May 24, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Bulletin 
    
2023-2024 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music Education Concentration


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Non-Licensure


This program is designed to meet the needs of teachers in the field of professional music education who possess a valid teaching license. APSU offers a traditional on-campus program and a low-residency program consisting mostly of on-line courses for working professionals. The low-residency program contains a six-hour on-campus residency that is usually fulfilled in a summer term. The low-residency program is not available to students in the Initial Licensure Program. To audition, candidates must submit a video of a current teaching scenario and a recent writing sample. The writing sample is commonly a Philosophy of Music Education statement, but other scholarly documents are acceptable. Contact the department with questions regarding audition requirements.  

Upon entry into the program, students will consult with a graduate faculty member to design a graduate Program of Study based on the student’s undergraduate courses and professional goals. The Program of Study must be designed and approved in consultation with an appointed graduate faculty member or the graduate committee, and submitted to the College of Graduate studies by the end of the first full semester of study (If an Admission to Candidacy/Program of Study/Committee Assignment form is not filed by the end of the first semester (excluding summer terms), a hold will be placed on the student’s registration by the Registrar’s Office). 

All incoming graduate students are required to take music theory and history entrance exams. Students must complete the exams prior to matriculation and may take the entrance exams only once. Students who demonstrate a deficiency in music theory will be required to enroll in MUS 5040 (Graduate Music Theory Review) in the first fall semester of residence, and must earn a B or better upon the first attempt to remain in the program. MUS 5040 will not count towards the program of study.

Music history deficiencies are fulfilled by enrolling in the related graduate music history course. Students who are deficient in early music (before 1750) must pass MUS 5330 (fall even). Students who are deficient in Classical or Romantic music must pass MUS 5340 (spring even). Students who are deficient in 20th century music must pass MUS 5350 (fall even). Only one graduate music history course will be required to fulfill a deficiency. Graduate music history courses will count towards the program of study.

Students in the low-residency program may complete oral examinations and Thesis defense on campus or through video conference all. Students in the traditional, on-campus program must complete oral examinations and thesis defense on campus.

Licensure


This program is designed to meet the needs of musicians seeking to enter the field of professional music education. APSU offers a traditional on-campus program and a low-residency program consisting mostly of on-line courses for working professionals. The low-residency program contains a six-hour on-campus residency that is usually fulfilled in a summer term. The low-residency program is not available to students in the Initial Licensure Program. To audition, candidates must submit a video of a current teaching scenario and a recent writing sample. The writing sample is commonly a Philosophy of Music Education statement, but other scholarly documents are acceptable. Candidates for the initial licensure program should contact the department with questions regarding audition requirements. 

Upon entry into the program, students will consult with a graduate faculty member to design a graduate Program of Study based on the student’s undergraduate courses and professional goals. The Program of Study must be designed and approved in consultation with an appointed graduate faculty member or the graduate committee, and submitted to the College of Graduate studies by the end of the first full semester of study (If an Admission to Candidacy/Program of Study/Committee Assignment form is not filed by the end of the first semester (excluding summer terms), a hold will be placed on the student’s registration by the Registrar’s Office). 

All incoming graduate students are required to take music theory and history entrance exams. Students must complete the exams prior to matriculation and may take the entrance exams only once. Students who demonstrate a deficiency in music theory will be required to enroll in MUS 5040 (Graduate Music Theory Review) in the first fall semester of residence, and must earn a B or better upon the first attempt to remain in the program. MUS 5040 will not count towards the program of study.

Music history deficiencies are fulfilled by enrolling in the related graduate music history course. Students who are deficient in early music (before 1750) must pass MUS 5330 (fall even). Students who are deficient in Classical or Romantic music must pass MUS 5340 (spring even). Students who are deficient in 20th century music must pass MUS 5350 (fall even). Only one graduate music history course will be required to fulfill a deficiency. Graduate music history courses will count towards the program of study.

Students who wish to pursue both a Master of Music Degree with a concentration in Music Education AND INITIAL LICENSURE must complete six additional courses in education. Further, students must complete any undergraduate music education deficiencies. There are two options: (1) pass the Praxis II music exam (Test 0114 [paper-delivered exam] or Test 5114 [computer-delivered exam] Music Content and Instruction with a minimum score of 162; OR (2) successfully complete the following courses and proficiencies: MUS 2240 Foundations of Music Education, MUS 3255 Elementary Music Methods, MUS 4380 or MUS 4260 (Choral Methods or Secondary Instrumental Music Methods), MUS 3810 or MUS 3820 (Choral or Instrumental Conducting). Instrumentalists must pass the instrumental proficiency examinations for strings, brass, woodwinds, and percussion or successfully complete classes in these instructional methods.

Admission to the Teacher Education Program is required for those seeking initial licensure concurrent with enrollment in the graduate program. Documentation of progress through a series of assessments in an electronic portfolio (LiveText) is required as well as a one-semester student teaching experience. Consult the College of Education link to Graduate Milestone Assessment (http://www.apsu.edu/education/2010/gradmilestones).*