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Music Education

Master of Music Degree in Music Education

The music education graduate program offers a core course of study along with numerous electives in music and education that provide an individualized program that caters to the individual’s specific career goals. Candidates for the Master of Music degree must have their baccalaureate degree from an accredited school or department of music and must also give evidence of accomplishments during their undergraduate years commensurate with those that lead to the Bachelor of Music degree at University of the Pacific. All transcripts and placement tests are evaluated; recommendations for courses of study are made accordingly. Supplementary undergraduate work may be prescribed if deemed advisable. The major field is music education.

The music education department offers two plans for students who have completed an undergraduate music education degree: Plan A with emphasis on research, Plan B with emphasis on advanced techniques and practices in music education and music. Students with an undergraduate music degree other than music education can obtain the master’s degree and California music certificate in teaching through the Master of Education in Music Education offered through the School of Education. See music education department chair for program description.

In certain cases (depending on previous teaching experience), a candidate may gain the teaching credential with the Master of Music Education degree, working with both the Conservatory of Music and the Gladys L. Benerd School of Education; see music education department coordinator for details. Note that both MM programs contain a number of electives; specific courses come from the upper division and graduate courses listed later in this catalog and in the university’s general catalog. This flexibility of electives allows for the personalization of the degree plan.

 

 

Master of Music in Music Education

Students must complete a minimum of 33 units with a Pacific cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in order to earn the master of music degree in music education.

Plan A: Thesis

MUSC 202Introduction in Music Research3
MUSC 203Contemporary Issues in Music Education and Music Therapy3
Select a minimum ten units from the following:10
MHIS Minimum 2 units in Music History
MCOM Minimum 2 units in Music Theory
MAPP Additional units in Applied Music
Select three to nine units of non music courses (such as education, psychology, languages, statistics)3-9
Select four to ten units from:4-10
MEDU Music Education
MHIS Music History
MTHR Music Therapy
MCOM Music Theory
MAPP Music Applied
MEDU 299Thesis3
One of the following must be met before degree is awarded:
Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education
Music Education Credential

 

Note: 1) 18 units must be at the graduate (200 or higher) level.

Plan B: Seminar

MUSC 202Introduction in Music Research3
MUSC 203Contemporary Issues in Music Education and Music Therapy3
Select a minimum ten units from the following:10
MHIS Minimum 2 units in Music History
MCOM Minimum 2 units in Music Theory
MAPP Additional units in Applied Music
Select three to nine units of non music courses (such as education, psychology, languages, statistics)3-9
Select four to ten elective units from:4-10
MEDU Music Education
MHIS Music History
MTHR Music Therapy
MCOM Music Theory
MAPP Music Applied
One of the following must be met before degree is awarded:
Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education
Music Education Credential

 

Note: 1) 18 units must be at the graduate (200 or higher) level

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 119. Fieldwork: Music Grades 4-12. 1 Unit.

This course offers fieldwork to accompany 21st century approaches to music education for pre-teens and adolescents with an emphasis on school and community settings. Co-requisite: MEDU 120.

MEDU 120. 21st Century Approaches to Music Education. 2 Units.

This course offers a music specialist approach to contemporary materials and techniques that develop music experiences for pre-teens and adolescents, including performance skills and creative music-making in school and community settings. Co-requisite: MEDU 119.

MEDU 191. Independent Study. 1-4 Units.

MEDU 200. Video Microrehearsal for Music Teaching Candidates. 3 Units.

Course content includes microrehearsals, seminars, and individual and group viewing sessions to define and develop rehearsal-teaching techniques with video recording as a basic tool. Prerequisites: bachelor's degree in music and permission of Music Education faculty.

MEDU 201. Video Microrehearsal for Experienced Music Teachers. 1-4 Units.

Students study the restructuring of music teaching techniques that use video recording techniques. Other topics of study include microrehearsals, seminars, individual and group viewing sessions, and field application of new procedures. Prerequisites: bachelor's degree in music, two years of full-time music teaching in public schools and permission of instructor.

MEDU 202. Fieldwork in Music Education. 3 Units.

This course offers advanced work in schools. It may include music drama, small ensembles, unique curriculum design as well as large ensembles and class instruction.

MEDU 210. Seminar in Music Education. 2 Units.

This seminar course includes discussion, research and writing related to music education.

MEDU 220. Instrumental Organization, Conducting and Literature. 3 Units.

MEDU 221. Choral Organization, Conducting and Literature. 3 Units.

MEDU 222. Advanced Problems in Elementary Music Teaching. 3 Units.

MEDU 291. Independent Study. 1-4 Units.

MEDU 293. Special Topics. 1-2 Units.

MEDU 299. Thesis. 3 Units.

MEDU 301. Video Microrehearsal for Experienced Music Teachers. 4 Units.

Students study the restructuring of music teaching techniques that use video recording techniques. Other topics of study include microrehearsals, seminars, individual and group viewing sessions, and field application of new procedures. A research component is required. Prerequisites: bachelor's degree in music and two years of full-time music teaching in public schools and permission of instructor.

MEDU 310. Seminar in Music Education. 2 Units.

This course includes discussion, research and writing related to music education.

MEDU 311. Philosophy of Music Education. 3 Units.

Students examine the development of individual music education philosophy through the study of history, aesthetics, sociology, psychology and school practice.

MEDU 312. Graduate Research in Music Education. 1-3 Units.

MEDU 313. Graduate Research in Music Education. 1-3 Units.

MEDU 322. Issues in Elementary Music Teaching. 3 Units.

MEDU 391. Graduate Independent Study. 1-3 Units.

MEDU 393. Special Topics. 1-2 Units.

General Music Courses

MUSC 202. Introduction in Music Research. 3 Units.

This course is designed for the graduate level student to develop music research skills.

MUSC 203. Contemporary Issues in Music Education and Music Therapy. 3 Units.

Graduate students research, analyze, and reflect on current values, philosophical issues, and contemporary trends in the professions of music education and music therapy.