laboratory provides field experiences in general music, with emphasis at the elementary level.

Goals and Objectives of the Course

At the conclusion of the course, the student will:

a) demonstrate knowledge of the philosophical, historical and sociological foundations underlying public education and music education in the United States.
b) demonstrate knowledge of a range of activities and concepts for general music.
c) demonstrate competent use  of current methodologies in general music.
d) demonstrate good classroom management techniques.
e) be able to analyze musical materials for use in general music education.
f) have skills in lesson planning and evaluating music instruction for a variety of learners.
g) demonstrate professional competence with a variety of contemporary issues affecting general music education, such as implications of legal and ethical issues in education, using non-western materials and accommodating individual differences among children.
h) demonstrate the ability to provide instruction which supports Virginia's Standards of Learning for Music and other instructional objectives.
i) be informed regarding legal and ethical issues in music education.  
j) demonstrate the ability to utilize appropriate hardware and software for admininstration, data collection, communication and presentation.
k) have at least fifteen hours of observation/participation in public school general music classes.
l) demonstrate a commitment to professional growth through participation in four hours of professional development workshops, in addition to active membership in collegiate MENC.

Assessment Measures

I. Class attendance and participation
II. Graded assignments
        A. Reviews
        B. Planning charts and lesson plans
        C. Peer teaching
III. Written examinations
IV. Observation/participation log
V.  Journal
VI. Videotape of teaching
VII. Completion of lab and professional development assignments

Other Course Information


Review and Approval

Revised 2013

Revised April 2009