Role Music Education Administrator – MUSC 846

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 06/08/2022

Course Description

This course aids in the preparation for careers in music education administration, whether as a district music administrator at the K-12 level or as a higher-education music administrator. Application is made to leadership, curriculum development, and administrative best practices.

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


The purpose of this course is to prepare the doctoral candidate with a basic understanding and primary resources by which to administer a school, district, or higher education music program.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe one’s personality and leadership style and apply it to supervisory action.
  2. Utilize research and educational trends to design and develop a strategic plan outline, presentation, and pitch.
  3. Employ financial literacy to develop a music program operational budget, grant logic model, and executive summary.
  4. Design methods for managing people, materials, and time through calendar planning, teacher evaluation, professional learning opportunities, schedules, curriculum development, and program evaluation.
  5. Understand the legal and ethical ramifications associated with traditional modern practices inherent to music supervision while applying those to appropriate public relations.
  6. Apply sound biblical principles of leadership and stewardship to designing all course assignments.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Discussions (7)

Discussions 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 400-600 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 200-300 words. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F)

For the Module 1: Week 1 Discussion, the student will also complete a "16 Personalities assessment" and discuss their results with the class. All other requirements for word count and responses apply.

Organizational Analysis Assignment

The student will complete an Organizational Analysis, providing a one-page (excluding the bibliography and title page) executive summary of the results detailing the logistical elements of how the organization operates as per the instructions. The student will then conduct a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis for the organization to include pedagogical/adragogical, curricular, performance, organizational, evaluative, budgetary, and perceptive considerations. Turabian style citations (as necessary) are required. The student should cite personal communications in Turabian style. (MLO: A, F)

Annual Music Calendar Assignment

Utilizing the course resources and district parameters, the student will design a district music calendar inclusive of events, professional development opportunities, and teacher submission deadlines. The student will include a 2 page justification of his/her planning decisions. The student must ensure he/she support his/her justification with at least 2 current Turabian citations and a reference page. The reference page does not count towards the total page length. The student should cite supporting documentation from the reading assignments in Turabian style. (MLO: D, F)

Budget Package Assignment

Utilizing the course resources, the student will develop a budget package complete with an itemized spending plan, excel spreadsheet tracking costs, contracts (where applicable), vendor forms (where applicable), W9 forms (where applicable), and a 3 page allocation justification including decisions on items not allocated for purchase. The student will submit entire package as one file for supervisor (course instructor) approval. The supervisor may request additional questions, materials, or justifications prior to approval. The student should cite supporting documentation from the reading assignments in Turabian style. (MLO: C, E, F)

New Course Map Assignment

Using the course materials and the annotated lesson plan, the student will synthesize text readings, discussions, and other materials to develop a model unit plan for district replication. The unit plan must be comprised of a unit overview and four individual performance tasks (lesson plans). The unit plan must be generalizable for any school regardless of socio-economic status. Each performance task must contain opportunities for formative assessments and build toward a final summative assessment. At least 2 citations in Turabian are required. The student should cite supporting documentation from the reading assignments in Turabian style. (MLO: D, F)

Elementary Music Schedule Assignment

Using the provided course materials and parameters, the student will analyze the district allotment document and assign music teachers according to district standards. The student will provide a 3 page justification (not counting the required references page) for decisions rendered including any vacancies or surplus as a result of the placement decisions and recommendations on how to fill said vacancies or address the surplus. The student should cite supporting documentation from the reading assignments in Turabian style. (MLO: D, F)

Professional Development Plan Assignment

In part one, the student will construct a professional development roadmap for the teachers in the selected organization according to the SWOT analysis. Each plan must address areas of improvement (from the analysis), initiatives to improve weakness, timeline, intervention topic, proposed outcome, and provider of learning opportunity. If cost is involved, student must address how to subsidize the plan. In part two, the student will provide an executive summary detailing the proposed effectiveness of the professional development roadmap in addressing the needs identified in the SWOT analysis. The student should cite supporting documentation from the reading assignments in Turabian style. (MLO: D, E, F)

Opportunity-to-Learn Assessment Summary Assignment

Using the National Association for Music Education’s (NAfME) Opportunity-to-Learn standards, the student will assess their own school’s music program and complete appropriate summary of identified needs chart with detailed information regarding curriculum and assessment, staffing, materials and equipment, and facilities. The student should cite supporting documentation from the reading assignments in Turabian style. (MLO: D, F)

Strategic Plan: Package Assignment

Utilizing Hansen’s (2002) elements of a strategic plan (p. 67), elements from analyzed district strategic plans, and the work examples completed in the course to this point, the student is required to develop a strategic plan package including an original 5 page executive summary and outline for their own strategic plan. (MLO: B, F)

Strategic Plan: Presentation and Pitch Assignment

The student will design a 5-10 minute PowerPoint presentation on their strategic plan and record themselves delivering the presentation to either a live or pretend audience. The student should cite supporting documentation from the reading assignments in Turabian style. (MLO: B, F)