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)

Curriculum

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 Requirements45 - 48
Major Requirements31 - 37
Major Subject Area54
Total Hours130-139

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 100The Bible3
REL 110Christian Faith3
Theology - Lutheran (LTD) & Christian (CTC)
REL 201Old Testament3
REL 203New Testament3
REL 204Biblical Theology3
CCE 130Christian Citizen3
CCE 140Science & Humanity3
CCE 110Western Culture & Worldview3
CCE 120Western Thought & Worldview3
Liberal Arts Dimensions
ENG 104Introduction to Writing3
COMM 105Public 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 1102Foundations of Education3
HHP 100Stewardship of the Body1
HHP Activity Course 1
Human Creativity and Expression: 3 credits of applied music3
MATH 125Contemporary Math3
or MATH 128 College Algebra
SCI 110Introduction to Life and Physical Sciences4
ED 1103Human 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 1211Discovery Clinical0
ED 1212Cultural Clinical0
ED 1213Special Education Clinical0
Education Seminars (seminars are graded as pass/fail)
ED 1000Orientation Seminar0
ED 2000UDS Seminar0
ED 3000Student Teaching Seminar0
Theoretical & Practical Components
ED 1230Nature of the Exceptional Child (register with ED 1213)3
ED 1275Human Learning (register with ED 1211)3
ED 3318The Art & Science of Planning 23
ED 4337The Art and Science of Assessment 2,33
ED 4339The Art and Science of Instruction 2,33
ED 4411The Profession and Ethics of Teaching 23
Student Teaching Component (Take these courses in the same semester)
ED 4414Portfolio Completion-Secondary 21
ED 4433
ED 4434
Secondary Ed Student Teaching 1
and Secondary Ed Student Teaching 2 2
12
Lutheran (LCMS Members) Teacher Diploma Requirements
ED 2306Teaching the Faith3
REL 404Lutheran Confessions3
Christian Teacher Certification Requirements
ED 2306Teaching the Faith3
Select one of the following:3
Lutheran Confessions
Law and Gospel in the Life of the Church
A Survey of Christian Thought
Christian Apologetics
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)
Required Courses
Applied Music (11 credits in addition to the 3 credits from the Creative Arts Core) 611
MUS 080Concert/Recital Attendance 10
MUS 240Music Theory I3
MUS 241Music Theory II3
MUS 242Music Theory III3
MUS 243Music Theory IV3
MUS 246Aural Theory I1
MUS 247Aural Theory II1
MUS 248Aural Theory III1
MUS 251Aural Theory IV1
MUS 250Beginning Conducting3
MUS 271Music History I3
MUS 272Music History II3
MUS 273Music History III3
MUS 315Techniques of Teaching Voice1
MUS 351Advanced Conducting3
MUS 356Techniques of Teaching Brass1
MUS 357Techniques of Teaching Woodwinds1
MUS 358Techniques of Teaching Percussion1
MUS 359Techniques of Teaching Strings1
MUS 499Recital1
Ensemble 20
Education Methods Courses
ED 3378Curriculum and Methods of Teaching Choral Education 3,42
ED 3379Curriculum and Methods of Teaching Instrumental Music 3,42
ED 3403Elementary General Music Methods2
Total Hours54
1

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.  

2

Participation in ensembles is required every semester while in residency. All music majors and minors audit ensembles.

3

Music Education Majors take the corresponding Methods course (choral or instrumental) based on their desired emphasis (choral or instrumental).

4

Requires Upper Division Status

5

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.

6

Minimum of 4 credits on secondary instrument.

7

ED4337 and ED4339 are taken concurrently the Fall prior to student teaching.