The Cline School of Music : Music Education Department
Music Education majors are a large part of the Cline School of Music. Students are able to acquire South Carolina certification in instrumental music (band or strings), and choral music (general music), K-12. Music Education students are involved in all areas of music including large and small ensembles as well as solo performance. More than 100 hours are spent in public school field experiences prior to the actual sixty days of student teaching. Through methods courses, technique classes, private lessons, and field experiences at all grade levels, the students acquire skills in planning a lesson, teaching the lesson, and assessing student learning. Graduates from North Greenville University have found employment in many state public schools as well as some out of state public and private schools. Recent graduates have had students earn places in the All State Chorus, All State Band, and All State Orchestra. One of NGU’s music graduates won the State High School Marching Band Championship at two different high schools.
Bachelor of Arts in Music Education
Music Education majors complete 20 hours in EDUC 1210, Introduction to Education. Eight hours of observation are required in each of the Music Education technique classes (Brass, Woodwind, Strings, Percussion, and Vocal/Choral) for a total of 40 hours. Music Education students also must spend 40 hours in field experiences in MUED 3320 (Music in the Elementary and Middle Schools), and 40 hours in field experiences in MUED 4320/4330 (Music in the High School) for a total of 140 hours prior to student teaching. Student candidates observe a cooperating teacher and then teach a demonstration lesson and a video lesson. The University Music Field Experience Coordinator observes students in MUED 3320 and MUED 4320/4330, completing a formative and summative evaluation for each student. The cooperating teacher also completes an evaluation of the teacher candidate in each field experience. These evaluation records are filed in the College of Education Field Experience Office.
The mission of the Music Education program at North Greenville University is to offer a music/liberal arts-based curriculum which leads to a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education/Choral or Bachelor of Arts in Music Education/Instrumental. In keeping with the institution’s Statement of Purpose, these two degree programs seek to enable students to integrate academic discipline, Christian lifestyle and an enriched cultural experience by offering course work that will develop teachers who possess the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to foster learning in youth.
The goals of the Music Education program at North Greenville University are that its graduates 1) demonstrate proficiency in the language and grammar of music; 2) acquire skills using the basic elements of music: melody, rhythm, harmony, timbre, texture, dynamics, movement, and form in both aural and visual analysis; 3) develop an understanding of the relationship between music history and literature from past and contemporary cultures (both western and nonwestern) and the influence that music and other performing arts forms have on each other; 4) demonstrate a personal commitment to the art of music in teaching music as an element of civilization, and to encourage the artistic and intellectual development of students, serving as a role model for students through a commitment as an independent professional; 5) acquire skills in recreating, through performance compositions from all historic, cultural, and stylistic perspectives, thus providing opportunities to create new compositions representative of the 21st century; 6) develop the capability to lead students to an understanding of music as an art form, as a means of communication, and as a part of their intellectual and cultural heritage; 7) demonstrate the capability to inspire others and to excite the imagination of students, thus engendering a respect of music and a desire for musical knowledge and experiences; 8) demonstrate the ability to evaluate ideas, methods assessments, and policies in the arts, the humanities, and in arts education for impact on the musical and cultural development of students; 9) demonstrate knowledge of research, research sources, and research techniques in Music Education, thus gaining the ability to use research in the teaching and assessing of music and the improving of musicianship; 10) demonstrate knowledge of the theories of child development and learning styles as appropriate to classroom instruction, K-12; 11) demonstrate an understanding of careers in Music Education and service to the community at large.
To be admitted to the Music Education Degree program a student must have completed no fewer than forty-five (45) semester hours of course work which meet the degree requirements at North Greenville University. Students must be admitted one year before student teaching. Additionally, each student must have:
Requirements for admission into the Teacher Education program for students who have not taken the above-referenced classes because of transferring to North Greenville University or changing majors include recommendations from other instructors as designated by the College of Education.
Bachelor of Arts in Music Education - Choral
Bachelor of Arts in Music Education - Instrumental