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Introduction to Music Education (260-0-1)


Casey Philip Schmidt

Meeting Info

RCMA 1-176: Tues, Thurs 12:30PM - 1:50PM

Overview of class

This course is designed as an introduction to the field of music education. It will provide you with an overview of the multifaceted nature of K-12 music teaching and learning and serve as a foundation for the construction of your own beliefs and practices as a teacher. We will observe music classrooms as well as read about and discuss a variety of current issues and exciting movements in music education.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, you should be able to:
* Reflect on past educational practices that have shaped your beliefs, practices, and identity as a music teacher and reflect on your own teaching in order to foster the musical growth and development of students;
* Begin to consider and formulate your own beliefs about music education and meeting the needs and interests of emerging generations of music students;
* Observe and document music teaching and learning in a systematic, objective, and reflective manner;
* Identify and discuss current themes, issues, and trends of importance to contemporary music education informed by literature in the field.

Class Materials (Required)

Constructing a Personal Orientation to Music Teaching (2nd Edition) by Mark R. Campbell, Linda K. Thompson, and Janet R. Barrett (2021).
ISBN-13: 978-0367347208
ISBN-10: 0367347202

This Too is Music (2nd Edition) by Rena Upitis (2019).
ISBN-13: 978-0190884963
ISBN-10: 0190884967