School of Music: Music Education

  • CFA ME 203: Introduction to Music Teaching and Learning
    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. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Philosophical Inquiry and Life's Meanings.
    • Philosophical Inquiry and Life's Meanings
  • CFA ME 305: Elementary General Music Methods
    Use research and theory on musical development to select instructional approaches, plan learning activities, and create assessments for kindergarten through grade 5 general music. Practice pedagogical skills in class and in field placements. Required for Music Education Majors. 4 cr. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: The Individual in Community, Teamwork/Collaboration.
  • CFA ME 306: Elementary General Music Methods
    Elementary General Music Methods Use research and theory on musical development to select instructional approaches, plan learning activities, and create assessments for kindergarten through grade 5 general music. Practice pedagogical skills in class and in field placements. Required for Music Education Majors. 4 cr. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: The Individual in Community, Teamwork/Collaboration.
    • The Individual in Community
    • Teamwork/Collaboration
  • 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. Learners will participate in a semester-long Living Learning Community alongside Boston- residents as a way to study local and global issues that may be addressed by art educators 2cr. [Required for Music Education Majors.] Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy.
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
  • CFA ME 330: Music Education Lab Instrumental 1
    This laboratory is designed to prepare students to provide group instruction in instrumental music. Students will progress through a variety of rehearsal techniques (including adaptations) related to teaching grade 0.5-2 (beginning) music for bands and orchestras.
  • CFA ME 331: Music Education Lab Choral (Elementary/Middle)
    Choral lab students will engage in peer teaching. Student learning outcomes include elementary and early middle school choral repertoire, rehearsal strategies, conducting, Professional Standards for Teachers, differentiated instruction, and strategies for incorporating English Language Learners.
  • CFA ME 344: Technology for Musicians
    Students will obtain essential skills in technologies to support music careers. Topics will include computer notation, audio and MIDI recording and editing, document design, self-promotion and responsible uses of social media. Students will also explore technologically enhanced and supported performance. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Digital/Multimedia Expression.
    • Digital/Multimedia Expression
  • CFA ME 374: Arts Engagement: Cultivating a Deeper Relationship with the Natural Environment to Foster Sustainable Life-Ways
    In this course, you will explore the arts to contemplate nature, identify unsustainable practices, propose viable alternatives, and share your results with the community via a multimedia arts exhibit. This course is open to juniors/seniors of any major and ability. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Ethical Reasoning, Creativity/Innovation. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Ethical Reasoning, The Individual in Community, Creativity/Innovation.
    • The Individual in Community
    • Ethical Reasoning
    • Creativity/Innovation
  • CFA ME 382: Intro to Access and Equity in Music Education
    This class will focus on differentiated instruction in the music classroom. Students will learn to develop pedagogical strategies for teaching students who are English Language Learners, have developmental disabilities, exhibit social/emotional issues, or have advanced musical abilities and interests.
  • CFA ME 411: Practicum 1 K-5
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: Prior to student teaching practicum, students must complete all licensure courses with a grade of C or higher, earn a cumulative GPA of 2.7, and pass the MTEL exams.
    Pre-K-5. Supervised student teaching in grades K-5, weekly seminar, individual conferences with University supervisor. Prior to student teaching practicum, students must complete all licensure courses with a grade of C or higher, earn a minimum CUM GPA of 2.70, and pass the Massachusetts Tests for Teacher Licensure (MTEL).Six weeks; minimum 150 hours required. 4 cr. each semester.
  • CFA ME 412: Practicum 2 5-8
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: Prior to student teaching practicum, students must complete all licensure courses with a grade of C or higher, earn a cumulative GPA of 2.7, and pass the MTEL exams.
    Supervised student teaching in 5-8; weekly seminar, minimum of 150 clock hours; weekly seminar; individual conferences with University supervisor. Prior to student teaching practicum, students must complete all licensure courses with a grade of C or higher, earn a minimum CUM GPA of 2.70, and pass the Massachusetts Tests for Teacher Licensure (MTEL). 4 cr. each semester.
  • CFA ME 413: Practicum 3 8-12
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: Prior to student teaching practicum, students must complete all licensure courses with a grade of C or higher, earn a cumulative GPA of 2.7, and pass the MTEL exams.
    Supervised student teaching in grades 8 through 12; six weeks, minimum of 150 clock hours; weekly seminar; individual conferences with University supervisor. Prior to student teaching practicum, students must complete all licensure courses with a grade of C or higher, earn a minimum CUM GPA of 2.70, and pass the Massachusetts Tests for Teacher Licensure (MTEL). 4 cr. each semester.
  • CFA ME 430: Music Education Lab Instrumental 2
    This laboratory is designed to prepare students to provide group instruction in instrumental music. Students will progress through a variety of rehearsal techniques (including adaptations) related to teaching grade 3-4 (intermediate) music for bands and orchestras.
  • CFA ME 431: Music Education Lab Choral (High School)
    Choral lab students will engage in peer teaching. Student learning outcomes include upper middle and high school choral repertoire, rehearsal strategies, conducting, Professional Standards for Teachers, differentiated instruction, and strategies for incorporating English Language Learners.
  • 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
    Students will obtain essential skills in technologies to support music careers. Topics will include computer notation, audio and MIDI recording and editing, document design, self-promotion and responsible uses of social media. Students will also explore technologically enhanced and supported performance. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Digital/Multimedia Expression.
    • Digital/Multimedia Expression
  • 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. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: The Individual in Community, Teamwork/Collaboration.
    • The Individual in Community
    • Teamwork/Collaboration