Music: Music Education

  • CFA ME 203: Introduction to Music Learning and Teaching
    Development of a personal orientation to music teaching and learning through course readings, discussions, observations of varied music teaching contexts, and peer teaching experiences. Critical exploration of contemporary music education practices includes an exploration of music teacher identity and an overview of the historical, philosophical, psychological, and sociological foundations of music education. Open to all students majoring in music at CFA or CAS. 2 credits.
  • CFA ME 261: Jazz 1: Performance & Context
    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 305: Elementary General Music Methods
    Philosophy and goals of the general music program from kindergarten through grade 9. Techniques and experiences employed to implement the development of musical concepts and skills; activities and teaching materials related to the musical development of the child. 3cr.
  • CFA ME 307: Secondary General Music Methods
    Philosophical foundations and objectives of music programs in grades 5 through 12. Development of teaching materials and presentation of representative lessons; techniques of analysis and evaluation 2cr.
  • CFA ME 410: Practicum Seminar
    Required for undergraduate and graduate Music Education students registered for Practicum. First semester seminar topics will include development of an educational philosophy, resume preparation, job interviewing, and classroom behavior management. Second semester seminar topics include a refresher on job interviewing, assessment, public and parental relations, and music program advocacy. Case study sessions will help seniors analyze complicated classroom situations. Students will be guided through the teacher licensure process and readied for entry into the music education job market. 0 cr. 2 semesters.
  • CFA ME 411: Practicum 1 K-5
    Pre-K-5. Supervised student teaching in grades K-5, weekly seminar, individual conferences with University supervisor. Six weeks; minimum 150 hours required. 4 cr. each semester.
  • CFA ME 412: Practicum 2 5-8
    Supervised student teaching in 5-8; weekly seminar, minimum of 150 clock hours; weekly seminar; individual conferences with University supervisor. 4 cr. each semester.
  • CFA ME 413: 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 440: Music Education Lab Instrumental
    Required for all music education majors (3 semesters, one per year). 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 9 credits.
  • CFA ME 441: Music Education Lab Choral
    Required for all music education majors (2 semesters, one per year). 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 445: Technology for Musicians
    Open to all Music majors, required for Music Education 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 460: Special Topics in Music Education
    Topics will vary by semester. Topics include such diverse areas as teaching marching band, beginning jazz improvisation, producing musicals, etc. 1 credit, repeatable to a maximum of 5 credits.
  • CFA ME 499: Independent Study: Undergraduates
    Individual projects arranged between undergraduate students and faculty, often in areas outside of the regular curriculum. Plans must be submitted in advance of registration. Variable credit.
  • CFA ME 505: Elementary General Music Methods
    Philosophy and goals of the general music program from kindergarten through grade 9. Techniques and experiences employed to implement the development of musical concepts and skills; activities and teaching materials related to the musical development of the child. 3cr.
  • CFA ME 507: Secondary General Music Methods
    Philosophical foundations and objectives of music programs in grades 5 through 12. Development of teaching materials and presentation of representative lessons; techniques of analysis and evaluation 2cr.
  • CFA ME 542: Music Technology Pedagogy
    This course serves to expand the knowledge that many teachers have about uses of technology for teaching music. Students explore music technology pedagogy; that is, the practice of teaching music in a technologically enhanced environment and the special kinds of teaching skills required to do so effectively. Students examine theoretical foundations of the uses of technology for music teaching, including theories of student interaction with technology, multimedia principles, and technology-infused music curricula. Students will design a technology based curricular unit of music study and implement that unit in a real-world scenario such as their own classroom or studio.
  • CFA ME 545: Power, Marginalization, and Privilege in Music Education
    This course is designed to expand awareness of the intersections between music, education, and society as they relate to issues of power, privilege, and marginalization within US, educational, and global contexts. Students will participate in group discussions, individual reflection, and student-designed projects to increase awareness of their own biases and assumptions and deepen reflective practice in music making and teaching. Upon completion of the course, students should be better prepared to engage in acts of social justice, transform structural biases, build coalitions to effect change, and advocate for marginalized students in their own care.
  • CFA ME 610: Practicum Seminar
    Required for undergraduate and graduate Music Education students registered for Practicum. First semester seminar topics will include development of an educational philosophy, resume preparation, job interviewing, and classroom behavior management. Second semester seminar topics include a refresher on job interviewing, assessment, public and parental relations, and music program advocacy. Case study sessions will help seniors analyze complicated classroom situations. Students will be guided through the teacher licensure process and readied for entry into the music education job market. 0 cr. 2 semesters.
  • CFA ME 611: Practicum 1 K-5
    Pre-K-5. Supervised student teaching in grades K-5, weekly seminar, individual conferences with University supervisor. Six weeks; minimum 150 hours required. 4 cr. each semester.
  • CFA ME 612: Practicum 2 5-8
    Supervised student teaching in 5-8; weekly seminar, minimum of 150 clock hours; weekly seminar; individual conferences with University supervisor. 4 cr. each semester.