Music at Aquinas College

Music Education Major —Instrumental Supervision (BMEd)

Major Requirements: Seventy-eight (78) semester hours.

  • At least thirty (30) semester hours must be taken at Aquinas.
  • This major must be combined with the Secondary Professional Preparation courses required for teacher certification.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher is required for the major.
  • Only courses with a grade of B- or better for MCAP courses, a C+ or better in MCTH courses, and a C or better in all other courses will count toward the major.
AQUINAS REQUIREMENTS
MUSIC EDUCATION CORE – Forty-two (42) credits
MCTH113 Integrated Theory I (AT) 3.0
MCTH114 Integrated Theory II (AT) 3.0
MCTH115 Ear Training/Sight Singing I (AT) 1.0
MCTH116 Ear Training/Sight Singing II (AT) 1.0
MCTH/CS160 MIDI Music Publishing 1.0
MCTH203 Integrated Theory III 3.0
MCTH204 Integrated Theory IV 3.0
MCTH205 Ear Training/Sight Singing III 1.0
MCTH206 Ear Training/Sight Singing IV 1.0
MCTH352 Modern Analytical Techniques 2.0
MCHL350 Music History & Literature I (WI) 3.0
MCHL351 Music History & Literature II 3.0
MCED315 Conducting Fundamentals 1.0
MCAP123 Piano Techniques I 1.0
MCAP124 Piano Techniques II 1.0
MCENXXX Small Ensemble 1.0
College Band:
MCEN155 1.0
MCEN156 1.0
MCEN255 1.0
MCEN256 1.0
Studio Applied Instrumental:
MCAP151 2.0
MCAP152 2.0
MCAP251 2.0
MCAP252 2.0
MCHL360 Recital Seminars (SC) 1.0
Declaration of Major Hearing  
Instrumental Supervision (36 credits)
MCAP165 Voice Techniques Class I 1.0
MCAP166 Voice Techniques Class II 1.0
MCAP323 Jazz Piano Applications & Techniques I 1.0
MCAP324 Jazz Piano Applications & Techniques II 1.0
MCED227 Brass Techniques 1.0
MCED228 Strings Techniques 1.0
MCED229 Woodwind Techniques 1.0
MCED230 Marching Band and Percussion Techniques 1.0
MCED285 Elem. General Music Methods & Materials 4.0
MCED323 Advanced Conducting w/Lit and Interp 2.0
MCED386 Secondary Band & Orchestra Methods 3.0
MCED423 Observation & Directed Teach Elem & Jr. High  
 Instrumental 4.0
MCED433 Observation & Directed Teaching Sr. High  
 Instrumental 4.0
MCTH415 Instrumentation/Orchestration 2.0
College Band:
MCED355 1.0
MCED356 1.0
MCED455 1.0
Studio Applied Instrumental:
MCAP351 2.0
MCAP352 2.0
MCAP451 2.0
Piano Proficiency  
Graduation Recital (1/2 hour)  
Senior Portfolio Review  

For teacher certification and to complete the degree, the State of Michigan requires twenty-nine (29) semester hours in the School of Education as follows:

  • EN130
  • EN201
  • EN207
  • EN209 (WI)
  • EN301
  • EN406 (SC)
  • EN454
  • EN456

Courses

  • MCED228 Strings Techniques Course (1)

    Designed to prepare pre-service teachers with the skills and knowledge of current violin, viola, cello and bass methodology and materials needed to successfully instruct students in public and private schools with the further goal of developing and maintaining an orchestra program. Philosophy, curriculum, administration and classroom management in relation to the orchestra program will be discussed. Prerequisites: MCTH113, 114, 115, 116; EN201 is pre- or co-requisite; cumulative GPA 3.0.

  • MCED323 Advanced Conducting with Literature and Interpretation (2)

    Building on the foundation provided in MCED315, MCED323 is designed to give the student conductor pursuing music education, church music, conducting or graduate school an experience with and an awareness of the body of literature from the masterworks and representative composers, and the appropriate performance practices associated with these works. In addition, students will research repertoire appropriate for use in middle school, high school and community music programs; and learn how to combine repertoire into a concert program. Compositions will differ each time the course is offered and will be selected from each of the stylistic music periods. The practical application of conducting and score study within each of the various styles will be featured. Prerequisites: Sophomore status, MCED315, or approval of Chairperson.

  • MCAP165, 166 Voice Techniques Class I and II (1,1) AP

    All beginning voice majors, minors or elective students will gain the necessary foundation, through study, exercises and songs, for successful vocal development at the college level. Study of a variety of song literature, the anatomy and physiology of the voice, Alexander Technique, and other current techniques will be incorporated as the basis for building a strong and healthy singing life or vocal career. Prerequisites: Successful completion (a grade of B- or higher) in MCAP165 to advance to MCAP166.

  • MCED227 Brass Techniques Course (1)

    Designed to prepare pre-service teachers with the skills and knowledge of current brass (trumpet, fr. horn, trombone, euphonium/baritone and tuba) methodology and materials needed to successfully instruct students in public and private schools with the further goal of developing and maintaining a band or orchestra program. Philosophy, curriculum, administration and classroom management in relation to the band/orchestra program will be discussed. Prerequisites: MCTH113, 114, 115, 116; EN201 is pre- or co-requisite; cumulative GPA of 3.0.

  • MCED229 Woodwind Techniques Course (1)

    Woodwind Techniques Course (1) Designed to prepare pre-service teachers with the skills and knowledge of current flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe and bassoon methodology and materials needed to successfully instruct students in administration and classroom management in relation to the band/orchestra program to be discussed. Prerequisites: MCTH113, 114, 115, 116; EN201 pre- or co-requisite; cumulative GPA: 3.0

  • MCAP323, 324 Jazz Piano Applications and Techniques I and II (1,1)

    A two-semester course in jazz techniques and applications designed specifically for music education majors. Because the piano is the most comprehensive and immediate source of tonal harmony in all music, particularly jazz, the course will necessarily center on the piano techniques required to explore, direct and understand the specifics of jazz harmony as they apply to the musical structures and various styles found in jazz performance. Classes are taught in the AMC piano lab. Prerequisites: Successful completion (a grade of B- or higher) in MCAP123, 124; and in MCAP323 to advance to MCAP324.

  • MCAP151, 152, 251, 252, 351, 352, 451, 452 Studio Applied Instrumental (2)

    Four-year sequence of private study at the college level. Instruction in string, woodwind, percussion, or brass instruments. See semester schedule for instrument specific course and section numbers. Classical and Jazz sections are offered. Fee.

  • MCEN155, 156, 255, 256, 355, 356, 455, 456 College Band (1 each) AP

    Performance of concert band literature: masterworks to current styles. Open to those with instrumental experience.

  • MCTH415 Instrumentation/Orchestration (2)

    Through the study and application of a variety of integrative analytical models, the instrumentation/orchestration student will demonstrate competence in theirge ability to understand and express in verbal and written language, all facets under study of the various acoustic qualities of string, wind, and percussion instruments plus an understanding of the conventional pitch range, transposition, and most characteristic scoring practices applied to all the musical instruments belonging to the aforementioned instrumental groupings. Prerequisite: MCTH352.

  • MCED230 Marching Band and Percussion Techniques (1)

    Designed to prepare pre-service teachers with the skills and knowledge to successfully coordinate and prepare a high school marching band program of any size, and to introduce the current methods of percussion pedagogy and literature in public and private schools. Philosophy, curriculum, administration and classroom management in relation to the band/orchestra program will be discussed. Prerequisites: MCTH113, 114, 115, 116; EN201 is pre- or co-requisite; Cumulative GPA of 3.0.

  • MCED285 Elementary General Music Methods and Materials (4)

    Principles, procedures, and materials used in grades K-6. National and State Standards in K-6 music education will be integrated into the course material, as well as the development of Classroom Management Plan. Prerequisites: MCTH113, 114, 115, 116; EN201 is pre- or co-requisite; cumulative grade point average of 3.0

  • MCED386 Secondary Band and Orchestra Methods (3)

    This course is required for the BMEd Instrumental /Supervision major as the primary course designed to engage students with the methodology and materials used in teaching instrumental music, specifically band and orchestra, at the secondary level. Topics covered will include: the history of music education in schools, philosophies of music education, working with adolescent wind, string, and percussion instrumentalists, music technology, performance and non-performance classes, festivals and associations, planning, budgeting and classroom management.

  • MCED423 Observation and Directed Teaching Elementary and Junior High - Instrumental (4)

    Offered fall and Spring semesters only. This course is the Elementary and Junior High - Instrumental section required of all B.M.Ed. in Instrumental Supervision candidates. During the Student Teaching semester (12 semester hours in total), the candidate will complete a minimum 14-week internship in local Elementary, Middle and Secondary schools under the direct supervision of experienced certified and tenured Music Teachers. Weekly seminars and weekly journal writing, assigned readings, full-time teaching. Placements are made and secured no less than one semester in advance through the School of Education in consultation with the Music Department. Pre- and co-requisites: All other BMEd degree requirements must be completed; student must also register for MCED433 and EN498 and apply to the School of Education the preceding semester (September 15 or January 15). Acceptance by screening committee of the School of Education prior to enrollment in course and school placement.

  • MCED433 Observation and Directed Teaching Senior High - Instrumental (4)

    Offered fall and Spring semesters only. This course is the Senior High - Instrumental section required of all BMEd. in Instrumental Supervision candidates. During the Student Teaching semester (12 semester hours in total), the candidate will complete a minimum 14-week internship in local Elementary, Middle and Secondary schools under the direct supervision of experienced certified and tenured Music Teachers. Weekly seminars and weekly journal writing, assigned readings, full-time teaching. Placements are made and secured no less than one semester in advance through the School of Education in consultation with the Music Department. Pre- and co-requisites: All other BMEd degree requirements must be completed; student must also register for MCED423 and EN498 and apply to the School of Education the preceding semester (September 15 or January 15). Acceptance by screening committee of the School of Education prior to enrollment in course and school placement.

  • EN130 EdTech: Technology Basics for Educators (2)

    Offered fall and spring semesters. This course covers important, foundational topics related to educational technology and exposes teachers and future teachers to some of the many resources available to support K-12 teaching and learning. An emphasis is placed on resources for Michigan educators. Conducted entirely online, this course provides participants with the opportunity to experience and reflect on what makes online learning effective. Course readings, discussions, and activities address meaningful technology integration, active learning with, collaborative applications assessment of student learning, and the legal, ethical, and social issues surrounding teacher and student use of technology. Prerequisite: none. This course is open to all students.

  • EN201/EN501 Introduction to Education (3)

    Offered fall and spring semesters. This course is designed to help Aquinas students explore the profession of teaching, discover the cultural and political aspects of being an educator in today’s world, answer the questions about what it takes to be a high-quality teacher, and determine whether or not the teaching profession is the appropriate career choice. Students will attend weekly seminar sessions, engage in reading, reflective writing assignments, class discussions, and other learning activities/assessments, complete a 30 hour field placement, and participate in a minimum of four site visits as scheduled by the instructor during class hours.

  • EN207/EN507 Human Growth and Schooling (3)

    Offered fall and spring semesters. The content of this course includes (a) theories of human development and learning according to, for example, Skinner, Piaget, Erikson, Kohlberg, Goleman, Vygotsky, and brain development theorists, (b) preliminary applications of these theories in human contexts, especially classrooms, (c) beginnings of strategies for classroom instruction based on these theories, and (d) parent involvement to promote student learning at home. Field component: Variable; minimum of two (2) class observations.

  • EN209/EN509 Foundations of Education (3) WI

    Offered fall and spring semesters. The important ideas and issues in America’s schools today are the product of their past. This course will investigate these ideas and issues, particularly race, class, and gender relations in American society and their impact on public education. The course will begin with an overview of underlying philosophy systems, proceed through historical crises in American cities and schools, and consider current reform proposals and projects Field component: one (1) class observation.

  • EN301/EN561 Assessing Student Learning (3)

    Offered fall and spring semesters. This course develops conceptual and technical skills connected to assessment practices and strategies with an emphasis on measuring and advancing student learning. Topics addressed include authentic assessment practices, interpretation of standardized test results, the use of developmental screenings, formative and summative assessments, and assessing learners with special needs and learners from linguistically and culturally different backgrounds. Prerequisite: EN 201/EN501.

  • EN406/EN506 Application of Learning Theory (3) SC

    Offered fall and spring semesters. Restrictions: required with student teaching. This course intends to support student teachers while they apply learning and instructional theories to classroom practice during a semester of student teaching. Plan and collaboratively discuss challenges in student behavior management. Discussions will revolve around classroom management, assessment, instruction, literacy, technology, special education, and diverse learners. Candidates will complete their senior capstone project involving documentation of assessment-informed instructional design through a written paper and infographic poster. Additionally, education portfolios must be finalized prior to completion of this course. Other topics will relate to current educational concepts in the context of working as a teacher. Prerequisite: SOE approval.

  • EN454/EN554 Content Area Literacy (3)

    Offered fall and spring semesters. Required for secondary certification. Education method elective for elementary certification, particularly candidates interested in teaching middle school. This course is the study of literacy in content material across the curriculum for students in grades 6–12. Strategies are presented that enhance student comprehension while reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing, and doing an activity within a discipline. There is a fieldwork component, working with secondary students who need assistance in literacy strategies. In addition, Common Core State Standards will be incorporated into the study of content area literacy. Prerequisite: EN201/501 or Michigan Teaching Certificate. Field component: fifteen (15) hours.

  • EN456/EN592 Multicultural Issues in Education (3)

    Offered fall, spring, and summer semesters. Multicultural Issues in Education provides a comprehensive overview of the theory and practice of multicultural education. Emphasis is given to valuing diversity, and applying multicultural anti-bias global perspectives. This course offers the opportunity for a lively discussion of controversial topics such as classicism, racism, sexism, and discrimination based on abilities, religion, language, and age. Prerequisite: EN201/EN501 or Michigan Teaching Certificate or may take during the same semester as EN201/501. Field component: minimum of six (6) hours.

  • EN461/EN579 Inclusion I (3)

    Offered fall and spring semesters. Inclusive education begins with the philosophy behind education and the emergence of an inclusive educational approach to students with disabilities in the general education classroom. Appropriate instructional objectives will be examined that fit children and adolescents in an inclusive educational setting. Adaptations to the general education curriculum will be assessed and matched with the academic, social/emotional, physical and behavioral needs of the child or adolescent. The maintenance of conditions and strategies for suitable instruction will be linked to the learning goals of the individual student. The ability of the general education teacher to function as a member of the IEP team will be stressed in light of other important relationships such as those with parents, paraeducators and other teachers. Prerequisite: EN201/501 or Michigan Teaching Certificate, may take during the same semester as EN201/501. Field component: minimum of two (2) hours.

  • EN498/EN598 Directed Student Teaching, Secondary School (9)

    Offered fall and spring semesters. A minimum fourteen-week internship in a local middle or secondary school under the direct supervision of an experienced certified teacher. Weekly seminars and weekly journal writing, assigned readings, full-time teaching. Prerequisite: Acceptance by screening committee of the School of Education prior to enrollment in course and school placement. Must enroll in EN406/EN506 concurrently.