TERM: 2020-21 Fall
COURSE TITLE: Foundations of Music Education
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3(hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course explores principles and practices fundamental to the learning and teaching of music. Topics include philosophical bases for teaching music, psychological foundations of musical learning and an overview of major figures and concepts in learning theory as they relate to music curriculum guidelines and standards.

Prerequisites: Prerequisites: MUSI 216, 217, 264; MUSI 259 or 260; and 3 credits of music history at the 300-level
REQUIRED TEXTS: Primary readings will be provided in pdf format and distributed via Moodle
You may be asked to locate other readings in the library or online.
One key source is: hYps://
Reflective writing assignments (5 @ 10%) 50%
Influential Teacher Interview 5%
Quizzes (2 @ 10%) 20%
Final Paper 24%
COURSE OBJECTIVES: Students who absorb the readings, complete assignments and intently engage in class activities should be able to:
  • both explain why teachers need to develop a teaching philosophy specific to music, and articulate their own current music education philosophy.
  • describe how students’ learning is influenced by individual experiences, aptitudes, and prior learning, as well as language, family, and culture
  • identify how cultural perspectives and biases impact teaching and learning.
  • describe aspects of music psychology such as perception, cognition, brain lateralization, and developmental stages.
  • identify several major education theorists and their theories as they apply to music teaching and learning.
  • evaluate different strategies for online music teaching, in relation to ideas from philosophy, sociology and psychology of music.
COURSE OUTLINE: Week 1: Sept. 8-10 Introduction, Cultural Diversity, Decolonizing the Music Classroom
Week 2: Sept. 15-17 Philosophy, Formalism, Absolute Expressionism, Praxialism, Referentialism
Week 3: Sept. 22 Curriculum
Week 4: Sep 29-Oct 1 Types of Knowledge: Conceptual, Procedural, Enculturated, Constructed
Week 5: Oct. 6-8 Quiz 1, Learning Theories - Comenius, Pestalozzi
Week 6: Oct. 15 Learning Theories - Skinner, Piaget, Dewey
Week 7: Oct. 20-22 Maslow, Vygotsky, Bruner
Week 8: Oct. 27-29 Music Education Theorists: Suzuki, Orff, Kodály, Dalcroze
Week 9: Nov. 3-5 Quiz 2, Music Cognition & Perception
Week 10: Nov. 10-12 Affect & Expression
Week 11: Nov. 17-19 Types of Learning: Imitation, Memorization, Discovery, Construction
Week 12: Nov. 24-26 Sociological Factors: Multiculturalism, Socio-economic status, Gender
Week 13: Dec. 1-3 Assessment, Online Teaching, Special Needs Students
Week 14: Dec. 8-10 Music Education Community: CMEA, ABA, ChoirAB, KSC, ISME, OMEA, MBA, OAKE, NAfME, Coalition, etc.

Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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