Bachelor of Music: Music Education

Program Overview

The undergraduate Music Education degree normally takes four years to complete and includes courses in music education, musicianship studies, general education, and field experiences. Each semester, students increasingly engage in field experiences, culminating with a semester of full-time student teaching in the last year. 

All music education majors must maintain a portfolio of work providing evidence of their suitability for teaching. Portfolios are reviewed as part of the Sophomore Review taken near the completion of 60 credits. Music Education majors must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0. Students whose general progress is unsatisfactory or whose cumulative grade point average falls below a minimum 3.0 level may be dropped from the Music Education major. If a student is dropped from the major because of failure to maintain the minimum grade point average, s/he may apply for readmission to the Music Education department. Readmission will be dependent upon various criteria, including the G.P.A., current academic progress and the student’s general standing. Decisions regarding retention or appeals will be made in a manner consistent with state and institutional non-discrimination policies.

To graduate, students must complete all requirements for New Jersey teacher certification for Certified Educator with Advanced Standing (CEAS). Students who want to be able to apply for teaching positions in other states should become familiar with teacher certification requirements for states of interest ASAP to determine if additional coursework is needed. In addition to successfully completing required coursework, the State of New Jersey requires students to:

1. Satisfy basic skills (reading, writing, math) proficiency as a prerequisite for taking the Sophomore Review.  Proficiency is satisfied for students who score at or above the identified cut scores on the SAT or ACT. Students who do not have sufficient SAT or ACT test scores must pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills tests to satisfy basic skills proficiency.

2. Complete a minimum of 50 hours of clinical experience during the first four semesters and 175 hours of clinical practice before full-time clinical practice (student teaching). 

3. Pass the Praxis Music Content Exam.

4. Pass the performance-based edTPA Exam.

For more information about non-course program requirements, see links on Undergraduate Music Education Homepage.

Curriculum Overview

The Music Education curriculum includes courses in elementary and secondary general music education, choral music education, instrumental studies, music technology and creativity, and students with special needs. An innovative four-course sequence integrates theoretical foundations of planning, teaching, assessing, and musicianship development with practical application through peer teaching and field-based music teaching. The undergraduate Music Education curriculum is intended to develop teachers who are reflective, who acknowledge the connections music has to the child’s world and who seek to promote an understanding of those connections in a social context. 

Degrees Offered

  • B.M. in Music Education
  • B.M. in Music Education/M.A. in Teaching (M.A.T.)

 

Contact

Dr. Janet Cape
Chair, Music Education
Taylor 13
Tel:  609-921-7100 x8240
Fax: 609-921-8829
jcape@rider.edu

Program Website: Music Education

Associated Department/College: Music Education/Westminster Choir College

Accreditation: National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Related Programs

Organ Performance
Piano
Sacred Music
Voice Performance 

Faculty

Janet Cape (chair) • Associate Professor, Music Education, and Chair of Music Education, 2010.  B.M., University of Victoria; M.M., Arizona State University; D.M.A., Arizona State University.
Frank Abrahams • Professor, Music Education, 1992. B.M.E., Temple University; M.M., New England Conservatory; Ed.D., Temple University. 
Sangmi Kang • Assistant Professor, Music Education, 2018.  B.M., M.M., Seoul National University;  Ph.D. University of Florida.
Maureen Murphy-Fernandez • Adjunct Instructor, Music Education, 2016. B.S., West Chester University.
Marshall Onofrio • Professor, Music Education, 2007.  B.M., B.S., University of Connectic
ut; M.M., University of Illinois; M.M., University of Nebraska-Lincoln; D.M.A., The Ohio State University.
Jason Vodicka • Assistant Professor, Music Education, 2018.  B.M., M.M., Westminster Choir College; D.M.A., University of Georgia.

Music Education Program Requirements

(131 credits)

Learn more about General Undergraduate Requirements.

Choirs and Conducting
CR 109Chapel Choir (2 terms)2
CR 209Schola Cantorum (2 terms)2
CR 509Symphonic Choir (3 terms)3
CR 215Fundamentals of Conducting3
CR 315Techniques of Conducting3
Applied Music and Diction
Select one of the following concentrations:14
Organ Concentration
Organ Primary (2 terms)
Organ Primary (2 terms)
Organ Primary (2 terms)
Organ Primary (1 term)
Piano Concentration
Piano Primary (2 terms)
Piano Primary (2 terms)
Piano Primary (2 terms)
Piano Primary (1 term)
Voice Concentration
Voice Primary (2 terms)
Voice Primary (2 terms)
Voice Primary (2 terms)
Voice Primary (1 term)
Voice or Piano secondary (4 terms)4
VC 115English & Italian Diction 12
VC 116French & German Diction 12
Theory and Music History
TH 141
TH 142
TH 241
Musicianship I
and Musicianship II
and Musicianship III
12
TH 342Contemporary Trends3
Theory level I elective3
Theory level II elective3
MH 247
MH 248
Music Historiography I
and Music Historiography II
6
MH 345Music Since 19003
Music History elective3
Professional Studies
ME 111Music Education Lab (7 terms)0
ME 161Art of Teaching Music I3
ME 187Instrumental Music: Strings1
ME 188Instrumental Music: Winds/Percussion2
ME 262Art of Teaching Music II4
ME 492Student Teaching12
ME 563Art of Teaching Music III4
ME 564Art of Teaching Music IV4
ME 587Music in Special Educ1
ME 592Creativity & Music Technology2
Arts and Sciences
LL 131English Composition3
PSY 100Intro To Psychology3
PSY 230Child Development3
or PSY 231 Youth and Adolescent Development
Literature or Philosophy elective3
Science elective3
Social Science elective3
History elective3
Mathematics elective3
Free Electives
Free electives6
Total Credits131

Notes

Academic Plan of Study

The following educational plan is provided as a sample only.  Rider students who do not declare a major during their freshman year; who change their major; or those who transfer to Rider may follow a different plan to ensure a timely graduation.  Each student, with guidance from his or her academic advisor, will develop a personalized educational plan.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Fall SemesterCredits
CR 109 Chapel Choir 1
PI 103
Piano Secondary I
or Voice Secondary
1
OR 101A
Organ Primary
or Piano Primary
or Voice Primary
2
TH 141 Musicianship I 4
ME 111 Music Education Lab 0
ME 187 Instrumental Music: Strings 1
LL 131 English Composition 3
Math elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
CR 109 Chapel Choir 1
PI 104
Piano Secondary II
or Voice Secondary
1
OR 101A
Organ Primary
or Piano Primary
or Voice Primary
2
ME 111 Music Education Lab 0
ME 161 Art of Teaching Music I 3
ME 188 Instrumental Music: Winds/Percussion 2
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
TH 142 Musicianship II 4
VC 115 English & Italian Diction 1 2
 Semester Credit Hours18
Year 2
Fall Semester
CR 209 Schola Cantorum 1
CR 215 Fundamentals of Conducting 3
PI 203
Piano Secondary III
or Voice Secondary
1
OR 201A
Organ Primary
or Piano Primary
or Voice Primary
2
MH 247 Music Historiography I 3
ME 111 Music Education Lab 0
ME 262 Art of Teaching Music II 4
TH 241 Musicianship III 4
 Semester Credit Hours18
Spring Semester
CR 209 Schola Cantorum 1
CR 315 Techniques of Conducting 3
OR 201A
Organ Primary
or Piano Primary
or Voice Primary
2
PI 204
Piano Secondary for Mus Ed & Sacred Music
or Voice Secondary
1
ME 111 Music Education Lab 0
MH 248 Music Historiography II 3
TH 342 Contemporary Trends 3
Arts and Sciences elective 3
VC 116 French & German Diction 2
 Semester Credit Hours18
Year 3
Fall Semester
CR 509 Symphonic Choir 1
OR 301A
Organ Primary
or Piano Primary
or Voice Primary
2
MH 345 Music Since 1900 3
ME 111 Music Education Lab 0
ME 563 Art of Teaching Music III 4
ME 592 Creativity & Music Technology 2
Arts & Sciences elective 3
Theory Level I elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Spring Semester
CR 509 Symphonic Choir 1
OR 301A
Organ Primary
or Piano Primary
or Voice Primary
2
ME 111 Music Education Lab 0
MH 433 Seminar in Music History 3
PSY 230
Child Development
or Youth and Adolescent Development
3
Theory Level II elective 3
Arts and Sciences elective 3
Free electives 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Year 4
Fall Semester
CR 509 Symphonic Choir 1
OR 401A
Organ Primary
or Piano Primary
or Voice Primary
2
ME 111 Music Education Lab 0
ME 564 Art of Teaching Music IV 4
Arts & Sciences elective 3
Free elective 3
Recital  
 Semester Credit Hours13
Spring Semester
ME 492 Student Teaching 12
ME 587 Music in Special Educ 1
 Semester Credit Hours13
 Total Credit Hours for Graduation131

Courses and Descriptions

ME 111 Music Education Lab 0 Credits

Undergraduates must meet the weekly attendance and participation requirement for Music Education Lab during every semester of enrollment up to seven semester as an undergraduate Music Education major except for the student teaching semester. Grading is “P” (satisfactory) or “U” (unsatisfactory). As part of the Music Education Lab experience, students are required to complete 15 hours of professional development.

ME 161 Art of Teaching Music I 3 Credits

Art of Teaching Music I (ATM I) is a first in the sequence of Music Education courses designed to prepare the undergraduate Music Education major students for their student teaching experience and completion of their teaching licensure. There will be field observations of master teachers under the aegis of a music education faculty that will allow students not only to observe, but to have guided experience in assessing how teaching and learning are experienced in real classrooms. Partnerships between local expert teachers and music education faculty will allow students to complete field observations as well as guided experience in teaching and assessing students in real classrooms.

ME 172 Guitar & Recorder in the Classroom 1 Credits

This course provides undergraduate music education majors with a foundation for teaching and playing the guitar and recorder. Students will gain technical proficiency in both instruments while learning appropriate repertoire of a multicultural and diverse nature. Students will also learn efficient pedagogy practices for teaching both instruments, learning of their application in educational settings. Students are expected to provide their own acoustic guitar for this course. Recorders are available for purchase in the college bookstore.

ME 187 Instrumental Music: Strings 1 Credits

This course is designed as an introduction to the pedagogy of string instruments. Emphasis is on learning through performance. Instruments are required. Various methods and materials available for use in public schools, developmental ranges, transposition, scoring, and idiomatic writing are investigated. When available, instruments may be rented from the college. Rental fee, per instrument: $25.

ME 188 Instrumental Music: Winds/Percussion 2 Credits

This course is designed as an introduction to the pedagogy of brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments. Emphasis is on learning through performance. Instruments are required. Various methods and materials available for use in public schools, developmental ranges, transposition, scoring and idiomatic writing are investigated. When available, instruments may be rented from the college. Students must provide their own drum pads and sticks. Rental fee, per instrument: $60.

ME 262 Art of Teaching Music II 4 Credits

Art of Teaching Music II (ATM II) is designed to build on the knowledge, skills, and dispositions, introduced in ATM I. Students will expand their abilities in the domains of planning, teaching, assessing, reflecting, developing musicianship, and philosophy in context of teaching geneal music. Moreover, they will have the opportunity to put these abilities into practice when teaching peers and teaching elementary and middle general school students.

Prerequisite(s): ME 161.

ME 371 Critical Pedagogy III 2 Credits

Creativity and Technology in the Music Classroom is designed to prepare students to foster musical creativity using a variety of approaches and tools. In particular, students will use equipment such as digital audio workstations, MIDI controllers, microphones, and SmartBoards to facilitate rich and engaging creative experiences. Students will explore ways to structure learning experiences in response to the needs and interests of students, and will examine current thinking and trends related to the uses of creativity and technology in the music classroom.

Prerequisite(s): ME 262 and junior status.

ME 371H Critical Pedagogy III Honors 1 Credits

Primary source readings, expanded assignment and additional content that supplements ME 371. Students will demonstrate the ability to synthesize and process complex ideas, and develop original thoughts with depth and significance. Prerequisite(s): ME 271, BHP status.

Corequisite(s): ME 371; Online only.

ME 471 Music and Hip Hop Culture 3 Credits

Hip Hop in the United States is arguably the most lucrative, popular, and culturally challenging contemporary musical force. The narratives of Hip Hop go beyond the boundaries of race and class as well as those of music, poetry and dance. As such, Hip Hop is a phenomenon that presents problems as well as great possibilities. This course explores them from the standpoint of educational sociology, looking at their implications for music in schools as well as in daily life.

Prerequisite(s): ME 271.

ME 472 Teaching/Learning:Urban Schools 3 Credits

This course offers students theoretical and practical insight into teaching in urban schools. The class will present an analysis and practical implications for what is needed in order to successfully engage in teaching in urban centers in the United States. Students will balance field experiences with critical analyses of issues such as multicultural teaching, race, class, and economics in urban schools as well as their curricular and pedagogical implications.

Prerequisite(s): ME 581, ME 582.

ME 490 Independent Research and Study 1-4 Credits

Students may pursue a special topic for which they have prepared through prior course work. Only one project may be scheduled in a semester. The project may involve 1-4 credit hours. Students may count up to a maximum of 18 independent study hours toward graduation. Approval of the faculty sponsor, department chair, and dean required prior to the first day of the semester in which the project is to be completed. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 required.

Prerequisite(s): junior or senior standing.

ME 491 Kodaly Music Reading 2 Credits

ME 492 Student Teaching 12 Credits

ME 492 - Student Teaching A full semester internship in directed full-time teaching supervised by department members and carried out in schools with approved cooperating teachers. In addition to the field experience, students attend a weekly seminar on campus to discuss current issues in music education as they relate to individual teaching situations. Students discuss classroom management strategies, action research, authentic instruction, critical thinking, feeling and action as well as teaching to focusing questions, concepts and objectives. Throughout student teaching, students maintain a digital portfolio that demonstrates how they meet the New Jersey State and INTASC teaching standards. At the conclusion of the semester, students attend a portfolio review with members of the Music Education faculty to assess the success of the teaching experience. Students must provide their own transportation to student teaching site. Student Teaching fee: $245. Fees for the Praxis Examination and Teacher Certification are additional. Additional information regarding student teaching may be found in the department's Student Teaching Handbook at www.rider.edu/musiced

Prerequisite(s): Classification as a full senior; Satisfactory completion of music education courses numbered ME 161, ME 262, ME 563, ME 564, ME 187, ME 188, and either Developmental or Educational Psychology; Satisfactory completion of TH 241; For voice primary students, satisfaction of all requirements of PI 204; A minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average; Demonstrated aptitude, motivation and potential for success in teaching, as evidenced by the successful completion of portfolio reviews; Departmental approval; Students in the Master of Music Education (MME) degree program must take the following courses as prerequisites to student teaching; ME 563, ME 564, ME 725.

ME 499 Special Topics Music Education 2 Credits

The content of this course and the number of credits will vary with the special interests and qualifications of the professor teaching it.

AS 490 Independent Research and Study 1-3 Credits

Students may pursue a special topic for which they have prepared through prior course work. Only one project may be scheduled in a semester. The project may involve 1-4 credit hours. Students may count up to a maximum of 18 independent study hours toward graduation. Approval of the faculty sponsor, department chair, and dean required prior to the first day of the semester in which the project is to be completed. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 required.

Prerequisite(s): junior or senior standing.

AS 491 Arts & Science Internship 1-12 Credits

This course requires 95 hours for each three credits for which the student enrolls. The student is required to spend 13 weeks of on-site participation in a broad range of daily operations at an internship site. In addition, there are group meetings with all students participating in internships and site-analysis assignments given under the direction of Arts and Sciences faculty. Students may enroll for a maximum of 12 credits of internships.

Prerequisite(s): at least junior level standing.

AS 691 Arts & Science Internship 1-3 Credits

This course requires 15 hours for each credit for which the student enrolls. The internship requires on-site participation at a pre-approved site. Students may enroll for a maximum of 3 credits.

Prerequisite(s): graduate standing.