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Music Education

MUS - Music course descriptions
MUSG - Music (groups/ensembles) course descriptions
MUSL - Music lesson course descriptions

Faculty

Mathew Kelly (chair), Mark Babcock, Stan Dahl, Gabriel Espinosa, Cynthia Krenzel, Eileen McGonigal, Ian Moschenross, Sean Stephenson, Sarah Van Waardhuizen

 

Statement of philosophy

The Bachelor of Arts in Music Education is designed to prepare students for careers as music educators at the elementary and/or secondary level within the context of a comprehensive liberal arts program. Proceeding from a solid foundation in the analytical, historical, cultural and creative aspects of music, course requirements in this program are tailored to the specific needs of potential educators in the two tracks offered (vocal and instrumental). Recognizing the value of study in other cultures, the department works with music education majors to make study at one of Central’s study abroad programs possible for them.

 The Visual and Performing Arts Department stresses academic integrity in all aspects of the music curriculum. The department is committed to the development of students and to the recruitment of students with strong academic potential. To be accepted for entry to the music education major, each student must pass an audition to indicate aptitude and prospects for success including competence in at least one major performance area. The student must additionally apply and be accepted to the teacher education program through Central’s Education Department.

 

Music education tracks

The Department of Music offers two distinct tracks in music education: instrumental music education (combined K-8/5-12), and vocal music education (combined K-8/5-12). Both tracks have a common set of 29 credits of music courses and various competency and performance requirements. The common set is listed below, followed by the additional requirements for each track.

In addition to the 60 credits of music courses listed in this section, music education majors must complete all the courses for secondary licensure listed in the “Education--K-12 Art, Music, PE” section of the catalog. These courses, together with the required music courses, fulfill the coursework requirements for teaching licensure in the state of Iowa.

 

Study abroad opportunities

Students are encouraged to study abroad. Music faculty advisors work carefully with music majors to coordinate departmental requirements with study abroad.

 

Major Communication Skills

In order to be certified for graduation, a music major must show competency in reading, writing and speaking. The evaluation criteria are as follows:

  1. Reading: a paper for MUS 313 Music History: 1940-Present based on two scholarly articles chosen by you with the instructor’s approval.
  2. Writing: a grade of 80% or higher on a research paper in MUS 211 or 212.
  3. Oral Skills: an oral presentation given in MUS 313

 

Major/minor restrictions

Music Education majors cannot also declare a major or minor in Music. Additionally, a Music Education--Vocal major cannot also declare a major in Music Education--Instrumental, and a Music Education--Instrumental major cannot also declare a major in Music Education--Vocal.

 

Music Education Major- Instrumental (60 credits)

NOTE: Students who declare the Music Education-Instrumental track may not also declare the Music Education-Vocal track.

  1. Complete all of the following: (27 credits)
    MUS 120 Theory and Aural Skills I (4)
    MUS 125 Theory and Aural Skills II (4)
    MUS 211 History of Western Music: Antiquity to 1750 (3)
    MUS 212 History of Western Music: Pre-Classical to 1940 (3)
    MUS 220 Theory and Aural Skills III (4)
    MUS 231 Conducting (2)
    MUS 235 Theory and Aural Skills IV (4)
    MUS 313 History of Western Music: 1940 to Present (3) 
  2. Complete all of the following: (2 credits)
    MUS 215 Piano for Proficiency I (1)
    MUS 216 Piano for Proficiency II (1)
    Students who place out of any Piano for Proficiency course must substitute an equivalent number of music (MUS/MUSG/MUSL) electives.
  3. Complete all of the following: (17.5 credits)
    EDUC 313 Methods of Teaching Music in the Elementary School (3)
    EDUC 316 Teaching Choral and Instrumental Music in Secondary Schools (2)
    MUS 150 Introduction to Music Education (1)
    MUS 249 Instrumental Methods: Percussion (1)
    MUS 250 Instrumental Methods: Woodwinds (1)
    MUS 251 Instrumental Methods: Brass (1)
    MUS 252 Instrumental Methods: Strings (1)
    MUS 255 Voice for Instrumental Music Educators (1)
    MUS 333 Advanced Instrumental Conducting and Methods (4)
    MUS 334 Marching Band Techniques* (1)
    MUS 335 Jazz Band Techniques* (1)
    MUSG 226 Chamber Ensemble (.5)
  4. Complete 10 credits of applied lessons (MUSL) in the primary area of music study
  5. Complete 1 credit of applied lessons (MUSL) in a secondary area of music study 
  6. Complete 2.5 credits of music (MUS/MUSG/MUSL) electives*
  7. Maintain continuous enrollment in a primary ensemble (MUSG).
    Note: Primary ensembles are MUSG 222 (vocal), 223 (instrumental), and 224 (string players only). Piano majors: any of the above, with approval from the department. .
  8. Present a senior recital of one-half hour in the student's primary area of applied music study (or other approved significant senior project) 
  9. Complete the piano proficiency requirement.
    Music Education majors must pass MUS 215 and 216 with a C+ or better to fulfill the piano proficiency requirement. A grade of C or lower in either, or both, courses require a student to complete at least one additional semester of applied piano. Failed courses must be repeated. Students with significant keyboard experience may request a screening, after which they may place out of one or both courses.
    *Students who place out of any Piano for Proficiency course must substitute an equivalent number of music (MUS, MUSG, MUSL) electives.
  10. Complete the concert attendance requirement.
    Music education majors are required to attend 48 recitals or concerts prior to graduation. Further information is provided in the department‘s Music Major Handbook.

 

Music Education Major- Vocal (60 credits)

NOTE: Students who declare the Music Education-Vocal track may not also declare the Music Education-Instrumental track.

  1. Complete all of the following: (27 credits)
    MUS 120 Theory and Aural Skills I (4)
    MUS 125 Theory and Aural Skills II (4)
    MUS 211 History of Western Music: Antiquity to 1750 (3)
    MUS 212 History of Western Music: Pre-Classical to 1940 (3)
    MUS 220 Theory and Aural Skills III (4)
    MUS 231 Conducting (2)
    MUS 235 Theory and Aural Skills IV (4)
    MUS 313 History of Western Music: 1940 to Present (3) 
  2. Complete all of the following: (2 credits)
    MUS 215 Piano for Proficiency I (1)
    MUS 216 Piano for Proficiency II (1)
    Students who place out of any Piano for Proficiency course must substitute an equivalent number of music (MUS/MUSG/MUSL) electives
  3. Complete all of the following: (15 credits)
    EDUC 313 Methods of Teaching Music in the Elementary School (3)
    EDUC 316 Teaching Choral and Instrumental Music in Secondary Schools (2)
    MUS 150 Introduction to Music Education (1)
    MUS 228 Diction for Singers (2)
    MUS 332 Advanced Choral Conducting and Methods (4)
    MUS 341 Voice Pedagogy (3)
  4. Complete the following: (4 credits)
     
    MUS 236 Show Choir and Jazz Choir Techniques (2)
     MUS 256 Instrumental Methods for Vocalists (2) 
  5. Complete 10 credits of applied lessons (MUSL) in the primary area of music study; if the primary area is not voice, the student must additionally take 4 credits of applied lessons in voice.
  6. Complete 2 credits of music (MUS/MUSG/MUSL) electives.*
  7. Maintain continuous enrollment in a primary ensemble (MUSG).
    Note: Primary ensembles are MUSG 222 (vocal), 223 (instrumental), and 224, (string players only).
  8. Present a senior recital of one-half hour (or other approved significant senior project) 
  9. Complete the piano proficiency requirement.
    Music Education majors must pass MUS 215 and 216 with a C+ or better to fulfill the piano proficiency requirement. A grade of C or lower in either, or both, courses require a student to complete at least one additional semester of applied piano. Failed courses must be repeated. Students with significant keyboard experience may request a screening, after which they may place out of one or both courses.
    *Students who place out of any Piano for Proficiency course must substitute an equivalent number of music (MUS, MUSG, MUSL) electives.
  10. Complete the concert attendance requirement.
    Music education majors are required to attend 48 recitals or concerts prior to graduation. Further information is provided in the department‘s Music Major Handbook.

Music Education Endorsement

A list of required courses is available from the Education department.