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 Departments of Music, and academic electives, please find your program's tracking sheet here.

MUS 117: 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 118: Instrumental Techniques for the Choral Music Educator
3.00 Credits
For choral/general music education majors, a pedagogical study of brass, woodwind, percussion, and string instruments through practical playing and other experiences. Includes care and maintenance, acoustic principals, playing techniques, required listening, and evaluation of standard methods texts. Required of all choral/general music education majors. Offered on a rotational basis Departmental consent.

MUS 139: Introduction to Music Education
2.00 Credits
Designed to help students clarify whether they have an interest in becoming and effective teacher, this two credit course is for any student interested in an 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 Departments 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 basis. Departmental consent.

MUS 150: Field Experiences in Music Education
1.00 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, of except for 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. Offered on a rotational basis. Departmental 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 music education majors. Offered on a rotational basis. Departmental 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 music education majors. Offered on a rotational basis. Departmental 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 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. Offered on a rotational basis. Departmental 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 457: Advanced Conducting
2.00 Credits
Prerequisite: 337.

MUS 421: 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 421A and MUS 421B. 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 421A: 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 master elementary general/choral cooperating music teacher. Prerequisite: MUS 451. Departmental consent.

MUS 421B: 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 master secondary general/choral cooperating music teacher. Prerequisite: MUS 452. Departmental consent.

MUS 422: 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 422A and MUS 422B. 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 422A: 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 master elementary instrumental cooperating music teacher. Prerequisite: MUS 458. Departmental consent.

MUS 422B: 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 462. Departmental consent.

MUS 423: Combined: Gen/Choral-Instrumental Student Teacher Seminar
1.00 Credit
A weekly meeting of all in-field combined gen/choral-instrumental music education student teachers, to be taken concurrently with MUS 423A and MUS 423B. 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 423A: 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 451, MUS 452 MUS 458 MUS 462. Departmental consent.

MUS 423B: 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 451 MUS 452 MUS 458, MUS 462. Departmental consent.

MUS 451: 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 452: Secondary General-Choral 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. A continuation of 451 at the secondary school level. Field based, includes a practicum Departmental consent.

MUS 458: Elementary 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. Field based, includes a practicum Departmental consent.

MUS 462: 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. Field based, includes a practicum. Departmental consent.

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. Departmental consent.

MUS 499D: Senior Music Education Honors Recital
0.00 Credits

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

MUS470: Chamber Choir
1.00 Credit 

MUS470B: University Singers
1.00 Credit

MUS470C: University Chorus
1.00 Credit

MUS470D: 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 both music education and teacher 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 both music education and teacher 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. Designed for both music education and teacher education majors: Departmental consent required.