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Music and Music Education

Music & Music Education

In the Department of Arts & Humanities

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Course List

A&H 5001 Research Methods in Arts and Humanities

An examination of research studies and strategies for conducting research in the arts and humanities.

A&H 5002 Assessment strategies for the arts

An examination of traditional and alternative strategies for assessing art objects and artistic performances, knowledge of the arts, and attitudes toward the arts.

A&HM 4021 Designing musical experiences for young children

(Pedagogy) Overview of appropriate interactive practices, environmental design, and curriculum planning for young children from birth through age 7. Includes observations of exemplary teaching as well as practicum experience.

A&HM 4022 The artistic lives of young children

(Pedagogy) For pre-service and in-service teachers of young children interested in integrative pedagogy focused on children's engagement with music, art, movement, and dramatic play. Creative expression is explored within cultural, expressive, developmental, and curricular contexts through personal reflection, observation, and instructional design.

A&HM 4023 Choral pedagogy

(Pedagogy) Everyone is welcome to explore their own singing as we study choral music and group singing in various ensemble settings. We will address healthy singing with an emphasis on the developing voice and the process of singing with vocal goals, creative repertoire choice and developmental musical goals, and a student-centered approach for rehearsals and planning with engagement goals.  

A&HM 4029 Introduction to new technologies in music education

(Pedagogy) Understanding the principles of creating and teaching with synthesizers, MIDI and computers, and emphasizing the application to music education.

A&HM 4033 Approaches to teaching musical instruments

(Pedagogy) This course will examine teaching and learning in the context of instrumental music. It will serve as an overview of theoretical and philosophical constructs of instrumental music pedagogy. The resulting practices inform our knowledge of teaching through the process of learning instruments in a small group setting. Focus will be on the years students typically begin the learning of wind, brass, and percussion instruments in schools, around the age of 10, through intermediate and advanced levels in middle and high school. Fundamental to our approach will be the development of lesson planning that puts the student at the center of her learning experiences. Not content with the traditional master/apprentice model, we will seek opportunities to improvise and create, allowing students even in the early stages to assume some degree of control over how they make music and what they choose to play. Questioning techniques in the instrumental lesson setting will encourage reflection on action that results in a broadening, not just of skills, but of the kind of reflective thought that is at the heart of educative experiences. Activities and projects in class will center around developing appropriately sequenced lesson plans, understanding the unique characteristics of instruments of various families, and put all class members in the dual role of teacher and student.

A&HM 4050 Strategies for Ensemble Rehearsal

(Pedagogy) Focus on conducting strategies, rehearsal techniques, and performance programming for instrumental and choral groups encountered in K-12 schooling. Emphasis on preparation for musical teaching through score study, development of non-verbal communicative skills, and attention to group engagement. Final projects may focus either on band, orchestra, choral, or K-6 repertoire.

A&HM 4056 Chamber music

(Performance) For music majors only. The study and performance of chamber works from the Baroque through contemporary periods.

A&HM 4167 Digital and/or Electronic Music: Music ed majors

Hours arranged at mutually convenient times between student and instructor.  Goals will be decided at initial meeting for the term. Written permission from the Music Education Program, Room 520A Horace Mann, required. With permission of advisor, students may register continuously for this course up to five semesters total.

A&HM 4201 Fieldwork in music education

For Music majors only. Professional activities in the field under the supervision of a member of the Music Education Program faculty.

A&HM 4357 Ensemble performance: Music--Instrumental

(Performance) For music majors only. For instrumental and vocal majors, a course designed for performance by chamber ensembles. Repertoire determined by registration. Public concert performances each semester.

A&HM 4358 Ensemble performance: Music - Vocal


 (Performance) Open to all interested in singing. Public concert performances each semester. Repertoire determined by registration.

A&HM 4701 Supervised teaching in music education: Elementary

M.A. candidates who are student teaching must complete a minimum of 36 points. A variety of supervised teaching experiences (preK-6), supplemented by conferences, evaluation, and seminars. The student completes 200 hours in schools observing, assisting, teaching, and evaluating. Required of those seeking state certification in music in New York State and other states.

A&HM 4711 Supervised teaching in music education: Secondary

M.A. candidates who are student teaching must complete a minimum of 36 points. A variety of supervised teaching experiences (secondary), supplemented by conferences, evaluation, and seminars. The student completes 200 hours in schools observing, assisting, teaching, and evaluating. Required of those seeking state certification in music in New York State and other states.

A&HM 4901 Research and independent study in music education

(Research) For Music majors only. Research and independent study under the direction of a member of the Music and Music Education Program faculty.

A&HM 5020 Foundations of music education

(Pedagogy) An examination of the historical, philosophical, psychological, and sociological bases of music education, emphasizing the implications for the development of curriculum, policy, and administrative leadership.

A&HM 5021 Instrumental experiences with children

(Pedagogy) Prerequisite: A&HM 5022. For private and group music teachers. Developmentally appropriate strategies and materials for instrumental instruction, integrating improvisation, composition, movement, singing, and ensemble playing.

A&HM 5022 Children's musical development

(Research) Overview of significant issues and current research regarding the development of musical skills and understandings in children through early adolescence. Includes observations of children's spontaneous music-making.

A&HM 5023 Vocal pedagogy

(Research) This course offers a complete study of the singing voice including investigation and application of recent research in voice production and pedagogy. We will examine research and address practical skills and special interests such as choral singing, the young voice, CCM styles of singing, and vocal health. A diagnosis of vocal condition will be followed by the design of a process for effective change. Those who are interested in the research aspect of this topic must enroll for 3 points. Those who are interested in the more practical applications of the course can enroll for either 2 or 3 points.

A&HM 5025 Creativity and problem-solving in music education

(Pedagogy) Permission of instructor required. Designed for initial and professional majors to experience and explore critical thinking and creativity as a means for establishing a framework for music learning at all levels.

A&HM 5026 Composing Collaboratively Across Styles

(Music Literacies) Course emphasizes the acquisition and application of diverse musical skills. Collaborative and creative learning processes are explored as means to enlarge content knowledge and curricular possibilities to reflect increasingly pluralistic and multicultural music classrooms. 

A&HM 5027 Philosophical perspectives on music education

(Pedagogy) An investigation of the influential philosophical texts that inform music teaching and learning. Topics involve the examination of aesthetic philosophy, ethical practices, and historical, critical, and cultural perspectives.

A&HM 5029 Intermediate and advanced applications of new technologies in music education

(Pedagogy) Specific demonstrations with new music technology emphasizing the development of creative strategies for music education at various levels.

A&HM 5031 Synthesizing research in music education

(Research) Prerequisite A&H 5001. Required for Ed.M. and Ed.D. students. This course develops students' ability to analyze research journals and to summarize research in music education. Students write a synthesis of research in an area of music education.

A&HM 5032 Comprehensive Musicianship I

(Music Literacies) Through analysis, composition, critical listening, improvisation, and performance, 17th- and 18th-century theoretical constructs are explored, including an overview of the development of harmony and polyphony leading up to these eras.

A&HM 5033 Comprehensive Musicianship II

(Music Literacies) An examination of 19th-century theoretical constructs through analysis, composition, critical listening, improvisation, and performance.

A&HM 5052 Vocal literature and interpretation

(Music Literacies) For students of singing, accompanying, and coaching. Offers performing and teaching command of representative literature, techniques of interpretation and presentation; German, Italian, and French diction for singers.

A&HM 5058 Recital I

For Music majors only. Co-requisite: simultaneous registration for applied music instruction or special permission. The student will create and perform a recital.  Along with selection of repertoire chosen with advisor, the student will secure a date, designing programs and flyers, and arrange for any advertising, personnel, and rehearsals. Group (chamber) works are accepted, as wekk as children's programs, or solo programs reflecting the individuality of performers.  Suggested time frame is 30-60 minutes.  Option to register for 0 point or 1 point to receive additional coaching from the applied music instructor.

A&HM 5156 Percussion Instruction: Music Major

(Performance) Hours arranged at mutually convenient times between student and instructor.  Goals will be decided at initial meeting for the term. Written permission from the Music and Music Education Program, Room 520A Horace Mann, required. For intermediate and advanced Music majors only. With permission of advisor, students may register continuously for this course.

A&HM 5160 Oboe Instruction: Music Major

(Performance) Hours arranged at mutually convenient times between student and instructor.  Goals will be decided at initial meeting for the term. Written permission from the Music and Music Education Program, Room 520A Horace Mann, required. For intermediate and advanced Music majors only. With permission of advisor, students may register continuously for this course.

A&HM 5161 Saxophone Instruction: Music Major

(Performance) Hours arranged at mutually convenient times between student and instructor.  Goals will be decided at initial meeting for the term. Written permission from the Music and Music Education Program, Room 520A Horace Mann, required. For intermediate and advanced Music majors only. With permission of advisor, students may register continuously for this course.

A&HM 5162 Flute Instruction: Music Major

(Performance) Hours arranged at mutually convenient times between student and instructor.  Goals will be decided at initial meeting for the term. Written permission from the Music and Music Education Program, Room 520A Horace Mann, required. For intermediate and advanced Music majors only. With permission of advisor, students may register continuously for this course.

A&HM 5164 Bassoon Instruction: Music Major

(Performance) Contact hours arranged at mutually convenient times between student and instructor.  Goals will be decided at initial meeting for the term. Written permission from the Music and Music Education Program, Room 520A Horace Mann, required. For intermediate and advanced Music majors only. With permission of advisor, students may register continuously for the course numbers below.

A&HM 5166 Guitar Instruction: Music Major

(Performance) Written permission from the Music and Music Education Program, Room 520A Horace Mann, required. For intermediate and advanced Music majors only. With permission of advisor, students may register continuously for the course number.

A&HM 5167 Digital and/or Electronic Music Instruction: Music Majors

(Performance) Hours arranged at mutually convenient times between student and instructor.  Goals will be decided at initial meeting for the term. Written permission from the Music and Music Education Program, Room 520A Horace Mann, required. For intermediate and advanced Music majors only. With permission of advisor, students may register continuously for this course up to five semesters total.

A&HM 5169 Woodwinds Instruction: Music Major

(Performance) Hours arranged at mutually convenient times between student and instructor.  Goals will be decided at initial meeting for the term. Written permission from the Music Education Program, Room 520A Horace Mann, required. For intermediate and advanced Music majors only. With permission of advisor, students may register continuously for this course.

A&HM 5201 Fieldwork in music education

For Music majors only. Professional activities in the field under the supervision of a member of the Music Education Program faculty.

A&HM 5350 Piano Instruction: Music Major

(Performance) Contact hours arranged at mutually convenient times between student and instructor.  Goals will be decided at initial meeting for the term. Written permission from the Music Education Program, Room 520A Horace Mann, required. Individual instruction includes repertory, technical and musical problems, performing experience, and intensive understanding of teaching strategies. With the permission of the advisor, students may register continuously for this course.

A&HM 5352 Voice Instruction: Music Majors

(Performance) Hours arranged at mutually convenient times between student and instructor.  Goals will be decided at initial meeting for the term. For Music majors only. Written permission from the Music Education Program, Room 520A Horace Mann, required. Advanced individual voice instruction includes repertory, technical, and musical problems, performing experience, and intensive understanding of teaching strategies. With the permission of the advisor, a student may register continuously for this course.

A&HM 5353 Organ instruction: Music ed major

(Performance) Contact hours arranged at mutually convenient times between student and instructor.  Goals will be decided at initial meeting for the term. Written permission from the Music and Music Education Program, Room 520A Horace Mann, required. For experienced organists and music majors. Individual instruction on technical problems, repertory and performance practice. With the permission of the advisor, a student may register continuously for this course.

A&HM 5901 Research and Independent Study in Music Education

(Research) For Music majors only. Research and independent study under the direction of a member of the Music and Music Education Program faculty.

A&HM 6001 Teaching and administration of music in college

(Pedagogy) Major issues relating to the curriculum, instruction, and administration of programs of Music and Music Education in colleges and universities.

A&HM 6023 The teaching of applied music in college

(Pedagogy) We will examine studio teaching (applied music) over the semester. We will review recent research in the field and address practical pedagogical skills including learning goals and outcomes, curriculum and repertoire issues, and rapport and communication. We will look to define effective teaching in a student-centered environment, observing the tension that arises between the traditional master-apprentice model and a student-centered environment. As such, you will be reviewing your own teaching and your peers via a video platform.

A&HM 6041 Interview Data and Analysis

(Research) Meant to prepare and support doctoral research, the course involves reviewing and critiquing sample interview studies, designing and implementing data collection using various interview techniques, and coding and analyzing data.

A&HM 6058 Recital II

The student will create and perform a recital.  Along with selection of repertoire chosen with advisor, the student will secure a date, designing programs and flyers, and arrange for any advertising, personnel, and rehearsals. Group (chamber) works are accepted, as are children's programs or solo programs reflecting the individuality of performers. Suggested time frame is 30-60 minutes. Option to register for 0 point or 1 point to receive additional coaching from the applied music instructor.

A&HM 6481 Internship in the teaching of college music

This course is designed to allow students who are either interested in teaching at the college level or those already doing so an opportunity to observe and reflect upon this practice. All students enrolled will be observing a teacher/mentor in the context of a weekly classroom OR examining your own teaching. Originally designed for new college teachers with limited classroom experience, this course may also accommodate the experienced teacher who wishes to further his/her insight into classroom teaching.

A&HM 6501 Doctoral seminar in music education

Permission required from advisor and sign-up in the Music Education Program (520A Horace Mann) is also required. For Music majors only. Music doctoral candidates will identify their area of research interest and narrow their dissertation topic.

A&HM 6510 Advanced Seminar in Music Education

This advanced seminar is for students at the dissertation level. Emphasis is on areas of research concentration for the purpose of critiquing work while considering the implications for music education.  

A&HM 6901 Advanced study in music education

For Music majors only. Permission required from advisor and sign-up in the Music Education Program (520A Horace Mann) is also required. Research and independent study under the direction of a member of the Music Education faculty. Different sections will be offered for specific subject areas. Each section will require subject's specific prerequisites.

A&HM 6971 Research and independent study in music education

Permission required from advisor, and sign-up in the Music Education Program (520A Horace Mann) is also required. Research and independent study under the direction of a faculty member in Music Education.

A&HM 7501 Dissertation seminar in music education

Permission required from advisor, and sign-up in the Music Education Program (520A Horace Mann) is also required. For Music majors only. A required group tutorial for music doctoral students to help develop or refine topics of inquiry for research. The teaching format is flexible and may include faculty/student presentations, group discussions, and critiques. Preparation and presentation of dissertation proposal for approval. Students may register for a maximum of one term.

A&HM 8900 Dissertation advisement in music education

Permission required from advisor, and sign-up in the Music Education Program (520A Horace Mann) is also required. Individual advisement on doctoral dissertations for music majors only. Fee to equal 3 points at current tuition rate for each term. For requirements, see section in catalog on Continuous Registration for Ed.D. degree.

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