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10.11 MUSIC EDUCATION OPTION in CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION (MUE)
Program Head: Associate Professor Marvin E. Latimer, Office: 261-A Moody Music Building
 
Graduate work in Music Education is an option through the Curriculum and Instruction department in the College of Education. Under Curriculum and Instruction, Music Education concentrations are available at the MA, nontraditional initial certification, EdS, EdD, and PhD degree levels. All programs, except the doctoral programs, can lead to Alabama teacher certification.

 

 

Admission Requirements


MA in Curriculum & Instruction (Music Education option)

Masters candidates must hold valid Alabama Class B or approved equivalent certification to be considered for admission. An acceptable score on either the Graduate Record Examination or the Miller Analogies Test is required for acceptance into the Music Education option.

 

Applicants for the Music Education option are required to demonstrate professional competence in music theory and music history; to submit a tape of an ensemble performance or teaching sample; and, if requested, to perform a placement audition on the major instrument prior to the completion of 12 hours of graduate study. If requested, applicants will interview with the music education faculty prior to an admission decision. Contingent upon faculty and Graduate School approval, conditional admission is granted in some instances. 

 


EdS, EdD, and PhD in Curriculum & Instruction (Music Education option)

An acceptable score on either the Graduate Record Examination or the Miller Analogies Test is required for acceptance into the Music Education option.

 

Applicants to the Music Education option under Curriculum and Instruction of the College of Education also must successfully complete a formal screening interview with the music education faculty prior to an admission decision, and doctoral applicants must submit a writing sample. Applicants are required to demonstrate professional competence in music theory and music history; to submit a tape of an ensemble performance or teaching sample; and, if requested, to perform a placement audition on the major instrument prior to the completion of 12 hours of graduate study. It is highly recommended that applicants have a minimum of three yearsí full-time contractual teaching experience prior to beginning a post-masters degree program; applicants for the PhD program should have either a bachelorís or masterís degree in music education. Contingent upon faculty and Graduate School approval, conditional admission is granted in some instances.

 

Admission Requirements for the Graduate School (Admission Criteria) and the College of Education (General Admission) are detailed in earlier sections of this catalog.


 

Degree Requirements
 
MA in Curriculum and Instruction (Music Education option)

 

Two MA plans in Music Education (Plan I and Plan II, below) are offered under Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education. Both plans presume an undergraduate degree in music education from an accredited school and a valid Alabama Class B teaching certificate (or an approved equivalent teaching certificate). Both Plan I and Plan II lead to Alabama Class A, masters level, teaching certification. Both require compliance with the State-approved certification program and a minimum of 30 graduate semester hours as follows: (a) required music education courses, 6 hours; (b) foundations of professional studies, 3 hours; (c) educational research, 3 hours; (d) technology, 3 hours; (e) faculty-approved teaching field, 15 hours; and, additional requirements/electives, 0-3 hours. Candidates under Plan I for the masterís degree must write a thesis (6 semester hours of thesis research may be used toward the degree). Plan II candidates must earn a minimum of 30 graduate semester hours. No music education masterís degree programs are available without satisfying Alabama certification requirements; those earning a masterís degree must be eligible for recommendation for Alabama Class A music education (P-12) teaching certification.
 
Nontraditional, Alternative Initial Teacher Certification Program

An acceptable score on either the Graduate Record Examination or the Miller Analogies Test is required for acceptance into the Music Education option.

 

The Alternative Certification Masterís Degree Program is designed for people who have not completed an undergraduate degree in music education, but who possess an undergraduate degree in an area of music from a school accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. It requires a minimum of 39 course credits as follows: (a) curriculum and teaching, 3 hours; (b) professional studies, 6 hours; (c) survey of special education, 3 hours; (d) technology, 3 hours; (e) evaluation of teaching and learning, 3 hours; (f) teaching reading or reading in content area, 3 hours; (g) music and music education, 12 hours; (h) internship, 6 hours. Some undergraduate prerequisites are also required. The fulfillment of all requirements leads to recommendation for the Alabama Class A teaching certificate in music education (P-12) and the masterís degree. Prior to an admission decision, applicants must request a transcript evaluation of all college-level coursework from the Office of Student Services and Certification, College of Education, Box 870231,Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0231 (205) 348-6073. Contact the Office of Student Services for information about the Request for Evaluation

 

EdS in Curriculum & Instruction (Music Education option).

An acceptable score on either the Graduate Record Examination or the Miller Analogies Test is required for acceptance into the Music Education option.

 

A minimum of 30 hours of appropriate work beyond the MA degree, including completion of a research project, is required for the educational specialist (EdS) degree. The fulfillment of these requirements leads to the Alabama Class AA certificate in music education (P-12). The total hours of graduate work, including the MA degree, must be 60 hours. Those pursuing certification options must be certain their programs of study meet all certification requirements according to programs approved by the Alabama Department of Education. Courses used to qualify for a lower level supporting certificate cannot be used again in a higher level certification program.
 
EdD in Curriculum & Instruction (Music Education option).

An acceptable score on either the Graduate Record Examination or the Miller Analogies Test is required for acceptance into the Music Education option.

 

The doctor of education degree in curriculum and instruction (music education option) is designed to include a broad field of study in a major area of specialization. Selection and sequence of courses are contingent on the skills, background, and professional goals of the student. Each studentís program will include courses in music, music education, professional education, and research.
 
PhD in Curriculum & Instruction (Music Education option).

An acceptable score on either the Graduate Record Examination or the Miller Analogies Test is required for acceptance into the Music Education option.

 

The doctor of philosophy degree in curriculum and instruction (music education option) is designed to include a broad field of study in a major area of specialization. Selection and sequence of courses are contingent on the skills, background, and professional goals of the student. Each studentís program will include courses in music, music education, professional education, and research.

 

Degree requirements are noted on the official Plan of Study for the various degrees and tracks. These documents are available from the chairperson or administrative staff for the department.

 

All doctoral students must have a completed Plan of Study approved by the Graduate School no later than the semester during which the student will complete 30 semester hours of UA and/or transfer credit for the doctoral degree. 

 

A department-approved Admission to Candidacy for the Doctoral Degree is submitted to the Graduate School as soon as possible after passing the comprehensive (preliminary) examination.  For details on Plan of Study, Admission to Candidacy, and all other degree requirements, visit the Degree Requirements section of this catalog.
 


 

General Requirements

 
Before 12 hours of graduate study are completed in any graduate degree program, students enrolled in music education graduate programs are required to demonstrate professional competence in music theory and music history and, if requested, to perform a placement audition on the major instrument. Information about specific examinations can be obtained through the Music Education Office, Box 870366, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0366 (205) 348-6054.


Graduate-level music education courses which meet requirements for specific State-approved certification programs (Class A, Class AA) are typically offered during summer sessions. Applicants for music education graduate degrees should anticipate that summer enrollment may be necessary to complete degree requirements. Questions concerning the rotation of course offerings should be directed to the Music Education Department; Box 870366; Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0366; (205) 348-6054.
 
The content of all graduate programs in music education is determined, in part, by the background and goals of the individual student. Each program will include graduate courses in music education (choral, instrumental, or general) and professional education, and may include studio courses and other graduate study as indicated by the studentís background and interests in consultation with his or her advisor. It is recommended that each student contact his or her advisor during the first term of graduate study in order to plan the program.

 

 

Graduate work in Music Education is an option through the Curriculum and Instruction Department in the College of Education. Interested applicants should contact Music Education, Box 870366, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0366 (205) 348-6054, or speak with a music education advisor.

 


 

Course Descriptions
 
MUE 500 Foundations of Music Education. Three hours.
Investigation of the purposes and functions of music education from antiquity to the present. Philosophical foundations and a chronological survey of historical issues related to the inclusion of music in general education will also be discussed.
 
MUE 525 Choral Techniques and Materials. Three hours.
Organization, rehearsal, programming and performance of choral groups.
 
MUE 526 Instrumental Techniques and Materials. Three hours.
Organization, rehearsal, programming and performance of instrumental groups.
 
MUE 528 Curricular Trends in General Music Education.
Three hours.
Prerequisites: MUE 500 or permission of instructor.
Analysis of current trends in general music and their influence on techniques and materials for P-12 and 2-year community colleges.
 
MUE 530 Music Education Curriculum Theory and Development. Three hours.
Analysis of music curricula and study of the development process.
 

MUE 532 Research, History, Aesthetics Mus Ed. Three hours.

This course will address various techniques into the history and aesthetics of music education.


MUE 535 Curriculum Projects in Music Education. One to three hours.
The design, proposal, implementation, evaluation, and reporting of a curriculum project or an improved instructional procedure in music. Independent study.
 
MUE 540 Research in Music Education. Three hours.
Introduction to research study in music education.
 
MUE 560 Functional Instruments. One-half to one hour.
 

MUE 580 Intro. Grad. Study Music Ed. Three hours.

Introduction designed to prepare students for the application of scholarly thinking to topics in the areas of music psychology, teacher training and music education.


MUE 586 Marching Band Techniques.
Three hours.
Prerequisites: graduate standing
Fundamentals of marching, maneuvering, and preparation and presentation of formations. Offered spring and summer terms as needed.
 

MUE 589 Clinical Exper. Music Ed. Two to six hours.

Part-time supervised teaching experience in secondary music education. Four-twelve hours weekly for 14 weeks in Tuscaloosa area public schools.


MUE 590 Seminar in Music Education. One to three hours.
Study of special topics in music education.
 
MUE 591 Workshop in Music Education. One to three hours.
Special topics in music education focusing on in-class activities and materials directly applicable to general, choral, band, and orchestra music instruction. Typically focused for practicing teachers, with the bulk of the expected work to be accomplished in class.


MUE 597 Practicum in Music Education. Three to twelve hours.
 
MUE 598 Non-thesis Research. Variable credit.
 
MUE 599 Thesis Research. Variable credit.
 
MUE 600 Foundations of Music Education. Three hours.
Advanced investigation of the purposes and functions of music education from antiquity to the present. Philosophical foundations and a chronological survey of historical issues related to the inclusion of music in general education will also be discussed.
 
MUE 625 Choral Techniques and Materials.
Three hours.
Advanced organization, rehearsal, programming and performance of choral groups.
 
MUE 626 Instrumental Techniques and Materials. Three hours.
Advanced organization, rehearsal, programming and performance of instrumental groups.
 
MUE 628 Curricular Trends in General Music Education. Three hours.
Prerequisites: MUE 530, MUE 630, or permission of the instructor.
Advanced analysis of current trends in general music and their influence on techniques and materials for P-12 and two-year community colleges. Offered according to demand.
 
MUE 630 Music Education Curriculum Theory and Development.
Three hours.
Prerequisite: Masterís degree.
Advanced analysis of music curricula and study of the development process.
 
MUE 631 PhD Diagnostic/Adm. Exam
.
Examination required prior to completion of no more than six hours of study for admission to a PhD program in Music Education.

MUE 635 Curriculum Projects in Music Education. One to three hours.
Prerequisites: Masterís degree.
The design, proposal, implementation, evaluation, and reporting of a curriculum project or an improved instructional procedure in music. Independent study.
 
MUE 641 Advanced Research in Music Education. Three hours.
Prerequisites: MUE 540; graduate standing
The design, implementation and reporting of research studies that illustrate a variety of methodological and statistical plans for research in music education.
 
MUE 690 Advanced Seminar Music Education. One to three hours.

Prerequisites: Completion of MUE 529 and post-masterís standing

An intensive reading course, focusing on relevant historical and contemporary published refereed research articles.


MUE 698 Non-thesis Research.
Three hours.
 
MUE 699 Dissertation Research. Variable credit. Three hour minimum.


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