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Sharon Paranto, Director

or Tammy Griffith, Program Assistant 


Spafford Hall 204A
1200 S. Jay St.
Aberdeen, S.D. 57401
Phone: 605-626-2558
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Master of Music Education Course Descriptions

MUS 772
Research in Music Education
(3 credits)
Students will investigate the basic concepts and resources associated with research in music education. Students will learn the technique of writing in the discipline using commonly accepted musicological inquiry.


MUS 743
Jazz Pedagogy and Literature for the Educator
(2 credits)
This course examines instrumental and choral jazz pedagogy techniques to help the educator develop and maintain a viable jazz component to the school’s music curriculum. Includes a survey of appropriate literature by grade/age level.


MUS 775
Foundations of Music Education, History/Trends
(3 credits)
Students will examine historical foundations and current trends of music education in the United States. Focus on practical applications of current trends for the contemporary music classroom will be discussed and examined.


MUS 735
American Music Survey
(2 credits)
This seminar course will examine the background and history of American music and its application to current music education programs from the time of the Bay Psalm Book to 21st century.


MUS 751
Advanced Conducting
(2 credits)
This course will examine techniques to improve the student’s technical and musical background in conducting. Literature selection and grading will be studied.


MUS 721
Performance Practice and Literature I
(2 credits)
Students will examine pedagogical literature, methods and related materials within their specialty area.


MUS 716
Technology for Music Educators
(2 credits)
This course will examine various technology tools for improving instruction and will explore methods for integrating technology into the music curriculum, including use of sound reinforcement and recording.


MUS 782
Foundations of Music Education, Psychology/Philosophy
(2 credits)
This course will examine the psychological and philosophical foundations of music education. Practical application of concepts to the contemporary music classroom will be emphasized.


MUS 715
Music Theory Analysis for the Educator
(2 credits)
This course will examine useful and practical approaches of score analysis, formal
structures, and organizational systems for the benefit of music educators.


MUS 785
General Music Pedagogy
(3 credits)
This course will focus on developing effective tools for successful elementary and general music
classrooms. An examination of state and national standards, Orff and Kodaly is included.


MUS 766
School Music Administration
(2 credits)
This course will help students advance their ability to effectively organize and administrate the school instrumental/vocal music program. Topics will include; budgeting, recruiting, retention, relationships with external constituencies, policy development and implementation, and organizational structure.


MUS 752
Advanced Rehearsal Techniques
(2 credits)
This course will explore the pedagogical intricacies of all wind, brass, percussion, string and vocal teaching. Focus will be on developing and improving sound pedagogical practices in the teaching of these specific areas.


MUS 723
Performance Practice and Literature II
(2 credits)
This course is a continuation of pedagogical literature, methods and related materials within a student’s specialty area.


MUS 777
Curriculum Writing
(2 credits)
This course will examine techniques for effective curriculum writing and development.
The final project will be a curriculum writing project.


* Additional requirement
In consultation with your academic advisor and graduate committee, you will develop an online portfolio chronicling your graduate-level academic courses and career that you will submit for review and approval by the graduate committee. This portfolio will demonstrate and document your knowledge, skills, understanding, attitude, and individual competencies achieved for program assessment purposes.