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Online Music Education Classes

Curriculum Details

33 total credits required

The online MME program requires the completion of ten online music education classes and one research course. Each class is worth three credits, and you must complete six credits of thesis courses.

Core Courses (30 hours)

This course explores the tools and methods used to write graduate-level research papers. Students will be introduced to advanced research techniques, thesis development and refinement, differentiation of primary and secondary sources, and effective writing for their own discipline. Through the process, students will recognize and address the strengths and weaknesses in their critical thinking and writing skills and produce successful research projects that demonstrate knowledge of topics and proficiency in writing skills in their own field.

The directed thesis project consists of a project in the student’s field completed during the course of graduate studies and/or a supporting written thesis depending upon the program. The thesis project and topic must be approved by a committee of three faculty members, two of which must be from the student’s own program. After students finalize their topic with their committee chair, research into and execution of the project begins. This course is repeatable for a maximum of six credit hours. Lab fee required.

The directed thesis project consists of a project in the student’s field completed during the course of graduate studies and/or a supporting written thesis depending upon the program. The approval of the thesis project topic, and demonstrable progress of initial research/execution must be completed in AMC 60000. Final production of the thesis project and/or written thesis will be completed under faculty direction and evaluated by the student’s committee. This course is repeatable for a maximum of six credit hours. Lab fee required.

This course is designed to enable the educator to analyze/diagnose, prescribe, and evaluate ways to improve teacher and learner behavior. Various methods of analyzing teacher behavior are studied and applied. Emphasis is also given to developing the ability to analyze and prescribe programs for individual learners.

This course has a dual emphasis. First, it includes substantive study of past and current curricula with attention to their bases in research and theory. Second, this knowledge is utilized by participants in preparing curricular programs which will enable them to function more effectively in their particular educational settings.

An investigation of historical, philosophical, aesthetic, and pedagogical principles that provide the background and context for contemporary music education.

A study of recent trends and issues in music education including curriculum developments, innovations, assessment, and multidisciplinary concepts.

This course is an advanced examination of factors that contribute to successful leadership practice in a wide variety of musical settings. Students will study topics including what leadership is, the challenges music education leaders face, the impact music education leaders have and how to build learning organizations and relationships. Emphasis is placed on leadership knowledge, approach and application.

This course will offer an advanced experience in conducting a variety of works from various eras of choral and instrumental music. Students will study problems of instrumental and vocal techniques, formal and expressive analysis of the music, and manners of rehearsal. Literature covered in this course will provide current teachers with resources for locating, evaluating, and preparing musical literature for performance with school ensembles. Emphasis will be placed on identifying appropriate compositions and method books based on educationally sound criteria. Required of all Master of Music Education students.

This course is an advanced arranging practicum. Scores are created for large ensembles consisting of voice, strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion and electronic instruments. Includes a range of styles and forms. Students must have a subscription to Sibelius or Sibelius First software for this course. Required of all Master of Music Education students.

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This course is an introduction to research methods, historiography, and critical theory. The course introduces the language of research and shifts in practice over time through an examination of both modern and postmodern theories. Participants will use these theoretical underpinnings to begin to critically review literature relevant to their field or interests and determine how research findings are useful in forming their understanding of their own work.

This course is designed to engage practitioners in the collection, evaluation, and interpretation of educational research for use in a variety of educational practices. The student will investigate the basis of educational research, along with pertinent methods of data collection and analysis of both quantitative and qualitative research results. Emphasis will be placed on research problems, designs, and findings in the student’s selected area of concentration. Students will be expected to demonstrate their ability to narrow a research topic, complete accepted scholarly search strategies, identify and synthesize research articles, and correctly format a literature review using established APA guidelines.

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