MUSIC EDUCATION (ME)
ME 149 - CAREER SEMINAR PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHING
Introduction to the field of music education. Focus on the variety of career opportunities that are available in music education as well as the demands of music teaching in the current environment. Introduction of procedures for observing public school classrooms through several arranged visits to local schools. Construction of an individualized standards-based digital portfolio, which will be continually expanded upon throughout the music education degree.
ME 152 - BRASS TECHNIQUES
Instruction in the performance and pedagogy of basic instruments in the brass family, including trumpet, horn, trombone, and euphonium/tuba. Basic performance competency is expected and measured through assignments and performances. Teaching strategies and resources for working with brass players in the school setting.
ME 153 - WOODWIND TECHNIQUES
Instruction in the performance and pedagogy of basic instruments in the woodwind family, including Bb clarinet, flute, alto saxophone, bassoon, and oboe. Basic performance competency is expected and measured through assignments and performances. Teaching strategies and resources for working with woodwind players in the school setting.
ME 154 - STRING TECHNIQUES
Instruction in the performance and pedagogy of basic instruments in the string family, including violin, viola, cello, and double bass. Basic performance competency is expected and measured through assignments and performances. Teaching strategies and resources for working with string players in the school setting.
ME 155 - PERCUSSION TECHNIQUES
Instruction in the performance and pedagogy of instruments in the percussion family. Basic performance competency is expected and measured through playing assessments. Teaching strategies and resources for working with percussionists in school settings.
ME 161 - CHORAL METHODS FOR INSTRUMENTAL MAJORS
Intensive study of beginning vocal technique and principles of ensemble singing. Introduction to vocal physiology and vocal health.
Prerequisites: ME 314
ME 200 - MUSIC EDUCATION LAB
For music education majors from the 2nd year of the degree program until student teaching. Emphasis on opportunities for collaboration, peer mentoring and community building with discussion of current trends and issues in music education. Refinement of teaching techniques, and documentation of accomplishments through the development of the individualized digital portfolio
ME 201 - APPLIED JURY EXAMINATION
ME 243 - CONDUCTING:ART & TECHNIQUE
Continued development of conducting skills learned in PERF 240. In addition to refinement, students are provided opportunities to apply analytical technical conducting skills to musical works in choral and instrumental settings.
ME 310 - STUDENT TEACHING INTERNSHIP
Culmination of teacher education sequence; open to upper division music education majors who have completed all other degree requirements. Observation and teaching in Chicago-area schools (15 weeks split between the elementary and secondary levels), working under professional supervision in programs directly related to student's specific concentration. Presence in schools during the entire school day required; no other University classes may be scheduled. Scheduled seminars at the Roosevelt campus for discussion of project completion progress, licensure issues, employment-related concerns, and other topics.
Course Notes: Course fee: $300 edTPA test fee
ME 311 - CHORAL METHODS FOR ELEMENTARY/JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL
Preparation for teaching elementary/junior high chorus and/or choral performances connected with a general music class. Teaching techniques and strategies, lesson and curricular planning, resources for materials relevant to developing an elementary/ jr. high chorus. Introduction to the EdTPA requirements for certification in Illinois.
ME 312 - CHORAL METHODS FOR SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
Continuation of ME 311. Planning, instruction, assessment and management of a high school choral music program. Increased focus on conducting as well as other topics specific to high school chorus teaching. Preparation for the EdTPA project required in the State of Illinois for teacher certification. A substantial portion of class time will be spent in local high school music classrooms via service-learning partnerships that emphasize working with students in authentic small group settings.
Attributes: Transformational Service Learning
Prerequisites: ME 311
ME 313 - INSTRUMENTAL METHODS FOR ELEMENTARY/JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL
Planning and pedagogy techniques and resources applicable to teaching band and orchestra in the elementary and junior high school setting.
ME 314 - INSTRUMENTAL METHODS FOR SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
Continuation of ME 313. Teaching techniques and resources applicable to teaching band and/or orchestra in the high school setting. A substantial portion of class time will be spent in local high school music classrooms via service-learning partnerships that emphasize working with students in authentic small group settings.
Attributes: Transformational Service Learning
Prerequisites: ME 313
ME 337 - MARCHING/JAZZ BAND MANAGEMENT
The teacher's unique, diverse skill set and the wide variety of pedagogies, partnerships, and events that comprise a successful marching band program. Concepts and pedagogies of jazz music as applicable to the school jazz ensemble, with emphasis on teaching in a typical big band setting; basic foundation of jazz knowledge that can be built upon in future independent learning endeavors.
Course Notes: or consent
ME 350 - METHODS FOR THE ELEMENTARY MUSIC CLASSROOM
Training the pre-service specialist to select and implement developmentally appropriate lessons that focus on general music literacy for elementary school students. The lessons are aligned with National Standards and reflect best practices, current methodologies and learning theories. They are researched and developed, collaboratively studied and presented through guided practice in an interactive class community setting.
ME 351 - ISSUES IN MUSIC EDUCATION
Exploration of a variety of issues that confront the practicing music educator through readings, discussions, assignments, and projects designed to help the student develop greater awareness of societal, administrative, and management issues that affect the field of music education. Development of critical thinking skills to aid in further independent examinations of such issues.
Course Notes: or Dept. consent
ME 352 - SECONDARY GENERAL MUSIC METHODS
Activities and methodology for the secondary general music classroom: composition, improvisation, class guitar. Curriculum design, technology applications and considerations, creativity and motivation, philosophical backgrounds. Assessment and evaluation in a creative classroom.
ME 395 - INDEPENDENT STUDY
Individual research under departmental guidance.