The Catholic University of America

Courses

Please note that the courses listed on this page only entail courses required specifically for the music education major or certificate. For a list of all courses necessary to graduate, including First Year Experience courses, other distribution courses, required courses within the School of Music, and academic electives, please find your program's tracking sheet here

MUS 115: General Choral Techniques for the Instrumental Music Educator
3.00 Credits

Designed for the instrumental music educator, this course introduces techniques of vocal production and instruction in choral and general music classroom settings. Physiological aspects of breath, tone, early training in the voice, and the ability to offer effective vocal modeling in instrumental and general music settings. Offered on a rotational basis. Departmental consent. 

 

MUS 116: Instrumental Techniques for the Choral Music Educator
3.00 Credits

For choral/general music education majors, a pedagogical study of brass, woodwind, and string instruments through practical playing and other experiences. Includes care and maintenance, acoustic principals, playing techniques, and evaluation of standard methods texts. Required of all choral/general music education majors. Department consent. 

 

MUS 138: Introduction to Music Education
2.00 Credits

Designed to help students clarify whether they have an interest in becoming and effective teacher, this one credit course is for any student interested in in instrumental, general, or choral music education. Topics include the nature of music teaching, qualities and competencies of a music teacher, and an introduction to basic music pedagogies and issues. To be taken concurrently with MUS 150, Field Experiences in Music Education. There are no other prerequisites. Required within the music education program; an elective open to all students of the School of Music.

MUS 148: World Percussion Techniques
1.00 Credits

The study of percussion instruments and ensembles found in world music literature and current public/parochial school practices. Offered on a rotational bases. Department consent. 

MUS 150: Field Experiences in Music Education
0.00 Credits

Clinical experiences to involve observation, one-on-one tutoring, supervised participation in classroom instruction. Required of all music education majors (instrumental, choral/general, combined, and non-degree certification). Enrollment is continuous and mandatory throughout enrollment in music education coursework, with the exception of the student teaching semester. Pass/fail. 

 

MUS 170: Percussion Techniques for Music Educators
1.00 Credits

Development of fundamental techniques on snare drum, mallets, auxiliary percussion, and timpani. Includes interpretation of notation, care and maintenance, introduction to drum set, and evaluation of standard methods text. Department consent. 

MUS 172: Woodwind Techniques for Music Educators
3.00 Credits

A pedagogic study of woodwind instruments through practical playing experience. Includes care and maintenance, acoustic principles, playing techniques, and evaluation of standard methods texts. Required for instrumental and combined instrumental and choral/general music education majors. Offered on a rotational basis. Department consent. 

MUS 173: Brass Techniques for Music Educators
3.00 Credits

A pedagogic study of brass instruments through practical playing experience. Includes care and maintenance, acoustic principles, playing techniques, and evaluation of standard methods texts. Required for instrumental and combined instrumental and choral/general music education majors. Offered on a rotational basis. Department consent. 

MUS 174: String Techniques for Music Educators
3.00 Credits

A pedagogic study of string instruments through practical playing experience. Includes care and maintenance, acoustic principles, playing techniques, and evaluation of standard methods texts. Required for instrumental and combined instrumental and choral-general music education majors. Offered on a rotational basis. Department consent. 

MUS 335: Music of Latin America
3.00 Credits
 
An overview of the traditions and cultures as studied through history, traditional folk songs, dance, and compositions. The course aims to provide an eclectic approach to the exploration and study of the richness and diversity of Latin American music.  The course serves as an introduction to the various art forms and genres and offers experiential activities through singing, dancing, and listening, as a means to a deeper understanding of how the music shaped the various cultures and traditions of the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries in the Americas. An undergraduate-level course for students pursuing a degree in music education; also open as an elective to all students of the university (undergraduate and graduate) and specifically for those students pursuing any music performance or composition degree; a graduate-level course designed for those students who already possess an undergraduate degree in music performance who are pursuing a degree in music education and/or music performance.  Department consent. Bound course with MUS 555LA.
 
MUS 337: Basic Conducting
2.00 Credits
An introduction to the art and craft of conducting. Offered every fall semester. Prerequisites: 221, 222, 223, 224.

MUS 338: Choral Conducting
2.00 Credits

Score analysis, study in the musical integration of informed style, tempo, dynamics, articulation, text in choral literature. Offered every spring semester. Prerequisite: 337.

MUS 342: Instrumental Conducting
2.00 Credits

Focuses on developing score study and podium conducting skills through practical experience. Highlights include use of a videotape recorder for self-evaluation and participation in a conductors' workshop. Offered every other spring semester. Prerequisite: 337.

MUS 421: Elementary Gen/Choral Student Teaching
4.00 Credits

A seven-week (full-time) teaching experience in elementary school through which the prospective music teacher gains experience in the strategies of teaching general/choral music under a competent elementary general/choral music teacher.  Prerequisite: MUS 453.  Departmental consent.

MUS 421A: Secondary Gen/Choral Student Teaching
4.00 Credits

A seven-week (full-time) teaching experience in secondary school through which the prospective music teacher gains experience in the strategies of teaching general/choral music under a competent secondary general/choral music teacher.  Prerequisite: MUS 454.  Departmental consent.

MUS 421B: Gen/Choral Student Teacher Seminar
1.00 Credit

A weekly meeting of all in-field gen/choral music education student teachers, to be taken concurrently with MUS 421 and MUS 421A.  Topics include curriculum and instruction issues as they emerge from student teaching experiences, certification and graduation requirements, job search strategies, resumé preparation, interview techniques, and other issues related to professional development.  The course also requires the creation of a senior portfolio.  Departmental consent.

MUS 422: Elementary Instrumental Student Teaching
4.00 Credits

A seven-week (full-time) teaching experience in elementary school through which the prospective music teacher gains experience in the strategies of teaching instrumental music under a competent elementary instrumental music teacher.  Prerequisite: MUS 455.  Departmental consent.

MUS 422A: Secondary Instrumental Student Teaching
4.00 Credits

A seven-week (full-time) teaching experience in secondary school through which the prospective music teacher gains experience in the strategies of teaching instrumental music under a competent secondary instrumental music teacher.  Prerequisite: MUS 456.  Departmental consent.

MUS 422B: Instrumental Student Teacher Seminar
1.00 Credit

A weekly meeting of all in-field instrumental music education student teachers, to be taken concurrently with MUS 422 and MUS 422A.  Topics include curriculum and instruction issues as they emerge from student teaching experiences, certification and graduation requirements, job search strategies, resumé preparation, interview techniques, and other issues related to professional development.  The course also requires the creation of a senior portfolio.  Departmental consent.

MUS 423: Combined: Elementary Gen/Choral or Instrumental Student Teaching
4.00 Credits

A seven-week (full-time) teaching experience in elementary school through which the prospective music teacher gains experience in the strategies of teaching gen/choral or instrumental music under a competent elementary general/choral or instrumental music teacher.  Prerequisites: MUS 453, MUS 454, MUS 455, MUS 456.  Departmental consent.

MUS 423A: Combined: Secondary Gen/Choral or Instrumental Student Teaching
4.00 Credits

A seven-week (full-time) teaching experience in secondary school through which the prospective music teacher gains experience in the strategies of teaching secondary gen/choral or instrumental music under a competent secondary gen/choral or instrumental music teacher.  Prerequisites: MUS 453, MUS 454, MUS 455, MUS 456.  Departmental consent.

MUS 423B: Combined: Gen/Choral-Instrumental Student Teacher Seminar
1.00 Credit

A weekly meeting of all in-field comgined gen/choral-instrumental music education student teachers, to be taken concurrently with MUS 423 and MUS 423A.  Topics include curriculum and instruction issues as they emerge from student teaching experiences, certification and graduation requirements, job search strategies, resumé preparation, interview techniques, and other issues related to professional development.  The course also requires the creation of a senior portfolio.  Departmental consent.

MUS 453: Elementary General-Choral Music Methods
3.00 Credits

Eclectic approach to teaching general music in the elementary school. Overview of current methods such as Orff, Kodaly, and Dalcroze. Field based, includes a practicum.

MUS 454: Secondary General-Choral Music Methods
3.00 Credits

A continuation of 453 at the secondary school level.

MUS 455: Elementary and Middle School Instrumental Music Methods
3.00 Credits

Designed to help the student acquire prescribed knowledge, skills, and dispositions to become an effective teacher of instrumental music at the elementary and middle school levels.  Department consent.

MUS 456: Secondary Instrumental Music Methods
3.00 Credits

Designed to help the student acquire prescribed knowledge, skills, and dispositions to become an effective teacher of instrumental music at the secondary level.  Department consent.

MUS 460: Music in the Early Childhood and Elementary Instruction
3.00 Credits

Designed for teachers engaged in early childhood instruction and/or elementary education. Includes basics in note reading, rhythmic notation, sight reading, singing, and piano; the use of classroom instruments; and methods, materials, and procedures employed in teaching music. For the nonmusic major. Offered on a rotational basis.

MUS 476A: Combined Lyric Diction
2.00 Credits

MUS 499: Senior Solo Recital
0.00 Credits

Senior-level solo recital required of majors in Composition; General-Choral Music Education; Instrumental Music Education; Combined General-Choral & Instrumental Music Education; Musical Theatre; Orchestral Instruments; Orchestral Instruments/Instrumental Music Education (double major); Organ; Piano; Voice; B.A. in Music. Prerequisite: MUS 399

 

MUS 499D: Senior Music Education Honors Recital
0.00 Credits

MUS 499E: Senior Music Education Lecture-Recital
0.00 Credits

 

MUS 470: Chamber Choir
1.00 Credit

MUS 470B: University Singers
1.00 Credit

MUS 470C: University Chorus
1.00 Credit

MUS 470D: Women's Chorus
1.00 Credit

MUS 480: University Symphony Orchestra
1.00 Credits

 

 

EDUC 251: Foundations of Education
3.00 Credits

Introduces candidates to CUA's Conceptual Framework as well as to the aims, goals, and functions of schooling within the context of the philosophical, historical, and sociological bases of American education. Develops a relationship between theory and practice through interaction with the professional community and observation experiences in diverse local schools. Candidates become familiar with the multiple community agencies that impact Pre-K-12 student learning. Designed for Education majors: departmental consent required.

EDUC 271: Psychology of Education
3.00 Credits

Introduces principles of educational psychology. Compares application of knowledge of methods based on research in cognitive science with those based on principles of behaviorism. Topics include creating positive learning environments and supportive relationships for learning, increasing motivation, problem solving, assessment of student performance, and planning instruction to meet the needs of diverse learners. Candidates participate in a tutoring experience in a school as part of course requirements and use CUA's Conceptual Framework to reflect on their P-12 students¿ performance. Designed for Education majors: departmental consent required.

EDUC 381: Educating Diverse Learners
3.00 Credits

This interactive course provides an overview of the origins of special education, the laws governing special education, and current best practices in the education of diverse learners. Diverse learners include students with disabilities, gifted and talented as well as at-risk students, and students from diverse ethnic, linguistic, and racial backgrounds. Candidates learn state-of-the-art instructional practices grounded in research enabling them to include and successfully educate all students.