Program Requirements & Course Schedule

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Spring 2016 Registration Deadline:  January 6, 2016.


GMU555 WORLD MUSIC (2 cr.)
Asynchronous; administered exclusively online through
January 20 - May 11, 2016

In this course, students learn about classical, folk, and popular music traditions from different world cultures, exploring the connection of music to other realms of human experience.  Included in this survey will be discussions of the music of India, Europe, China, Latin America, West Africa, and the different musical traditions of the United States.

*This course will run subject to sufficient enrollment.


Wednesdays, 6 - 7 p.m.
January 13 - May 11, 2016

Mondays, 7 - 8 P.M.
January 25 - May 11, 2016
Class does not meet February 15 and April 18.
Class held at Masconomet High School, 20 Endicott Road, Boxford, MA

Tuesdays, Thursdays, 1:15 - 2:50 p.m.
January 13 - May 11, 2016

Wednesdays, 3:20 - 5:20 pm
January 13 - May 11, 2016
Class meets on campus the following dates only: January 13, 27; February 3, 10; March 16, 30; April 29, May 6.  Instructor can make schedule accommondations based on the needs of the class participants enrolled.

Wednesdays, 6–9 p.m.
January 6 - March 30, 2016 (Graduate Winter Term)
No class February 17.
To register for this course, please visit the Graduate Education course registration page, and submit an online registration form directly through their department web page.


Program Description
The program in this section is designed for students who have complete a baccalaureate degree in a liberal arts field and do not yet hold the Initial License in Music. Students will need to have passed the MTEL (Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure) in communication and literacy and in the applicable content area in music prior to their enrollment into the Initial License Program.

With a summer component and evening classes during the academic year, the program is meant to meet the needs of working professionals, career changers, and current educators. Upon completion of the courses listed below and the practicum, the student will be eligible for recommendation to the Mass Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for the Initial License. This may enable the student to secure a full-time teaching position while continuing study in the Master of Music Education Program. See Master of Music Education section for separate M.M.Ed. admission and program requirements.

Program Requirements
The following core courses are required for students who desire to obtain Initial Licensure. Total program credit hours vary based on the individual applicant's educational and professional background, and a detailed undergraduate transcript review.

GMU601  Music Theory Review (1) *if not covered by previous undergraduate coursework
GMU602  Music History Review (2) *if not covered by previous undergraduate coursework

Instrumental Classes (1 credit each)
        GMU543  Woodwinds Class
        GMU544  Brass Class
        GMU545  Strings Class
        GMU546  Percussion Class
        GMU547  Guitar Class

GMU550  Conducting (2)
GMU555  World Music (2)
GMU557  Choral Methods and Literature (3)
GMU558  Instrumental Methods and Literature (3)
EDU562  Human Development and Learning
GMU565  Music Education I/Elementary Methods (3)
GMU566  Music Education II/Secondary Methods (3)
GMU577  Music Education Seminar (2)
GMU580  Practicum (3–6)

Prepracticum Field Experiences
Prior to the practicum, all graduate students seeking the Initial License are required to complete a minimum of 100 documented clock hours of monitored, field-based experience. These field experiences will prepare candidates by acquainting them with the school and classroom environment at the appropriate grade level and content area(s) with a variety of typical and atypical students of different gender, racial, linguistic and socioeconomic backgrounds.

For the practicum, students are placed in appropriate school settings for a 3–6 credit (minimum 15-week) student teaching experience supervised by College faculty, staff, and cooperating practitioners(s).  Students must apply for their practica prior to their student teaching and be registered and finalized prior to starting the student teaching assignment.

Academic records are reviewed to determine that candidates have completed all academic and field requirements, and have passed all applicable tests of the MTEL. As licensure requirements are subject to change by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and are beyond the control of the College, the College reserves the rights to alter program requirements as necessary.

initial license course descriptions

Instrumental Classes (1) Laboratory courses prepare students to teach instruments (woodwinds, brass, strings, percussion, guitar (Orff/Kodaly Method) in the public schools. Techniques of tone production, fingering, and class procedure are learned through individual and ensemble playing experience under supervision. Group instrument course fee.

        GMU543  Woodwind Class
        GMU544  Brass Class
        GMU545 Strings Class
        GMU546  Percussion Class
        GMU547  Guitar Class

GMU550 Conducting (2) Studies beat patterns and fundamental baton techniques; laboratory experience in conducting literature of medium difficulty.

GMU555 World Music (2) Introduces study of world music in social, cultural and political contexts; folk and native music of North and South Americas and Africa; current critical approaches to contemporary forms of Western popular music such as rap.

GMU557 Choral Methods and Literature (3) Explores selected repertoire and organization and administration of choral program; emphasizes choral tone, blend, balance and intonation.

GMU558 Instrumental Methods and Literature (3) Explores purpose, aims and techniques of instrumental program; emphasizes rehearsal, repertoire and organization.

GMU565 Music Education I (K-5) (3) Introduces methods and materials for teaching music to younger children; discussion, development and implementation of individual lessons for general music classes and curriculum planning. Field Work.

GMU566 Music Education II (6-12) (3) Introduces methods and materials for teaching music to older children and adolescents; discussion, development and implementation of individual lessons and total curriculum; general music, music theory, music appreciation and performing classes.  Field Work.

EDU562 Human Development and Learning (3) Introduces the student to some major theories of human development from infancy through adulthood.  Special emphasis will be placed on educational needs and implications of each aspect of the lifespan.  Students will be encouraged to integrate their knowledge of human development and learning with theological principles and ethical considerations.  The course format will include lecture, discussion, group participation, case studies and audio-visual presentations.

GMU577 Music Education Seminar (2) Analyzes issues in music education, classroom management and techniques.

GMU580 Practicum (2-6) Field placement in elementary, middle and/or high school.  Supervision by College faculty and cooperating teacher(s) in schools. Fifteen weeks of full-time student teaching required.  Students must be registered and finalized prior to starting teaching assignment.