Music Education, Combination (B.M.)

Performance Course Work  16 hours
Music Education Major, Combination with Vocal Emphasis Instrumental Emphasis (B.M., 97 hours)
Major Instrument 7 hours
Primary Ensemble 7 hours
Secondary Ensemble 2 hours
MUSIC 1000 Recitals
(taken every semester in residence)
0 hours
Supporting Music Course Work 29 hours
Music History and Literature:  

MUSIC 2810 World Music Cultures

3 hours
MUSIC 3830 Music History: Gender and Sexuality 4 hours
MUSIC 3840 Music History: The Environment 4 hours
Music Theory:  
MUSIC 1610 Fundamentals of Music Theory 3 hours
MUSIC 1620 Fundamentals of Basic Musicianship 1 hour
MUSIC 1630 Music Theory II 3 hours
MUSIC 1640 Musicianship II 1 hour
MUSIC 2610 Music Theory III 3 hours
MUSIC 2620 Musicianship III 1 hour
MUSIC 2630 Music Theory IV 3 hours
MUSIC 2640 Musicianship IV 1 hour
MUSIC 3610 Arranging and Instrumentation 2 hours
Music Education 17 hours
MUSIC 1590FYW Introduction to Music Education 2 hours
MUSIC 2500 Conducting I 2 hours
MUSIC 2700 Computers and Technology for the Musician and the Music Educator 2 hours
MUSIC 3500 Advanced Conducting - Vocal or MUSIC 3510 Advanced Conducting - Instrumental 2 hours
MUSIC 3530 Secondary Instrumental Methods and MUSIC 3530L Secondary Instrumental Methods Lab 3 hours
MUSIC 3540 Elementary General Music Methods and MUSIC 3540L Elementary General Music Methods Lab 3 hours
MUSIC 3550 Secondary Vocal Music Methods and MUSIC 3550L Secondary Choral Methods Lab 3 hours
Proficiencies 7 hours
Piano:  
MUSIC 1510 Piano Proficiency I and MUSIC 1510L Piano Proficiency 1 Lab 1 hour
MUSIC 1520 Piano Proficiency II and MUSIC 1520L Piano Proficiency II Lab 1 hour
Techniques: 5 hours

Choose five of the following:

 
Capstone 2 hours
MUSIC 4980 Senior Capstone Seminar 2 hours
Professional Education Courses Required for Certification 26 hours
EDUC 1750 Field Experience 1 hour
EDUC 2050 Human Development and Learning I and EDUC 2050L Human Development and Learning I Laboratory 2 hours
EDUC 2060 Human Development and Learning II 2 hours
SPED 2070 Understanding Human Differences or SPED 3070 Methods for Teaching Secondary Students with Disabilities 3 hours
EDUC 2850 Education in a Pluralistic Society 3 hours
EDUC 4790 Supervised Teaching in Elementary School Music 7 hours
EDUC 4830 Supervised Teaching in Secondary School Music 7 hours
EDUC 4990 Student Teaching Seminar 1 hour

Vocal emphasis students must be in a choral ensemble as their major ensemble and an instrumental ensemble as their secondary ensemble. Instrumental emphasis students must be in an instrumental ensemble as their major ensemble and a choral ensemble as their secondary ensemble.

It is expected that students desiring the music education (combination emphasis) major will have competency on a secondary instrument. Those not meeting this secondary competency must register in the appropriate applied music courses. In case of questions, a secondary instrument competency audition will be required as determined by the department.

 

EDUC 1750 Field Experience (1 hour)

A course designed to allow students an opportunity to determine if they have a talent for teaching. Students will be assigned to assist an elementary, or secondary school teacher for a designated period of time each week. May be repeated a maximum of three times.
Pass/Fail only.
Pre or corequisite(s): EDUC 1010 Introduction to Education in the United States.
(Normally offered each semester.)

EDUC 2050 Human Development and Learning I (2 hours)

A course designed to acquaint students with the basic principles of growth and all phases of human development. Students will be required to assist an elementary or secondary teacher for a 50-minute period twice a week.
Pre or corequisite(s): EDUC 1010 Introduction to Education in the United States or permission of the instructor.
(Normally offered each semester.)

EDUC 2050L Human Development and Learning I Laboratory (0 hours)

Students observe/assist in educational settings associated with our P-12 school system. P/F Only.
Corequisite(s): EDUC 2050 Human Development and Learning I.
(Normally offered each semester.)

Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Experiential Learning: Exploratory
EDUC 2060 Human Development and Learning II (2 hours)

A continuation of EDUC 2050 with emphasis on the principles of learning and their application in the field of education. Secondary students will be required to assist a school teacher for a 50-minute period twice a week.
Pre or corequisite(s): EDUC 1010 Introduction to Education in the United States and EDUC 2050 Human Development and Learning I, or permission of the instructor.
(Normally offered each spring semester.)

EDUC 2850 Education in a Pluralistic Society (3 hours)

This course helps future teachers and coaches recognize and understand biases experienced by groups and individuals due to race, ethnicity, gender, social class, religion, exceptionality, sexual orientation, and language background to help them work effectively with a diverse student or student-athlete population. This course meets the Nebraska Human Relations Training requirement for teacher certification and for the NSAA coaching certification
Pre or Corequisite(s): EDUC 1010 Introduction to Education in the United States or declared Coaching minor, or permission of instructor.
(Normally offered each semester.)

Archway Curriculum: Integrative Core: Democracy Thread
Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Diversity Instructive: U.S.
EDUC 4790 Supervised Teaching in Elementary School Music (7-14 hours)

Students work with one or more music teachers in an elementary school.
Prerequisite(s): Acceptance into the Teacher Education Program or permission of the department chair.

Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Experiential Learning: Intensive
EDUC 4830 Supervised Teaching in Secondary School Music (7-14 hours)

Students work with one or more music teachers in a secondary school.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of preliminary student teaching requirements or approval of the department chair.

Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Experiential Learning: Intensive
EDUC 4990 Student Teaching Seminar (1 hour)

A capstone course that meets biweekly for two hours to focus on two areas: first, to provide a structured and safe environment to dialogue about student teaching successes and concerns; and second, invited speakers, students and the instructor will discuss topics most pertinent to student teaching, how to obtain a teaching position, and critical issues for the beginning teacher. Topics include educational law, morals and ethics, student/teacher/parent rights and responsibilites, establishing and maintaining positive communication with the staff and community, as well as interviewing and job search skills.
Corequisite(s): Student teaching or permission of the department chair.
(Normally offered each semester.)

Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Speaking Instructive
MUSIC 1000 Recitals (0 hours)

Student must attend 15 approved recitals, concerts, or performances during the semester. Pass/Fail only.

MUSIC 1510 Piano Proficiency I (1 hour)

Weekly 30-minute piano lessons with one-on-one instruction. Lessons will explore piano repertoire appropriate to the student's ability level, and piano proficiency skills, including major and minor scales and cadence shords, harmonization and transposition, and improvisation.
Corequisite(s): MUSIC 1510L Piano Proficiency 1 Lab.

MUSIC 1510L Piano Proficiency 1 Lab (0 hours)

Group piano instruction taught in the electronic piano laboratory once each week. Emphasis on mastering the piano proficiency skills of major and minor scales and cadence chords, harmonization and transposition and improvisation at the piano. P/F Only.
Corequisite(s): MUSIC 1510 Piano Proficiency I.

MUSIC 1520 Piano Proficiency II (1 hour)

Weekly 30-minute piano lessons with one-on-one instruction. Lessons will explore piano repertoire appropriate to the student's ability level, and piano proficiency skills, including sight-reading hymn style piano writing and open score reading.
Corequisite(s): MUSIC 1520L Piano Proficiency II Lab.

MUSIC 1520L Piano Proficiency II Lab (0 hours)

Group piano instruction taught in the electronic piano laboratory once each week. Emphasis on mastering the piano proficiency skills of sight-reading hymn style piano writing, and open score reading. P/F Only.
Corequisite(s): MUSIC 1520 Piano Proficiency II.

MUSIC 1540 Woodwind Techniques (1 hour)

Class instruction on all woodwind instruments with emphasis on performance and teaching techniques. Students will develop proficiency on three woodwind instruments.

Archway Curriculum: Foundational Literacies: Creative and Performing Arts
MUSIC 1550 Brass Techniques (1 hour)

Class instruction on all brass instruments with emphasis on performance and teaching techniques. Students will develop proficiency on three brass instruments.

Archway Curriculum: Foundational Literacies: Creative and Performing Arts
MUSIC 1560 String Techniques (1 hour)

Class instruction in violin, viola, cello, and bass with emphasis on performance and teaching techniques.

Archway Curriculum: Foundational Literacies: Creative and Performing Arts
MUSIC 1570 Percussion Techniques (1 hour)

Class instruction in the performance and teaching techniques of percussion instruments.

Archway Curriculum: Foundational Literacies: Creative and Performing Arts
MUSIC 1580 Guitar Techniques (1 hour)

Class instruction in the performance and teaching techniques of guitar.

Archway Curriculum: Foundational Literacies: Creative and Performing Arts
MUSIC 1590FYW Introduction to Music Education (2 hours)

This course is the first Music Education course students will take in the professional sequence of music teacher education at Nebraska Wesleyan University. The purpose of the course is to introduce students to the music classroom and the issues, requirements, and duties of classroom music teachers. It is designed to help students decide whether to continue coursework in the field of music education. This course is a prerequisite to further work in the department.  Because the course provides first-year writing credit, students will be engaged in formal and informal types of writing. The types of assignments they will complete will include descriptive, summary and analysis, and instructional writing assignments.
Prerequisite(s): Permission of the instructor.
Corequisite(s): EDUC 1750 Field Experience.

Archway Curriculum: First-Year Curriculum: First-Year Writing
MUSIC 1610 Fundamentals of Music Theory (3 hours)

A review of the fundamentals of music (scales, key signatures, intervals) and the presentation of triads and their harmonic and melodic implications.

MUSIC 1620 Fundamentals of Basic Musicianship (1 hour)

A graded course in the fundamentals of sight-singing; sight-reading, and ear training. Exercises in rhythm; meter; clef-reading; scales; intervals; error correction; singing of single melodies; duets and simple harmonic patterns; drills in rhythmic and melodic coordination; and rhythmic, melodic, and elementary harmonic dictation.
Corequisite(s): MUSIC 1610 Fundamentals of Music Theory.

MUSIC 1630 Music Theory II (3 hours)

A continuation of MUSIC 1610 I including inversions of triads, non-harmonic tones, dominant seventh chords, and their resolutions. Emphasis is on four-part writing and analysis of music from the Common Practice Period.
Prerequisite(s): MUSIC 1610 Fundamentals of Music Theory or permission of the instructor.

MUSIC 1640 Musicianship II (1 hour)

Continuation of MUSIC 1620 Fundamentals of Basic Musicianship.
Prerequisite(s): MUSIC 1610 Fundamentals of Music Theory and MUSIC 1620 Fundamentals of Basic Musicianship or permission of the instructor.
Corequisite(s): MUSIC 1630 Music Theory II.

MUSIC 2410 Singer‘s Diction (1 hour)

A study of the phonetics and pronunciation of the international phonetic alphabet (IPA) and languages appropriate to the singer.
Prerequisite(s): Music major, two semesters of private voice study, and/or permission of the instructor.
(Normally offered each fall semester.)

MUSIC 2420 Vocal Pedagogy (1 hour)

This course introduces a systematic pedagogical approach to the study of voice production for use in the studio or classroom. Students examine basic anatomy and physiology, vocal health, and other topics relevant to voice teaching. Students will apply these concepts through supervised teaching experiences both in and out of class.
Prerequisite(s): Four semesters of college voice study or permission of the instructor.

MUSIC 2500 Conducting I (2 hours)

An introduction to technique and conducting style with emphasis given to developing a nonbaton competency. Attention also will be given to vocal interpretation and choral score reading.
Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.
(Normally offered each fall semester.)

MUSIC 2610 Music Theory III (3 hours)

Seventh chords, including the diminished seventh chord; various types of modulation; introduction of secondary dominants; analysis and writing of the period, binary, and ternary song forms; choral harmonization; and modal scales.
Prerequisite(s): MUSIC 1630 Music Theory II or permission of the instructor.

MUSIC 2620 Musicianship III (1 hour)

A review of advanced sight-reading and ear training, drills in more complex rhythmic and melodic materials including chromatic formations, and increased emphasis on individual part-singing and harmonic dictation.
Prerequisite(s): MUSIC 1630 Music Theory II and MUSIC 1640 Musicianship II or permission of the instructor.
Corequisite(s): MUSIC 2610 Music Theory III.

MUSIC 2630 Music Theory IV (3 hours)

This course examines the development of new concepts and theories of music that led to significant departures from standard musical practices and ideals. Students will explore twentieth century pitch resources, and contrast late tonal techniques and styles of composers such as Debussy, Ives, Messiaen, Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Webern and more. Analysis of specific works will promote discussions, tracing theoretical paths that led to the development of post tonal and avant-garde music. The content is designed to:

  1. Widen your knowledge of, appreciation for, and ability to identify, describe, and critically assess musical works in light of the innovative ideas that led to their creation.
  2. Give you a sophisticated understanding of the cultural, aesthetic, and stylistic relevence of these works in order to better comprehend the historical impact of radical departures from the norm.
  3. To practically apply your knowledge of musical elements in order to create informed and appropriate musical interpretations within the body of music that forms your own repertoire.
  4. To introduce you to the oral expression of your music in the style of a professional lecture presentation, so that you can improve your skills in verbally describing music and musical analysis.

Prerequisite(s): MUSIC 2610 Music Theory III or permission of the instructor.

Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Speaking Instructive
Archway Curriculum: Integrative Core: Chaos Thread
MUSIC 2640 Musicianship IV (1 hour)

This course focuses on advanced concepts of analytical listening. Relying on established practices, the student will learn how to make sense of intricate and advanced musical concepts by creating a connection between aural processes and the student’s developed understanding of musical events. Topics in this class include demonstrating increasing fluency with 20th century tonalities such as modal, pentatonic, and octatonic scales, identifying tri-chord pitch-class sets, navigating exercises that modulate to distantly related keys through chromatic relationships, and auralizing advanced perceptual awareness of non-diatonic and post-tonal musical structures. Student’s will focus their efforts on two subdivisions that highlight important areas of skill development – aural acuity in recognizing advanced structures in order to identify their function in increasingly chromatic and post tonal music, and the ability to demonstrate this both through oral expression in performance and written notation of cognitively recalled exercises.
Prerequisite(s): MUSIC 2610 Music Theory III and MUSIC 2620 Musicianship III or permission of the instructor.
Corequisite(s): MUSIC 2630 Music Theory IV.

MUSIC 2700 Computers and Technology for the Musician and the Music Educator (2 hours)

The course is offered to explore the essential topics a musician should consider when using computers and technology - whether for the purpose of listening, performing, composing, or teaching. Covering subjects ranging from music CAI (Computer Assisted Instruction) and desktop publishing to notation sequencing and MIDI and multimedia and CD audio, this course is designed as an introductory undergraduate course devoted to computers as applied to music technology for the musician and music educator.

MUSIC 2810 World Music Cultures (3 hours)

Key cultural concepts are used to explore music from selected global case studies. Social, cultural, and historical contexts are examined in relation to musical materials and their application in various traditions and repertoires. The fieldwork project (and experiential learning component) for this class requires some off-campus activities to be arranged by the student.
Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing and permission from instructor.

Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Discourse Instructive
Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Diversity Instructive: Global
Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Experiential Learning: Exploratory
Archway Curriculum: Integrative Core: Identity Thread
MUSIC 3500 Advanced Conducting - Vocal (2 hours)

A study of advanced conducting techniques adapted to individual student need. Emphasis will be placed on an in-depth study of choral style, literature, and various philosophies of choral singing.
Prerequisite(s): MUSIC 2510 Conducting II or permission of the instructor.
(Normally offered each spring semester.)

MUSIC 3510 Advanced Conducting - Instrumental (2 hours)

A study of the advanced conducting techniques as applied to the needs of the student (i.e., band directing, orchestral conducting, and others).
Prerequisite(s): MUSIC 2510 Conducting II or permission of the instructor.
(Normally offered each fall semester.)

MUSIC 3530 Secondary Instrumental Methods (3 hours)

This course is designed to prepare students for teaching instrumental music in late elementary, middle and senior high school. Students will develop knowledge, skills and techniques for planning, delivering, and evaluating music instruction; organizing and administering an instrumental music program; and curriculum development, material selection, rehearsal procedures, and the philosophy of instrumental music teaching.  Students must sign up for one of the labs associated with this course.
Prerequisite(s): Acceptance in the Teacher Education Program or by permission of the chair of the Department of Education.  Must have passed piano proficiency and PPST exam.
(Normally offered each fall semester.)

MUSIC 3530L Secondary Instrumental Methods Lab (0 hours)

This lab course is to be taken in conjunction with MUSIC 3530 Secondary Instrumental Methods. Students will have been placed by the instructor into a secondary instrumental music classroom in a public school by the first week of class. Students will complete a minimum of 20 hours of observation and teaching over the course of the semester at their placement site. Typically, students visit the classroom for approximately two hours per week. It is anticipated that the hours are completed throughout the entire semester, so students should plan to continue going to their placements for the entire semester even if they complete the 20 hours early in the semester.

MUSIC 3540 Elementary General Music Methods (3 hours)

This course is designed to help preservice music teachers develop ways of thinking about music teaching and learning in the elementary music classroom.  Students will develop knowledge, skills and techniques for planning, delivering and evaluating music instruction for children.  Although the specific focus of this course is children ages 5-12, many of the principles of teaching and learning apply to younger and older learners.  Students must sign up for one of the labs associated with this course. 
Prerequisite(s): Acceptance in the Teacher Education Program or by permission of the chair of the Department of Education. Must have passed piano proficiency and PPST exam.

MUSIC 3540L Elementary General Music Methods Lab (0 hours)

This lab course is to be taken in conjunction with MUSIC 3540 Elementary General Music Methods. Students will have been placed by the instructor into an elementary music classroom in a public school by the first week of class. Students will complete a minimum of 20 hours of observation and teaching over the course of the semester at their placement site. Typically, students visit the classroom for approximately two hours per week. It is anticipated that the hours are completed throughout the entire semester, so students should plan to continue going to their placements for the entire semester even if they complete the 20 hours early in the semester.

MUSIC 3550 Secondary Vocal Music Methods (3 hours)

A survey of teaching vocal music in the secondary schools (grades 7-12). Emphasis is on administration, organization, rehearsal procedures, materials, and the philosophy of music as a public school subject.
Prerequisite(s): Acceptance in the Teacher Education Program or by permission of the chair of the Department of Education. Must have passed piano proficiency and PPST exam.

MUSIC 3550L Secondary Choral Methods Lab (0 hours)

This lab course is to be taken in conjunction with MUSIC 3550 Secondary Vocal Music Methods. Students will have been placed by the instructor into a secondary vocal music classroom in a public school by the first week of class. Students will complete a minimum of 20 hours of observation and teaching over the course of the semester at their placement site. Typically, students visit the classroom for approximately two hours per week. It is anticipated that the hours are completed throughout the entire semester, so students should plan to continue going to their placements for the entire semester even if they complete the 20 hours early in the semester. P/F Only.

MUSIC 3610 Arranging and Instrumentation (2 hours)

The study of arranging techniques for instrumental and vocal ensembles, including the ranges and capabilities of instruments and voices and scoring procedures.
Prerequisite(s): MUSIC 2630 Music Theory IV.
(Normally offered each fall semester.)

MUSIC 3830 Music History: Gender and Sexuality (4 hours)

This course provides a rigorous and detailed examination of select pieces across the Western music tradition related to gender and/or sexuality, and also explores the relationships between music, history, and culture. Through historiography and musical analysis, we will discuss systems of domination and subordination along with stereotyped and biased assumptions about women and men pertinent to the music of specific cultures and time periods. The course is designed to:1) provide students with a foundational knowledge of key genres and social/cultural background from different historical periods across the Western music tradition; 2)  give students a sophisticated understanding of the cultural, aesthetic, stylistic, and performance practice issues related to select pieces, using scholarly articles, source readings, and stylistic analysis (scoring, dynamics, rhythm, melody, harmony, texture, form).
Cross listed with GEND 3830.
Prerequisite(s): Junior standing and permission of the instructor.

Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Writing Instructive
Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Diversity Instructive: U.S.
Archway Curriculum: Integrative Core: Gender and Sexuality Thread
MUSIC 3840 Music History: The Environment (4 hours)

Through historiography and musical analysis this course provides a rigorous and detailed examination of select pieces across the Western music tradition related to the environment, and also explores the relationships between music, history, and culture. Focusing on works that engage the environment, the course content is designed to provide students with a foundational knowledge of key genres and social/cultural background from different historical periods across the Western music tradition; and give students a sophisticated understanding of the cultural, aesthetic, stylistic, and performance practice issues related to select pieces, using scholarly articles, source readings, and stylistic analysis (scoring, dynamics, rhythm, melody, harmony, texture, form).
Prerequisite(s): Junior standing and permission of the instructor.

Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Writing Instructive
Archway Curriculum: Integrative Core: Humans in the Natural Environment Thread
MUSIC 4980 Senior Capstone Seminar (2 hours)

Advanced research methods, analytical writing, and professional presentation skills compromise the primary components of this rigorous culminating course, which focuses on the integration and application of knowledge and prepares students for the transition from their undergraduate education into their future profession. The Senior Capstone Seminar should be taken during the student's last year in residence at Nebraska Wesleyan University.
Prerequisite(s): Music major with senior standing or permission of the instructor.
(Normally offered each fall semester.)

Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Speaking Instructive
SPED 2070 Understanding Human Differences (3 hours)

This course provides an overview of basic concepts related to the inclusive education of differently abled students. A broad understanding of a range of low and high incidence disabilities will be explored. Historical factors, legislation, litigation, service delivery models, and cross-cultural issues are examined in the course. Students will complete a fieldwork experience that will allow them an opportunity to assist kindergarten, elementary, middle school, or junior high special education students for a designated period of time. No P/F.
(Normally offered each fall semester.)

SPED 3070 Methods for Teaching Secondary Students with Disabilities (3 hours)

A course designed to acquaint secondary education students with appropriate teaching strategies and methodologies for the regular classroom when teaching students who are gifted or have mild/moderate disabilities. Legal responsibilities and obligations concerning both populations are also discussed. A field experience is included as part of this course.
(Normally offered each spring semester.)

EDUC 1750 Field Experience (1 hour)

A course designed to allow students an opportunity to determine if they have a talent for teaching. Students will be assigned to assist an elementary, or secondary school teacher for a designated period of time each week. May be repeated a maximum of three times.
Pass/Fail only.
Pre or corequisite(s): EDUC 1010 Introduction to Education in the United States.
(Normally offered each semester.)

EDUC 2050 Human Development and Learning I (2 hours)

A course designed to acquaint students with the basic principles of growth and all phases of human development. Students will be required to assist an elementary or secondary teacher for a 50-minute period twice a week.
Pre or corequisite(s): EDUC 1010 Introduction to Education in the United States or permission of the instructor.
(Normally offered each semester.)

EDUC 2050L Human Development and Learning I Laboratory (0 hours)

Students observe/assist in educational settings associated with our P-12 school system. P/F Only.
Corequisite(s): EDUC 2050 Human Development and Learning I.
(Normally offered each semester.)

Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Experiential Learning: Exploratory
EDUC 2060 Human Development and Learning II (2 hours)

A continuation of EDUC 2050 with emphasis on the principles of learning and their application in the field of education. Secondary students will be required to assist a school teacher for a 50-minute period twice a week.
Pre or corequisite(s): EDUC 1010 Introduction to Education in the United States and EDUC 2050 Human Development and Learning I, or permission of the instructor.
(Normally offered each spring semester.)

EDUC 2850 Education in a Pluralistic Society (3 hours)

This course helps future teachers and coaches recognize and understand biases experienced by groups and individuals due to race, ethnicity, gender, social class, religion, exceptionality, sexual orientation, and language background to help them work effectively with a diverse student or student-athlete population. This course meets the Nebraska Human Relations Training requirement for teacher certification and for the NSAA coaching certification
Pre or Corequisite(s): EDUC 1010 Introduction to Education in the United States or declared Coaching minor, or permission of instructor.
(Normally offered each semester.)

Archway Curriculum: Integrative Core: Democracy Thread
Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Diversity Instructive: U.S.
EDUC 4790 Supervised Teaching in Elementary School Music (7-14 hours)

Students work with one or more music teachers in an elementary school.
Prerequisite(s): Acceptance into the Teacher Education Program or permission of the department chair.

Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Experiential Learning: Intensive
EDUC 4830 Supervised Teaching in Secondary School Music (7-14 hours)

Students work with one or more music teachers in a secondary school.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of preliminary student teaching requirements or approval of the department chair.

Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Experiential Learning: Intensive
EDUC 4990 Student Teaching Seminar (1 hour)

A capstone course that meets biweekly for two hours to focus on two areas: first, to provide a structured and safe environment to dialogue about student teaching successes and concerns; and second, invited speakers, students and the instructor will discuss topics most pertinent to student teaching, how to obtain a teaching position, and critical issues for the beginning teacher. Topics include educational law, morals and ethics, student/teacher/parent rights and responsibilites, establishing and maintaining positive communication with the staff and community, as well as interviewing and job search skills.
Corequisite(s): Student teaching or permission of the department chair.
(Normally offered each semester.)

Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Speaking Instructive
MUSIC 1000 Recitals (0 hours)

Student must attend 15 approved recitals, concerts, or performances during the semester. Pass/Fail only.

MUSIC 1510 Piano Proficiency I (1 hour)

Weekly 30-minute piano lessons with one-on-one instruction. Lessons will explore piano repertoire appropriate to the student's ability level, and piano proficiency skills, including major and minor scales and cadence shords, harmonization and transposition, and improvisation.
Corequisite(s): MUSIC 1510L Piano Proficiency 1 Lab.

MUSIC 1510L Piano Proficiency 1 Lab (0 hours)

Group piano instruction taught in the electronic piano laboratory once each week. Emphasis on mastering the piano proficiency skills of major and minor scales and cadence chords, harmonization and transposition and improvisation at the piano. P/F Only.
Corequisite(s): MUSIC 1510 Piano Proficiency I.

MUSIC 1520 Piano Proficiency II (1 hour)

Weekly 30-minute piano lessons with one-on-one instruction. Lessons will explore piano repertoire appropriate to the student's ability level, and piano proficiency skills, including sight-reading hymn style piano writing and open score reading.
Corequisite(s): MUSIC 1520L Piano Proficiency II Lab.

MUSIC 1520L Piano Proficiency II Lab (0 hours)

Group piano instruction taught in the electronic piano laboratory once each week. Emphasis on mastering the piano proficiency skills of sight-reading hymn style piano writing, and open score reading. P/F Only.
Corequisite(s): MUSIC 1520 Piano Proficiency II.

MUSIC 1540 Woodwind Techniques (1 hour)

Class instruction on all woodwind instruments with emphasis on performance and teaching techniques. Students will develop proficiency on three woodwind instruments.

Archway Curriculum: Foundational Literacies: Creative and Performing Arts
MUSIC 1550 Brass Techniques (1 hour)

Class instruction on all brass instruments with emphasis on performance and teaching techniques. Students will develop proficiency on three brass instruments.

Archway Curriculum: Foundational Literacies: Creative and Performing Arts
MUSIC 1560 String Techniques (1 hour)

Class instruction in violin, viola, cello, and bass with emphasis on performance and teaching techniques.

Archway Curriculum: Foundational Literacies: Creative and Performing Arts
MUSIC 1570 Percussion Techniques (1 hour)

Class instruction in the performance and teaching techniques of percussion instruments.

Archway Curriculum: Foundational Literacies: Creative and Performing Arts
MUSIC 1580 Guitar Techniques (1 hour)

Class instruction in the performance and teaching techniques of guitar.

Archway Curriculum: Foundational Literacies: Creative and Performing Arts
MUSIC 1590FYW Introduction to Music Education (2 hours)

This course is the first Music Education course students will take in the professional sequence of music teacher education at Nebraska Wesleyan University. The purpose of the course is to introduce students to the music classroom and the issues, requirements, and duties of classroom music teachers. It is designed to help students decide whether to continue coursework in the field of music education. This course is a prerequisite to further work in the department.  Because the course provides first-year writing credit, students will be engaged in formal and informal types of writing. The types of assignments they will complete will include descriptive, summary and analysis, and instructional writing assignments.
Prerequisite(s): Permission of the instructor.
Corequisite(s): EDUC 1750 Field Experience.

Archway Curriculum: First-Year Curriculum: First-Year Writing
MUSIC 1610 Fundamentals of Music Theory (3 hours)

A review of the fundamentals of music (scales, key signatures, intervals) and the presentation of triads and their harmonic and melodic implications.

MUSIC 1620 Fundamentals of Basic Musicianship (1 hour)

A graded course in the fundamentals of sight-singing; sight-reading, and ear training. Exercises in rhythm; meter; clef-reading; scales; intervals; error correction; singing of single melodies; duets and simple harmonic patterns; drills in rhythmic and melodic coordination; and rhythmic, melodic, and elementary harmonic dictation.
Corequisite(s): MUSIC 1610 Fundamentals of Music Theory.

MUSIC 1630 Music Theory II (3 hours)

A continuation of MUSIC 1610 I including inversions of triads, non-harmonic tones, dominant seventh chords, and their resolutions. Emphasis is on four-part writing and analysis of music from the Common Practice Period.
Prerequisite(s): MUSIC 1610 Fundamentals of Music Theory or permission of the instructor.

MUSIC 1640 Musicianship II (1 hour)

Continuation of MUSIC 1620 Fundamentals of Basic Musicianship.
Prerequisite(s): MUSIC 1610 Fundamentals of Music Theory and MUSIC 1620 Fundamentals of Basic Musicianship or permission of the instructor.
Corequisite(s): MUSIC 1630 Music Theory II.

MUSIC 2410 Singer‘s Diction (1 hour)

A study of the phonetics and pronunciation of the international phonetic alphabet (IPA) and languages appropriate to the singer.
Prerequisite(s): Music major, two semesters of private voice study, and/or permission of the instructor.
(Normally offered each fall semester.)

MUSIC 2420 Vocal Pedagogy (1 hour)

This course introduces a systematic pedagogical approach to the study of voice production for use in the studio or classroom. Students examine basic anatomy and physiology, vocal health, and other topics relevant to voice teaching. Students will apply these concepts through supervised teaching experiences both in and out of class.
Prerequisite(s): Four semesters of college voice study or permission of the instructor.

MUSIC 2500 Conducting I (2 hours)

An introduction to technique and conducting style with emphasis given to developing a nonbaton competency. Attention also will be given to vocal interpretation and choral score reading.
Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.
(Normally offered each fall semester.)

MUSIC 2610 Music Theory III (3 hours)

Seventh chords, including the diminished seventh chord; various types of modulation; introduction of secondary dominants; analysis and writing of the period, binary, and ternary song forms; choral harmonization; and modal scales.
Prerequisite(s): MUSIC 1630 Music Theory II or permission of the instructor.

MUSIC 2620 Musicianship III (1 hour)

A review of advanced sight-reading and ear training, drills in more complex rhythmic and melodic materials including chromatic formations, and increased emphasis on individual part-singing and harmonic dictation.
Prerequisite(s): MUSIC 1630 Music Theory II and MUSIC 1640 Musicianship II or permission of the instructor.
Corequisite(s): MUSIC 2610 Music Theory III.

MUSIC 2630 Music Theory IV (3 hours)

This course examines the development of new concepts and theories of music that led to significant departures from standard musical practices and ideals. Students will explore twentieth century pitch resources, and contrast late tonal techniques and styles of composers such as Debussy, Ives, Messiaen, Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Webern and more. Analysis of specific works will promote discussions, tracing theoretical paths that led to the development of post tonal and avant-garde music. The content is designed to:

  1. Widen your knowledge of, appreciation for, and ability to identify, describe, and critically assess musical works in light of the innovative ideas that led to their creation.
  2. Give you a sophisticated understanding of the cultural, aesthetic, and stylistic relevence of these works in order to better comprehend the historical impact of radical departures from the norm.
  3. To practically apply your knowledge of musical elements in order to create informed and appropriate musical interpretations within the body of music that forms your own repertoire.
  4. To introduce you to the oral expression of your music in the style of a professional lecture presentation, so that you can improve your skills in verbally describing music and musical analysis.

Prerequisite(s): MUSIC 2610 Music Theory III or permission of the instructor.

Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Speaking Instructive
Archway Curriculum: Integrative Core: Chaos Thread
MUSIC 2640 Musicianship IV (1 hour)

This course focuses on advanced concepts of analytical listening. Relying on established practices, the student will learn how to make sense of intricate and advanced musical concepts by creating a connection between aural processes and the student’s developed understanding of musical events. Topics in this class include demonstrating increasing fluency with 20th century tonalities such as modal, pentatonic, and octatonic scales, identifying tri-chord pitch-class sets, navigating exercises that modulate to distantly related keys through chromatic relationships, and auralizing advanced perceptual awareness of non-diatonic and post-tonal musical structures. Student’s will focus their efforts on two subdivisions that highlight important areas of skill development – aural acuity in recognizing advanced structures in order to identify their function in increasingly chromatic and post tonal music, and the ability to demonstrate this both through oral expression in performance and written notation of cognitively recalled exercises.
Prerequisite(s): MUSIC 2610 Music Theory III and MUSIC 2620 Musicianship III or permission of the instructor.
Corequisite(s): MUSIC 2630 Music Theory IV.

MUSIC 2700 Computers and Technology for the Musician and the Music Educator (2 hours)

The course is offered to explore the essential topics a musician should consider when using computers and technology - whether for the purpose of listening, performing, composing, or teaching. Covering subjects ranging from music CAI (Computer Assisted Instruction) and desktop publishing to notation sequencing and MIDI and multimedia and CD audio, this course is designed as an introductory undergraduate course devoted to computers as applied to music technology for the musician and music educator.

MUSIC 2810 World Music Cultures (3 hours)

Key cultural concepts are used to explore music from selected global case studies. Social, cultural, and historical contexts are examined in relation to musical materials and their application in various traditions and repertoires. The fieldwork project (and experiential learning component) for this class requires some off-campus activities to be arranged by the student.
Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing and permission from instructor.

Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Discourse Instructive
Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Diversity Instructive: Global
Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Experiential Learning: Exploratory
Archway Curriculum: Integrative Core: Identity Thread
MUSIC 3500 Advanced Conducting - Vocal (2 hours)

A study of advanced conducting techniques adapted to individual student need. Emphasis will be placed on an in-depth study of choral style, literature, and various philosophies of choral singing.
Prerequisite(s): MUSIC 2510 Conducting II or permission of the instructor.
(Normally offered each spring semester.)

MUSIC 3510 Advanced Conducting - Instrumental (2 hours)

A study of the advanced conducting techniques as applied to the needs of the student (i.e., band directing, orchestral conducting, and others).
Prerequisite(s): MUSIC 2510 Conducting II or permission of the instructor.
(Normally offered each fall semester.)

MUSIC 3530 Secondary Instrumental Methods (3 hours)

This course is designed to prepare students for teaching instrumental music in late elementary, middle and senior high school. Students will develop knowledge, skills and techniques for planning, delivering, and evaluating music instruction; organizing and administering an instrumental music program; and curriculum development, material selection, rehearsal procedures, and the philosophy of instrumental music teaching.  Students must sign up for one of the labs associated with this course.
Prerequisite(s): Acceptance in the Teacher Education Program or by permission of the chair of the Department of Education.  Must have passed piano proficiency and PPST exam.
(Normally offered each fall semester.)

MUSIC 3530L Secondary Instrumental Methods Lab (0 hours)

This lab course is to be taken in conjunction with MUSIC 3530 Secondary Instrumental Methods. Students will have been placed by the instructor into a secondary instrumental music classroom in a public school by the first week of class. Students will complete a minimum of 20 hours of observation and teaching over the course of the semester at their placement site. Typically, students visit the classroom for approximately two hours per week. It is anticipated that the hours are completed throughout the entire semester, so students should plan to continue going to their placements for the entire semester even if they complete the 20 hours early in the semester.

MUSIC 3540 Elementary General Music Methods (3 hours)

This course is designed to help preservice music teachers develop ways of thinking about music teaching and learning in the elementary music classroom.  Students will develop knowledge, skills and techniques for planning, delivering and evaluating music instruction for children.  Although the specific focus of this course is children ages 5-12, many of the principles of teaching and learning apply to younger and older learners.  Students must sign up for one of the labs associated with this course. 
Prerequisite(s): Acceptance in the Teacher Education Program or by permission of the chair of the Department of Education. Must have passed piano proficiency and PPST exam.

MUSIC 3540L Elementary General Music Methods Lab (0 hours)

This lab course is to be taken in conjunction with MUSIC 3540 Elementary General Music Methods. Students will have been placed by the instructor into an elementary music classroom in a public school by the first week of class. Students will complete a minimum of 20 hours of observation and teaching over the course of the semester at their placement site. Typically, students visit the classroom for approximately two hours per week. It is anticipated that the hours are completed throughout the entire semester, so students should plan to continue going to their placements for the entire semester even if they complete the 20 hours early in the semester.

MUSIC 3550 Secondary Vocal Music Methods (3 hours)

A survey of teaching vocal music in the secondary schools (grades 7-12). Emphasis is on administration, organization, rehearsal procedures, materials, and the philosophy of music as a public school subject.
Prerequisite(s): Acceptance in the Teacher Education Program or by permission of the chair of the Department of Education. Must have passed piano proficiency and PPST exam.

MUSIC 3550L Secondary Choral Methods Lab (0 hours)

This lab course is to be taken in conjunction with MUSIC 3550 Secondary Vocal Music Methods. Students will have been placed by the instructor into a secondary vocal music classroom in a public school by the first week of class. Students will complete a minimum of 20 hours of observation and teaching over the course of the semester at their placement site. Typically, students visit the classroom for approximately two hours per week. It is anticipated that the hours are completed throughout the entire semester, so students should plan to continue going to their placements for the entire semester even if they complete the 20 hours early in the semester. P/F Only.

MUSIC 3610 Arranging and Instrumentation (2 hours)

The study of arranging techniques for instrumental and vocal ensembles, including the ranges and capabilities of instruments and voices and scoring procedures.
Prerequisite(s): MUSIC 2630 Music Theory IV.
(Normally offered each fall semester.)

MUSIC 3830 Music History: Gender and Sexuality (4 hours)

This course provides a rigorous and detailed examination of select pieces across the Western music tradition related to gender and/or sexuality, and also explores the relationships between music, history, and culture. Through historiography and musical analysis, we will discuss systems of domination and subordination along with stereotyped and biased assumptions about women and men pertinent to the music of specific cultures and time periods. The course is designed to:1) provide students with a foundational knowledge of key genres and social/cultural background from different historical periods across the Western music tradition; 2)  give students a sophisticated understanding of the cultural, aesthetic, stylistic, and performance practice issues related to select pieces, using scholarly articles, source readings, and stylistic analysis (scoring, dynamics, rhythm, melody, harmony, texture, form).
Cross listed with GEND 3830.
Prerequisite(s): Junior standing and permission of the instructor.

Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Writing Instructive
Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Diversity Instructive: U.S.
Archway Curriculum: Integrative Core: Gender and Sexuality Thread
MUSIC 3840 Music History: The Environment (4 hours)

Through historiography and musical analysis this course provides a rigorous and detailed examination of select pieces across the Western music tradition related to the environment, and also explores the relationships between music, history, and culture. Focusing on works that engage the environment, the course content is designed to provide students with a foundational knowledge of key genres and social/cultural background from different historical periods across the Western music tradition; and give students a sophisticated understanding of the cultural, aesthetic, stylistic, and performance practice issues related to select pieces, using scholarly articles, source readings, and stylistic analysis (scoring, dynamics, rhythm, melody, harmony, texture, form).
Prerequisite(s): Junior standing and permission of the instructor.

Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Writing Instructive
Archway Curriculum: Integrative Core: Humans in the Natural Environment Thread
MUSIC 4980 Senior Capstone Seminar (2 hours)

Advanced research methods, analytical writing, and professional presentation skills compromise the primary components of this rigorous culminating course, which focuses on the integration and application of knowledge and prepares students for the transition from their undergraduate education into their future profession. The Senior Capstone Seminar should be taken during the student's last year in residence at Nebraska Wesleyan University.
Prerequisite(s): Music major with senior standing or permission of the instructor.
(Normally offered each fall semester.)

Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Speaking Instructive
SPED 2070 Understanding Human Differences (3 hours)

This course provides an overview of basic concepts related to the inclusive education of differently abled students. A broad understanding of a range of low and high incidence disabilities will be explored. Historical factors, legislation, litigation, service delivery models, and cross-cultural issues are examined in the course. Students will complete a fieldwork experience that will allow them an opportunity to assist kindergarten, elementary, middle school, or junior high special education students for a designated period of time. No P/F.
(Normally offered each fall semester.)

SPED 3070 Methods for Teaching Secondary Students with Disabilities (3 hours)

A course designed to acquaint secondary education students with appropriate teaching strategies and methodologies for the regular classroom when teaching students who are gifted or have mild/moderate disabilities. Legal responsibilities and obligations concerning both populations are also discussed. A field experience is included as part of this course.
(Normally offered each spring semester.)