Materials, techniques, and methods for teaching instrumental music in the public schools, K-12. Field observations, reports, and micro-teaching experience. Prerequisites: instrumental techniques courses, conducting. For Music Education majors only.
Artistic performance begins with a musical thought that is carried out through the body in a series of movements that involve changes in weight, speed, and orientation through space. This coordination of mind and body results in the music that is heard. The better one's coordination, the more successful one can be in realizing the musical intention. Based on the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education, this course helps musicians to clarify how to translate thoughts into action, which can result in a more dynamic and expressive performance. In each class, students will participate in an Awareness Through Movement lesson. Each lesson consists of gentle, verbally-guided movement sequences, designed to improve body awareness and efficiency of movement. The underlying principles of these lessons can be applied directly to enhance performance and learning in a variety of settings. Students are required to write weekly journals to document their experiences and emerging discoveries that they will also share with their studio teacher. Grading is based on attendance and satisfactory completion of journal assignments. Students should wear comfortable clothing to class and bring a thick blanket/mat for the floor as well as a towel or small pillow.
Organization of the choral program in the junior and senior high school. Materials and methods of teaching small and large vocal ensembles. Study of sol-fa. Field observations. For Music Education majors only.

This course is designed to help students explore, create, and facilitate alternative music teaching and learning experiences (other than traditional band orchestra, and choir) in K-12 school settings. Course material is presented via a community of practice devoted to active, relevant, professional-world learning experiences for diverse populations of students. Teaching and learning experiences will involve a review of relevant scholarly and practical literature; the exploration of available web resources; non-traditional music activities involving drumming, circle singing, ukuleles, guitars, and technology; and an exploration of other topics deemed relevant and appropriate within the community of practice.