Current Issues in Music Education – MUSC 840

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 05/27/2022

Course Description

Study of current issues influencing the state of music education in schools. Focus on the interpretation, implementation, and development of policy. Topics include public policy, advocacy, diversity, exceptional students, behavior management, teacher evaluation, and curriculum.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

Rationale

It is important that each music educator analyze current issues influencing the state of music education in schools. This includes the interpretation, implementation, and development of policy. It is important for the music educator to have knowledge in a variety of areas including building community, public policy, advocacy, diversity, exceptional students, behavior management, teacher evaluation, and curriculum.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyze current issues influencing the state of music education in schools.
  2. Recommend directions for the interpretation, implementation, and development of policy.
  3. Examine topics including public policy, advocacy, diversity, exceptional students, behavior management, teacher evaluation, and curriculum.

Course Assignment

The elements of the course are supported by the lecture presentations, assigned reading, & teaching announcements. Therefore, the student is required to complete the assigned readings, discussion board posts, and the teaching announcements by Thursday of each Module: Week in order to prepare for submission.

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the candidate will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. The student will complete 6 Discussions in this course. Parameters for maximum and minimum word limits for original threads and posts are designated within each Discussion. For each thread and post, students must support their assertions with appropriate scholarly citations in current Turabian format. Acceptable sources include the textbook, sources included in course readings, official government resources, and other peer-reviewed documents. (MLOs A, B, C)

There is one reflection paper. Parameters are described in the related module. The paper should be 475-500 words. (MLOs A, B, C)

The student will prepare a Status Report on the music program in a selected school district. Each module provides specific activities or written assignments related to the completion of the Final Project. The Status Report will be constructed so as to provide for informing the administration, the board of education, the music educator and the community of the current state of health of the program. The report will include a five-year plan for expanding program opportunities for all students in the district. (MLOs A, B, C)