Lowell Mason
The Father of Music Education in America
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Music 314
Foundations & Principles of Music Education

Dr. Peter LaRue, Instructor

Course Objectives:

Upon the successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

1. Articulate in clear writing and persuasive speech a developing, personal philosophy of music education and rationale for the inclusion of "arts" programs in the public school.

2. Review related literature [books and periodicals] in music education.

3. Articulate current and traditional problems in teacher education.

4. Have a basic understanding of some of the major philosophies of music and arts education.

5. Discuss concepts regarding curriculum development and course content for the music education program.

6. Have a basic understanding of the history of music education and its impact upon current teaching practices.

7. Have a basic understanding of aesthetic theory and the differences between "aesthetic" and "ordinary" experiences in a music program.

8. Have a basic understanding of "intrinsic" and "extrinsic" outcomes for a music program - their importance and implications.

9. Discuss the basic implications of the Kentucky Education Reform Act [KERA], "block scheduling", "year-round school"  and other trends as they impact music and arts education programs

10. Demonstrate a basic understanding of referentialism, formalism and expressionism as they apply to the understanding of the arts in general and music in particular.

11. Have a basic understanding of how curriculum implementation is based upon a well-defined philosophy.

12. Articulate and demonstrate how a "sound" philosophy of music education will determine how the educational environment is shaped i.e. discipline strategies, material selection, choice of repertoire.

13. Articulate in clear writing and persuasive speech why having a "sound" philosophy of music education is of paramount importance to a prospective teacher.

14. Demonstrate a basic familiarity with "recorder skills" and Curwen hand signing skills

15. Articulate and demonstrate an understanding of basic classroom management skills and how a well-founded philosophy of music education impacts these skills