MWF, 10-10:50 am
A study and evaluation of music procedures and basic concepts for music programs (catalog description).
It is important to remind the student that this course is a preparatory course for a career in the teaching field. In a few short months each of you will be teaching and trying to express ideas verbally and in writing. Plan now to practice the skills you will be using in the near future. When you become a teacher, you will be required to call the school principal if you are going to be absent. You will need to make that call prior to about 7 am on the day you will be absent. As a part of this course, you are required to call and l3eave a message at 397-4210 if you are going to be absent. You should make that call as early as possible in the morning. Adherence to this policy is worth a portion of your final grade in the class.
Throughout the semester you will be given writing topics to answer. You will be expected to write a response to all writing topics. Allow several pages for each response. Essay answers should be typewritten and double-spaced. Please allow several days to carefully think about your answers before writing. The essay answers are confidential and must be turned in when due. The essay answers are worth a portion of your final grade in the class.
As undergraduate music majors working toward teacher certification, you need relevance in the content and structure of the core music methods courses. Future teachers desperately need to be informed of the current state of music education in the schools and how best to meet the many challenges of teaching with success. Consequently, the most practical and memorable methods experiences are those that allow students to solve hypothetical classroom situations and potential problems in an environment conducive to personal and professional growth. The student will make measureable progress toward acquiring a satisfactory knowledge base, skill competence, and sharpening teaching abilities.
Required and Suggested Texts: It is highly suggested that you purchase the following texts to prepare you for class lectures, writing assignments, and your vocation. Suggested texts are:
Teaching Music in the Secondary Schools, Fifth Edition. Charles R. Hoffer. Wadsworth/Thomson
Learning, Belmont CA. ISBN 0-534-51655-6. Amazon $35.00-$147.00
Teaching Music with Passion: Conducting, Rehearsing, and Inspiring (paperback). Peter Loel Boonshaft.
Meredith Music Publications, Galesville, MD. ISBN 0-634-05331-0. Amazon $16.45
Pathways: A Guide for Energizing and Enriching Band, Orchestra, and Choral Programs (paperback).
Joseph Alsobrook. GIA Publications, Chicago, IL. ISBN 1-57999-134-3. Amazon $12.21
The Art of Successful Teaching: A Blend of Content and Context. Tim Lautzenheiser. GIA Publications,
Chicago, IL. ISBN 941050-29-7. Amazon $23.95
The School Music Program: A New Vision (paperback, 1994). MENC: The National Association for Music
Education. Rowman and Littlefield Education Publishers. ISBN-10: 1565450396. Amazon $24.95
GRADING. Each question on written exams is given a numerical point value. Every exam will total 100 possible points. Grading is on a scale of:
100-94 = A
93-84 = B
83-75 = C
74-70 = D
69-0 = F
Semester grading follows the same scale. There may be daily exams, take-home exams, a mid-term exam, a final exam, observations, assigned writing assignments, and class attendance. Writing assignments are due when announced and will not be accepted late. Please take notes. Please keep your notes so you can review for exams. Written exams will include material covered in the class and will include multiple choice, short answer, and essay questions.
The instructor reserves the right to add, adjust, or cancel assignments as the course progresses. The method of obtaining the final grade will remain essentially the same: the total points achieved will be divided by the total points possible to obtain a percentage, and a grade will be assigned according to a percentage scale.
Attendance Policy: Students are expected to be in class. Students are expected to miss no more than 3 class periods for any reason. With the fourth absence, the final grade will be reduced 5%. With the fifth abence, the student will be dropped from the class without notice.
The student is expected to have note-taking materials for each class and is expected to take notes.
Conduct Statement: College students are adults and are expected to behave accordingly.
Academic Dishonesty Statement: Academic Dishonesty: Cheating, collusion, and plagiarism (the act of using source material of other persons, either published or unpublished, without following the accepted techniques of crediting, or the submission for credit of work not the individual’s to whom credit is given). Additional guidelines on procedures in these matters may be found in the Dean of Students’ Office. Cheating includes, but is not limited to: (1) use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations; (2) dependence upon the aid
of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments; or (3) the acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic material belonging to a member of the university faculty or staff. The term “plagiarism” includes, but is not limited to, the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and
clear acknowledgment. It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials. The term “collusion” means collaboration with another person in preparing work offered for credit of that collaboration is not authorized by the faculty member in charge.
Student Honor Creed
"As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."
As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only tobe honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all studentwork is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.
Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.
Special Needs Statement: Students with a disability must be registered with Disability Support Services before classroom accommodations can be provided. If you have a documented disability that will impact your work in this class, please contact me to discuss your needs. Disability Support Services is located in the Clark Student Center, Room 168. They may also be contacted at 397-4140.
If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, if you have emergency medical information that needs sharing, or if you need special accommodations in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with the professor as soon as possible.
Student Privacy Statement: Federal privacy law prohibits me from releasing information about students to certain parties outside of the university without the signed consent of the student. Thus, in almost all cases I will not discuss your academic progress or other matters with your parents. Please do not have them call me. Regardless of these important legal considerations, it is my general policy to communicate with the students, not their parents, even when a student has signed a consent form.
The Teaching of Music in the Secondary School
So You’re Going to Teach Music?
The Music Teacher: Qualities of an Outstanding Teacher
Why Teach Music?
Why Have Music in the Schools?
The Subject Matter of Music and The Music Curricula
The Methods of Teaching Music
Psychology and Music Teaching
Teaching General Music
Methods and Materials for Teaching Performing Groups
Teaching Musical Style
Singing and Teenage Voices
Teaching Musical Expression
Achieving Correct Intonation
Teaching Instrumental Music
Music Appreciation, Fine Arts, and Theory Courses
School Music Performances
Teenagers and Music
Teaching Music and Student Discipline
Planning and Assessing Music Teaching
The Music Education Profession
The Music Code of Ethics
The Copyright Law for Musicians