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Music Education Learning Objectives

A music education major at the University of Mount Union allows you to pursue a rewarding career as a music educator.

At Mount Union, students have the opportunity to participate in numerous performing organizations offered on campus and gain hands-on experience in the classroom through student observation, pre-student teaching and student teaching.

Upon graduation, you will be prepared to pursue a license from the State of Ohio to teach music to students in kindergarten to grade 12 in public and private schools.

Music Learning Objectives:

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to select the best methods and materials for meeting the objectives of the learning experience.
  • Students will acquire and demonstrate the ability to compose and/or improvise at a basic level in one or more musical languages.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to build a conducive learning environment.
  • Students will become aware of diverse culture, develop curiosity about American society and about other societies and the art, and will acquire the ability to place music, including music of various cultures of the world, repertoires beyond the area of specialization, and music of their own time, in historical, cultural, and stylistic contexts.  (can this sentence be simplified?)
  • Students will acquire an understanding of the common elements and organizational patterns of music and their interaction, and the ability to demonstrate this understanding in aural, verbal, and visual analysis.
  • Student will demonstrate a working knowledge of appropriate historical and stylistic performance practices.
  • Students will work independently and cooperatively on a variety of musical problems by combining their capabilities in performance; aural, verbal, and visual analysis; composition and improvisation; and history and repertoire.
  • Students will acquire and demonstrate keyboard competency.
  • Students will demonstrate the understanding of basic interrelationships and interdependencies among the various professions and activities that constitute the musical enterprise.
  • Students will acquire knowledge and skills sufficient to work as leaders and in collaboration on matters of musical interpretation, including rehearsal and conducting skills as appropriate to the particular music specialization and degree program.
  • Students will write and carry out lesson plans that clearly articulate the purpose and objective of each lesson.
  • Students will develop skills to become lifelong learners in the musical art, both as participants and as audience members.
  • Students will acquire and demonstrate sufficient understanding of musical forms, processes, and structures to use this knowledge in compositional, performance, scholarly, pedagogical, and historical contexts, as appropriate to their specialization and degree program.
  • Students will form and defend value judgments about music.
  • Students will acquire experience in a secondary performance area.
  • Students will acquire and demonstrate technical skills requisite for artistic self-expression in at least one primary performance area at a level appropriate for the particular music specialization and degree program, including an overview understanding of the repertoire in the primary performance area, an ability to perform from a cross-section of that repertoire, the ability to read at sight with fluency, and the ability to perform in a variety of solo and ensemble settings.
  • Students will acquire a basic overview understanding of how technology serves in the field of music as a whole and a working knowledge of the technological developments applicable to their area of specialization and degree program.

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