The Catholic University of America

Outcomes of the Music Education Program

What should a Catholic University Music Education graduate know and be able to do?

Musical Knowledge and Skills

  • Perform on a primary instrument
  • Perform in large and small musical ensembles
  • Apply a comprehensive knowledge of music history and theory
  • Identify the characteristics of world musics
  • Compose and improvise music
  • Demonstrate aural skills and keyboard skills
  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct
  • Analyze and prepare musical scores

Teaching Knowledge and Skills

  • Articulate a philosophy of music education
  • Prepare and be able to articulate Advocacy Statment in support of Music Education
  • Demonstrate effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Plan a music curriculum for instrumental and Choral/vocal/general music programs
  • Demonstrate an understanding of children’s musical developmental stages
  • Teach children how to perform, listen, and compose music
  • Assess students’ musical knowledge and skills
  • Plan musical concerts with a wide variety of developmentally appropriate materials
  • Organize musical ensembles, run rehearsals, prepare performances
  • Incorporate various pedagogical approaches in the classroom setting, e.g., Kodály, Orff, Dalcroze, Suzuki, Comprehensive Musicianship, Gordon, et al.
  • Write a clear, well-sequenced lesson plan
  • Design  a unit plan
  • Be familiar with current teaching materials and resources
  • Pace a lesson and rehearsal effectively
  • Demonstrate the ability to teach and perform on secondary brass, woodwind, percussion, and string instruments
  • Demonstrate the ability to use the guitar, recorder and other general music classroom instruments
  • Demonstrate the ability to sing
  • Demonstrate an understanding of classroom management techniques
  • Use music technology for teaching and learning
  • Address the needs of exceptional learners in music
  • Incorporate multicultural teaching materials
  • Integrate music teaching and learning with other subject areas
  • Discuss the implementation of a total school music program, involving such practical matters as recruitment, scheduling, budgets, parental involvement, and fund-raising

Personal Attitudes and Values

  • Conduct themselves in a professional, ethical manner
  • Demonstrate the ability to work well with others
  • Demonstrate the ability to teach children with sensitivity and compassion
  • Exhibit a strong work ethic and a dedication to the teaching profession
  • Be flexible and accept suggestions easily
  • Be open to new ideas and express a desire to continue learning
  • Be organized, responsible, and dependable
  • Participate in the music Education professional organizations
  • Demonstrate the qualities of a life-long learner by avidly seeking professional development opportunities.
  • Observe standards of dress and personal appearance appropriate for the school environment
  • Be an advocate for music education