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. Pass a Commissioner-approved assessment of basic skills. 

2. Complete a minimum of 50 hours observing/assisting during the first four semesters and 175 hours of clinical practice leading up to the semester of 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 special needs. An innovative four-course sequence integrates theoretical foundations of planning, teaching, learning, 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. As a result of a curriculum based on Critical Pedagogy, students come to know and understand:

  • the central concepts, tools of inquiry and structures of music education as they relate to the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards for the Visual and Performing Arts and how to design appropriate learning experiences that connect to the students’ world and help students to broaden their perceptions of the world around them;
  • how children learn and adapt to instruction that meets a diversity of learning styles and special learning needs in a variety of school contexts;
  • the importance of teaching that is culturally responsive;
  • instructional planning and curriculum design that promote critical thinking, action and feeling through teaching constructivist and other appropriate strategies;
  • how to engage students in problem solving, problem posing and meaningful dialogue;
  • the appropriate uses of assessment;
  • sound principles of effective classroom management;
  • effective verbal, nonverbal and written communication techniques and the tools of information literacy;
  • the importance of being articulate advocates for music education in the schools;
  • the importance of schooling within the context of the community and of learning to build partnerships with parents, families and agencies within the community to support students’ learning and well-being;
  • the importance of on-going professional development.

Degrees Offered

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

Bachelor of Music/Master of Arts in Teaching (B.M./M.A.T.) 5-year Combined Degree Program

The Bachelor of Music/Master of Arts in Teaching is a five-year, dual-degree University program whereby students earn a Bachelor of Music degree with a major in Music Education from Westminster Choir College and a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from the School of Education. Students who demonstrate a high level of success on the Sophomore Portfolio Review are invited to join the 5-year program beginning in the junior year.  NJ teacher certification applications are submitted upon completion of the dual degree program. 

Contact

Al Holcomb, Ph.D.
Chair, Music Education
Taylor 11
Tel:  609-921-7100 x8104
Fax: 609-921-8829
aholcomb@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

Al Holcomb (chair) • Associate Professor, Music Education, and Chair of Music Education, 2011. B.A., B.M.E., Texas Christian University; M.M.E., Ph.D., The Hartt School.
Ellen Abrahams • Adjunct Instructor, Music Education, 2003.  B.M.E., Temple University.
Frank Abrahams • Professor, Music Education, 1992. B.M.E., Temple University; M.M., New England Conservatory; Ed.D., Temple University. 
Rachel Brashier • Visiting Assistant Professor, Music Education, B.M.E. Eastern Illinois University; M.M., Southern Illinois University.
Janet Cape • Assistant Professor, Music Education, 2010.  B.M., University of Victoria; M.M., Arizona State University; D.M.A., Arizona State University.
Sharon Morrow • Associate Professor, Music Education, 2008.  B.F.A., California State University at Fullerton; M.M., University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Colin M. Oettle • Adjunct Instructor, Music Education, 2013. B.M., Ithaca College; M.M., Rutgers University.
Marshall Onofrio • Professor, Music Education, 2007.  B.M., B.S., University of Connecticut; M.M., University of Illinois; M.M., University of Nebraska-Lincoln; D.M.A., The Ohio State University.

Music Education Program Requirements

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
Choose one of the followiing concentratioins: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 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 100Introduction 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

1

VC 115 and VC 116 are required for voice primary students only. Organ and piano primary students may substitute four additional credits of free electives for these two courses.

2

Students must successfully complete a portfolio review at the end of the sophomore year in order to continue as music education majors. Transfer students with sophomore status must successfully complete the portfolio review at the end of the first year of study.

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 SemesterSemester Credit Hours
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 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 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 262 Art of Teaching Music II 4
TH 241 Musicianship III 4
 Semester Credit Hours18
Spring Semester
CR 209 Schola Cantorum 1
OR 201A
Organ Primary
or Piano Primary
or Voice Primary
2
PI 204
Piano Secondary for Mus Ed Sacred Music
or Voice Secondary
1
MH 248 Music Historiography II 3
VC 116 French & German Diction 1 2
CR 315 Techniques of Conducting 3
TH 342 Contemporary Trends 3
Sophomore Review  
Arts & Sciences elective 3
 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 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
MH 433 Seminar in Music History 3
PSY 230
Child Development
or Youth and Adolescent Development
3
Arts & Sciences elective 3
Theory Level II elective 3
Free elective 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 371 Critical Pedagogy III 2
ME 564 Art of Teaching Music IV 4
Arts & Sciences elective 3
Free elective 3
Recital  
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
ME 492 Student Teaching 12
ME 587 Music in Special Educ 1
 Semester Credit Hours13
 Total Credit Hours for Graduation133
1

 VC 115 and VC 116 are required for voice primary students only.  Organ and piano primary students may substitute four additional credits of free electives.

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 171 Critical Pedagogy I 2 Credits

This course provides undergraduate music education majors with a foundation in issues related to teaching music in public schools. This course will engage students in diverse ways of thinking about music teaching practice and social theory that transforms the relationships among classroom music teaching, performance and the production of musical knowledge. In addition to the social and political contexts of schooling in general, the course will explore the moral and ethical dilemmas music teachers face in the day-to-day routines of their classroom teaching. Course content, activities and experiences in this course covers New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards for Music and prepares students to meet the New Jersey Professional Standards for Teaching. Music Education majors will receive priority registration.

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 271 Critical Pedagogy II 2 Credits

Critical Pedagogy II explores the theories that provide a psychology of learning to frame Critical Pedagogy for Music Education. Grounded in experiential learning, constructivism and multiple intelligences theory, the course content honors the diversity of gifts and challenges children present inside the music classroom. Students learn strategies for the teaching of literacy that integrate into a teaching model to empower musicianship, meet National Standards for Music Education, New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards in Music and align to INTASC standards and the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards in Music. Students design instruction that yields transformational experiences for both the children and their music teacher. This course includes required off-campus field observation in the schools. It is recommended that students complete SP 175 before taking this course. Music Education majors will receive priority registration for this course.

Prerequisite(s): ME 171.

ME 271H Critical Pedagogy II Honors 1 Credits

Primary source readings, expanded assignment and additional content that supplements ME 271. Capstone project consists of a significant paper based upon original ideas that reflect the tenets of the coursework. Prerequisite(s): ME 171, BHP status.

Corequisite(s): ME 271; Online only.

ME 371 Critical Pedagogy III 2 Credits

Through dialogue and small group discussion, students analyze the principal sociological and philosophical discourses that influence education in general and music education specifically. Historical and post-modern perspectives as well as international perspectives are considered within the context of a Critical Pedagogy for Music Education. Students, with their teacher, look critically at the role and purpose of education and music education in American society and learn to critique theory and practice in the field with the goal of informing their own teaching practice. Students compose a personal philosophy of music education. This culminating paper reflects their ability to synthesize and process the ideas presented and discussed throughout the course and to present and develop their own original thoughts with depth and significance. It also provides evidence that students can participate in a community of scholarly discourse on topics germane to music education. Music Education majors will receive priority registration for this class. Prerequisite(s): ME 271 and junior status. Corequisite(s): ME 581 or ME 582. 201910.

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 171, 172, 271, 187 and 188, 581, 582 and either Developmental or Educational Psychology; Satisfactory completion of TH 241; For voice primary students, satisfaction of all requirements of PI 204; A minimum 2 75 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 581, ME 582, ME 587, ME 595, 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.

ME 540 Choir Train for Young Singers 3 Credits

This course focuses on children’s choirs in school, church and community. Students learn strategies to teach children good vocal technique and to build musical literacy through the study of appropriate repertoire. Course content, activities and experiences in this course covers New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards for Music and prepares students to meet the New Jersey Professional Standards for Teaching.

Prerequisite(s): Junior status.

ME 563 Art of Teaching Music III 4 Credits

Through course assignments, discussion, and clinical practice in varied school and community choral settings, course participants learn how to create meaningful elementary music experiences that foster individual success, accountability, a sense of accountability, critical thinking, independence, and life-long engagement with choral music.

Prerequisite(s): ME 262, Sophomore Review.

ME 564 Art of Teaching Music IV 4 Credits

ME 581 Praxis in Elementary Music 3 Credits

This course prepares students to teach music in elementary schools. Consistent with the department’s commitment to Critical Pedagogy for Music Education, the course covers materials and methodologies to engage young children in musical experiences that are significant, transformational, and that connect to the social context in which they teach. Students learn to write and evaluate curriculum and to integrate curriculum with academic core subjects. An off campus field experience in local elementary schools is an integral part of this course. Students must provide their own transportation to practicum sites. It is recommended that students complete Deveopmental or Educational Psychology before taking ME 581. course content, activities and experiences in this course connect to the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards for Music and prepares students to meet the New Jersey Professionsl Standards for Teaching. Music Education majors will receive priority registration for this class. A minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA is required.

Prerequisite(s): For undergraduates only; ME 171, ME 172 ME 271; two semesters of Piano Secondary, not including PI 045; TH 142.

ME 582 Praxis in Secondary Music 3 Credits

This course prepares students to teach music in secondary schools. Consistent with the department’s commitment to Critical Pedagogy for Music Education, the course covers materials and methodologies to engage middle school and high school students in musical experiences that are significant, transformational, and that connect to the social context in which they teach. Students learn to write and evaluate curriculum and to integrate curriculum with academic core subjects. An off campus field experience in local middle and high schools is an integral part of this course. Students must provide their own transportation to practicum sites. Course content, activities and experiences in this course covers New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards for Music and prepares students to meet the New Jersey Professional Standards for Teaching. It is recommended that students complete ME 581 and either Developmental or Educational Psychology before taking ME 582. Music Education majors will receive priority registration for this class.

Prerequisite(s): completion of two semesters of Piano Secondary, not including PI 045, TH 142, and a minimum 2 75 cumulative grade point average.

ME 587 Music in Special Educ 1 Credits

This course is designed to acquaint the pre-service teacher with the special needs of exceptional children in music classes. Students learn to adapt instruction to accommodate a variety of exceptionalities that are both physical and emotional. Content includes categories of special students, characteristic behaviors, mainstreaming, and classroom methodology. Course content, activities and experiences in this course covers New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards for Music and prepares students to meet the New Jersey Professional Standards for Teaching. It is recommended that student take this course before the student teaching semester.

Prerequisite(s): Senior status.

ME 588 Dalcroze Studies 2 Credits

The purpose of this elective course is to provide students with an intensive experience in eurhythmics and eurhythmics pedagogy leading to an understanding of Dalcroze’s principles regarding movement, solfège, improvisation and their uses in the classroom. An important focus of the class will be to provide an insight into kinesthetic-based learning as a conduit to inform and deepen the musical experience. Opportunities for lesson planning and curriculum development in the Dalcroze model will be offered. Students will write and present practice lessons. In addition, students will develop improvisation skills necessary to integrate eurhythmics into private applied instruction.

ME 591 Choral Music Grades 5-12 3 Credits

This course is designed to acquaint the music educator with repertoire suitable for use with middle and senior high school choral ensembles. Representative repertoire from all periods of music will be discussed, analyzed and performed in class. Course content, activities and experiences in this course covers New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards for Music and prepares students to meet the New Jersey Professional Standards for Teaching.

Prerequisite(s): Junior status.

ME 592 Creativity & Music Technology 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): Junior status or permission of instructor.

ME 595 Assessing Music Learning 1 Credits

This course provides pre-service music teachers with the strategies to assess music learning. Students study various testing models and learn to write and grade traditional tests such as true/false, multiple choice and essay. In addition, students examine authentic assessment, performance assessment and portfolio assessment models. Topics such as validity, reliability, standardized tests and testing bias will be included. In addition, students will learn how to read and interpret quantitative test data and examine the literature on grading. Course content, activities and experiences in this course covers New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards for Music and prepares students to meet the New Jersey Professional Standards for Teaching. The content of this course conforms to the recommendations of the Professional Teaching Standards adopted by the State of New Jersey in 2002. In some semesters, this course may be offered in an on-line format.

Prerequisite(s): Senior status.

ME 650 Thesis 1 Credits

Independent research under faculty supervision leading to the writing of a master’s thesis. Students register for this course in every semester or summer term in which assistance is provided by the thesis advisor.

Prerequisite(s): ME 685 (preferred) or MH 731; Permission of the Chair for Music Education is required to register for this course.

ME 671 Music and Hip Hop Culture 3 Credits

ME 672 Teaching/Learning: Urban Sch 3 Credits

ME 682 Choral Music Education 3 Credits

This course is designed to assist choral music educators to improve their pedagogical effectiveness. This course will provide students with the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary for developing comprehensive musicianship in the choral ensemble setting through the study of creating original music, responding to music, connecting to students and performing vocal/choral music with a primary focus on choral pedagogy, curriculum development, unit and rehearsal planning, programming, vocal development, program management, music literacy pedagogy, music technology and assessment.

Prerequisite(s): CR 621, ME 692, ME 721, ME 723.

ME 685 Research in Music Education 3 Credits

Intended for students in the M.M.E. and BM/MAT degree programs, this course provides students with the tools necessary to write a qualitative master’s thesis. Specific objectives include an overview of qualitative research paradigms, selecting a research topic, developing a literature review, designing an appropriate methodology and collecting and analyzing data. Additionally, students explore a broad variety of research topics in music education, specialization in a chosen research topic in music education, the ability to review music education research literature and to synthesize findings in a scholarly paper using the appropriate style manual. Students master APA and Chicago styles and complete the thesis proposal during this course. The departmental Thesis Manual is available at www.rider.edu/musiced. ME 685, 692 and 791 are offered in rotation. One course is offered every semester.

ME 686 Teaching Music in the 21st Century 3 Credits

Critical theory and critical pedagogy provide the framework for advanced study in post- modern teaching philosophies and teaching strategies as applied to music education. Techniques to engage students in diverse ways of thinking about music teaching and learning that transform both student and teacher will be presented. Always in the context of the social and political structures of schooling and the place schooling has in society, students will be empowered to create a dialoguing and problem-posing pedagogy for teaching music to children at all grade levels.

ME 690 Independent Research and Study 3 Credits

An elective course providing an opportunity to pursue a topic of special interest under the guidance of a music education faculty member. The proposal must be approved prior to registration for the course.

ME 692 Hist & Phil of Music Educ 3 Credits

The course will survey the major philosophical approaches to music education from their context in history. Relationships to developments in general education as well as the political climate of the period will be explored. A major paper investigating one of the philosophical thinkers will be required in addition to a well developed personal philosophy of music education. ME 685, 692 and 791 are offered in rotation. One course is offered every semester.

ME 693 Seminar in Music Educ 3 Credits

While the topics vary from year to year, international perspectives in music education form the foundation for this seminar.

ME 721 Curric Development & Eval 3 Credits

This course examines the relationship between curriculum theory and philosophy of music education. Through the study of traditional and contemporary models of curriculum development and evaluation, students broaden their understanding of curriculum as it impacts the learning process. Post modern theory consistent with the Department’s commitment to Critical Pedagogy for Music Education provide the focal point for the development of curricula that enhance and support quality music education. Course content, activities and experiences in this course covers New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards for Music and prepares students to meet the New Jersey Professional Standards for Teaching.

ME 723 Psychology for Music Tchr 3 Credits

This course merges the science of psychology with the teaching of music. It helps the student to understand the applications of psychological principles to the music learning process. The course will identify and discuss variables that affect a student’s learning of music. Open to all graduate students. Course content, activities and experiences in this course covers New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards for Music and prepares students to meet the New Jersey Professional Standards for Teaching.

ME 725 Teaching Instrumental Music 3 Credits

A graduate level survey of the pedagogy necessary to teach instrumental music (woodwinds, brass, string and percussion instruments) and to develop and maintain beginning string and wind ensembles. While the class will include some playing and performance, it is not designed to develop proficiency on the individual instruments. Students must demonstrate sufficient competencies to provide beginning instruction. Instruments will be available for rental. Course content, activities and experiences in this course covers New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards for Music and prepares students to meet the New Jersey Professional Standards for Teaching. Rental fee, per instrument: $20.

ME 727 Teaching College 3 Credits

This course is designed for the graduate student who will be teaching at the college level. The content combines the theory of college teaching with praxis. Topics covered include: the psychology of the undergraduate, teaching graduate students, designing a syllabus, presenting course content, strategies for student-centered learning and assessment. Whenever possible, students will have the opportunity to intern with college faculty and will observe, present demonstration lessons, be coached and mentored. Open to all graduate students.

ME 750 BM/MAT Capstone 3 Credits

Independent research leading to a completed capstone project, which may be a thesis, action research, or another project or research initiative. The project must be approved by the department.

Prerequisite(s): ME 685; Permission of the Chair for Music Education is required to register for this course.

ME 771 Critical Pedagogy for Music Ed 3 Credits

This course presents the fundamental concepts, contexts and constructs that define Critical Pedagogy for Music Education. It focuses on the application of critical theory as a philosophical perspective to inform decisions teachers make when planning instruction for their students.

ME 775 MME Capstone 1 Credits

Independent research leading to a completed capstone project, such as curriculum and assessment development, pedagogical publication or presentation, instructional materials, etc. The project must be approved by the department.

ME 791 Internship in Music Teaching 3 Credits

A field-based experience consisting of three hours per week of internship teaching at a public or private school. Students may be placed in one of the residency programs of Westminster Academy. They will work with a cooperating teacher and be supervised by the instructor of the internship. Students will meet with the instructor periodically through the semester. In addition, they will prepare and teach lessons and submit documentation to chronicle the internship experience. International students in music education are strongly encouraged to take this course. ME 685, 692 and 791 are offered in rotation. One course is offered every semester.

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.