Grand Canyon University's Bachelor of Arts in Music Education program is designed for students devoted to developing their musical abilities and refining performance skills in order to teach general and choral music in elementary and secondary schools. The music curriculum is driven by standards created by the National Association of Schools of Music. Additionally, all courses are directly aligned with the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) principles.
In the liberal arts setting, in addition to performance, the music education major curriculum provides a balanced program of applied music, theoretical and historical studies, professional education studies, and field work experiences. Students can choose to have voice or piano as their primary applied area. An emphasis is placed on contemporary music education with training and experiences designed to meet the varying needs of today's schools.
The mission of the music education major is to prepare outstanding educators who can make a difference in the lives of their students. Integral to the music education program is the opportunity for students to perform in public. Choir and instrumental concerts and voice, piano and instrumental recitals, as well as smaller vocal and instrumental ensembles are a staple of the musical landscape at Grand Canyon University. The music degree program, in conjunction with the theatre program, produces the University Theatre series, which presents a series of major productions annually. Auditions for all of the productions are open to the entire student body. Scholarships are available by audition and interview.
This music degree is designed for students interested in becoming certified elementary, middle school or high school music or choir teachers. Graduates are prepared to become informed educators in public and private schools and other settings requiring teacher licensure.
Assignments within many of the courses of the music education major guide students through approximately 100 hours of observational and practice-based experiences, and the final semester of the program includes a full-time student teaching component. These educational settings must be state certified environments and mentor teachers must be fully certified. Students and applicants are responsible for contacting their state department of education for licensure requirements and program approval.
General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University‛s General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.
|Competency||Requirements||GCU Course Options||Total Credits|
|University Foundations||Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community. Students with fewer than 24 credits will fulfill the University Foundations requirement with a specified lower-division course. An upper-division selection will be made available to students that enter the university with more than 24 credits.||UNV-103/303, University Success: 4 credits||4 credits|
|Effective Communication||Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.||UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4 credits
ENG-105, English Composition I: 4 credits
ENG-106, English Composition II: 4 credits
COM-263, Elements of Intercultural Communication: 4 credits
|Christian Worldview||Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/301.||CWV-101/301, Christian Worldview: 4 credits||4 credits|
|Critical Thinking||Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments. Students are required to take 3 credits of college mathematics or higher.||MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4 credits||3-4 credits|
|Global Awareness, Perspective and Ethics||Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, crosscultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.).||INT-244, World Religions: 4 credits
PSY-100, Psychology in Everyday Life: 4 credits
SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4 credits
If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.
|Course #||Course Title||Course Description||Credits|
|MUS-125||Music Theory I||This course is a study in rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic dictation; basic keyboard performance; and sight singing. Computer-assisted ear training is utilized. Study is devoted to the structure of music which includes harmony, melody, form, and rhythm. Skill development in analysis and composition is emphasized. The music of the "common practice period‟ will be studied. Prerequisite: Theory Placement Examination.||4|
|MVC-109||Class Voice I||This course is designed as class instruction for students with limited or no previous voice training. Instruction includes the study of voice technique and literature designed to pass Part I of the Voice Proficiency Examination. The voice proficiency requirements are identified in the music handbook.||1|
|MEN-122A||Choral Ensemble 1A||This course gives students opportunities to develop their musical skills through the rehearsal and performance in a choral ensemble, including Choral Union, Grand Canyon Singers, New Life, and University Chorale. Participation in these groups is determined by audition.||0|
|MUS-155||Music Theory II||This course emphasizes skill development through analysis and composition. Prerequisite: MUS-125.||4|
|MVC-259||Class Voice II||This course is a continuation of MVC 109. It includes passing Part II of the Voice Proficiency Examination. Prerequisite: MVC-109.||1|
|MEN-122B||Choral Ensemble 1B||This course gives students opportunities to develop their musical skills through the rehearsal and performance in a choral ensemble, including Choral Union, Grand Canyon Singers, New Life, and University Chorale. Participation in these groups is determined by audition.||0|
|MUS-260||Music Theory III||This course emphasizes advanced rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic dictation; basic keyboard performance; and sight singing. Computer-assisted ear training is utilized. Music examples are selected from Bach through Wagner. This course also includes an advanced study in analysis and part writing utilizing modulation and chromatic harmony. Prerequisite: MUS-155.||4|
|MVC-359||Class Voice III||This course is a continuation of MVC 259. It includes passing Part III of the Voice Proficiency Examination. Prerequisite: MVC-259.||1|
|MUS-355||Music History I||This writing-intensive course is a survey of music from primitive times to the mid-18th century. It presents the growth of music in the Middle Ages and Renaissance through the contrapuntal schools, culminating in the work of J. S. Bach and the development of opera and oratorio during the baroque period. Prerequisite: MUS-125.||4|
|MEN-222A||Choral Ensemble 2A||This course gives students opportunities to develop their musical skills through the rehearsal and performance in a choral ensemble, including Choral Union, Grand Canyon Singers, New Life, and University Chorale. Participation in these groups is determined by audition.||0|
|MUS-275||Music Theory IV||This course emphasizes ear training material and includes music from the 20th century. It also includes an analysis and composition of music of the late 19th through the 20th century. Prerequisite: MUS-260.||4|
|MVC-459||Class Voice IV||This course is a continuation of MVC 359. It includes passing Part IV of the Voice Proficiency Examination. Prerequisite: MVC-359.||1|
|MUS-365||Music History II||This writing-intensive course is a survey of music from the mid-l8th century to modern times. Study is devoted to the rise of homophonic music, the art song, the nationalistic schools, and the principal composers of the classical, romantic, and contemporary periods. Prerequisite: MUS-355.||4|
|MEN-222B||Choral Ensemble 2B||0|
|POS-301||Arizona and Federal Government||This course is a survey of Arizona history and government, as well as American government. It meets the teacher certification requirement for Arizona government and American government.||2|
|EDU-313N||Educational Psychology||This course provides a thematically arranged study of the theories and principles of psychology that have influenced instructional practices. Behavioral and cognitive approaches to learning, motivation, and instruction are explored. Prerequisite: No Fingerprint Clearance required.||3|
|MUS-390||Form and Analysis||This course is a study of the various organizational structures in music, from motive, phrase, and period, through binary and ternary forms to the most complex, such as the variation, rondo, and sonata. Works of the masters are analyzed from the standpoint of form. Prerequisite: MUS-275.||4|
|MUS-330||Fundamentals of Music & Culture for Diverse Learners||Students study the historical, philosophical, and sociological influences which have shaped music, ethnomusicology, music education, and the issues faced by educators today, as well as the challenges of the future which await people now entering the teaching profession. The course also examines the unique learning needs of exceptional students. Emphasis is placed on definitions, etiology, characteristics, and prevalence of various exceptionalities; laws and litigation protecting the rights of students with special needs and their families; current issues affecting persons with special needs; social perceptions, assessment, inclusion, transition; and basic curriculum accommodations and supportive services for teaching students with special needs in the music classroom. Practicum hours: 15. Prerequisites: Fingerprint Clearance.||4|
|MED-320||Technology for Music Educators||Students will study and utilize a variety of music technologies such as computer software, hardware, networking, multimedia, interactive media, and the Internet in order to foster inquiry, collaboration, and interaction in classroom to meet the needs of a diverse student population.||2|
|MEN-322A||Choral Ensemble 3A||0|
|MUS-380||Counterpoint||This course is a survey of contrapuntal practice from the 18th century. Background reference is made to early polyphonic music. Emphasis is given to 16th century species counterpoint and to analyzing and writing inventions and fugues in the 18th century style of J. S. Bach. An introduction is provided for the use of counterpoint in 20th century composition. Prerequisite: MUS-275.||4|
|MUS-450||Conducting||This course is a study of the fundamentals and techniques of conducting. Special emphasis is placed on conducting choral music and the special techniques required to conduct vocal groups. Prerequisite: MUS-390.||4|
|MUS-455||Vocal Pedagogy||This course is a study of skills for the teaching of voice to individuals or groups. The physical voice is studied, potential vocal problems are analyzed, and historical methods of correction are presented. Rehearsal and conducting techniques, score reading, and artistic interpretation are covered. Prerequisite: MUS-450||2|
|ESL-223N||SEI English Language Teaching: Foundations & Methodologies||The historical, legal, theoretical, and sociological foundations of programs of instruction for students with non-English language backgrounds are presented. The study of models, prototypes, and methodologies for ESL instruction is included. Practicum/field experience hours: 10. Prerequisites: Fingerprint Clearance.||3|
|ESL-433N||Advanced Methodologies of Structured English Immersion||In this course, students continue to examine the fundamentals of the legal, historical, and educational foundations of Structured English Immersion and other instructional programs for English Language Learners. Theoretical principles of language acquisition and the role of culture in learning are examined. Methods of assessment are identified and analyzed. Students identify strategies to promote English language development and improve student achievement. They plan, deliver, and evaluate instruction for English language learners. Practicum/field experience hours: 15. Prerequisite: Fingerprint Clearance and ESL-423N or ESL-223N.||3|
|MEN-322B||Choral Ensemble 3B||0|
|MED-360||Music Methods and Assessment in the Elementary School||This course is a study and demonstration of methods and materials for the first six grades. A study is made of activities implemented with each grade level. Lesson plans are prepared. Students visit classrooms to observe teaching situations. Practicum hours: 30. Prerequisite: MUS-275.||4|
|MED-370||Music Methods and Assessment in the Secondary School||This course is a study of methods for developing and conducting the music program in junior and senior high schools. Methods, materials, topics, and issues in music education will be used to prepare music education majors to enter the teaching profession. Practicum hours: 30. Prerequisite: MUS-450.||4|
|MEN-422A||Choral Ensemble 4A||0|
|MED-480A||Student Teaching: Elementary Music||Teacher candidates are required to fulfill an 8-week internship experience in a classroom with a certified, experienced teacher. The semester includes the opportunity to improve skills in classroom management, assessment, and professional preparation, and to utilize applicable content standards, Arizona Professional Teacher‛s Standards, and Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium Standards within the classroom. All paperwork for student teaching must be submitted by the due date the semester prior to student teaching. Prerequisites for A: One of the following combinations: 1) Successful completion of all courses in the Program of Study, a 2.8 GPA, and approval and placement by the Office of Field Experience and Certification; or 2) Successful completion of all courses in POS and content area; senior status; a 2.8 GPA; successful completion of state mandated basic skills and content area exams or Praxis I ® (Basic Skills) and Praxis II ® (Content Area); Arizona residents will be required to take the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessments (AEPA).||6|
|MED-480B||Student Teaching: Secondary Music||Teacher candidates are required to fulfill an 8-week internship experience in a classroom with a certified, experienced teacher. The semester includes the opportunity to improve skills in classroom management, assessment, and professional preparation, and to utilize applicable content standards, Arizona Professional Teacher‛s Standards, and Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium Standards within the classroom. All paperwork for student teaching must be submitted by the due date the semester prior to student teaching. Prerequisites for B: One of the following combinations: 1) Successful completion of all courses in the Program of Study, a 2.8 GPA, and approval and placement by the Office of Field Experience and Certification; or 2) Successful completion of all courses in POS and content area; senior status; a 2.8 GPA; successful completion of state mandated basic skills and content area exams or Praxis I ® (Basic Skills) and Praxis II ® (Content Area); Arizona residents will be required to take the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessments (AEPA).||6|
|Required Course Total Credit:||79|
|General Education Requirements:||34 - 40 credits|
|Open Elective Credits:||1 - 7 credits|
|Total Degree Requirements:||120 credits|
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