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Overview

The Master of Music Education is designed for working professionals seeking an advanced degree that will strengthen teaching knowledge and skills.   Courses are organized to provide the candidate with musical concepts needed in a specific career path.  Utilizing online classes allows teachers to schedule class work in convenient times while still maintaining regular work hours.

Curriculum

The course work for the Master of Music Education degree consists of thirty hours, sixteen of which are required classes, and fourteen electives. The five required classes present valuable concepts for the candidate who seeks to improve knowledge and skills supplementing the individual's original major or to change a career path, for instance, band to elementary music, or string instruction to choral music. The History of Music Education and Current Trends in Music Education prepare students to use past information in a positive way, yet learning new methods of instruction including use of technology to create positive learning experiences for students.  Analytical Techniques, Psychology of Music Education, and Research in Music Education are informational classes that assist the candidate to synthesize concepts, teaching styles, while making plans for the future of a school musical program.  The final thesis/project class provides the candidate with the opportunity to research a concept, present a lecture/recital, or develop a program for utilizing a variety of learning experiences in the classroom.  Each candidate's course of study is individualized by the student and the Dean of the Graduate Music Education Program.  A person may follow the choral track, instrumental, or elementary music, depending on the preference of the candidate.  Such classes as Marching Band Techniques, Graduate Music Conducting, Directing the High School Musical, the Developing Singer, and Technology in Music Education, Instrumental Repair Classes, and Vocal Health Pedagogy provide candidates knowledge, skills, and opportunities to be successful in the 21st century music classroom.

Prerequisites

  • Hold a Music Education degree from an accredited institution
  • Have a valid teacher's certificate or equivalent

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REQUIRED TEXT

 

Matriculation based on individual student needs. Contact your academic advisor for more information.

MMED 5000 Graduate Theory Review (3 credit hours)

Graduate Music Theory Review is a survey of tonal functional harmony written skills, analysis, and aural dictation. The course begins with diatonic harmonies and progresses through chromatic harmonies via written and analysis assignments with corresponding aural dictation. In addition, there is an introduction to post-19th century analysis and concepts. Online and offered as necessary. This is a remedial course and as such does not count toward graduation, but is required if deficiencies are identified by the Graduate Music Theory Placement Exam.

MMED 5010 Graduate Music History Review (3 credit hours)

This course is designed to provide an overview of the historical and stylistic developments of western musical traditions through an intensive study of its basic materials. Students are expected to consult appropriate musical scores and use standard music dictionaries and encyclopedias to clarify concepts and add to factual knowledge.  The course gives factual information about composers and masterworks from each style period.  Aural skills will be emphasized through listening and score study.  Online, summer session, offered as necessary. This is a remedial course and as such does not count toward graduation, but is required if deficiencies are identified by the Graduate Music History Placement Exam.

MMED 5110 Instrumental Repair / Woodwinds (1 credit hour)

This course offers basic repair procedures for woodwind instruments that are encountered by all instrumental music educators.

MMED 5120 Instrumental Repair - Percussion (1 credit hour)

This course offers basic repair procedures for percussion instruments that are encountered by all instrumental music educators.

MMED 5210 History of Music Education (2 credit hours)

This course provides a historical background of the development of Music Education in the United States of America.   In addition to the investigation of the historical development of Music Education, the philosophical, aesthetic, and pedagogical principles from the earliest beginnings to contemporary Music Education will be covered in this class.

MMED 5220 Current Issues in Music Education (2 credit hours)

This course examines philosophies, perspectives, methods, and issues that impact music education in the K-12 setting. Music education issues are evaluated using research, analysis, and assessment to determine relevance to teaching and learning in the music classroom.

MMED 5320 The Integration of Global Music into the Classroom (3 credit hours)

This course offers a look into how music educators may integrate global music into their curriculum through different techniques and sequences.  Students will also gain a basic understanding of different cultures from around the globe.

MMED 5325 Marching Band Techniques (3 credit hours)

This course provides examination and instruction in the fundamental principles and effective practices with respect to the contemporary marching band. You will be challenged to examine your expectations and preconceptions regarding the role of the marching band in music education. Focus will be placed on the visual aspects of the marching band activity since for many musicians it is the most foreign area of concern. Students will display an understanding of the course material by programming, planning, and creating at least a portion of a marching band show with Pyware 3d..

MMED 5330 Music Technology for Educators (3 credit hours)

This course will explore the use of computers and technology in the field of music education. Topics will include the Mac OS; productivity applications; audio-visuals; computer-aided instructional software; digital audio; MIDI; and notation.

MMED 5335 Teaching the Developing Singer (3 credit hours)

This course provides foundational methods for teaching vocal-technique to children and adolescents; grades K-12. An analysis of vocal-technique for young voices will encompass vocal physiology and a review of research as it relates to the child and adolescent voice. Additional discourse includes a study of the basics of choral direction, and the application of learned vocal-technique in the K-12 setting.

MMED 5340 Directing the High School Musical (3 credit hours)

An intensive workshop that addresses all aspects of teaching related to a musical theatre production. This course examines the process of selecting an appropriate work to be performed, selecting a cast, building a rehearsal schedule, coaching student actors, and using healthy and balanced musical rehearsal techniques. This course also examines the process of building a production team and the roles of the music director, stage director, assistant director, choreographer, and stage manager.

MMED 5345 Graduate Conducting Techniques (3 credit hours)

Advanced study in band, orchestra, and choral conducting with an emphasis on gesture, conducting technique, score study, and score analysis.

MMED 5355 Contemporary and Experimental Music of the 20th Century (1920-Present) (3 credit hours)

This course offers a look into the music and thoughts of contemporary and experimental music composers of the 20th century, who generally fall outside the realm of mainstream classical or popular genres.

MMED 5360 Romantic Music 1820 1920 (3 credit hours)

This course examines the period from the Congress of Vienna in 1815 through the advent of Modernism. Students should develop a sophisticated understanding of the relationship between music, aesthetics, social history, and politics in Nineteenth-century Romanticism.  They will also enlarge their knowledge of the musical repertoire of the period.

MMED 5365 Vocal Pedagogy and Health (3 credit hours)

Vocal Pedagogy and Health includes the examination of pedagogical approaches to vocal instruction. Assessment of scientific data, learning styles, and discipline specific language will assist in the formation of individual teaching philosophies and practical methods of analyzing and developing the primary parameters of vocal production: respiration, phonation, resonation, and articulation. Each student will acquire a moderately detailed understanding of the structure and function of the vocal mechanism as it is used for singing. Students will learn principles of caring for the singing voice, how to preserve one's vocal health for a lifetime.

MMED 5370 AP Theory (3 credit hours)

This course is designed for Music Educators who wish to be certified to teach Advanced Placement Music Theory at the high school level in order to prepare students to be successful or exempt one or more semesters of college theory classes. The subject matter of the AP Music Theory Exam will be explored in depth, and the music educator will develop a course syllabus. Materials and resources will be available for examination. The class will meet 5 full days on campus, and the second week will be online.

MMED 6245 Choral Arranging (2 credit hours)

This course will investigate the concepts and principles of good choral arranging. Involved is a thorough knowledge of melody, harmony, rhythm, form, texture, dynamics, and timbre.

MMED 6250 Instrumental Arranging (2 credit hours)

This course will investigate the concepts and principles of good instrumental arranging. Involved is a thorough knowledge of melody, harmony, rhythm, form, texture, dynamics, and timbre as well as the practicalities and idiosyncrasies of instruments.

MMED 6300 Analytic Techniques (3 credit hours)

A review of traditional tonal and formal analysis, and analysis of the works of Debussy, Hindemith, Schoenberg, Webern, Stravinsky, and Bartok.

MMED 6310 Techniques of Research in Music and Music Education (3 credit hours)

Techniques of Research in Music and Music Education provides the student with the basic tools necessary to acquire, interpret and produce meaningful research materials that will be useful to themselves and others. Students will choose an area of interest, examine the work of other researchers in that area, and create a meaningful proposal for further study.

MMED 6320 Thesis Project (3 credit hours)

This course provides the opportunity for the Master of Music Education candidate to meet with the Graduate Committee and make plans for the thesis/project, which serves as a synthesis for the total Master of Music Education degree. The thesis/project may be a research or a teaching project.

MMED 6340 Psychology of Music and Music Education (3 credit hours)

Psychology of Music and Music Education provides the student with information concerning the psychology of music and its practical application within the classroom. The course will deliver information relative to accepted and widely researched psychological theories and practices and will encourage students to closely examine their own classroom practices for areas of improvement.

MMED MUAPL 5110 Graduate Applied Piano (1 credit hour)

Students study advanced repertoire and etudes beyond the level of the senior undergraduate music education major. The student must take a jury at the end of the session.

MMED MUAPL 5120 Graduate Applied Voice (1 credit hour)

Students study advanced repertoire beyond the level of the senior undergraduate Music Education major. The student must take a jury at the end of the session. One semester hour credit.

MMED MUAPL 5130 Graduate Applied Brass (1 credit hour)

Students study advanced repertoire and etudes beyond the level of the senior undergraduate music education major. The student must take a jury at the end of the session.

MMED 5140 Graduate Applied Organ (1 credit hour)

Students study advanced repertoire beyond the level of the senior undergraduate music education major. The student must take a jury at the end of the session.

MMED MUAPL 5150 Graduate Applied Percussion (1 credit hour)

Students study advanced repertoire and etudes beyond the level of the senior undergraduate music education major. The student must take a jury at the end of the session.

MMED MUAPL 5160 Graduate Applied Strings (1 credit hour)

Students study advanced repertoire and etudes beyond the level of the senior undergraduate music education major. The student must take a jury at the end of the session

Graduate School of Music Education

Marianne Holland | Dean of the Graduate School of Music Education

Dr. Marianne Holland

Dean of the Graduate School of Music Education

Marianne Holland serves as dean for Graduate Music Education Studies. Her degrees are from Limestone College and the University of South Carolina. In addition, she has completed further graduate studies in various components of Music Education at Westminster Choir College, Florida State University, the University of Texas at Austin, and Christ Church College, Oxford, England. During her teaching experiences in the public schools of South Carolina, she wrote and obtained many grants from the state of South Carolina, and the US Department of Education. While at NGU, grants have been written for Character Education, Teddy Bear concerts, and FBN Opera presentations of popular childrens stories. Active in professional organizations as a presenter and performer, she has served as president of the South Carolina Music Educators Association, Southern Division president of the Music Educators National Conference, now NAFME, and is a member of the SCMEA Hall of Fame.

 

 

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