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Music Education Concentration

Introducing the newly redesigned Music Education Graduate Curriculum for Traditional (on-ground) and Low-Residency (on-line) course offerings.

This program is designed to meet the needs of teachers in the field of professional music education who possess a valid teaching license. APSU offers a traditional on-campus program and a low-residency program consisting mostly of on-line courses for working professionals. The low-residency program contains a six-hour on-campus residency that is usually fulfilled in a summer term. The low-residency program is not available to students in the Initial Licensure Program. To audition, candidates must submit a video of a current teaching scenario and a recent writing sample. The writing sample is commonly a Philosophy of Music Education statement, but other scholarly documents are acceptable. Contact the department with questions regarding audition requirements.  

Upon entry into the program, students will consult with a graduate faculty member to design a graduate Program of Study based on the student’s undergraduate courses and professional goals. The Program of Study must be designed and approved in consultation with an appointed graduate faculty member or the graduate committee, and submitted to the College of Graduate studies by the end of the first full semester of study (If an Admission to Candidacy/Program of Study/Committee Assignment form is not filed by the end of the first semester (excluding summer terms), a hold will be placed on the student’s registration by the Registrar’s Office). 

Diagnostic examinations in music history and music theory are given to all entering graduate students. Results of this exam assist the faculty in planning appropriate courses in the student’s program of study. Students who earn unsatisfactory scores may be permitted to enroll in up to six hours of graduate course work, but will be blocked from continuing further until deficiencies are fulfilled. For traditional students, deficiencies may be fulfilled by enrolling in the appropriate theory or history courses as prescribed by the graduate committee. For students in the low-residency program, deficiencies may be fulfilled by proof of successful completion of an online theory or history MOOC or other online course. All courses must be preapproved by the graduate committee. Low-residency students may also fulfill deficiencies by repeating the diagnostic exams after a period of 4 weeks from the previous attempt. Students who do not receive satisfactory scores on the diagnostic exams after three attempts may not continue in the graduate program. No graduate credit will be awarded for courses that are taken to fulfill a deficiency in either the traditional or low-residency program.

Note: All deficiencies must be fulfilled by the end of the first semester of graduate study (excluding summer semester) so that the deadline for filing the Program of Study can be met.

Students in the low-residency program may complete oral examinations and Thesis defense on campus or through video conference all. Students in the traditional, on-campus program must complete oral examinations and thesis defense on campus.

Courses marked with (*) are offered online

Required Core:

Mus 5000 *Research in Music 3 hours
Mus 5050 *Contemporary Issues in Music Education  3 hours
Mus 5055 *History and Philosophy in Music Education 3 hours
Mus 5215 *Music Teaching Practicum 3 hours 
Mus 5990 *Thesis/Curriculum Project  3 hours 
  15 hours

 


 

Supportive Studies:

Required  
Mus 5065 *Teaching Theory and Aural Skills 3 hours
Mus 53X0 Music History Option 3 hours
Select 2 hours from  
Mus 50X0 Analysis 3 hours
Mus 5xxx Individual Instruction 1 hours 
Mus 5xxx Appropriate Ensemble 1 hours 
Mus 525A-z *Professional Development in Music Education 1, 2, or 3 hours 
  8 hours 

 


 

Cognate Options (9 hours)

Students may select one of the Cognate areas below, or may select a no-cognate option by choosing courses from the four cognate areas totaling 9 hours, six of which must be Mus courses.


 

Instrumental Conducting Cognate

Required  
Mus 5800 Advanced Conducting 3 hours
Select 6 hours from  
Mus 5260 Materials and Techniques for Instrumental Instruction 3 hours
Mus 5550 Music for the Band 3 hours 
Mus 5810 Orchestration 3 hours 
Mus 5420 Symphonic Literature 3 hours 
Mus 5010 *Directed Studies 3 hours
Educ 5xxx *Approved EDUC course (from below) 3 hours 
  9 hours 

 


 

Choral Conducting Cognate

Required  
Mus 5800 Advanced Conducting 3 hours
Select 6 hours from  
Mus 5390 Choral Literature 3 hours
Mus 5270 Vocal Pedagogy 3 hours 
Mus 5380 Choral Methods 3 hours 
Mus 5010 *Directed Studies 3 hours 
Educ 5xxx *Approved EDUC course (from below) 3 hours 
  9 hours 

 


 

Elementary Music Pedagogy Cognate

Required  
Mus 5800 Advanced Conducting 3 hours
Select 6 hours from  
Mus 5265 Instrumental Methods for Children's Music 3 hours
Mus 5210 *Music in Special Education 3 hours 
Mus 5010 *Directed Studies 3 hours 
Educ 5xxx *Approved EDUC course (from below) 3 hours 
  9 hours 

 


 

Music Program Administration Cognate

Required  
Mus 5155 *Music Curriculum and Administration 3 hours
EDUC 6900 Internship in Administration 6 hours
  9 hours  

 


 

No Cognate Option

Students may select a no-cognate option by choosing courses from the four cognate areas totaling 9 hours, six of which must be Mus courses.


 

Additional Course Options

Required  
Mus 5160 Technology in the Music Classroom 3 hours
Educ 5200 Evaluation of Teaching and Learning 3 hours
Educ 6800 Seminar in Teaching Effectiveness 3 hours
  9 hours