Music Education K-12 Licensure

At Western, you’ll train in a pristine setting and welcoming environment that encourages you to create beautiful works of musical art. Our faculty will inspire you to reach your creative potential through diverse performance opportunities and nurturing in one-on-one coaching and preparation.

What Will You Learn? What Skills Will You Acquire?

As a student in Western’s Music program, you will not only acquire valuable performance skills, but also build important critical-thinking and life skills.

You’ll learn how to perform on stage as a solo artist and as a member of an ensemble. We’ll provide you with a strong background in music, including the history of different musical traditions, music theory from past to present, and recording and technology in music.

Beyond the Classroom

Music students perform as soloists and in ensembles several times each semester. Performance opportunities include bands, choirs, orchestras, jazz ensembles, piano, organ and chamber music.

After Graduation

Graduates of Western Music are prepared to enter graduate school or work as teachers, performers, or in the business of music.

In addition to conventional tracks, such as performance, business and education, our students prepare to pursue careers in music therapy, the recording and film industry, music libraries, music publishing, musicology, ethnomusicology and musical theater.

Courses

FOR REQUIRED COURSES AND DEGREE PLANS, VISIT THE OFFICIAL UNIVERSITY CATALOG. This is a list of courses offered by Western State Colorado University. To ensure the courses you need are offered during the current semester, please visit the current university catalog at http://www.western.edu/catalog. To determined the courses required for your major, check the "Majors and Minors" tab for your area of study.

 MUS 120 - INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC EDUCATION (1 credits)

An introductory course for the music major interested in music education K-12. This course provides students with an overview of the concepts, methods and techniques used in music education. Students learn the historical, philosophical, and practical conventions, of all areas of music education, including elementary music, choir orchestra, and band. Students examine different aspects involved in teaching music in public schools, goals of various music programs, and existing curricula including sample lesson plans. Included is an introduction to the Colorado standards for music education K-12 and technology used in music education. Prerequisite to the 300-level music education methods classes.

 MUS 129 - THEORY OF MUSIC I (3 credits)

A study of musical analysis, notation, and composition. This course concentrates on fundamentals such as major and minor scales, meter, rhythm, pitch intervals, key signatures, triads and inversions, simple chord building, harmonic progressions, and voice leading. (Offered fall) Prerequisite: MUS 100 or the equivalent. Corequisite: MUS 128.

 MUS 131 - THEORY OF MUSIC II (3 credits)

A study of musical analysis, notation, and composition. This course builds on knowledge gained in MUS 128 and MUS 129 and introduces non-chord tones; diatonic seventh chords, phrase structure and cadences, tonicization and rudimentary counterpoint. (Offered spring) Prerequisites: MUS 128 and MUS 129 with minimum grades of 'C.' Corequisite: MUS 130.

 MUS 212 - INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC TECHNOLOGY (1 credits)

Designed to acquaint students with music technology hardware (including MIDI-Musical Instrument Digital Interface) and a variety of software programs to enhance learning, teaching, and performing situations at all ages and levels. Students have the opportunity to work with available equipment. Offered in alternate years (Fall 2013). Prerequisite: MUS 100 or MUS 129 with a minimum grade of “C” or instructor permission. 

 MUS 213 - WOODWIND METHODS (W LAB) (1 credits)

Designed to cover basic performing skills and teaching techniques for all woodwind instruments. Emphasis is on application in the elementary, middle, and secondary schools. Offered in alternate years (spring 2010).

 MUS 214 - BRASS METHODS (W LAB) (1 credits)

Designed to cover basic performing skills and teaching techniques for all brass instruments. Emphasis is on application in the elementary, middle, and secondary schools. Offered in alternate years (fall 2009).

 MUS 216 - PERCUSSION METHODS W LAB (1 credits)

An introduction to the basic percussion instruments with special attention given to standard and contemporary performance techniques and sound production. Emphasis is on application in the elementary, middle, and secondary schools. Offered in alternate years (spring of odd years).

 MUS 217 - VOICE METHODS (W LAB) (1 credits)

A study of tone production, breathing as applied to singing, attack and release, muscular control, posture, and vocal health. Special exercises adapted to individual needs of pupils and simple English songs are sung in the class. Emphasis is on basic skills and techniques for use with young voices in the elementary, middle, and secondary schools. Offered in alternate years (spring 2014).

 MUS 290 - INTRODUCTION TO IMPROVISATION (1 credits)

An introduction to improvisation for singers and instrumentalists including improvisational experiences in a variety of styles (jazz, classical, and other), integration of music theory with improvisation, and methods of teaching improvisation. Required of majors in the Music Education Emphasis. Offered in alternate years (spring 2010). Prerequisites: MUS 130 and MUS 131 with a minimum grades of "C", or instructor permission.

 MUS 350 - ADVANCED CONDUCTING: CHORAL AND INSTRUMENTAL (2 credits)

A study of advanced techniques of conducting, score reading, musical style, materials, and repertoire in the instrumental and vocal media. Emphasis is placed on physical exercises and coordination of the mind and hands, as well as musical terms necessary for proper interpretation of musical scores. Students conduct in both class and laboratory situations with University ensembles. Offered in alternate years (Spring 2015). Prerequisites: MUS 250 with minimum grade of “C.” 

 MUS 360 - TEACHING GENERAL MUSIC IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS (2 credits)

A study of the teaching of general music in the elementary classroom. Acquaints Music Education majors with methods of teaching the elements of music, working with children’s voices, using instruments, and developing listening skills. Current approaches such as Dalcroze, Orff, Kodaly, and Suzuki are also addressed. Students survey elementary music texts and learn how to develop and plan a music program. Offered in alternate years (Spring 2015). Prerequisites: MUS 120 and MUS 250 with a minimum grade of “C.” 

 MUS 365 - METHODS AND PHILOSOPHY OF TEACHING AND SUPERVISING INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS (2 credits)

A study of the supervision, organization, and administration of instrumental music in the public schools, K-12, providing background and experience with the philosophical, historical, and practical foundation of instrumental music in the public schools. Emphasis is placed upon contemporary methodology, all aspects of teaching and conducting activities in instrumental music, comprehensive musicianship through performance, and preparation for student teaching. Offered in alternate years (Fall 2014). Prerequisites: MUS 120 and MUS 250 with a minimum grade of “C.”

 MUS 370 - METHODS AND PHILOSOPHY OF TEACHING VOCAL K-12 (2 credits)

An intensive study of materials and methods for teaching vocal and general music in the elementary and secondary school, plus objectives, organization, administration, curriculum content, guidance for student teachers, and background in contemporary trends in music education for all age levels, K-12. Offered in alternate years (spring 2015). Prerequisites: MUS 120 and 250 with a minimum grade of "C."

Faculty & Staff

Faculty

Director of Bands
B.M. Mansfield University, M.M. University of Miami, D.M.A. University of Miami
Phone: 970 943 2201
Office Location: Crystal Hall 202
Assistant Professor of Music
B.A., University of Georgia, M.M., University of Georgia, D.M.A., University of Kansas
Phone: (970) 943-3012
Office Location: Crystal Hall 204