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Music Education

The Conservatory of Music offers two degree plans for a major in Music Education, one with a concentration in instrumental music, the other with a choral concentration. The Bachelor of Music degree is normally awarded at the completion of a four-year program. Several directed teaching programs are offered at the University of the Pacific which leads to the California Single Subject Teaching Credential with a Major in Music:

  1. A plan which requires one full-time semester of student teaching (generally during the fourth year).
  2. A plan which requires one semester of part-time student teaching during the course of the fourth year plus a summer course of Video Microrehearsal and field teaching (six units).
  3. A Video-Microrehearsal/Internship plan in which selected students participate in the summer Video-Microrehearsal/field teaching program and then teach under contract in neighboring school districts in the fifth year.

All music education majors must pass a minimum proficiency examination in piano and in functional guitar. They must also demonstrate basic vocal proficiency. One hundred hours of laboratory teaching/observation in elementary and secondary schools are required. Courses in Music Education and professional education that are part of the Music Education major must be passed with at least a C grade, and courses in music must receive an average of C within each music discipline.

  1. Music Education majors must present a half recital, usually in their senior year.
  2. Music Education majors with voice as a principal instrument are required to complete a senior examination during the final year.
  3. Teaching Credential candidates must demonstrate an understanding of the U.S. Constitution through coursework or examination. They must demonstrate competency in reading, writing and math by passing the CBEST Examination. To enroll in the appropriate School of Education courses, music education majors must complete appropriate application and interview processes with the credential office as part of the advising process.
  4. Students who take Video Microrehearsal Techniques as part of student teaching may substitute electives for the student teaching in the fourth year.
  5. Major Ensembles must relate to the student’s proposed teaching area as specified by advisors.
  6. Residency requirements in Solo Class, Major Ensemble and Lab Ensemble may be waived when in conflict with student teaching.

Bachelor of Music Major in Music Education Concentration Instrumental

Students must complete a minimum of 124 units with a Pacific cumulative and program grade point average of 2.0 in order to earn the bachelor of music degree with a major in music education concentration instrumental.

I. General Education Requirements

Minimum 30 units and 9 courses, including:

PACS 001What is a Good Society4
PACS 002Topical Seminar on a Good Society4
PACS 003What is an Ethical Life?3


Note: 1) Pacific Seminars cannot be taken for Pass/No Credit. 2) Transfer students with 28 or more transfer units complete 2 additional General Education elective courses from categories I and II not chosen below in place of taking PACS 001 and PACS 002. PACS 003 is required for transfer students.

One course from each subdivision below:

Social and Behavioral Sciences
Two courses from the following:
Arts and Humanities
Two courses from the following:
Natural Sciences and Mathematics


Note: 1) No more than 2 courses from a single discipline may be applied to meet the requirements of the general education program.

II. Diversity Requirement

Students must complete one diversity course (3-4 units)

 
Note: 1) Transfer students with 28 units or more transfer units prior to fall 2011 are encouraged but not required to complete a designated course prior to graduation. 2) Courses may be used also to meet general education and/or major/minor requirements.

III. Fundamental Skills

Students must demonstrate competence in:

Writing
Quantitative analysis

IV. Major Requirements

MCOM 009Introduction to Music Technology1
MCOM 010Music Theory and Aural Perception I4
MCOM 011Music Theory and Aural Perception II4
MCOM 012Music Theory III: Chromaticism2
MCOM 013Aural Perception III1
MCOM 014Introduction to Orchestration2
MCOM 015Music Theory IV: Twentieth Century2
MCOM 016Aural Perception IV1
MCOM 017Form and Process in Music2
MHIS 006Music of the World's People3
MHIS 011Survey of Music History I3
MHIS 012Survey of Music History II3
One MHIS Elective (150 or above)3
MPER 151Principles of Conducting2
One MUJZ Elective2
MAPP 001ABeginning Guitar Class *1
Four to eight units from the following courses: **4-8
Class Piano
Applied Music: Piano
MAPP 011 Applied Music: Music Education ***8-10
MAPP 111 Advanced Applied Music: Music Education ****6-8
MPER 050Solo Class +0
Six units from the following:6
Woodwind Instruments I
Woodwind Instruments II
Brass Instruments I
Percussion Instruments
String Instruments I
String Instruments II
MEDU 111Choral Development2
Select one of the following:2
Band Development
Orchestra Development
MEDU 113Laboratory Ensemble ++0.5
MEDU 114Music in Elementary School2
MEDU 115Music Experiences, K-62
MEDU 116Music in Secondary School2
MEDU 117Music Experiences, 7-122
MHIS 006Music of the World's People3
Eight units from the following courses:8
University Symphony Orchestra
Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Concert Band
MPER 153Instrumental Conducting2
Two semesters of Major Choral Ensemble2
The Oriana Choir (Women's Chorus)
University Chorus
Pacific Singers
EDUC 140Transformational Teaching and Learning4
EDUC 156Content and Disciplinary Literacy Development in Secondary Schools3
EDUC 163Teaching English Learners4
EDUC 171Professional Practice Music2-10
The following are required for the credential, not for the degree:
SPED 125XTeaching Exceptional Learners2
EDUC 171Professional Practice Music2-10
EDUC 172Professional Practice Seminar2-10
*

Proficiency in guitar must be met.

**

1. Proficiency in piano must be met.
2. If the student is a pianist, substitute voice lessons for piano.

***

Students repeat MAPP 011 in order to have a total of 8 units from this one course.

****

A minimum of 6 units of MAPP 111 is required; MAPP 111 is repeated to have a total of 6 to 8 units; 16 units total of the combination of MAPP 011/MAPP 111 are required. Half a recital and a piano exam are also required.

+

Students take MPER 050 every semester.

++

Students take MEDU 113 for four semesters, two units total.

Note: 1) MPER 050, MAPP 111, Major Ensemble, and MEDU 113 may be waived during the last year if they conflict with student teaching.

Bachelor of Music Major in Music Education Concentration Choral

Students must complete a minimum of 124 units with a Pacific cumulative and program grade point average of 2.0 in order to earn the bachelor of music degree with a major in music education concentration choral.

I. General Education Requirements

Minimum 30 units and 9 courses, including:

PACS 001What is a Good Society4
PACS 002Topical Seminar on a Good Society4
PACS 003What is an Ethical Life?3


Note: 1) Pacific Seminars cannot be taken for Pass/No Credit. 2) Transfer students with 28 or more transfer units complete 2 additional General Education elective courses from categories I and II not chosen below in place of taking PACS 001 and PACS 002. PACS 003 is required for transfer students.

One course from each subdivision below:

Social and Behavioral Sciences
Two courses from the following:
Arts and Humanities
Two courses from the following:
Natural Sciences and Mathematics


Note: 1) No more than 2 courses from a single discipline may be applied to meet the requirements of the general education program.

II. Diversity Requirement

Students must complete one diversity course (3-4 units)


Note: 1) Transfer students with 28 units or more transfer units prior to fall 2011 are encouraged but not required to complete a designated course prior to graduation. 2) Courses may be used also to meet general education and/or major/minor requirements.

III. Fundamental Skills

Students must demonstrate competence in:

Writing
Quantitative analysis

IV. Major Requirements

MCOM 009Introduction to Music Technology1
MCOM 010Music Theory and Aural Perception I4
MCOM 011Music Theory and Aural Perception II4
MCOM 012Music Theory III: Chromaticism2
MCOM 013Aural Perception III1
MCOM 014Introduction to Orchestration2
MCOM 015Music Theory IV: Twentieth Century2
MCOM 016Aural Perception IV1
MCOM 017Form and Process in Music2
MHIS 006Music of the World's People3
MHIS 011Survey of Music History I3
MHIS 012Survey of Music History II3
One MHIS Elective (150 or above)3
MPER 151Principles of Conducting2
MAPP 001ABeginning Guitar Class1
Four units of one or a combination of the following courses: *4
Class Piano
Applied Music: Piano
Select five of the following:5
Woodwind Instruments I
Woodwind Instruments II
Brass Instruments I
Percussion Instruments
String Instruments I
String Instruments II
MEDU 111Choral Development2
Select one of the following:2
Band Development
Orchestra Development
MEDU 113Laboratory Ensemble0.5
MEDU 114Music in Elementary School2
MEDU 115Music Experiences, K-62
MEDU 116Music in Secondary School2
MEDU 117Music Experiences, 7-122
MHIS 006Music of the World's People3
MPER 020Introduction to Lyric Diction2
MPER 021Introduction to Lyric Diction2
Eight units from the following courses:8
Opera Production
The Oriana Choir (Women's Chorus)
University Chorus
Pacific Singers
MPER 152Choral Conducting2
One MUJZ Elective2
MAPP 011 Applied Music: Music Education **8-10
MAPP 111 Advanced Applied Music: Music Education ***6-8
MPER 050Solo Class ****0
EDUC 156Content and Disciplinary Literacy Development in Secondary Schools3
EDUC 140Transformational Teaching and Learning4
EDUC 163Teaching English Learners4
EDUC 171Professional Practice Music4
The following are required for the credential, not for the degree:
EDUC 171Professional Practice Music6
EDUC 172Professional Practice Seminar2
SPED 125XTeaching Exceptional Learners2
*

1. Proficiency in piano must be met.
2. If the student is a pianist, substitute voice lessons for piano.

**

Students repeat MAPP 011 in order to have a total of 8 units from this one course.

***

A minimum of 6 units of MAPP 111 is required; MAPP 111 is repeated to have a total of 6 to 8 units; 16 units total of the combination of MAPP 011/MAPP 111 are required. Half a recital and piano exam are also required.

****

MPER 050 is to be taken every semester.

Note: 1) MPER 050, MAPP 111, Major Ensemble, and MEDU 113 may be waived during the last year if they conflict with student teaching.

Music Education Courses

MEDU 100. Music for Children. 3 Units.

This course explores music fundamentals, resources, concepts and activities for the pre-adolescent child. This course is open to non-music majors only, and it is required for multiple subjects credential candidates.

MEDU 101. Woodwind Instruments I. 1 Unit.

Students study the principles of teaching and playing flute and clarinet.

MEDU 102. Woodwind Instruments II. 1 Unit.

Students study the principles of teaching and playing oboe, bassoon and saxophone.

MEDU 103. Brass Instruments I. 1 Unit.

Students study the principles of teaching and playing brass instruments.

MEDU 104. Brass Instruments II. 1 Unit.

Students study the advanced principles of brass instrument teaching.

MEDU 105. Percussion Instruments. 1 Unit.

Students study the principles of teaching and playing percussion instruments.

MEDU 107. String Instruments I. 1 Unit.

Students study the principles of teaching and playing violin and viola.

MEDU 108. String Instruments II. 1 Unit.

Students study the principles of teaching and playing string instruments which include the cello and bass.

MEDU 110. Band Development. 2 Units.

Students examine the teacher's role in instrumental music education which includes concert, marching, jazz band and orchestras in public schools.

MEDU 111. Choral Development. 2 Units.

Students examine the teacher's role in choral music education which includes concepts and techniques for choral ensembles.

MEDU 112. Orchestra Development. 2 Units.

Students examine the teacher's role in orchestras in public schools.

MEDU 113. Laboratory Ensemble. 0.5 Units.

This course offers laboratory experience of music education fieldwork that includes developmentally appropriate class and rehearsal skills, secondary instrument performance, vocal ensemble techniques, planning, and assessment.

MEDU 114. Music in Elementary School. 2 Units.

Students investigate the role of music within the elementary school and its environment. The course includes 50 hours of laboratory observation/teaching in the elementary schools. Corequisite: MEDU 115.

MEDU 115. Music Experiences, K-6. 2 Units.

This course offers a music specialist approach to materials and techniques that develop music experiences for elementary school children. Corequisite: MEDU 114. Open to music majors only.

MEDU 116. Music in Secondary School. 2 Units.

Students examine the role of school music in grades 6-12. The course includes 50 hours of laboratory observation/teaching. Corequisite: MEDU 117. Open to music majors only.

MEDU 117. Music Experiences, 7-12. 2 Units.

This course offers a music specialist approach to materials and techniques that develop music experiences in secondary school. Corequisite: MEDU 116. Open to music majors only.

MEDU 118. Advanced Teaching Practicum. 1-3 Units.

This course is supervised practical observation/teaching experiences in both public and private schools. Prerequisites: MEDU 114 and MEDU 116.

MEDU 191. Independent Study. 1-4 Units.

Music Competencies

  1. Sufficient superior musicianship on primary instrument and the ability to perform at a level that will inspire confidence in secondary level students.
  2. Play/sing a variety of instruments, including piano, guitar and voice, to show capability in modeling instruction and the ability to use instruments/voice functionally.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of conducting principles and techniques suitable to instrumental settings.
  4. Apply theoretical, historical, and cultural information so as to choose music and lesson content appropriate to contemporary settings for Pre-K through high school students.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to improvise on primary or secondary instruments and to compose original or derivative works suitable to Pre-K to 12 students’ study/performance.

Teaching Competencies

  1. Students demonstrate knowledge of child/adolescent development and methodological approaches to general music, instrumental and choral music.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of repertoire and curriculum development for Pre-K, elementary, middle, and high school levels.
  3. Utilize technologies appropriate to teaching music in Pre-K to 12 settings.
  4. Demonstrate ability to gauge attitudes, previous learning and skills to plan appropriate educational programs.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to assess themselves and their students and to improve understanding and performance based on that assessment.
  6. Articulate and provide leadership regarding importance of music in education.

Experiential Learning

Lab, Fieldwork, and Student Teaching:

  1. Students demonstrate ability to effectively rehearse and conduct ensembles of various ages and ability levels.
  2. Ability to teach beginning and intermediate levels in general, instrumental, and choral music.
  3. Ability to provide in-depth musical experiences with instrumental populations.
  4. Ability to synthesize and integrate analytical aspects of music, pedagogical elements of teaching, planning, and assessment in Pre-K to 12 settings.
  5. Ability to motivate students and adjust to student and program needs.