Courses

  • CFA ME 613: Practicum 3 8-12
    Supervised student teaching in grades 8 through 12; six weeks, minimum of 150 clock hours; weekly seminar; individual conferences with University supervisor. 4 cr. each semester.
  • CFA ME 640: Music Education Lab Instrumental
    These laboratories are designed to prepare students to provide group (classroom) instruction in instrumental music. Students progress through a variety of experiences that include, but are not limited to, techniques and pedagogical principles of beginning instruction on winds, strings, and percussion instruments; score preparation/analysis, conducting, and rehearsal procedures for various levels and instrumentations; and teaching individuals of differing abilities. 3 credits, repeatable, maximum of 6 credits.
  • CFA ME 641: Music Education Lab Choral
    Within a laboratory environment focused on peer teaching, video recording, and just-in- time feedback, instruction in vocal/choral methods progresses through a variety of music teacher preparation experiences, including but not limited to: understanding how the voice works in speaking and singing; voice development across the lifespan; caring for the voice; using singing as a model in any music teaching situation; incorporating appropriate vocal technique into choral rehearsal; selection of choral repertoire to promote artistic development; score preparation/analysis; conducting; and rehearsal procedures. Also incorporated will be use of the school chorus or group voice class as an appropriate environment for English Language Learners. 3 credits, repeatable, to a maximum of 6 credits.
  • CFA ME 645: Technology for Musicians
    Open to all Music majors. Within a computer laboratory setting, students will obtain essential skills in technologies to support music careers. Topics will include basic computer notation, audio recording and editing, MIDI recording and editing, media-rich web development, document design, self-promotion and responsible uses of social media. Students will also explore technologically enhanced and supported performance. Open to the BU Community. 2 credits.
  • CFA ME 661: Jazz History and Performance Techniques 1
    Open to non-music majors and music majors for elective credit with advisor approval. Introduction to the American musical art form through recordings, videos, discussion, concerts and workshops; also an introduction to the role of jazz in education. 2 cr.
  • CFA ME 701: Foundations of Music Education I: Philosophy and History
    Introduction to historical and philosophical foundations of music education. An intensive reading and research seminar course in the history of educational thought and practices in music education in the United States from the Colonial Period to modern times. The course has two distinct disciplinary components; historical research and philosophical discourse in music education.
  • CFA ME 702: Foundations of Music Education II: Sociology and Psychology
    The purpose of this course is to critically examine psychological and sociological concepts as they relate to music and education. Topics include key issues and concepts in psychology and sociology; psychology as related to music educational processes; problems encountered in the sociology of music education; and cultural influences that affect both the psychology of the individual and sociological aspects of group dynamics. 4.0 credits.
  • CFA ME 711: Introduction to Music Education Research
    Overview of music education research. Research design and methodology to include development of hypotheses, problems and subproblems, qualitative research, survey, observational, causal comparative, experimental, evaluation, and historical research. Ability to understand, interpret, and use research in teaching and learning. Designed primarily for master's degree students.
  • CFA ME 740: Introduction to Music Education Research
    In this course, students become acquainted with a variety of research that informs music education, learn both to critique and apply that research, and develop their scholarly writing skills. Note: This course is typically waived for DMA students who have enrolled in a similar course during Master's degree study.
  • CFA ME 741: Foundations of Music Education I: Philosophy and History
    The purpose of this course is to examine and discuss historical and contemporary philosophical ideas and problems in music and music education. A goal is for students to develop a sharpened sensitivity to past and present thought (primarily, but not limited to historical and philosophical thought) in the field of music education in order to better inform their own curricular and instructional choices.
  • CFA ME 742: Foundations of Music Education II: Sociology and Psychology
    The purpose of this course is to critically examine psychological and sociological concepts as they relate to music and education. Topics include key issues and concepts in psychology and sociology; psychology as related to music education processes; problems encountered in the sociology of music education; and cultural influences that affect both the psychology of the individual and the sociological aspects of group dynamics.
  • CFA ME 759: Curriculum in Music Education: Vision and Design
    This is the final course in the Master of Music in Music Education degree program, and it lasts for 14 weeks. In the course, students focus on the development of a site-specific music curriculum, including the philosophical, psychological, and sociological foundations for that curriculum as well as the prospective implementation and assessment of the project. Because the nature of the project is to bring together elements from all previous coursework, it is graded as the Comprehensive Examination for the degree program.
  • CFA ME 799: Curriculum Organization in Music Education
    Philosophies and objectives of music in public education; scope and sequence of curriculum appropriate for general choral and instrumental instruction. 4.0 credits.
  • CFA ME 840: Contemporary Issues in Music Education
    Study of current issues influencing the state of music education in schools. Focus on the interpretation, implementation, and development of policy. Topics include public policy, politics, advocacy, diversity, evaluation, and curriculum.
  • CFA ME 841: Quantitative Research Methods
    Quantitative research methods and their application to educational research contexts; quantitative research design, sampling techniques, reliability and validity, descriptive and inferential statistics, quantitative studies in music education, and using software to conduct statistical analysis.
  • CFA ME 842: Qualitative Research Methods
    This course introduces graduate students to key issues and concepts in qualitative research. Students develop skills in conducting interviews, and observations; they gain experience with ethnographic and narrative techniques including transcribing, coding, interpreting data and presenting results of analysis.
  • CFA ME 861: Seminar in Teaching College Music 1
    The focus of Seminar I will be basic principles of post-secondary learning. This course is based on the most current scholarship about student demographics, policy, and issues in higher education, as well as on adult learning theories. This course will be offered for 10 hours with accompanying 5 hours of online preparation and discussion forums. 1cr
  • CFA ME 862: Seminar in Teaching College Music 2
    The focus of Seminar 2 will be developing an identity as a music teaching professional. This course is based on the most current scholarship about adult learning theories, active learning, and issues in higher education, as well as on adult learning theories. This course will be offered for 10 hours with accompanying 5 hours of online preparation and discussion forums. 1 cr
  • CFA ME 863: Seminar in Teaching College Music 3
    the focus of Seminar 3 will be representing teaching effectiveness through the career cycle. This segment is based on the most current scholarship about effective, student-centered teaching, post0secondary demographics, and accreditation in higher education. This course will be offered for 10 hours with accompanying 5 hours of online preparation and discussion forums. 1cr
  • CFA ME 899: Independent Project/Directed Study
    Specialized, individually tailored and guided work on projects not connected with a thesis, dissertation or other terminal document, but of particular interest to the graduate student. Variable credit.