SCHOOL OF Education

Music Education

MS101   Basic Piano Skills I     1 hour
A course to develop functional proficiency in piano which includes instruction in keyboard basics, intervals, time signature, dynamics, major and minor key signatures, major and minor triads through sight reading, repertoire, harmonization, transposition and ensemble playing. Paced for music majors. Lab fee.

MS102   Basic Piano Skills II     1 hour
A course to develop functional proficiency in piano which includes instruction in chord qualities, major scales and arpeggios, function of the subdominant, dominant, and dominant seventh chords in root and inversion through sight reading, repertoire, harmonization, transposition and ensemble playing. Paced for music majors. (Prerequisite: MS101 or audition) Lab fee.

MS103   Basic Voice Skills I     1 hour
A course to develop a basic proficiency in voice. Emphasis will be placed on vowel position, breath control, and diction. Lab fee.

MS104   Basic Voice Skills II     1 hour
A course to enhance fundamental vocal skills. Emphasis will be placed on vowel position, breath control, diction, and performance technique. (Prerequisite: MS103 or audition) Lab fee.

MS201   Basic Piano Skills III     1 hour
A course to develop functional proficiency in piano which includes instruction in minor, harmonic minor and major scales and arpeggios, function of the supertonic and submediant chords in root and inversion through sight reading, repertoire, harmonization, transposition and ensemble playing. Paced for music majors. (Prerequisite: MS102 or audition) Lab fee.

MS202   Basic Piano Skills IV     1 hour
A course to develop functional proficiency in piano which includes instruction in harmonic minor scales and arpeggios, function of seventh chords in root and inversion, modes, use of other scale structures such as chromatic, whole-tone, and Blues, through sight reading, repertoire, harmonization, transposition and ensemble playing.  Paced for music majors.  (Prerequisite: MS201 or audition) Lab fee.

MS204   Brass and Percussion Class     1 hour
A study of the fundamentals of playing and teaching brass and percussion instruments. Students will learn to play a brass instrument and snare drum. (Prerequisite: Music Education major)

MS205   Woodwind and String Class     1 hour
A study of the fundamentals of playing and teaching woodwinds and stringed instruments. Students will learn to play a woodwind and stringed instrument. (Prerequisite: Music Education major)

MS315   Choral Methods     1 hour
A study of vocal teaching techniques for grades 6-12. The course includes the organization of a choral music curriculum for the secondary level.

MS403   Elementary Music Education     3 hours
A study of contemporary music education methods and materials appropriate to the elementary music curriculum K-5 school level. Skills in playing classroom instruments are developed. Students will teach several lessons. (Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education; must precede MS422)

MS405   Instrumental Methods     2 hours
The pedagogical methods used for teaching orchestral instruments. Emphasis will be on teaching beginners proper techniques for playing the instruments. Basic arranging and band/orchestra program development is included.

MS421   Education Practicum     1 hour
This course includes readings, participation, research, and discussions of such topics as classroom management and discipline, lesson plans, grading, and effective teaching. All who student teach must take the practicum in the fall prior to student teaching. (Prerequisite: Admission to the School of Education and approval for Student Teaching)

MS422   Student Teaching     12 hours
A culminating experience in the music education program. This course includes pre-observation prior to full-time participation and teaching in the music program of a local school under supervision of a qualified music teacher and a University supervisor. Generally involves teaching either the elementary or secondary levels, but not both; students may indicate their preference to University supervisors. (Prerequisite: Admission to the School of Education and completion of scheduled education and music courses) Special fee.