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Undergraduate Course Descriptions 2009-2010
Last updated 10/20/2009


02211/Music Education (MUS ED)

Non-Music majors must receive approval from the appropriate department chair before registering for any music courses. EXCEPTION: Courses specifically indicated for Non-Music majors.

Lower Division Courses

1651. Percussion (1 s.h.) F S. $.

(Formerly: MUS ED 0050.)

Prerequisite: Current required clearances for the Music Education degree program: PA Child Abuse History; PA Criminal History Check; and FBI Fingerprint and Criminal History Report.

Methods for teaching percussion skills to students in a school setting. Topics may include but are not limited to: literature selection, various instrument performance idiosyncrasies, hand position and posture, maintenance, repair, proactive teaching and troubleshooting, methods and materials; instrument makes, accessories. Students are required to develop a fundamental playing knowledge of instruments and literature.

Note: Required of all music education majors.

1652. Woodwinds I (1 s.h.) F S. $.

(Formerly: MUS ED 0051.)

Prerequisite: Current required clearances for the Music Education degree program: PA Child Abuse History; PA Criminal History Check; and FBI Fingerprint and Criminal History Report.

Methods for teaching woodwind skills to students in a school setting. Topics may include but are not limited to: literature selection, instrument assembly, hand position and posture, maintenance, assembling, embouchure, tone production, transposition, fingerings, range; proactive teaching and troubleshooting, methods and materials; instrument makes, and accessories. Students are required to develop a fundamental playing knowledge of instruments.

Note: Required of all music education majors.

1653. Upper Strings (1 s.h.) F S. $.

(Formerly: MUS ED 0052.)

Prerequisite: Current required clearances for the Music Education degree program: PA Child Abuse History; PA Criminal History Check; and FBI Fingerprint and Criminal History Report.

Students with voice, piano, or guitar performance concentration may take either Music Education 1653 (0052) or Music Education 1654 (0053) [Music Education 1653 (0052) is recommended]. Methods for teaching string skills to students in a school setting. Topics may include but are not limited to: literature selection, fingering and bowing patterns, shifting, vibrato, hand position and posture, maintenance, tone production, proactive teaching and troubleshooting, methods and materials; instrument makes, and accessories. Students are required to develop a fundamental playing knowledge of instruments.

Note: Required of all music education majors with band or orchestra emphasis.

1654. Lower Strings (1 s.h.) F S. $.

(Formerly: MUS ED 0053.)

Prerequisite: Current required clearances for the Music Education degree program: PA Child Abuse History; PA Criminal History Check; and FBI Fingerprint and Criminal History Report.

Students with voice, piano, or guitar performance concentration may take either Music Education 1653 (0052) or Music Education 1654 (0053) [Music Education 1653 (0052) is recommended]. Methods for teaching string skills to students in a school setting. Topics may include but are not limited to: literature selection, fingering and bowing patterns, shifting, vibrato, hand position and posture, maintenance, tone production, proactive teaching and troubleshooting, methods and materials; instrument makes, accessories. Students are required to develop a fundamental playing knowledge of instruments.

Note: Required of all music education majors with band or orchestra emphasis.

1655. Brass I (1 s.h.) F S. $.

(Formerly: MUS ED 0054.)

Prerequisite: Current required clearances for the Music Education degree program: PA Child Abuse History; PA Criminal History Check; and FBI Fingerprint and Criminal History Report.

Methods for teaching brass skills to students in a school setting. Topics may include but are not limited to: literature selection, instrument assembly, hand position and posture, maintenance, embouchure, tone production, transposition, fingerings, range; proactive teaching and troubleshooting, methods and materials; instrument makes, accessories. Students are required to develop a fundamental playing knowledge of instruments.

Note: Required of all music education majors.

1656. Brass II (1 s.h.) S. $.

(Formerly: MUS ED 0056.)

Prerequisite: Current required clearances for the Music Education degree program: PA Child Abuse History; PA Criminal History Check; and FBI Fingerprint and Criminal History Report.

Advanced methods for teaching brass skills to students in a school setting. Topics may include but are not limited to: literature selection, instrument assembly, hand position and posture, maintenance, embouchure, tone production, transposition, fingerings, range; proactive teaching and troubleshooting, methods and materials; instrument makes, accessories, and repairs. Students are required to develop a fundamental playing knowledge of instruments.

Note: Required of all music education majors.

1657. Woodwinds II (1 s.h.) F. $.

(Formerly: MUS ED 0057.)

Prerequisite: Current required clearances for the Music Education degree program: PA Child Abuse History; PA Criminal History Check; and FBI Fingerprint and Criminal History Report.

Methods for teaching double reed skills to students in a school setting. Topics may include but are not limited to: literature selection, instrument assembly, hand position and posture, maintenance, embouchure, tone production, transposition, fingerings, range; proactive teaching and troubleshooting, methods and materials; instrument makes, and accessories. Students are required to develop a fundamental playing knowledge of instruments.

Note: Required of all music education majors

1658. Guitar I (1 s.h.) F. $.

(Formerly: MUS ED 0058.)

Prerequisite: Open only to music education and therapy majors. Presumes a background in musicianship, including reading and aural skills.

Carefully sequenced developmental technical exercises designed to achieve competency with basic chord formations in all keys.

1659. Guitar II (1 s.h.) S. $.

(Formerly: MUS ED 0059.)

Prerequisite: Open only to music education and therapy majors.

A continuation of Music Education 1658 (0058) in which skills are further developed to include positions and more advanced folk and popular accompaniment techniques.

1671. Collaboration & Creativity in the New Music Community (3 s.h.)

This is an experiential course for students in the major. Its focus is on teaching music as a collaborative pursuit involving free and creative personal expression among all people in learning communities. Topics will include (but not be limited to) awareness and development of community music, roles of music industry and music institutions as resources in music instruction, organizing and leading collaborative musical experiences, social and cultural aspects of music involvement, the value of informal music making, improvisation, and composing.

Note: This course is for majors only.

Upper Division Courses

2665. Music Learning & Development (3 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: MUS ED 0335 & 4665.)

Prerequisite: Music Education 3661, 4666. Current required clearances for the Music Education degree program: PA Child Abuse History; PA Criminal History Check; and FBI Fingerprint and Criminal History Report.

Understanding how learners develop and how individual learnersí needs affect music learning can inform teachers how to teach. In this course, preservice music teachers study music development from the learnersí perspective and begin to process ways in which music learning theories, approaches, processes, and methods can guide learnersí development.

Note: Includes field observations. This course is for majors only

2671. School Choral Ensembles (2 s.h.)

Prerequisite: Current required clearances for the Music Education degree program: PA Child Abuse History; PA Criminal History Check; and FBI Fingerprint and Criminal History Report.

In this course, preservice music teachers increase their understanding of vocal development, inclusive vocal settings, diverse music repertoire and transfer of music across in-school and out-of-school settings. Preservice music teachers consider a variety of approaches to ensemble formations (e.g.: non-select/select-implications of inclusion/exclusion; curricular/extra-curricular) and ways in which types of school ensembles (e.g.: Jazz, Show Choir, Barbershop, Gospel, Womenís Chorus, Menís Chorus, Mixed Chorus) have traditionally been established and maintained. Contemporary research and practice, with implications for new types of vocal and choral ensembles in Pre-K-12 school settings, also will be considered. Emphasis is on building a course of study for choral music in schools.

Note: Special authorization only. In-class performances and peer evaluations, and observations (in-class) required. This course is for majors only.

2672. Diction Using Choral Repertoire (2 s.h.)
Co-Requisite: Current required clearances for the Music Education degree program: PA Child Abuse History; PA Criminal History Check; and FBI Fingerprint and Criminal History Report.

Orientation to the International Phonetic Alphabet and its application to literature appropriate for solo and choral literature in English, Italian, German, and French.

Note: Special authorization only. In-class performances of literature in the language required. This course is for majors only.

2673. Jazz Education - Instrumental (2 s.h.)

Prerequisite: Current required clearances for the Music Education degree program: PA Child Abuse History; PA Criminal History Check; and FBI Fingerprint and Criminal History Report.

This course surveys strategies for the development of the instrumental jazz ensemble in secondary school settings. Topics will include (but not be limited to): instrumentation, rehearsal techniques, literature, listening, improvisation, styles, rhythm, articulation, rhythm section, and programming.

Note: Special authorization only. Required of all music education majors with band or orchestra emphasis.

2674. Jazz Education - Vocal (2 s.h.)

Prerequisite: Current required clearances for the Music Education degree program: PA Child Abuse History; PA Criminal History Check; and FBI Fingerprint and Criminal History Report.

This course surveys strategies for the development of the vocal jazz ensemble in secondary school settings. Topics will include (but not be limited to): Swing and show choirs, balancing voices, rehearsal techniques, literature, listening, improvisation, styles, rhythm, articulation, rhythm section, and programming.

Note: Special authorization only; required for all music education majors with choral or general emphasis.

2675. Inclusive Vocal Development: Pre-Kindergarten - Secondary (2 s.h.)

Prerequisite: Current required clearances for the Music Education degree program: PA Child Abuse History; PA Criminal History Check; and FBI Fingerprint and Criminal History Report.

In this course, preservice music teachers learn to guide their future students through stages of vocal development. Emphases include presentation of an exemplary vocal model for oneís students, voice care for choral musicians and teachers, and considerations for selecting repertoire appropriate for Pre-Kindergarten, elementary, and secondary school choral musicians.

Note: Special authorization only. In-class performances and peer evaluations, and observations (in-class) required. This course is for majors only.

2696. Teaching General Music to Inclusive Populations (TGMIP) (3 s.h.) F S. RCI: WI. $.

(Formerly: MUS ED W230.)

Prerequisite: Music Education 2665, 4665; passing scores on Praxis 1 examinations in reading, writing and math. Current required clearances for the Music Education degree program: PA Child Abuse History; PA Criminal History Check; and FBI Fingerprint and Criminal History Report.

The principles, practices, and materials central to the general music program in elementary and secondary education.

Note: Special authorization only. Required for all music education majors. Includes Field Experience.

3631. Functional Voice I (1 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: MUS ED 0247.)

Students will learn how to use their voices appropriately and safely in clinical situations; how to sing standard clinical repertoire by memory.

Note: A two-semester sequence for Music Therapy majors.

3632. Functional Voice II (1 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: MUS ED 0248.)

A continued development of skills learned in Functional Voice I, where students will learn techniques on eliciting singing responses from various client populations.

Note: A two-semester sequence for Music Therapy majors.

3633. Functional Piano I (1 s.h.) F.

(Formerly: MUS ED 0257.)

Students will develop functional skills and repertoire for leading and accompanying vocal and instrumental activities in the music therapy setting.

3634. Functional Piano II (1 s.h.) F.

(Formerly: MUS ED 0258.)

A continued development of skills learned in Functional Piano I, where students continue to learn functional skills for accompanying therapy sessions.

3635. Functional Guitar I (1 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: MUS ED 0267.)

Students will develop functional singing and accompanying skills on guitar using the music therapy song literature. Second semester is a continuation.

3636. Functional Guitar II (1 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: MUS ED 0268.)

A continuation of skills learned in Functional Guitar I, where students continue to learn various techniques and accompanying skills on guitar.

3651. Music Education Lab Band (0 or 1 s.h.) F.

Prerequisite: Music 2323 (Basic Conducting); Music 2324 (Intermediate Conducting-Instrumental); at least three from the following: MUS ED 1651 (Percussion), MUS ED 1652 (Woodwinds I), MUS ED 1653 (Upper Strings), MUS ED 1655 (Brass I), MUS ED 1656 (Brass II), MUS ED 1657 (Woodwinds II); passing Praxis I examinations in reading, writing, and math; active FBI, fingerprint, and child abuse clearances.

This is an experiential course with a focus on concert band literature selection and rehearsal techniques appropriate for beginning and intermediate level ensembles. Students will participate through performance on primary and secondary instruments as well as conducting and rehearsing.

3661. Introduction to Teaching Students with Special Needs (2 to 3 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: MUS ED 0220.)

Prerequisite: Current required clearances for the Music Education degree program: PA Child Abuse History; PA Criminal History Check; and FBI Fingerprint and Criminal History Report.

A foundation for understanding the characteristics of exceptional children and the implications of these characteristics to music education. A variety of music materials especially designed or adaptable for teaching music to handicapped children discussed in terms of their practical use for classroom instruction.

3662. Keyboard Harmony - Music Education (3 s.h.)

(Formerly: MUS ED 0245.)

Prerequisite: Successful completion of all secondary piano (for music education majors only). Passing scores on Praxis I examinations in reading, writing, and math. Current required clearances for the Music Education degree program: PA Child Abuse History; PA Criminal History Check; and FBI Fingerprint and Criminal History Report.

Skills development in use of the keyboard as a classroom tool. Focus on chord progressions, sequences, modulations, harmonizations of small forms, transposition, extemporization, score reading.

Note: Special authorization only. Required for all music education majors.

3689. Fieldwork in Music Therapy (1 to 3 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: MUS ED 0362.)

Supervised field placements where students learn how to plan and conduct music therapy sessions with different client populations.

4611. Music Therapy Overview (3 s.h.) F.

(Formerly: MUS ED 0354.)

An introduction to music therapy theory and practice. Clinical case studies will be used to illustrate general principles of assessment, goal planning, treatment and evaluation.

4613. Music Therapy Foundations (3 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: MUS ED 0365.)

An examination of philosophical, psychological, biological and sociological foundations for the use of music as therapy.

4614. Psychiatric Music Therapy (3 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: MUS ED 0370.)

An examination of music therapy practice with psychiatric populations (e.g., schizophrenia, affective disorders, PTSD), with laboratory training in how to design and implement music experiences to meet therapeutic goals.

4615. Rehabilitative Music Therapy (3 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: MUS ED 0371.)

A survey of music therapy literature based on physical rehabilitation (e.g., brain injury, stroke, cerebral palsy, neuromotor disease), with laboratory training in how to design and implement music experiences to meet therapeutic goals.

4616. Developmental Music Therapy (3 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: MUS ED 0372.)

An examination of music therapy methods used with children who have developmental problems (e.g., mental retardation, learning disabilities, behavior problems, sensory disorders) with laboratory training in how to design and implement music experiences to meet therapeutic needs.

4617. Medical Music Therapy (3 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: MUS ED 0373.)

A survey of music therapy literature based on medical applications (e.g., general hospital, surgery, chronic and terminal illness), with laboratory training in how to design and implement music experiences to meet therapeutic goals.

Note: This course is for majors only.

4618. Music Therapy Ethics (1 to 2 s.h.)

(Formerly: MUS ED 0374.)

An examination of ethical issues in music therapy practice, research, education, and supervision.

4619. Medical/Rehabilitative Music Therapy (3 s.h.) F S.

An examination of music therapy treatment in physical rehabilitation treatment (e.g., brain injury, stroke, cerebral palsy, neuromotor disease) and medical issues (surgery, diabetes, cancer, AIDS) with laboratory training in how to design and implement music experiences to meet therapeutic goals.

Note: This course is for majors only.

4641. Music Therapy Experiences I: Creative Methods (1 s.h.)

Students experience creative methods of Music Therapy and explore their therapeutic potential.

Note: This course is for majors only.

4642. Music Therapy Experiences II: Recreative Methods (1 s.h.)

Students experience recreative methods of Music Therapy and explore their therapeutic potential.

Note: This course is for majors only.

4643. Music Therapy Experiences III: Receptive Methods (1 s.h.)

Students experience receptive methods of Music Therapy and explore their therapeutic potential.

Note: This course is for majors only.

4661. Curricular Options in Secondary School Music (3 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: MUS ED 0310.)

Prerequisite: Music Education 2665 (0335/4665); passing scores on Praxis 1 examinations in reading, writing and math.

Training in effective and ethical music teaching, pedagogy, systematic observation skills, classroom management, and diverse populations. Classroom activities and assignments call on the synthesis of musical knowledge and skills acquired throughout the degree program in preparation for a successful Student Teaching experience.

4663. Interactive Multimedia I (3 s.h.)

(Formerly: MUS ED 0332.)

This course is designed to teach students how to create interactive multimedia applications using authoring software, multimedia hardware, and multimedia elements such as sound files, digital video, standard MIDI files, and clip art. Students will complete a final project demonstrating their ability to effectively use the hardware and software in creating a useful interactive multimedia application for education.

4664. Interactive Multimedia II (3 s.h.)

(Formerly: MUS ED 0333.)

Prerequisite: Music Education 4663 (0332) - Interactive Multimedia I.

Students will be able to create multimedia objects using graphics, digital audio, digital video, and MIDI hardware and software. Each student will complete a final project demonstrating his or her ability to effectively use multimedia hardware and software in creating a useful application for education. The final project will be deployed on the World Wide Web.

4666. Assessment of Music Learning (2 to 3 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: MUS ED 0340.)

Prerequisite: Current required clearances for the Music Education degree program: PA Child Abuse History; PA Criminal History Check; and FBI Fingerprint and Criminal History Report.

Students learn to measure music learning (achievement), skill-based and cognitive-based, and to measure music potential (aptitude) across a range of ages. They write achievement tests, which they evaluate subjectively and statistically, and learn to evaluate the quality and appropriateness of standardized tests of music achievement and music aptitude.

Note: Special authorization only. Required for all music education majors.

4667. Teaching Instrumental Music to Inclusive Populations (3 s.h.) S. $.

(Formerly: MUS ED 0350.)

Prerequisite: Music Education 1651 (0050), 1652 (0051), 1653 (0052), 1654 (0053), 1655 (0054), 1656 (0056), 1657 (0057), 2665 (0335/4665); passing scores on Praxis 1 examinations in reading, writing and math.

For the prospective teacher of instrumental music in the elementary and secondary schools. A synthesis of all previous work in instrumental music courses. Emphasis on efficient rehearsal and teaching techniques for small and large group settings; developing musical and technical skills of instrumental music students; recruiting; repertoire; programming; performance issues; evaluation; administration.

Note: Required of music education majors.

4668. Senior Student Teaching Seminar (1 to 3 s.h.)

(Formerly: MUS ED 0341.)

Prerequisite: Passing scores on all Praxis 1 & 2 exams; completion of all music and music education required coursework. Current required clearances for the Music Education degree program: PA Child Abuse History; PA Criminal History Check; and FBI Fingerprint and Criminal History Report.

Seminar for senior music education majors enrolled in Music Education 4689 (0351) and/or Music Education 4789 (0352).

Note: Special authorization only.

4669. Teaching Choral Music to Inclusive Populations (2 to 3 s.h.)

Prerequisite: For choral/general emphasis: Music 1225 and either Music Education 2671 or 2675. For instrumental emphasis: Either Music Education 2671 or 2675. All majors: Music Education 2665, 3661, 4666, Music 2323, 2324, passing scores on Praxis 1 examinations in reading, writing and math. Current required clearances for the Music Education degree program: PA Child Abuse History; PA Criminal History Check; and FBI Fingerprint and Criminal History Report.

For the prospective teacher of vocal music; practical solutions to problems of audition procedures, development of musical skills within the choral rehearsal, repertoire and programming, voice classes, performance planning and execution, the changing voice, and needs of special learners.

Note: Required for all music education majors.

4670. Special Problems in Music Education (1 to 4 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: MUS ED 0393.)

Prerequisite: Permission of department chair.

Registration by special course authorization.

Note: Arranged by semester, please consult with the instructor.

4685. Music Therapy Clinical Internship (1 to 6 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: MUS ED 0376 & 4687.)

Academic supervision of clinical experiences in music therapy with various client populations.

Note: Weekly seminars with other interns are required. This course is for majors only.

4689. Student Teaching-Elementary (3 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: MUS ED 0351.)

Prerequisite: Passing scores on all Praxis 1 & 2 exams; completion of all music and music education required coursework. Current required clearances for the Music Education degree program: PA Child Abuse History; PA Criminal History Check; and FBI Fingerprint and Criminal History Report.

Field experience in elementary grades for senior music education majors.

Note: Special authorization only.

4696. Music Therapy Research (3 s.h.) S. RCI: WI.

(Formerly: MUS ED W364.)

A survey of music therapy research provides a foundation for developing skills in formulating research questions, reviewing the literature, designing a study, analyzing and interpreting data, and writing reports. Ethical issues are considered.

4789. Student Teaching - Secondary (3 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: MUS ED 0352.)

Prerequisite: Passing scores on all Praxis 1 & 2 exams; completion of all music and music education required coursework.

Field experience in secondary grades for senior music education majors.


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