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									INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC EDUCATION SEMINAR MUS 263 Fall 2006 Units of Study UNIT I An introduction to the Foundations of Music Education. An overview of music education history in America, beginning in the 18th century; the establishment of a basic but personalized philosophy of music education; a look at the impact of the Kentucky Education Reform Act and the national legislation of No Child Left Behind; an introduction to and the relationship between Kentucky’s Learner Goals and Academic Expectations, its Program of Studies, its Core Contents in Arts and Humanities and the National Standards for Arts Education. Development of Lesson Plans. Text purchase required as explained in class. Planning/preparation and exploration of teaching techniques for beginning elementary instrumental music. Processes for beginning the elementary instrumental student: student/teacher philosophy, pitch and duration notation, use of air, embouchure formation, sound production. Analysis and problem-solving. Required text purchase as explained in class. Assigned special projects. A. Planning for and recruiting the elementary instrumental student. Techniques, demonstrations, and presentations. B. Method Books for Elementary Bands. Study, critique, comparison and practical use of method books. This unit will include written tests, demonstrations, some elementary composition/arrangements, and other experiences. C. Assigned special projects Grading Grades will be based on the following percentages: UNIT I UNIT II UNIT III DAILY The Texts The texts required, Foundation of Music Education, Teaching Elementary Instrumental Music and Recruiting Guide for Elementary Instrumental Music Programs are available only in class and duplicated for your use at the lowest possible cost. The cost is $10 for the semester, an amount that covers only that actual cost. Payment must be made by the second week of classes. Purchase of the documents is mandated for this class. Reading assignments, primarily from the text, will be given throughout the semester as part of the lecture units. The text is both an original document and a comprehensive compilation of a number of publications and provides the best possible coverage of the topics discussed. 25% 30% 35% 10% Includes final unit test based on text and class discussions; miscellaneous assignments. Includes final unit test based on readings, discussions; special projects. Includes final unit test based on readings and method book study; special projects. Based on daily quizzes, outside readings, class participation and presentations and other factors not included in Unit grades.



Observations The observations and evaluation of real teaching situations in the schools must go hand in hand with theoretical study in the college classroom. This semester, ten observations in 4th or 5th grade band/orchestra classes are required, with an appropriate mixture of at least three of each. Seven of the observations must be a minimum of 50 minutes, three can be only 25 minutes. Since most elementary band/orchestra classes are only around 25 minutes, use two (consecutive as possible) 25 minutes classes to count as one observation. All observations must be made in Fayette County Schools during school hours and scheduled through the prescribed procedures indicated by the College of Education’s Field Experiences Office. Instructions and appropriate forms will be provided in class. Because of the uncertainty of the schedule for elementary classes in the fall, a timetable for scheduling observations is difficult to establish. Consequently, deadlines for scheduling observations will be established as soon as exact class schedules are received from Fayette County instrumental music teachers. More information and instructions will be given in class. Observations must be reported on the “School Observation Report Form” and be signed by the teacher in charge (not a student aide or student teacher). Each form must be numbered chronologically and all ten bound in a folder and turned in by December 8, the last day of classes. These forms must have a thoroughly documented description of the experience as indicated at the bottom of the form. Ten properly completed forms must be returned by the deadline or the final grade will be lowered three points for each missing observation. Use one form for each observation, regardless of its total length. Plans for elementary band or orchestra class visits to UK are being made. Each of these visits may count as one of the 10 50 minute observations, but an observation form is still required for each. A signature is not required if you are in attendance during that class meeting. Do not schedule the following dates: Monday, September 4, Labor Day; Friday, September 29, records day; Thursday & Friday, October 19 & 20, records day; Tuesday, November 7, Election Day; Wednesday-Friday, November 22-24, Thanksgiving. Attendance Much of the “busy work” associated with “methods and materials” classes can be eliminated by a study of the pertinent material as a class. This not only suggests regular attendance, but demands it. The information absorbed in class, with guidance and concentrated class study can be substantially greater than that gathered by individual means with considerably greater efficiency. Much information, many experiences and techniques can be shared and evaluated in the classroom environment through lecture, discussion and demonstration not possible through assigned readings. Consequently, class attendance is mandatory. Absences and tardies will be considered seriously when determining the final grade. You are allowed three unexcused, unexplained, absences without penalty. Each subsequent absence will cause your final grade average to be lowered 3 points. Excused absences are given for illnesses only if the student is treated at the Student Health Clinic or seen by a private physician and documented. Visits to Student Health will be automatically verified by phone. For protracted illness, see the instructor. Additional Assignments Juniors - Wind/Percussion majors - Compose a 32 measure (4/4) arrangement for band based on what a first year student will be able to do by the end of one year of study in your band or orchestra class. Use the end of Book I, Standard of Excellence for student competencies (ranges, notation, dynamics, and general terminology). More information in class. Grade counts as part of Unit III. Sophomores and All String majors - Present a short recruiting presentation to the class just as you would to a 4th/5th grade classroom. More information in class. Grade counts as part of Unit III.

Sophomores and Juniors Various assignments will be made during the semester, most to be done as group efforts. These assignments may include various reports regarding literature/research related to teaching early band and orchestra classes, a review of technology used in teaching early band and orchestra classes, and others. Grade counts as part of Unit II. UK Middle School Invitational The class will be involved in the UK Middle School Concert Band Invitational Festival. More information will be presented in class as the event materializes. SMENC Membership Membership in the UK student chapter of Music Educators National Conference is required. More information will follow in class. Other Readings Other readings in music education and general education may be required in several forms, including required printed texts for purchase, hand-outs in class, journals, and reserve readings in the library. Other Grading Information Grading Chart for all letter grades (The optional college plus and minus system is not used in this class): A+ = 98 A = 95 A- = 91 B+ = 88 B = 85 B- = 81 C+ = 78 C = 75 C- = 71 D+ = 68 D = 65 D- = 61

An “E” grade will be assigned a numerical designation to define more precisely the severity of the grade. Grading system for final grade: 90-100 = A 80- 90 = B 70- 80 = C 60- 70 = D The average for the final grade is rounded to the nearest whole number: 89.5 = A 89.4 = B

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