Document Type


Publication Date

Fall 2023

Course Description

This comprehensive course is designed for aspiring music educators and integrates various facets of instrumental teaching. Students will explore curricular philosophies and models, precision in teaching, curriculum building, and repertoire selection with a focus on inclusion and representation. Emphasis will be placed on rehearsal techniques, including basic components, warm-up strategies, and pedagogies for tone, intonation, blend, and balance. The course also covers feedback, assessment, grading, conducting techniques, beginning band considerations, peer-teaching, classroom management, method book evaluation, composition, improvisation, SEL and mindfulness, and administrative strategies like concert planning, recruitment, and advocacy. Students will also explore digital tools for music education will provide a modern perspective on the subject matter.

Student Outcomes

1. Analyze and apply curricular philosophies to create and assess tailored instrumental music education strategies. 2. Select and justify diverse repertoire, promoting inclusion and representation in content and practice. 3. Demonstrate and evaluate techniques in score study, rehearsal, tone development, and ensemble coordination. 4. Design and apply specific pedagogies and assessments for teaching core musical elements like tone, intonation, blend, and rhythm. 5. Demonstrate effective conducting, address beginning band considerations, and organize peer-teaching experiences. 6. Implement classroom management strategies and facilitate creativity through composition and improvisation. 7. Integrate and assess mindfulness practices, promoting well-being and engagement in the music classroom. 8. Manage concerts, advocacy, recruitment, and utilize digital tools to enhance instructional methods, evaluating their effectiveness.