Degree Program Structure
The summer masters in Music Education is intended to be completed in three consecutive summer sessions and is structured into three cognate areas: Music Education, Music Pedagogy and Professional Education.
Music Education Cognate courses are offered on a rotating basis, with electives in Music Pedagogy and Professional Education Cognates developed and offered on an on-going basis. This structure permits the student to enter the program at any given point in the sequence.
The student will apply for candidacy following the completion of 18 credit hours. It is recommended that students enroll in eight to nine credit hours each summer; project/thesis credits are earned through online enrollment during the fall/spring semester and in residency during that final summer session following admittance to candidacy.
Music Education Cognate – 13 credits
MUED 600 Seminar in Music Education, three credits
MUED 610 Psychology of Music, three credits
MUED 620 Introduction to Research in Music Education, three credits
MUED 799 Thesis (or project), four credits
Music Pedagogy Cognate – 11 credits minimum
To be determined by student and adviser, with adviser approval. May include MUSC 611, 612, 690 and other graduate-level MUSC, MHIS, APPM, MUED courses
Professional Education Cognate – 6 credits
A focus on areas of education of interest to student to be determined by student and adviser, with adviser approval. May include EDUS 605, 607, 662, 673, 701; ADMS 600, 606, 611; ADLT 631; and other School of Education graduate (600-level) offerings
The structure of a summer-only program presents a challenge to the creation of a tradition learning community of scholars. To address this, the Music Education Cognate course is the first offered each summer and is the single course required of all students. This permits the formation of a learning cohort. In addition to meeting for the full week of the course, the final portion of each Music Education Cognate course is conducted online for the remainder of the summer session with students reading and discussing each other’s written work and research papers. Following the Music Education Cognate course, the students will select and take elective courses in the Music Pedagogy and Professional Education Cognates, proving additional opportunities to work with fellow students in an area of specific common interest.
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Dr. Dave Greennagel
MUED 610 – Psychology of Music
17 June to 28 June (M-F, 8:00 am to Noon)
Provides an introduction of the psychological foundations of music behavior. Topics will include functions of music in human society and culture, psychoacoustics of musical sound, cognitive processes of music perception and the creation/recreation of music, affective response, music learning theories and measurement of musical ability and learning. (3 graduate credits – this course includes a significant online component to be completed no later than 2 August 2013; open only for VCU masters of music in music education degree students)
Prof. Rebecca Tyree
MUED 608 - Teaching the Adolescent Singer
24 June to 5 July (M-F, 1:00 to 5:00 pm)
In this course students will study psychological, physiological, behavioral, and developmental aspects of the young singer. An in-depth look at the characteristics of the changing male and female voice will include research and conclude with observations of adolescent voices. The class will also cover range, registration, and choral repertoire appropriate for the various stages of the adolescent singer ((3 graduate credits – this course includes a significant online component to be completed no later than 2 August 2013)
Dr. Terry Austin:
MUED 618 - History and Literature of the Wind Band
1 July to 12 July (M-F, 1:00 to 5:00 pm)
In this class students will study the historical development of wind bands and wind band repertoire. The result of this study will be to enable students to evaluate new repertoire by comparison to masterworks and to be able to place pieces into a historical continuum. Studying the history of wind bands is necessary to understand the current state of the profession and how wind bands fit into the broader spectrum of music history ((3 graduate credits – this course includes a significant online component to be completed no later than 2 August 2013).
Dr. Patrick Smith
MUED 583 002 - Music Criticism and Adjudication
8 July to 19 July (M-F; 8:00 to Noon)
This course will present music educators with an understanding of the history of music criticism, performance practice issues, and strategies for offering practical assessments (adjudications) following performances by musicians on primary, secondary, collegiate, and professional levels. ((3 graduate credits – this course includes a significant online component to be completed no later than 2 August 2013)
World Drumming with Paul Bakeman
17 and 18 July, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
10 recertification points available
MUED 583 001
Orff Schulwerk Level I
22 July to 2 August (M-F, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm)
Brent Holl and Paul Bakeman
3 graduate credits or non-credit for 60 recertification points