Music 459

MUSC 459

Catalog Entry

MUSC 459. Methods and Practicum for Performing Ensembles (3)

      Three hours lecture.

      Prerequisite:    Admission to the Music Teacher Education program. 

      A study of techniques for planning, teaching, and managing successful school performing ensembles.  At least fifteen hours observation/participation in schools are required.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

I.    The Roles, Values and Purposes in Music Education

                  A.  Philosophical foundations for education and music education

B.  Historical foundations for education and music education

      C.  Sociological foundations for education and music education


II.  The overall music curriculum, PreK-12

      A.  Curricular planning

            i.          Published Curricula

            ii.         Building a Personal Curriculum Resource Library

            iii.        Long-term Curriculum Planning

            iv.        Unit Planning

            v.         Lesson Planning

            vi.        Sequential Teaching Cycles

            vii.       Assessment of Student Learning

            viii.      Individual differences among children:  economic, social, racial, ethnic, religious, physical, and mental

            ix.        Multicultural music and music of non-western cultures

      C.  Impact of the National Music Standards

D.    Impact of the Virginia Standards of Learning

E.   Copyright law (print, sound, technology)

F.   Safety and security in the classroom

G.  Other legal and ethical issues in education

H.  Using music to support instruction in reading and other non music content areas

      I.    Other contemporary issues


III. Communication skills for effective administration and instruction of school music programs

      A.  Written communication

      B.  Oral communication

      C.  Non-verbal communication


IV. Management issues for school music

      A.  Competitions and festivals

      B.  Scheduling

      C.  Budgets

      D.  Facilities, equipment and inventory

      E.   The music library

      F.   Staying organized

            1.   Keeping a personal calendar

            2.   Filing systems

            3.   The use of computers

      G.  Reporting Systems

            1.   Grading Systems

            2.   Computer-based grade books

      H.  Classroom management

            1.   Development of a discipline plan

            2.   Managing students with exceptionalities

            3.   The inclusive music classroom

      I.    Public relations

      J.    Booster groups

      K.  Fundraising

      L.   Travel

      M.  Technology

            1.   Instructional uses

            2.   Administrative uses

            3.   Professional growth and development uses

4.      Legal and ethical issues in technology


V.  Laboratory. 

            A.        At least 15 hours of observation/participation in public school music classes

            B.        Peer teaching exercises

            C.        Collegiate MENC membership and participation


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

The course includes reading assignments, discussion, lecture, papers, class presentations, exams, and field experience.  At least 15 hours observation/participation in schools are to be included as part of the laboratory field experience.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

At the conclusion of the course, the student will:


      1.         Demonstrate knowledge of the philosophical, historical and sociological foundations                     underlying public education and music education in the United States

2.         Demonstrate the skills to develop a comprehensive music curriculum in relation to state and National Standards.

3.      Demonstrate effective oral, written and non-verbal communication skills.

4.      Demonstrate skills in research, writing and presentation.

5.      Explain the pros and cons of music contest/festival participation.

6.      Describe the process of planning the calendar of activities of music programs.

7.      Explain how to organize a music office, including the use of filing systems.

8.      Explain how to keep track of and organize inventory in a music program.

9.      Describe procedures for organizing and maintaining school music libraries.

10.       Explain the general procedures involved in budgeting, requisitioning, and purchasing as it applies to school music programs.

11.    Demonstrate skill in promoting the music program through public relations techniques.

12.       Identify and develop hands-on uses of appropriate hardware and software in the organization, administration, and instruction of music in the schools.

13.    Discuss basic procedures to be followed when fundraising for school groups.

14.    Describe the role(s) and management of music booster organizations.

15.    Discuss basic procedures to be followed when traveling with school groups.

16.       Demonstrate a commitment to professional growth through active membership in collegiate MENC.

17.       Organize and assemble a notebook of materials from this course for use as a resource in the teaching career.

18.       Demonstrate professional competence with a variety of contemporary issues affecting music education, such as implications of legal and ethical issues in education, using non-western materials and accommodating individual differences among children.

19.       Demonstrate the ability to provide instruction which supports the National Standards for Arts Education (Music) and the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOLs) for Music and other subject areas.


Assessment Measures

Assessment will include papers, written tests, professional development logs, computer projects, homework, peer teaching, class presentations, notebooks, and a written final examination.


Other Course Information


Approval and Subsequent Reviews

Revised April, 2009