The Master of Arts degree with a concentration in instrumental music education features a broad range of theoretical courses balanced by requirements that apply to instrumental directors' work with elementary, middle, and high school instrumental ensembles. Unique to this program is its emphasis on practical application in graduate study as well as cooperation among classroom, vocal, and instrumental music educators to produce superior music education in our schools. Informed, practical pedagogy is the cornerstone of this concentration.
In this program, students will
Sharpen conducting and rehearsal skills necessary for efficient instrumental artistry
Gain insights into historical and contemporary instrumental literature through analytical study
Improve musical competency
Broaden understanding of music history, theory, and literature
Gain pedagogical insights into instrumental pedagogy, sight-reading/musicianship and instrumental music learning for ensembles of all ages and ability levels
Discover new applications for existing expertise
Emphasize the commonality of the goals and techniques shared by music educators at all levels
Students with an instrumental concentration are required to take the following music education core courses.
Foundations of Music Education (GMUS 608)
Introduction to Scholarship and Research Methods in Music Education (GMUS 608)
Musicianship I (GMUS 750)
Perspectives in Music Theory (GMUS 611)Teaching and Learning (GMUS 601)
Topics in Music History, Literature and Theory (GMUS 612)
Prerequisite: Passing grade on the Diagnostic Exam
Directed Research (GMUS 876)
M.A. Final Project (GMUS 890)
To be scheduled with advisor
Students take eleven required credits in the instrumental field of concentration. Through the required concentration courses, students expand and refine the information needed to work successfully with instrumentalists of all ages.
Advanced Instrumental Conducting (GMUS 690)
Prerequisite: Advanced Instrumental Score Study and Literature (GMUS 687)
Advanced Instrumental Score Study and Literature (GMUS 687)
Applied Performance Studies as specified below (GMUS 570-592)
Private study; 12, 30-minute lessons on the major instrument, arranged with the instructor and determined in consultation with the director.
Private study; 12, 30-minute lessons on a secondary instrument, arranged with the instructor and determined in consultation with the director.
Instrumental Musicianship Pedagogy (GMUS 665)
Elective courses offer students opportunities to further define and hone the breadth and depth of their expertise. Students take a minimum of five elective credits.
African Music Ensemble (GMUS 671)
Dalcroze Musicianship (GMUS 651)
Exploring Music Technology (GMUS 661)
Jazz Pedagogy (GMUS 664)
Marching Band Techniques (GMUS 557)
Solo and Small Ensemble and Solo Literature (GMUS 558)
Topics in Music Education (GMUS 544-xx)
Other courses considered for elective credit
All students admitted to the Master of Arts in Music Education program must take and pass a diagnostic examination in music history and theory immediately following their acceptance into the program. This exam is a non-course requirement of the Master of Arts in Music Education degree and also serves as a prerequisite for courses Topics in Music History, Literature, and Theory (GMUS 612) and Musicianship I (GMUS 750).
Students are required to pass an oral comprehensive examination at the completion of their coursework. In this one-hour examination, students demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of philosophical, historical, psychological, and pedagogical foundations and contexts of music education and important issues in the field. Students are expected to synthesize ideas and information and apply this knowledge and understanding to classroom practice.
Concluding the coursework for the Master of Arts degree in music education, students will complete a Master of Arts (M.A.) Project chosen from one of several designs, all of which conclude with submitting four hardbound copies of a written component formatted according to Graduate Programs in Music Education (GPME) Project-Writing Guidelines. The following one- and two-semester designs are not intended to be exhaustive but rather to serve as a basis for other designs along these or other lines. Most projects will take one term to complete, and no projects will take longer than two terms to complete.
Includes but is not limited to students composing and describing in detail a composition, or compositions they have composed and/or arranged for their students. This type of project typically consists of:
Designs four and five are the only options for doing two-semester M.A. projects involving GMUS 876 Directed Research the first semester and GMUS 890 M.A. Project the second semester. Students seeking to do either design four or five need to obtain the approval of the GPME Director two terms before the beginning of the first semester of the project.
Public presentation of lecture-recital/teaching demonstration of student's area of expertise, typically consisting of:
The two-semester thesis is built along the lines of a scholarly paper but conforms to more traditional research lines of qualitative, quantitative, historical, philosophical, descriptive and mixed methodologies--or it is based on Designs One, Two, or Three with a human subjects component. Other distinctive features include: