Program Content Standards: Music Education

National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) 2003-04)

Standards / Assignments or requirements addressing the standard / Performance evidence that the standard is met /
Students must acquire:
1. Technical skills requisite for artistic self-expression in at least one major performance area at a level appropriate for the particular music concentration. / MUSC 3530, 1761, 2762
MUSC 1710, 3410
MUSC 2400, 4400, 2500, 3500, 4500
MUSC 1761, 2762 / Bi-weekly studio classes, semester end juries, BMQE, successful performance of a music work in full production
Chorale performances, solo auditions, quartet quizzes
Studio class/recital performances mid-term, final jury, BMQE for those pursuing the BM degree.
Diction skills appropriate for range of vocal repertoire, periodic exams, sight speaking audits, transcription assignments.
2. An overview understanding of the repertory in their major performance area and the ability to perform from a cross section of that repertory. / MUSC 3500
MUSC 3910, 4910
MUSC 2400, 4400, 2500, 3500. 4500
MUSC 3711, 3712 / Song collection – lesson plans, competency exams in piano, recorder, auto harp, class percussion.
Studio class/recital performances mid-term, final jury, BMQE for those pursuing the BM degree.
Regular written & aural exams, essay assignments & research papers.
3. The ability to read at sight with fluency. / MUSC 1111,1112, 2111,2112, 1710, 3410
MUSC 2400, 4400, 2151, 2152
MUSC 4910
MUSC 2500, 3500, 4500
MUSC 1761, 2762 / Regular sight singing assignments and tests, mid-term and final all include sight singing.
Grading in each lesson, mid-term, final jury.
Sight-singing at lab rehearsals.
Sight read all new repertoire, BMQE for 4500 students, juries.
Sight-reading of texts in Latin, Italian, German in quizzes, exams, and audits.
4. Knowledge and skills sufficient to work as a leader and in collaboration on matters of musical interpretation. Rehearsal and conducting skills are required as appropriate to the particular music concentration. / MUSC 3430, 4430
MUSC 4910, 3910 / Students drill conducting techniques, analyze music for rehearsal, rehearse and conduct classmates in laboratory setting.
Score preparation, videotaped rehearsals, written exams, performance exams (conduct rehearsal).
5. Keyboard competency. Experiences in secondary performance areas are recommended. / MUSC 2151, 2152
MUSC 3910, 4910 / Daily grade, tests, mid-term, final exam.
Song accompaniment, warm-ups, tonal memory, sight-singing.
6. Growth in artistry, technical skills, collaborative competence and knowledge of repertory through regular ensemble experiences. Ensembles should be varied both in size and nature. / MUSC 1710, 3410
MUSC 2151, 2152
MUSC 3910, 4910 / Chorale large ensemble meets 4 hrs. a week – renaissance-through present day works.
Duet, trios, quartet-daily grades, tests
Choral labs, mini-lessons in schools, orff ensembles.
Aural Skills and Analysis
Students must acquire:
1. An understanding of the common elements and organizational patterns of music and their interactions, and the ability to employ this understanding in aural, verbal, and visual analysis. / MUSC 1011, 1012, 2011, 2012
MUSC 1111, 1112, 2111, 2112
MUSC 2400, 4400
MUSC 2900, 3910, 4910
MUSC 2500, 3500, 4500 / Successful completion of courses and BMQE
Students take melodic & rhythmic dictation – must describe what they hear in written form (notation) aural form (sight-singing) and verbal (naming chords, intervals, etc.)
Lesson grade, public performance, mid-term, final jury.
Videotaped lesson plans written & performed exam.
Analyze all repertoire, juries at end of semester, BMQE.
2. Sufficient understanding of musical forms, processes, and structures to use this knowledge in compositional, performance, scholarly, pedagogical, and historical contexts, according to the requisites of their specializations. / MUSC 1011, 1012, 2011, 2012
MUSC 1710, 3410
MUSC 2400, 4400
MUSC 3910,4910, 2900
MUSC 2500, 3500, 4500 / Successful completion of courses and BMQE
Students must be able to describe forms as presented in the repertoire: fugue, chorale, bicciniae, etc. as well as larger forms: mass, motet, oratorio, anthem, opera chorus, madrigal, etc.
Lesson grade, public performances, jury.
Written exams, videotaped lesson plans, research reports, class presentations.
Apply to all repertoire, Juries, BMZE, Written & aural exams, essay’s & research papers.
3. The ability to place music in historical, cultural, and stylistic contexts. / MUSC 2011, 2012
MUSC 1710, 3410
2900, 3910, 4910
MUSC 2400, 4400, 2500, 3500, 4500
MUSC 3711, 3712 / Successful completion of courses and BMQE
Students must perform music appropriately by style period – baroque, renaissance, romantic style, and culture – English style, German style, Italianate, etc.
Written exams, lesson plans, lab rehearsals.
Juries, BMQE.
Readings. Listening, exams, written assignments.
Composition and Improvisation
Students must acquire:
1. Rudimentary capacity to create derivative or original music both extemporaneously and in written form. / MUSC 1011, 1012, 2011, 2012
MUSC 3910 / Successful completion of courses and BMQE
Orff ensembles, lesson plans
2. The ability to compose, improvise, or both at a basic level in one or more musical languages, for example, the imitation of various musical styles, improvisation on pre-existing materials, the creation of original compositions, experimentation with various sound sources, and manipulating the common elements in non-traditional ways. / MUSC 1011, 1012, 2011, 2012
MUSC 2151, 2152
MUSC 3910, 4910 / Successful completion of courses and BMQE
Improvisation in some class sessions, tests.
Orff ensembles lesson plans
History and Repertory
1. A basic knowledge of music history through the present time. / MUSC 2611 Music History I
MUSC 3612 Music History II
MUSC 3613 Music History III
MUSC 2400, 4400
MUSC 2500, 3500, 4500
MUSC 3711, 3712 / Students must pass these three courses with a grade of “C” or better. These period courses have a number of tests where candidates must show they have an understanding of music history from antiquity through the present day. In addition, candidates must present two PowerPoint presentations to the class with integration of music, aurally, visually, and with text.
Assignments to research composers/compositions & present them verbally at mid-term.
Juries, BMQE
Study of non-standard rep., recital attendance requirement to specific Spivey concerts, listening, reading, exams, written assignments
2. An acquaintance with repertories beyond the area of specialization. All students must be exposed to a large and varied body of music through study and attendance at recitals, concerts, opera and musical theater productions, and other performances. / MUSC 0890 Recital Attendance-students are required to attend 12 recitals each semester for seven semesters
MUSC 2301 Introduction to World Music a three credit course covering a wide range of world musics
MUSC 2012
MUSC 3910, 4910, 3910, 2900 / Students must present programs showing they have attended the concerts/recitals
Students must pass this course with a grade of “C” or better showing they have a degree of knowledge about music beyond their own area of specialization
Unit on 20th century repertoire – passing exam
Incorporated in lesson plans, conducted rehearsals, review of literature, class listening.
Students must acquire:
1. A basic overview understanding of how technology serves the field of music as a whole. / MUSC 2900, 3910, 4910 / Powerpoint presentations.
2. Working knowledge of the technological developments applicable to their area of specialization. / MUSC 2900, 3910, 4910
MUSC 4700 / Article reviews, software, Finale used in lesson plans.
Study learn to use programs in voice lab, spectrographic analysis, written exam.
By the end of undergraduate study, students should be:
1. Working independently on a variety of music problems by combining their capabilities in performance; aural, verbal and visual analysis; composition and improvisation; and repertory and history. / Students have a wide range of opportunities to work independently. Some of these opportunities include: solo performance at end-of-semester and BMQE juries; departmental noon recitals and Honors Recitals, sight reading in a variety of situations previously discussed, improvisation in class piano and improvisation class, composition in theory class, and visual and verbal analysis in music history classes. Students work independently when preparing reports or presentations and when doing homework assignments.
MUSC 4430
MUSC 2400, 4400
MUSC 2900, 3910, 4910 / Students must present PowerPoint presentations in two music history courses. These combine aural, verbal and visual analysis in the areas of music repertory and history.
Successful completion of the BMQE, end of semester juries
Student in conducting must be able to analyze a score determine its style period and compositional form. Rehearse other students in an appropriate fashion.
Public performances, some lesson sessions, (oral report), mid-term.
Lesson plans, mini-lessons in school classrooms
2. Forming and defining value judgments about music. / Discussions happen frequently in formal (classroom) and informal (outside the classroom) situations. Students often will initiate discussions about music tastes, especially in the context of studying “new music.” These discussions allow for student growth in this area. Students must make and defend value judgments in forming an individual interpretation of music repertoire studied in applied music courses. Students are exposed to new music in the 20th century music history course. In this course, students are advised to be open to new ideas and to try to understand why composers do things even if they might not like the results especially upon the first hearing.
MUSC 3430, 4430
MUSC 2400, 4400
MUSC 2900, 3910, 4910
MUSC 2500, 3500, 4500
MUSC 4700 / End of semester jury examinations.
Lesson plans.
Students choosing music to conduct must defend their choices by value of the composition.
Criticism/evaluation of fellow students performance in studio classes.
Class discussion-feedback, selecting repertoire, presentations.
Listen, analyze, diagnosis, correct vocal faults, successful correction.
3. Acquiring the tools to work with a comprehensive repertory, including music from various cultures of the world and music of their own time. / The exposure to a wide variety of music has been previously discussed as it relates to recital attendance and a required world music class. Additionally, we do offer a jazz combo and jazz band for more contemporary music, as well as opportunities for the composition students to have their original compositions performed. Fully staged annual music drama productions afford students the practical opportunity to experience this important musical genre.
MUSC 2012 Unit on 20th Cen. Repertoire
MUSC 4430
MUSC 1710, 3410
MUSC 3910, 4910 / Passing scores in tests and courses dealing with World Music and Recital Attendance.
Successful completion of course.
Students are required to evaluate a large number of works from different cultures and choose works appropriate to their situation.
Students are required to perform work in many languages and works of living composers.
Lesson plans, repertoire for choral lab, mini-lessons in schools.
4. Understanding basic interrelationships and interdependencies among various professions and activities that constitute the music enterprise. / MUSC 2900 / Class discussions, written exams
Music Competencies for Teachers
1. The candidate must be a competent conductor, able to create accurate and musically expressive performances with various types of performing groups and in general classroom situations. / MUSC 3430, 4430
MUSC 3910, 4910 / Student have daily exercises and frequent evaluations on score and analysis & stick technique
Video taped rehearsals in class and school., mini lessons in classroom before student teaching. Feedback and sign-off by mentors.
2. The candidate should be able to arrange and adapt music from a variety of sources to meet the needs and ability levels of school performing groups and classroom situations. / MUSC 3080 Orchestration projects & textbook assignments
MUSC 3430, 4430
MUSC 3910 / Successful completion of course.
In conducting classes, students must adapt pieces for the class regardless of number or instruments.
Orff ensembles
3. The candidate should demonstrate functional performance abilities in keyboard and voice, as well as in instruments appropriate to the student’s teaching specialization. / MUSC 4430
2400, 4400, 2151, 2152
MUSC 2900, 3910, 4910 / Students must play, sing and conduct all recitatives assigned regardless of major instrument.
Tests, mid-term/final exams, public performances, final juries.
Proficiency exam on : (lesson plans) recorder, autoharp, guitar, Orff instruments, classroom percussion..
4. The candidate should demonstrate the ability to apply analytical and historical knowledge to curriculum development, lesson planning, and daily classroom and performance activities. / MUSC 3430, 4430
MUSC 2900, 3910, 4910 / Students must use form & analysis to begin constructing their rehearsal plans and execution.
Mini-lessons in schools, video taped lab lessons, written exams – research assignment.

Teaching Competencies for Teachers

1. Ability to teach music at various levels to different age groups and in a variety of classroom and ensemble settings in ways that develop knowledge of how music works syntactically as a communication medium and developmentally as an agent of civilization. This competency includes effective classroom and rehearsal management. / MUSC 3430, 4430
MUSC 2900, 3910, 4910 / Students must show ability to set rehearsal tempo, to deal with individual performers questions & problems, and make a justification for what they are trying to communicate musically.
Mini-lessons in school, mentor feed-back, class discussions, scenarios and written exam on preventative behavior, video-taped lessons.
2. An understanding of child growth and development and an understanding of principles of learning as they relate to music. / MUSC 2900, 3910, 3921, 4910 / Learning theories powerpoint, written exams, lesson plans.
3. The ability to assess aptitudes, experiential backgrounds, orientations of individuals and groups of students, and the nature of subject matter, and to plan educational programs to meet assessed needs. / MUSC 2900, 3910, 4910 / Rubrics for lessons, design assessment tools, written exams.
4. Knowledge of current methods, materials, and repertories available in all fields and levels of music education. / MUSC 2900, 3910, 3921, 4910 / Written exams – presentations, lesson plans (written & oral), feedback from mentors.
5. The ability to accept, amend, or reject methods and materials based on personal assessment of specific teaching situations. / MUSC 3430, 4430
MUSC 2900, 3910, 3921, 4910 / Students must select a theoretical school situation, and then accept or reject pieces by the appropriateness to the situation.
Research projects, class discussions, lesson plans
6. An understanding of evaluative techniques and ability to apply them in assessing both the musical progress of students and the objectives and procedures of the curriculum. / MUSC 2900, 3910, 3921, 4910 / Designing rubrics, feedback during lab lessons, self reflective assignments, research projects, class discussion.