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Working in conjunction with FSC's School of Education, our Music Department offers a music education major that prepares you for a professional teaching career in the K-12 classroom.
You'll graduate with the musical knowledge and the substantial classroom experience to be an effective teacher right out of the gate.
In addition to comprehensive studies in performance, history and literature, and theory, we provide a rigorous and comprehensive music-education curriculum that includes courses in conducting, pedagogy, technology, extensive field studies, and professional education courses. You'll learn to structure and apply music for meaningful and effective class and ensemble instruction.
The Music Department is committed to providing young musicians the best possible education in the areas of performance, history/literature, and theory, essential in enabling students to pursue careers in music or to continue studies at the graduate level. This is a commitment from the entire Music faculty.
Our teacher training takes your education courses to the next level with combined supervised mentoring and intern assignments, which all culminates in well-suited job placement.
We host numerous organizations on campus. These include:
Talent-based scholarships for students intending to pursue a music degree are available through audition.
Non-majors participating in Mixed Chorale, Men’s Chorale, Women’s Chorale, Symphony Band, or Orchestra may also audition for ensemble scholarships.
Other talent-based awards of up to $4,800 are available to currently enrolled music majors by competitive auditions.
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Paula Parsché, Director of Piano Studies & Interim Chair of the Department of Music
Elementary Education Music Music Management Music Performance Secondary Education
Our program has an exceptional record in placing music education graduates in both public and private schools all over Florida and across the nation.
Music Theory: 16 hours
Music History: Eight hours
Conducting: Four hours
Fundamentals of Conducting I
Music Education: 12 hours
Applied Piano proficiency (non-piano majors): 0-4 hours
Applied Lessons and Recitals: 14 hours (at least one hour required from MUS 4490)
Ensemble: Seven hours total
At least five ensemble hours must be chosen from the following major ensembles:
Two additional hours must be chosen either from the major ensembles listed above or the chamber ensembles listed below:
Professional education: 34 hours
*Other requirements for voice concentration majors only: Two hours
MUS 2275 STRINGS PEDAGOGY
One hour. Preparation for teaching and demonstrating all stringed instruments.
MUS 2276 WOODWINDS PEDAGOGY
One hour. Preparation for teaching and demonstrating all woodwind instruments.
MUS 2277 CHORAL PEDAGOGY
One hour. Techniques and materials for leading a choral music program in a secondary school classroom setting.
MUS 3375 BRASS PEDAGOGY
One hour. Preparation for teaching and demonstrating all brass instruments.
MUS 3376 PERCUSSION PEDAGOGY
One hour. Preparation for teaching and demonstrating all percussion instruments.
MUS 3377 VOCAL PEDAGOGY
One hour. Techniques and materials for teaching voice in the individual and the group lesson.
MUS 3378 PIANO PEDAGOGY
Three hours. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. This course is designed to present concepts and materials for private piano teaching with emphasis on practical guidelines for studio work.
MUS 3385 MARCHING BAND TECHNIQUES
Three hours. Prerequisite: MUS 2271 or permission of the instructor. This course will familiarize students with procedures used to establish and maintain a marching band program in a secondary school setting. Students will gain knowledge and skill in marching fundamentals, field techniques, show design, and administrative procedures. A field study experience will be required with public school marching band in Polk County.
MUS 4476 ELEMENTARY METHODS
Three hours. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Emphasizes the development of essential competencies for teaching music at the elementary level. Course includes survey of appropriate materials, research-based techniques and teaching strategies.
MUS 4477 SECONDARY METHODS AND MATERIALS
Three hours. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. This course emphasizes the development of essential competencies for teaching music at the secondary level. Areas addressed in this course are 1) Teaching Competencies, 2) Administrative Competencies, and 3) Literature.
MUS 4889 MUSIC HISTORY AND LITERATURE
One hour. Prerequisite: Enrollment in EDU 4990. This course emphasizes the further development of essential competencies for teaching music in the public schools. Areas addressed in this course are - 1) Music Teaching Competencies, 2) Administrative Competencies, and 3) Repertoire.
For a complete list of MUS course descriptions, see Music.
EDU 1107 FOUNDATION OF EDUCATION I
Four hours. An introduction to the study of public and nonpublic education systems, past, and present, in the United States and in other countries. Emphasis on problems, issues, and trends in contemporary American education as viewed from historical, sociological, psychological, and economic perspectives will be examined. This course will also serve as a prologue to comprehensive classroom management.
EDU 2200 FIELD STUDY LEVEL I
One hour. Prerequisite: EDU 1107. Supervised field studies taken simultaneously with major elementary and secondary education courses. Block scheduling with specific courses and schools will be arranged each semester. Students will participate in instructional activities, classroom planning, classroom management exercise, and ESOL activity, and follow all the guidelines and requirements of the classroom teacher.
EDU 2203 FOUNDATIONS OF EDUCATION II
Two hours. Prerequisite: EDU 1107. An introduction to the study of public and non public education systems emphasizing legal, professional and ethical issues in education, curriculum, and instruction, education psychology and classroom management.
EDU 2210 FOUNDATIONS IN SPECIAL EDUCATION
Two hours. This is a major requirement that included Florida Exceptional Student Education Competencies K-12 as required by the Florida Department of Education. A study of the various exceptionalities found among children in public and private school, including the history, characteristics, etiology, terminology, incidence, eligibility guidelines and issues related to assessment, behavior management, and academic programming. Field- based activities are required in this course.
EDU 2235 TECHNOLOGY INFUSED TEACHING AND EDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENTS AND MEASUREMENTS
Four hours. Students in this course explore technology infused teaching, learning and assessment in the broad context of educational foundations and learning theories. A clinical experience is a major component of the course.
EDU 3279 FOUNDATIONS OF ESOL I
Four hours. Planning, implementing, and evaluating developmentally appropriate methods and unique experiences to meet the needs of children who speak a language other than English. Characteristic of second language learner. Second language acquisition processes, and oral language development. Discussions of major trends in ESOL teaching as well as appropriate resources in ESOL methodologies. Exploration of various social contexts that maximize language and literacy development for second language learners such as collaborative groups and teacher-student conferencing. Focus on instructional strategies that effective teachers use to promote literacy development in all students.
EDU 3323 FIELD STUDY LEVEL II
One hour. Prerequisite: EDU 2200. Supervised field studies taken simultaneously with major elementary and secondary education course. Block scheduling with specific courses and schools will be arranged each semester. Student will participate in instructional activities, classroom planning, classroom management exercise, and ESOL activity, and follow all the guidelines and requirements of the classroom teacher.
EDU 3333 FOUNDATIONS OF EDUCATION III
Two hours. Prerequisite: EDU 2203. An introduction to the study of public and nonpublic education systems emphasizing the philosophical foundations of education trends in contemporary American education, education psychology and classroom management.
EDU 4457 READING AND WRITING IN THE CONTENT AREAS IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOL
Two hours. This course will focus on ways in which reading, writing, speaking, and listening are developed and used in the content areas in conjunction with the strategies and skills appropriate to the developmental levels and attitude typical of secondary school students. The course will involve lesson planning and design as well as group presentation, discussion, and critique.
EDU 4889 STUDENT TEACHER INTERN SEMINAR
Two hours. Prerequisite: Completion of all major courses and permission of the instructor. Weekly seminar for interns. Discussion and analysis of general methods of teaching in schools, with an emphasis on classroom management, experience, and presentation.
EDU 4990 SENIOR INTERNSHIP
Ten hours. Prerequisites: Completion of all major courses. The senior internship is designed to be the culminating engaged learning experience for education majors regardless of age/grade level specialty, subject matter, and/or major. The internship is 14 weeks long and involves teaching, modeling, observing, and evaluating. The Coordinator of Field Studies at Florida Southern College and a representative of the Human Resource Development Office of Polk County Schools assigns students to a Polk County Public School. The student will take over all responsibilities of a certified Florida classroom, teaching in his/her specialty area after receiving adequate preparation by the assigned teacher and supervisors.
For a complete list of EDU course descriptions, see Elementary Education »
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