Music Education Major (M)
As a music education student, you’ll study music theory, composition, conducting, music history, and forms of the medieval, baroque, pre-classical, romantic, and 20th century periods from around the globe. With such a thorough background, you’ll gain the skills and to share this knowledge with your own students.
Learn the ins and outs of all the instruments in an ensemble by becoming a teacher for K-12 band or orchestra. The K-12 Choral Education curriculum teaches many levels of music theory and music history, conducting, and techniques for teaching brass, woodwinds, percussion, and strings. In addition to learning in the classroom, stay active in your instrumental skills by participating in an ensemble of your choice each semester.
Use your voice to inspire in more than one way by becoming a teacher for K-12 chorus. The K-12 Choral Education curriculum will take you through different levels of music theory and music history, conducting, voice teaching techniques, along with participating in an ensemble of your choice each semester.
Program Learning Outcomes
1. Learner Development: The teacher understands how learners grow and develop, recognizing that patterns of learning and development vary individually within and across the cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical areas, and designs and implements developmentally appropriate and challenging learning experiences (Human Relations, Pedagogical Knowledge)
2. Learning Differences : The teacher uses understanding of individual differences and diverse cultures and communities to ensure inclusive learning environments that enable each learner to meet high standards. (Human Relations, Pedagogical Knowledge)
3. Learning Environments: The teacher works with others to create environments that support individual and collaborative learning, and that encourage positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation. (Teaching Practice, Human Relations)
4. Content Knowledge: The teacher understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches and creates learning experiences that make these aspects of the discipline accessible and meaningful for learners to assure mastery of the content. (Content Knowledge)
5. Application of Content: The teacher understands how to connect concepts and use differing perspectives to engage learners in critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative problem solving related to authentic local and global issues.
6. Assessment Strategies: The teacher understands and uses multiple methods of assessment to engage learners in their own growth, to monitor learner progress, and to guide the teacher’s and learner’s decision making. (Content Knowledge, Pedagogical Knowledge)
7. Planning for Instruction: The teacher plans instruction that supports every student in meeting rigorous learning goals by drawing upon knowledge of content areas, curriculum, cross-disciplinary skills, and pedagogy, as well as knowledge of learners and the community context. (Content Knowledge, Pedagogical Knowledge)
8. Instructional Strategies: The teacher understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage learners to develop deep understanding of content areas and their connections, and to build skills to apply knowledge in meaningful ways. (Pedagogical Knowledge, Communication Skills, Teaching Practice)
9. Professional Learning and Ethical Practice: The teacher engages in ongoing professional learning and uses evidence to continually evaluate his/her practice, particularly the effects of his/her choices and actions on others (learners, families, other professionals, and the community), and adapts practice to meet the needs of each learner.
10. Leadership and Collaboration: The teacher seeks appropriate leadership roles and opportunities to take responsibility for student learning, to collaborate with learners, families, colleagues, other school professionals, and community members to ensure learner growth, and to advance the profession.
11. Character/Faith Development: All teachers model a value system which emphasizes moral and ethical character. Teachers in Christian schools integrate faith and learning while modeling Christian mission and service with a biblical worldview. Lutheran teachers adhere to the doctrine and practice of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. (Human Relations, Professional Dispositions, Content Knowledge)
NOTE: All licensable majors and minors require that students pass applicable content examinations for licensure in the state of Wisconsin.
NOTE: Art Education, Business Education, Music Education, Physical Education, and Spanish Education are licensable as K-12 programs only.
|Core Requirements||45 - 48|
|Major Requirements||31 - 37|
|Major Subject Area||54|
NOTE: Check with the Chair of the Secondary Education Department for possible changes in this major.
Core Curriculum - 45 - 48 Credits
Concordia Common Core
|Theology - Public Education|
|REL 100||The Bible||3|
|REL 110||Christian Faith||3|
|Theology - Lutheran (LTD) & Christian (CTC)|
|REL 201||Old Testament||3|
|REL 203||New Testament||3|
|REL 204||Biblical Theology||3|
|CCE 130||Christian Citizen||3|
|CCE 140||Science & Humanity||3|
|CCE 110||Western Culture & Worldview||3|
|CCE 120||Western Thought & Worldview||3|
|Liberal Arts Dimensions|
|ENG 104||Introduction to Writing||3|
|COMM 105||Public Speaking (or a Language course)||3|
|or COMM 201||Interpersonal Communication|
|Faith and Life Elective: Any course with REL prefix other than REL 100, 110, 201, 203, 204||3|
|ED 1102||Foundations of Education||3|
|HHP 100||Stewardship of the Body||1|
|HHP Activity Course||1|
|Human Creativity and Expression: 3 credits of applied music||3|
|MATH 125||Contemporary Math||3|
|or MATH 128||College Algebra|
|SCI 110||Introduction to Life and Physical Sciences||4|
|ED 1103||Human Relations for Teachers (register with ED 1212)||3|
|Note: Two CUW - approved writing intensive courses are required for graduation. Other Electives if under 120 credits:||3-6|
K-12 Curriculum - 31 - 37 credits
|Field Experience (clincial experiences are graded as pass/fail)|
|ED 1211||Discovery Clinical||0|
|ED 1212||Cultural Clinical||0|
|ED 1213||Special Education Clinical||0|
|Education Seminars (seminars are graded as pass/fail)|
|ED 1000||Orientation Seminar||0|
|ED 2000||UDS Seminar||0|
|ED 3000||Student Teaching Seminar||0|
|Theoretical & Practical Components|
|ED 1230||Nature of the Exceptional Child (register with ED 1213)||3|
|ED 1275||Human Learning (register with ED 1211)||3|
|ED 3318||The Art & Science of Planning 2||3|
|ED 4337||The Art and Science of Assessment 2,3||3|
|ED 4339||The Art and Science of Instruction 2,3||3|
|ED 4411||The Profession and Ethics of Teaching 2||3|
|Student Teaching Component (Take these courses in the same semester)|
|ED 4414||Portfolio Completion-Secondary 2||1|
& ED 4434
|Secondary Ed Student Teaching 1|
and Secondary Ed Student Teaching 2 2
|Lutheran (LCMS Members) Teacher Diploma Requirements|
|ED 2306||Teaching the Faith||3|
|REL 404||Lutheran Confessions||3|
|Christian Teacher Certification Requirements|
|ED 2306||Teaching the Faith||3|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Law and Gospel in the Life of the Church|
|A Survey of Christian Thought|
|Christ and Culture|
Major Requirements - 54 credits
Pending Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction approval
|Required Courses in the Creative Arts Core|
Applied Music (3 credits worth in the Creative Arts Core)
|Applied Music (11 credits in addition to the 3 credits from the Creative Arts Core) 6||11|
|MUS 080||Concert/Recital Attendance 1||0|
|MUS 240||Music Theory I||3|
|MUS 241||Music Theory II||3|
|MUS 242||Music Theory III||3|
|MUS 243||Music Theory IV||3|
|MUS 246||Aural Theory I||1|
|MUS 247||Aural Theory II||1|
|MUS 248||Aural Theory III||1|
|MUS 251||Aural Theory IV||1|
|MUS 250||Beginning Conducting||3|
|MUS 271||Music History I||3|
|MUS 272||Music History II||3|
|MUS 273||Music History III||3|
|MUS 315||Techniques of Teaching Voice||1|
|MUS 351||Advanced Conducting||3|
|MUS 356||Techniques of Teaching Brass||1|
|MUS 357||Techniques of Teaching Woodwinds||1|
|MUS 358||Techniques of Teaching Percussion||1|
|MUS 359||Techniques of Teaching Strings||1|
|Education Methods Courses|
|ED 3378||Curriculum and Methods of Teaching Choral Education 3,4||2|
|ED 3379||Curriculum and Methods of Teaching Instrumental Music 3,4||2|
|ED 3403||Elementary General Music Methods||2|
All music majors are required to register for MUS 080. Not registering is the same as not passing. A music major must pass 7 of 8 semesters. If a student fails 2 consecutive semesters, the student will be required to attend a hearing with the music faculty.
Participation in ensembles is required every semester while in residency. All music majors and minors audit ensembles.
Music Education Majors take the corresponding Methods course (choral or instrumental) based on their desired emphasis (choral or instrumental).
Requires Upper Division Status
Demonstration of specific content knowledge is required for licensure. This includes a content-based portfolio along with a GPA of 3.0 in the above content classes or a score of 150 or better on the Praxis II examination 5113 Music: Content Knowledge.
Minimum of 4 credits on secondary instrument.
ED4337 and ED4339 are taken concurrently the Fall prior to student teaching.