MME Course Descriptions

MUS 500 – Major Ensemble
MUS 500 is available to graduate students with permission of the ensemble director and the Director of the MME program. Ensembles meet at designated times in late-afternoon and evening periods. Ensembles regularly perform on campus and also for off-campus venues, and program standard and contemporary literature of the highest artistic standards. Most ensembles require an audition. May be repeated up to 4 hours of elective credit for the MME program. Offered Fall and Spring annually. (Four sections: Symphonic Band, University Orchestra, Concert Choir, University-Community Chorus).

MUS 502 - Research in Music Education (3 hrs.)
This course will examine music education research from two perspectives: locating, reading, and understanding research; and designing and conducting research studies. It will describe historical, experimental, descriptive, philosophical, and analytical research in music education with a particular emphasis on using research results to inform and guide the teacher in planning and organizing his/her own instruction. The course is of particular importance to students desiring to pursue doctoral-level work in music education; however, it is equally useful to students who wish to improve their own base of knowledge and skill as music teachers. Offered summers only.

MUS 503- Creativity and Madness (3 hrs)
This course examines the creative act in artists, including painters, musicians, and composers, writers, and other creators. It interprets creativity as a departure from the norm in thinking, and examines the complex ways in which creative persons interact with the world around them. The course centers on the lives and works of artists in a variety of media and their creativity. A second concentration is upon developing individual creativity among class members, as well as applying creativity in their professional teaching. Offered summers only.

MUS 513- World Music (2 hrs)
An introduction to the discipline of ethnomusicology. This course will examine the music of diverse cultures, with a special emphasis on non-western music, both traditional and popular. Social and cultural backgrounds of selected geographical regions will be explored in terms of their influence on musical traditions. Structured listening and performance experiences both in and out of the classroom will enable students to develop an expanded vision of musical style and expression. Offered summers only.

MUS 515: Technology for Music Educators (2 hrs.)
An overview of music technology resources for the professional teacher and musician. Students will have direct experience with a variety of music technologies, selected from the following areas: electronic music instruments, music production (recording), music notation, technology-assisted teaching and learning, and classroom tools. Offered summers only.

MUS 521 - Graduate Theory Review (2 hrs.)
This course will enable students to review fundamental concepts in the areas of written skills, analytic technique and aural training. Basic concepts of part-writing and voice-leading will be reviewed in relation to the study of diatonic and chromatic harmony. Selected works for analysis will re-introduce basic analytic techniques for the music educator. Aural training exercises will enable students to regain previous skills in the recognition of elementary harmonic/melodic materials. MUS 521 is only required for students who fail to pass the entrance exam in Music Theory. Successful completion of MUS 521 or qualifying score on the Music Diagnostic Examination is a prerequisite for MUS 522, Graduate Theory Seminar. Credit earned for MUS 521 does not apply toward completion of the MME degree. Offered Summers only.

MUS 522 - Graduate Theory Seminar (2 hrs.)
This course will examine selected musical compositions from a variety of performance mediums (instrumental, keyboard, vocal) as a way to develop an understanding of the word “quality” and how it relates to a given piece of music. A historic overview of the works analyzed in class and in student assignments will enable students to recognize significant characteristics of music related to the following categories: melody, harmony, rhythm, timbre, texture, form. Philosophical discussions of the word “quality” through selected readings and class discussion will challenge students to develop a musical explanation of this concept. Prerequisites: MUS 521 or a qualifying score on the Music Diagnostic Examination. Offered Summers only.

MUS 525 - Applied Instruction (1-2 hrs.)
A series of individual applied lessons in keyboard, voice, woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments. Students will work to develop a broad-based repertoire appropriate to their performance level, as well as concentrating on musical technique, performance practice, and pedagogy. Enrollment requires permission of the chair of the Department of Music. Repeatable to a maximum of 4 credit hours. An applied lesson fee is required. Offered Fall-Spring-Summer.

MUS 547 - Graduate History Review (2 hrs.)
This course traces the history and development of Western art music from antiquity to the present. Nominally, it is a review of the traditional undergraduate music history curriculum; however, its purpose is also to introduce students to graduate-level thinking about music history and to prepare them for MUS 548. Students will review and summarize the stylistic characteristics and theoretical concerns of the music of each of the six major eras in music history: Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, 19th Century and Modern. Seminal composers are examined, including a survey of their principal works. To develop historical perspective, both musical and otherwise, students will create comparative timelines that list major musical events side-by-side with other significant historical events. Successful completion of MUS 547 or a qualifying score on the Music Diagnostic Examination is a prerequisite for MUS 548. Credit earned for MUS 547 does not apply toward completion of the MME degree. Offered Summer only.

MUS 548 - Graduate History Seminar (2 hrs.)
This course explores specific topics and themes in music history — from antiquity to the present — that open onto larger cultural contexts and interdisciplinary lines of inquiry. The seminar is based on active discussion and student research with a depth and a focus not possible in a traditional survey course, and will develop the student's critical thinking skills, as well as the ability to write and talk about music in meaningful ways. Topics rotate yearly. Successful completion of MUS 547 or a qualifying score on the Music Diagnostic Examination is a prerequisite for MUS 548. Offered Summer only.

MUS 560 - Special Topics in Music Education (1-2 hrs.)
A series of rotating seminar/workshops exploring topics relevant to practical teaching applications for music educators. Each workshop will focus on a topic of general interest and will feature presentations from Heidelberg music faculty members and visiting clinicians with expertise in the specific area. Clinicians will be chosen based upon recognized accomplishment in the field and will be experienced both in the content area and in instruction of practicing music educators. The seminar/workshops will meet for a minimum of twenty contact hours. Each seminar/workshop will culminate in the development of an individual project related to the workshop topic and the student’s teaching experiences. Offered Fall-Spring-Summer.

MUS 563 - Music Teaching and Learning (3 hrs.)
This course examines contemporary theories of learning and, in particular, their application in music teaching. Howard Gardner’s revolutionary Theory of Multiple Intelligences will be used as a beginning point for the course, especially its implications for the development of musical intelligence. A number of other theories of learning will be explored, including learning in various domains, most especially those of greatest importance to music teachers: cognitive, affective, and psychomotor. The course will emphasize understanding and utilization of learning theories in formulating strategies for teaching music at various age levels. Offered Summer only.

MUS 573 - Philosophy of Music Education (3 hrs.)
This course is an examination of current and historical philosophical issues in music education. For more than fifty years, philosophy in music education has been based upon the widely accepted concept of Music Education as Aesthetic Education (MEAE). Based upon the work of Suzanne Langer and Robert Mursell, and later expanded by thinkers such as Robert House and Bennett Reimer, the foundations of music education have rested upon an understanding that the essential worth of music —and therefore music education — is inherent in the aesthetic qualities embodied in musical works. More recently, philosophers in music education have begun to question the central premises of this thinking and postulate a newer, more inclusive philosophical basis for the understanding and teaching of music. This course will examine the historical philosophy of music education and new directions in understanding music and assist students in forming their own philosophy – a philosophy that will guide their actions as teachers and musicians. Offered Summer only.

MUS 574 - Curriculum Design in Music Education (3 hrs.)
This course involves an in-depth examination of music curricula, including the foundations and historical context of music education in the schools, curricular innovations in music in the second half of the twentieth century, contemporary sources for music education materials, and assessment of student learning. It will include examination of materials appropriate both for instruction of younger students and secondary-level students. Offered Summer only.

MUS 595 - Directed Readings in Music (1-2 hrs.)
This course is intended to allow intense, research- or project-related study in an area applicable to music education. Examples of such study would include additional research or readings in music theory or history; conducting; arranging and/or composition; pedagogy specific to a given performance area; specific techniques or philosophies in music education; or other areas of study that would serve to improve the student’s knowledge and skills in music teaching. Directed Readings proposals require permission of a faculty mentor, the student’s advisor, and the Director of the MME program. Students wishing to register for MUS 595 must complete the learning contract for the course, listing specific readings and educational outcomes. Work will be thoroughly documented and completed under the direction of a faculty mentor. Offered Fall-Spring-Summer.

MUS 596 - Independent Study (1-2 hrs.)
This course is intended to provide an opportunity for students to investigate an area normally not contained in existing courses in the MME curriculum. Students are to identify the topic and method of investigation. Students are to complete an Independent Study contract, clearly specifying the objectives, procedures, and rationale for the directed readings. An instructor’s approval is required prior to registering for MUS 596, as well as approval of the student’s advisor and the Director of the MME program. Independent study may not be used as a replacement for any required or elective course in the MME curriculum. Offered Fall-Spring-Summer.

MUS 598 - Capstone Experience (0 hrs.)
This course is a culminating experience in the MME curriculum. By completing MUS 598 successfully, students will demonstrate mastery of coursework in the entire degree program, critical thinking skills in the discipline, and an ability to identify appropriate sources, as well as demonstrating written and oral skills appropriate to an advanced degree in music education. Successful completion of either MUS 598 or MUS 599 is required for completion of the degree. Prerequisites: MUS 502, 522, 548, 563, 573, 574; completion of a minimum of 24 hours of coursework in the MME program. Offered Fall-Spring-Summer.

MUS 599 - Music Education Thesis (1-2 hrs.)
This is a culminating course in the MME degree program intended to allow research in an area applicable to music education. The student may elect a project in music theory or history; conducting; arranging and/or composition; pedagogy specific to a given performance area; specific techniques or philosophies in music education; or other areas of study that would serve to improve the student’s knowledge and skills in music teaching. The student may choose a practicum approach in which the student plans, implements, evaluates, and reports on an action research that stems from the student’s professional environment. To register for MUS 599 the student must complete a learning contract that requires the permission of a faculty mentor, the student’s advisor, and the Director of the MME program. Successful completion of either MUS 598 or MUS 599 is required for completion of the degree. Prerequisites: MUS 502, 522, 548, 563, 573, 574, and completion of a minimum of 24 hours of coursework in the MME program. MUS 599 is repeatable to a maximum of 4 hours. Offered Fall-Spring-Summer.