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Music Major

Music Education Concentration

School of Arts and Sciences

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Curriculum

As evidenced by a virtual 100% pass rate on the CSET state licensure exams, Concordia's music education graduates are very-well prepared for careers in the classroom. The Music Education Concentration provides coursework that helps prepare students to be successful on the CSET, and inspires them for a lifetime of service as music teachers.

If you would like to have a conversation with a professor about the Music Education Concentration, please contact Dr. Herb Geisler, our Director of Music Education.
herb.geisler@cui.edu
949-214-3412

  • Music Education Concentration
  • 15 Units
  • Music Education students must select Music for Children (3) and either Music Cultures: Emerging Nations (3) or Music Cultures: The Silk Road (3) in the Music Major. Applied and ensemble units in this concentration are in addition to the Musicianship Core of the Music Major.
  • MUS 261: Introduction to Music Teaching *
  • 1

This course will explore career opportunities in music education including elementary, middle, and high school as well as studio pedagogy through readings, seminar discussions, and field experience in area schools and studios. Prerequisites: At least sophomore standing, MUS 102, MUS 111, MUS 112, or MUS 201 (or concurrent registration), or permission of instructor.

  • MUS 462: Music in Secondary Schools
  • 2

This course will study the principles and practices for teaching music in secondary (middle and high) schools including philosophy, organization, curriculum development, and lesson-planning for general music. It will also prepare students to take the CSET (California Subject Examination for Teachers) in music. Prerequisites: MUS 261 and MUS 461 or concurrent registration. Offered alternate years.

  • MUKP 101-401: Private Lessons: Piano I-IV
  • 1

MUKP 101-401: Private Lessons: Piano I-IV

  • Choose 7 units from the following:
  • MUS 216: Music Technology I
  • 2

An introduction to music technology hardware and software, focusing on the tools and methods used to create, prepare and perform music. Topics include MIDI, digital audio workstations, score preparation, live performance systems, and methods of music production. Students will participate in hands-on projects in which they will apply their understanding of basic music technology principles. Students should be able to read muscial notation.

  • MUS 305: Arranging
  • 2

This course introduces students to the basic principles of arranging pre-existing musical material for the small ensembles commonly encountered in church, educational, and commercial settings. Aspects of reharmonization, voicing, scoring, part generation, and idiomatic instrumental and choral writing will be studied. Pre-requisite: MUS 202.

  • MUS 412: Instrumental Methods and Repertoire
  • 2

This advanced instrumental music methods course will focus on repertoire, rehearsal management, advanced conducting issues and techniques, pedagogy, planning, and administration. Prerequisites: MUS 202 and MUS 222 or consent of the instructor. Offered alternate years.

  • MUS 441: Handbell Methods and Repertoire
  • 3

This course will study the organization and directing of handbell programs: · the one (1)-unit course includes a philosophy of handbell ringing, methods for beginning ringers, materials and equipment, recruitment, and handbell literature for school and church. · The two (2)-unit course adds literature, curriculum, and methods for more advanced ringers, small ensembles, and solos. · The three (3)-unit course adds work in composition and arranging for handbells as well as advanced conducting. Prerequisites for one (1) or two (2) units: Experience with handbell ringing and familiarity with musical notation; for the three (3)-unit course: MUS 202 and MUS 221.

  • MUS 471: Choral Methods and Repertoire
  • 3

This advanced choral music methods course will focus on repertoire, rehearsal management, advanced conducting techniques, vocal pedagogy, planning, and administration. Prerequisites: MUS 202and MUS 222 or consent of instructor. Offered alternate years.

  • Choose 4 of the following courses:
  • MUS 312: Brass Techniques
  • 1

Basic techniques for playing, teaching, and maintaining brass instruments along with curricular concepts and materials for teaching beginning instrumentalists will be covered in this course. Prerequisites: Considerable musical experience, preferably instrumental, and consent of instructor. Offered alternate years.

  • MUS 313: Percussion Techniques
  • 1

Basic techniques for playing, teaching, and maintaining percussion instruments will be covered in this course. Prerequisites: Considerable musical experience, preferably instrumental, and consent of instructor. Offered alternate years.

  • MUS 314: Woodwind Techniques
  • 1

Basic techniques for playing, teaching, and maintaining woodwind instruments will be covered in this course. Prerequisites: Considerable musical experience, preferably instrumental, and consent of instructor. Offered alternate years.

  • MUS 315: String Techniques
  • 1

Basic techniques for playing, teaching, and maintaining string instruments will be covered in this course. Prerequisites: Considerable musical experience, preferably instrumental, and consent of instructor. Offered alternate years.

  • MUGU 100A: Gutair Class 1
  • 1

This course will teach basic skills to the beginning guitarist.

Optional: Lutheran Teacher Certificate (15 units): Please see Christ College Certificate Requirements for additional requirements.

Optional: California Teacher Credential (34 units): Course requirements are available from the School of Education. Included in the 34 units is a student teaching experience (12 units), which entails all-day fieldwork for an entire semester. This typically happens during an extra semester, after all other coursework has been completed and after the student has passed the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET).

Current students, please note: The requirements listed here may not reflect the most current courses for this major and may not be the requirements for the catalog year you are following to complete your major. Please refer to the Academic Catalog for official requirements you must meet to qualify for a degree.


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