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Bachelor of Arts in Music Education-Instrumental: Brass, Woodwind, Percussion, or StringsInitial Program – Leads to Initial Teacher Licensure

Offered By: College of Fine Arts and Production

Pursue a Music Education BA Degree Focused on Instrumental Education for Brass, Woodwind, Percussion or Strings

Prepare for a meaningful career in music education with the Bachelor of Arts in Music Education-Instrumental: Brass, Woodwind, Percussion or Strings degree program at Grand Canyon University. As a music education major, you will blend your passion for music with purpose as you prepare to inspire the next generation of K-12 students. The Bachelor of Arts in music education degree combines coursework in music history and theory with advanced, hands-on concepts of teaching and pedagogy. All degree program applicants are required to undergo an audition and to complete a music theory assessment prior to acceptance into the program. Performance scholarships are available on a first come, first served basis and applicants are encouraged to audition early.

This degree is offered by the College of Fine Arts and Production in collaboration with the College of Education. It provides an intensive survey of fundamental and advanced concepts in music education, with a focus on instrumental performances and conducting. Private music instruction, public recitals and concerts empower students to grow in self-confidence as they prepare to share their love of music with a K-12 audience.

The BA in Music Education-Instrumental: Brass, Woodwind, Percussion or Strings degree leads to initial teacher licensure. The curriculum is designed to align with the standards of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC). To become eligible for a teaching license, students are required to successfully complete specified practicum hours, state exams and a student teaching experience. They may be required to obtain an institutional recommendation from GCU.

Study Instrumental Music and Conducting Curriculum

Music education majors are expected to sharpen their analytical reasoning skills and communication abilities. There is an emphasis on the Christian worldview and the principles of faith-based moral convictions. Students are encouraged to broaden their God-given talents as musicians while learning to lead and execute classroom instruction in elementary and secondary settings. Opportunities for public and solo recitals are embedded throughout the curriculum, along with required private instruction for a rigorous, immersive experience. Some of the courses included with this BA in instrumental music education for brass, woodwind, percussion or strings degree include the following topic areas:

  • Music Methods and Assessments in the Elementary School
  • Fundamentals of Music and Culture for Diverse Learners
  • Band Literature for Music Educators
  • Technology for Music Educators
  • Popular Music in American Society

The curriculum blends classroom instruction with hands-on application. Students will complete private instrument lessons on a primary instrument, present a formal, solo recital, observe teaching situations in classrooms and complete full-time student teaching internships prior to graduation—an eight-week student teaching experience in an elementary classroom and an eight-week student teaching experience in a secondary classroom. In addition, students are expected to demonstrate mastery of the following topic areas:

  • Organizing and training marching bands for high schools
  • Advanced band methods, with an examination and analysis of the major band philosophies, including rehearsal techniques, score preparation, programming and performance techniques
  • Practical study of wind, string and percussion instruments, including playing, caring for and teaching each instrument
  • Historical, philosophical and sociological influences that have influenced music, ethnomusicology and music education, with a look at the issues and challenges that modern educators face

Explore a Future as a Band or Music Instructor

According to the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), students enrolled in music education benefit from better memory retention, language, reasoning and emotional development. As an aspiring band educator, you may one day share your love of music with others and inspire your students to work toward lifelong personal and professional success.

GCU is committed to supporting the lifelong success of our students. Music education majors receive training and guidance regarding teacher certification for the K-12 setting. Teacher licensure enables graduates to pursue employment as music instructors or band conductors in private and public schools. Some graduates of the BA in Music Education-Instrumental: Brass, Woodwind, Percussion or Strings degree program may decide to pursue opportunities in private music studios.

This music education degree leads to initial teacher licensure. All students are expected to understand the specific licensure requirements for the state in which they plan to teach.

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TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS & COURSE LENGTH:
Total Program Credits: 130
Campus: 15 weeks [More Info]
TRANSFER CREDITS:
Up to 90 credits, only 84 can be lower division
PROGRAM TUITION RATE:
Campus: $8,250 per semester [More Info]

Course List

The programs offered at Grand Canyon University may vary by content and course length. You are currently viewing the program version available in Arizona. For information about specific course content, credit length and VA approval in your state, please contact a counselor at 1-855-GCU-LOPE or click here to request more information.
General Education Requirements:
34-40 credits
Major:
90 credits
Open Elective Credits:
0-6 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
130 credits

General Education Requirements

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.

Required General Education Courses

Course Description

This course will survey the history of American popular music genres. Through understanding styles and forms within the context of their origins, popular music is understood in the relationship of its functions in society.

Program Core Courses

Course Description

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. Co-requisite: MUS-130L.

Course Description

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. Co-requisite: MUS-130.

Course Description

This course is designed as class instruction for students with limited or no previous piano training. Instruction includes the study of piano technique and literature designed to pass Part I of the Piano Proficiency Examination.

Course Description

This course is a practical study of the high and low string instruments in which students learn to play, care for, and teach each instrument.

Course Description

This course is a practical study of the wind instruments in which students learn to play, care for, and teach each instrument. Practicum/field experience hours: None. Fingerprint clearance not required.

Course Description

This course includes private instruction in the major instrument. Emphasis is on advanced technique and literature. Prerequisites: Music Department approval and placement audition.

Course Description

The Pep Band provides students with the opportunity to develop their musical skills through rehearsal and performance in a band ensemble. Members are selected through an annual audition open to both music and non-music majors at Grand Canyon University. Prerequisite: Admission into this ensemble by audition only or instructor's permission.

Course Description

The Wind Ensemble is comprised of music majors, minors, and students from other disciplines. Musicians are provided an opportunity to increase their performance skills through an active and challenging involvement with the creative process. The Wind Ensemble also offers non-music majors an avenue in which to continue making music throughout their college careers. The literature performed is selected from the finest contemporary and traditional repertoire. Members are selected through an annual audition open to both music and non-music majors at Grand Canyon University. Prerequisite: Admission into this ensemble by audition only or instructor's permission.

Course Description

A continuation of MUS-130, this course emphasizes skill development through analysis and composition. Prerequisites: MUS-130 and MUS-130L or Music Department approval. Co-requisite: MUS-160L.

Course Description

A continuation of MUS-130L, this course emphasizes aural skill development through practical study in rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic dictation; basic keyboard performance; and sight singing. Computer-assisted ear training is utilized. Prerequisites: MUS-130 and MUS-130L or Music Department approval. Co-requisite: MUS-160.

Course Description

This course is a continuation of MPC-109. It includes passing Part II of the Piano Proficiency Examination. Prerequisite: MPC-109 or Music Department approval.

Course Description

This course is a practical study of percussion instruments in which students learn to play, care for, and teach each instrument.

Course Description

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.

Course Description

This course is the private applied study required for music majors in their major instrument or area. Prerequisites: MBE-115 or Music Department approval and placement audition.

Course Description

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.

Course Description

A continuation of MUS-160, this course emphasizes skill development through analysis and composition. Music examples are selected from Bach through Wagner. It also includes an advanced study in analysis and part writing utilizing modulation and chromatic harmony. Prerequisites: MUS-160 and MUS-160L or Music Department approval. Co-requisite: MUS-262L.

Course Description

A continuation of MUS-160L, this course is a study in rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic dictation; basic keyboard performance; and sight singing. Computer-assisted ear training will be utilized. Prerequisites: MUS-160 and MUS-160L or Music Department approval. Co-requisite: MUS-262.

Course Description

This course is a continuation of MPC- 259. It includes passing Part III of the Piano Proficiency Examination. Prerequisite: MPC-259 or Music Department approval.

Course Description

This course is class instruction for students with limited or no previous voice training. Instruction includes the study of vocal technique and is designed to pass Part I of the Vocal Proficiency Examination. The voice proficiency requirements are identified in the music handbook.

Course Description

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.

Course Description

This course is a practical study of organizing and training marching bands for high schools and at the collegiate level.

Course Description

This course is the private applied study required for music majors in their major instrument or area. Prerequisites: MBE-125 or Music Department approval and placement audition.

Course Description

This writing intensive course is a survey of music from the mid-18th 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-360 or Music Department approval.

Course Description

A continuation of MUS-262, this course emphasizes skill development through analysis and composition. This course includes analysis and composition methods of music of the late 19th through the 20th century. Prerequisites: MUS-262 and MUS-262L or Music Department approval. Co-requisite: MUS-351L.

Course Description

A continuation of MUS-262L, this course is a study in rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic dictation; basic keyboard performance; and sight singing. Computer-assisted ear training will be utilized. Prerequisites: MUS-262 and MUS-262L or Music Department approval. Co-requisite: MUS-351.

Course Description

This course is a continuation of MPC-359. It includes passing Part IV of the Piano Proficiency Examination. Prerequisite: MPC-359 or Music Department approval.

Course Description

This course is a study of the fundamentals and techniques of conducting. Emphasis is placed on basic conducting skills, fundamentals of baton technique, left hand technique, non-verbal communication, leadership, conducting terminology, transpositions, and score reading.

Course Description

This course is a survey study of the composers and band literature appropriate for elementary and secondary school ensembles. This course will consider major literature, publishers, composers, arrangers, and their styles, as well as common performance and teaching problems.

Course Description

This course is the private applied study required for music majors in their major instrument or area. Prerequisites: MBE-215 or Music Department approval and placement audition.

Course Description

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. Practicum/field experience hours: None. Fingerprint clearance not required.

Course Description

This course is a study of advanced techniques of conducting. Rehearsal techniques, score reading, artistic interpretation, baton technique, and programming will be explored. Prerequisite: MUS-223.

Course Description

Students study music as culture, and explore the historical, philosophical, and sociological influences that have shaped music, ethnomusicology, and music education. This course also examines the issues faced by educators today, as well as the challenges that await people now entering the teaching profession. The course covers 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/field experience hours: 15. Fingerprint clearance required.

Course Description

This course is a study and application in techniques of scoring and arranging music for various combinations of musical mediums. Includes scoring for strings, woodwinds, brasses, percussion, and voices.

Course Description

This course is a study of major jazz techniques and styles, including repertoire, instrumentation, improvisation, innovations, and major jazz ensembles.

Course Description

This course is the private applied study required for music majors in their major instrument or area. Prerequisites: MBE-225 or Music Department approval and placement audition.

Course Description

In this course, teacher candidates 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. Teacher candidates 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. Fingerprint clearance required.

Course Description

This course is a study and demonstration of methods and materials for the first six grades. Students will be introduced to a number of methodologies including Orff, Dalcrose, Kodaly, and Suzuki, and explore their conceptual pedagogical framework, methodology, application and assessment. A study is made of activities implemented with each grade level. Lesson plans are prepared. Students visit classrooms to observe teaching situations. Practicum/field experience hours: 25. Fingerprint clearance required.

Course Description

This course is a study of methods for developing and conducting the music program in junior and senior high schools, focusing on general pedagogy, curriculum, and assessment. Methods, materials, topics, and issues in music education will be used to prepare music education majors to enter the teaching profession. Practicum/field experience hours: 25. Fingerprint clearance required.

Course Description

This course is the private applied study required for music majors in their major instrument or area. Prerequisites: MBE-315 or Music Department approval and placement audition.

Course Description

A study of advanced problems in rehearsing and conducting at the high school level. An examination and analysis of the prevailing band philosophies, including performance techniques, score preparation, rehearsal techniques, programming, and administration of the band program.

Course Description

An introductory course to music education, this course is a study and demonstration of methods, materials, topics and issues in teaching general music in the schools. The course will cover methods, approaches, and philosophies of teaching general music as they relate to current national and Arizona music education standards. A study is made of activities implemented with each grade level. Lesson plans are prepared. Students visit classrooms to observe teaching situations. Practicum/field experience hours: 10. Fingerprint clearance required. Prerequisites: MUS-351 and MUS-351L or Music Department approval.

Course Description

This capstone course provides students an opportunity to develop their skills in an area of interest. Students will complete an independent project under faculty supervision.

Course Description

Coached instruction in chamber and small ensemble settings. Members are selected through an annual audition open to both music and non-music majors at Grand Canyon University. Prerequisite: Admission into this ensemble by audition only or instructor's permission. Co-Requisite: Enrollment in Private Studio instruction.

Course Description

This course is the private applied study required for music majors in their major instrument or area. Prerequisites: MBE-325 or Music Department approval and placement audition.

Course Description

A formal, public recital, sponsored by the music department, in which the student presents a solo recital of a length appropriate to the major. The recital is to be given in the student's senior year. The student must concurrently be enrolled in the appropriate level of private instruction. Co-Requisite: The student must concurrently be enrolled in the appropriate level of private instruction.

Course Description

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 and Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) 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: Fingerprint Clearance and 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).

Course Description

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 and Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) 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: Fingerprint Clearance and 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).

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