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Music and Music Education

Music & Music Education

In the Department of Arts & Humanities

Master of Arts Professional Certification Program (32 Points)

Description

This Master of Arts program meets the state and national teacher preparation standards. Admission requires that students hold New York State initial state teaching certification in music.

Curriculum

A minimum of 32 points is required. Some students’ coursework may exceed the minimum number due to professional goals or special interests. No more than 12 points of graduate credit from other faculties of Columbia University may be applied to the minimum point requirement, and no graduate credits will be accepted from other institutions. A student enrolled in the 32‑point master’s degree is expected to plan a program of study with an advisor that reflects work in each of four areas of music study, based upon the training, experience, and specific needs of the student. New York State Education Department (NYSED) has teacher certification requirements that are needed for program completion and graduation which are listed in the Office of Teacher Education section of the catalog.

  

Pedagogy

At least one course from the following:

  • A&HM 4021 Designing Musical Experiences, 3 points
  • A&HM 5025 Creativity and Problem Solving, 3 points

At least one course from the following:

  • A&HM 5020 Foundations of Music Education, 3 points
  • A&HM 5027 Philosophies of Music Education, 3 points

 

Assessment

The following course is required:

  • A&H 5002 Assessment Strategies for the Arts, 3 points

 

Music Literacies

At least one course from the following:

  • A&HM 5032 Comprehensive Musicianship 1, 3 points
  • A&HM 5033 Comprehensive Musicianship 2, 3 points
  • A&HM 5026 Composing Collaboratively Across Diverse Styles, 3 points

 

Music Performance

At least one semester of lessons:

  • Instrumental/Voice Lessons, 2 points

 

Online Fieldwork Courses

Must take both Level I and Level II for minimum of 2 points each:

  • A&HM 4201 Fieldwork Level I – Instructional Strategies, 2‑4 points
  • A&HM 4201 Fieldwork Level II – Student Assessment, 2‑4 points

 

Elective Music Courses

The remaining courses in music can be selected from any of the four areas of study (Pedagogy, Research, Music Literacies, and Music Performance) in consultation with an advisor.

 

Out of Program Courses

At least 6 points are required. Only one course may be A&HA or A&HG.

 

Portfolio

A portfolio must be submitted to the Music Education oce by week 10 of the semester in which you plan to graduate.

Portfolio Requirements

Students seeking an M.A. in Music Education will compile a portfolio based on the application of their coursework at Teachers College to their current teaching experience. This will serve as the Cumulative Integrative Project and will be due in the final semester preceding graduation.

1. Choose at least four projects you have completed in your coursework at Teachers College that you feel represent your best efforts and thinking.

  • One project must be a video recording of classroom or studio teaching excerpts with written reflections.
  • One must be a video recording of a solo or chamber music performance.  A video recording performance of an ensemble, where the candidate is the director/conductor, is also acceptable. The video recording must be accompanied by the written program.
    • Other projects may include research papers, creative strategies, assessment tools, lesson plans with self‑evaluations, case studies, curriculum sequences, compositions, and analyses.
    • The projects should reflect a breadth and depth of understanding about music, learning, and teaching.

2. Write a 3‑5 page personal statement reflecting on your learning process and growth regarding your musicianship, scholarship, and pedagogy.  Include a statement of your philosophy of music education as it is reflected in the materials in your portfolio.

3. Update your resume for use as the “cover sheet” for your portfolio.

4. Compile resume, statement, projects, and video recordings, along with any archival evidence you would like to include such as photographs, etc. onto a USB drive.  

 


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