Music Education (B.A.) - Curriculum

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“The new music education program excites me because I will be working with knowledgeable professors, I will be able to hone my skills to better serve the needs of my students, and I am getting to do something I love.” - Pamela Karr, SNHU student, flutist, singer

Required Core Courses

General Education Program

Music Major Requirements

MUS-130: Chorus
MUS-130 provides students the opportunity to rehearse and perform as a member of the SNHU Chorus. Students will study basic chamber music skills such as ensemble precision and group intonation. They will also develop individual practice techniques. Students are expected to practice their music outside of rehearsal on a regular basis. Students may enroll in this course for credit as many times as they would like.
MUS-140: Instrumental Music Ensemble
Instrumental music provides students the opportunity to rehearse and perform with the SNHU Orchestra, the SNHU Concert Band, the SNHU Brass Choir, the SNHU Jazz Combos, and/or the SNHU Rock Bands. Students will develop group performance skills such as ensemble precision and group intonation. Students are expected to practice their instrument outside of rehearsal on a regular basis. Students may enroll in this course for credit as many times as they would like.
MUS-211: Music Theory and Aural Skills I
Music Theory and Aural Skills I introduces students to the basic elements, materials, and structure of Western tonal music with an emphasis on harmony, voice leading, and counterpoint. Students will develop aural skills through sight singing, ear training, rhythmic reading, dictation, and part-singing.
MUS-212: Music Theory and Aural Skills II
Music Theory and Aural Skills II continues to expose students to the basic elements, materials, and structure of Western tonal music that were introduced in MUS-211. Students continue to develop aural skills through sight singing, ear training, rhythmic reading, dictation, and part-singing.
Prerequisites:
FAS-211or MUS-211
MUS-250: Private Music Lessons
Students receive fifteen thirty minute private music lessons on their instrument or voice. Students may enroll in Private Music Lessons for credit as many times as they would like. Student enrolled in Private Music Lessons must participate in a SNHU performing ensemble.
MUS-311: Music Theory and Aural Skills III
Music Theory and Aural Skills III continues to expose students to the basic elements, materials, and structure of Western tonal music that were introduced in MUS-211 and MUS-212. Students continue to develop aural skills through sight singing, ear training, rhythmic reading, dictation, and part-singing.
Prerequisites:
FAS-212 or MUS-212
MUS-312: Music Theory and Aural Skills IV
Music Theory and Aural Skills IV continues to expose students to the basic elements, materials, and structure of Western tonal music that were introduced in MUS-211, MUS-212 and MUS-311. Students will continue to develop aural skills through sight singing, ear training, rhythmic reading, dictation, and part-singing. Atonal music and jazz theory will be introduced.
Prerequisites:
FAS-311
MUS-351: Music History: Antiquity to 1750
A study of the development of western music from its beginnings through the end of the Baroque period. Emphasis will be placed on developing a thorough knowledge of music literature. This course is intended for music majors.
MUS-352: Music History: 1750 to the Present
A study of the development of Western music from the Baroque period to the present. Emphasis will be placed on developing a thorough knowledge of music literature. This course is intended for music majors.
Prerequisites:
FAS-351 or MUS-351
MUS-451: Seminar: Music History and Theory
Advanced topics in music history and/or theory taught in a seminar format. Topics are announced one year in advance. Students are expected to produce a substantial term project. This course is required for music education majors.
Prerequisites:
FAS-312, FAS-352, MUS-312 or MUS 352

Must complete six (6) credits in MUS 130 and/or MUS 140
Must complete six (6) credits in MUS 250

Education Major Requirements

EDU-200: Introduction to Education
This course gives students an overview of American education through analysis of its historical and philosophical roots. Contemporary issues in American education are emphasized. Non-education majors may use this course as a social science elective.
EDU-208: Assessment, Accountability and Teaching in the Classroom
This basic course for classroom teachers explores various techniques necessary for designing and implementing authentic measures to assess successful student learning.
Prerequisites:
MUE-261, EDU-270, 271 or 220
EDU-235: Learning with Technology
This course develops students' knowledge and skill with technology with the ultimate aim of using technology to enhance student learning and achievement. This course also introduces students to learning target (standards/outcomes) and a general model of curriculum development, implementation and assessment. Offered every fall and spring.
EDU-490: Student Teaching and Seminar
All teacher education majors seeking certification will participate in 16 weeks of full-time practice teaching at nearby schools. During the 16 weeks, the student teacher receives close and continuous supervision and guidance from teaching personnel at the school and by a member of the Southern New Hampshire University faculty. This course also includes seminars at the university. TCP acceptance is required.
Prerequisites:
Must be enrolled in the Teacher Certification program
SPED-260: Children with Exceptionalities
This course provides students with deep understanding of children with disabilities and specific characteristics of disabilities and how they impact learning in the general curriculum. Students will examine and be prepared to define ways in which such disabilities are diagnosed and possible strategies and techniques (to include assistive technology) to assist the student in the general classroom to the extent possible. Tiered Support Systems will be discussed as a general education initiative that can serve the needs of all students. Students will research resources available for families and schools to support the needs of disabled children. The role of the family and school as partners will be developed as a critical technique to serve the needs of students, as well as facilitating effective meetings and communication efforts that must be part of the role of special educator.

Instrument Classes (1 credit):

MUE-251: Brass Techniques
Brass Techniques will instruct music education majors how to teach each of the brass instruments in a variety of settings. Students are expected to learn how to play each instrument in the brass family at a basic level.
MUE-252: Woodwind Techniques
Woodwind Techniques instructs music education majors how to teach each of the woodwind instruments in a variety of settings. Students are expected to learn how to play each instrument in the woodwind family at a basic level.
MUE-253: String Techniques
String Techniques instructs music education majors how to teach each of the string instruments in a variety of settings. Students are expected to learn how to play each instrument in the string family at a basic level.
MUE-254: Percussion Techniques
Percussion Techniques instructs music education majors how to teach each of the percussion instruments in a variety of settings. Students are expected to learn how to play each instrument in the percussion family at a basic level.
MUE-255: Vocal Techniques
Vocal Techniques instructs music education majors how to teach vocalists in a variety of settings. Students learn the basics of vocal pedagogy and develop individual vocal performance skills.
MUE-256: Piano/Guitar Techniques
Piano/Guitar Techniques instructs music education majors how to play the piano and guitar to accompany musical soloists and performing ensembles. Students also learn how to teach group classes of guitar and piano.

Internship courses (2 credit):

MUE-261: Introduction to Music Education
This course is designed to provide the student with an overview of the principles and practices of music education in twenty-first century public schools. Students will observe and do fieldwork in music classrooms with instruction at all levels of Pre-K-12 education. This course is a prerequisite for all professional education courses in music education and includes the component of required pre-practicum fieldwork.
MUE-262: Elementary General Music Methods
This course is designed to provide the students with the basic procedures, methods, and materials to manage, construct, implement, and assess model music lessons in the twenty-first century K-5 classroom. Students will role-play pedagogical scenarios that will be encountered in elementary classrooms. Students will do fieldwork in an elementary music classroom, implementing strategies and lessons taught with a cooperating music specialist. This course includes the component of required pre-practicum fieldwork.
MUE-263: Middle School General Music Methods
This course is designed to provide the students with the basic procedures, methods, and materials to manage, construct, implement, and assess model music lessons in the twenty-first century middle school classroom. Students will role-play pedagogical scenarios that will be encountered in middle school classrooms. Students will do fieldwork in a middle school music classroom, implementing strategies and lessons taught with a cooperating music specialist. This course includes the component of required pre-practicum fieldwork.
MUE-265: Advanced Instrumental Music Methods
This course provides students with the skills necessary to teach middle/high school instrumental music in the public schools. Students will gain the skills necessary to motivate and focus a class of middle/high school instrumental music students, develop and execute appropriate lesson plans for middle/high school instrumental music and develop and execute assessment rubrics for middle/high school instrumental music instruction.
MUE-266: High School General Music Methods
This course is designed to provide the students with the basic procedures, methods, and materials to manage, construct, implement, and assess model music lessons in the twenty-first century high school classroom. Students will role-play pedagogical scenarios that will be encountered in high school classrooms. Students will do fieldwork in a high school music classroom, implementing strategies and lessons taught with a cooperating music specialist. This course includes the component of required pre-practicum fieldwork.

Required Courses

PSY-211: Lifespan Development
The purpose of this course is to engage students in meaningful exploration of theories, basic concepts, and research methodologies in psychological development. Students will gain an understanding of patterns of human development from conception through death, including the biological, cognitive, and social-emotional development and the interplay between these areas. This course will also explore the roles of environmental and genetic factors, culture and history, continuity and change in development. Offered every semester.
Prerequisites:
PSY-108 or PSY-108H

Select two of the following:

PHL-212: Introduction to Ethics
This course introduces students to ethical theory or the study of how people make decisions about how to treat one another. It emphasizes the historical and theoretical development of answers to such questions as: What kind of a person do I want to be? and How do we figure out what the right thing to do is?
PHL-214: Formal Logic
This course is a study of the fundamental principles of correct and incorrect argument, historical forms of deductive logic, and the significance of language and clear verbalization. Offered as needed.
SOC-213: Sociology of Social Problems
Students in this course analyze contemporary social problems in America and other societies. Issues include economic limitations, class and poverty, race and ethnic relations, sexism, ageism, and environmental and population concerns. Offered every year.
Prerequisites:
SOC-112
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