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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: 15 Hours

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


Supportive Studies: 8 Hours

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


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


Choral Conducting Cognate

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


Elementary Music Pedagogy Cognate

Required
Mus 5360 *Elementary Music Literature 3
6 hours from
Mus 5265 Instrumental Methods for Children's Music 3
Mus 5210 *Music in Special Education 3
Mus 5010 *Directed Studies 3
Educ 5xxx *Approved EDUC course (from below) 3


Music Program Administration Cognate

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


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

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