Foundations of Music Education – MUSC 510

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course provides an overview to the foundational principles, philosophies, and practices in music education. Topics emphasized are: purposes of school music; students as music learners; content and structure of school music programs; and music teacher knowledge and skills. Identification of personal qualities and professional competencies of excellent music teachers will also be discussed.




As music educators, it is important to understand the underlying principles and different philosophical approaches proposed over the past fifty years. Two main currents in music education are: Aesthetic Music Education and Praxial Music Education. Students will learn about the proponents and critics of these positions and determine how to mediate between these perspectives in order to address the educational needs of music students from pre-K through the graduate level.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Discuss the main philosophical perspectives in Music Education.
  2. Evaluate significant influences behind music education perspectives.
  3. Analyze key aspects of practical music education methodology.
  4. Develop arguments to advocate for music education.
  5. Synthesize philosophical and methodological principles that inform personal application in the music classroom.

Course Assignment

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 150–200 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 50–100 words.

The student will write 5 papers in current Turabian format that focus on the topics outlined inside of the course. Each paper must be 2–3 pages and must include at least 1–2 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

The student will submit his/her topic and thesis statement for the final project.

The student will submit a completed outline and bibliography for the final project.

The student will write a 10–15-page research paper in current Turabian format. The research must include 5–10 sources.

The student will complete a 5–10-slide PowerPoint presentation to accompany the Final Project Paper.