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Course : Elementary Music Foundations

Course Number
MUSC 4873
Section Number
Fall 2020
Fain Fine Arts Center, C117C
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time
Wednesday, December 09, 2020 12:00 am
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Course Description

This course is designed to develop your knowledge, teaching skills, confidence and interest to teach elementary music. Students learn age appropriate activities that reflect both TEK’s and the National Standards of Music. This includes singing, movement, listening, composition, playing instruments, and reading musical notation. Students learn to write lesson plans, design curriculum, and assess students. 


Course Objectives

1.     To develop a philosophy of music education

2.     To organize both orally and written the ability to organize teaching episodes

3.     To teach micro-episodes

4.     To understand a child’s music development (rhythmically, melodically, physically, and harmonically)

5.     To understand Kodály, Dalcroze, Gordon, Orff, Suzuki, Weikert and Laban

6.     To develop the ability to prepare and present lessons, assess your teaching, and assess student learning

7.     To sequence, differentiate, and teach music elements, concepts, notation, movement, and listening activities 

8.     To understand classroom management in the general music classroom

9.     To observe off campus teaching in a placement and reflect upon observations

10.  To understand and develop task analysis and assessments

Required Textbooks and Materials 

·      Sheehan Campbell, P. & Scott-Kassner, C. (2014). Music in Childhood: From Preschool through the Elementary Grades (4th edition) Enhanced Edition. Schirmer Cengage Learning

·      Hammel, A.M. & Hourigan, R. M. (2017). Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs: A Label-Free Approach. Oxford University Press.

·      Tuning Fork A=440 (to be used in all student teaching lessons)


Students participate in daily activities that are designed for elementary class instruction. Activities are cumulative in organization, building on previously learned concepts. Therefore, attendance is crucial to personal development. Students may miss class three time without a final grade reduction. Each absence above the one excused absence reduces the final grade one letter grade. Nonparticipation in class equals one absence for each occurrence. Class participation includes all classroom activities (movement, rhythmic, melodic, play parties, folk dancing, presentations and discussions.)


If a student misses a Teach Day, there is no make-up day. Be present on Teach Days.


If you have a fever and/or experience signs of Covid-19, do not come to class. Contact the Dr. Harvey immediately to let her know. She will work with you.


Students Expectations/Conduct

Students are required to participate in all class activities. Students are to read weekly assignments, prepare written responses, and discuss assigned material. All readings are reviewed in class for clarity and understanding. Students are to conduct themselves in a professional manner so that all students may learn without distraction and disruption. This includes cell phones turned off and no texting. 



College students are adults and are expected to behave accordingly. Classroom behavior that interferes with either the instructor’s ability to conduct class or the ability of the other students to benefit from instruction will result in the instructor’s removing the disruptive student(s) from class. 


Grading Scale


Letter Grade














Course Evaluation


In-Field Class Observation/Journal


Teach 8 Lesson Plans


Weekly Written textbook Assignments/Discussion (due every Monday)

20                 Final Exam – Unit Plan including teaching part of the MISL

·       Pre and Post Test (Assessment)

·       Winding Sequence 

·       3 Lesson Plans

·       Teaching Presentation 10 minutes


Dr. Hammel Presentation and assigned homework October 26, 28, and 30 


Pass the Practice TExES Music Test


Pass the Practice TExES PPR Test


This class prepares students to pass the music education portion of the TEXES as well as prepare students to successfully teach in a classroom. Competency in these areas are a combination of weekly written textbook assignments and in-class teaching opportunities. Therefore, students must pass the written and teaching, with a minimum of 70% in each of the areas.


Dr. Alice Hammel will teach class October 26, 28, and 30. Attendance is mandatory both days. A 5% grade reduction from the final grade will result for missing any of the three days.


Students are required to sing on pitch to teach in any music classroom. Students who do not sing melodies, ostinato, etc.; on pitch will not pass the class. Any lesson sung incorrectly will earn 0% for that lesson. 


The instructor reserves the right to cancel or adjust assignments as the course progresses. Students will be informed how this may affect grading. 


Completion of this course is essential for completing teacher certification coursework. Weekly Written Assignments

The instructor will assign a grade that represents your ability to satisfactorily complete weekly reading assignments and textbook review questions, and classroom participation. Weekly written assignments from the textbooks may be submitted in outline form when appropriate. Clarity and understanding of material will be assessed through writing and discussion. Written responses are to be typed. Late assignments are not accepted.


Students must finish all observation hours to earn a grade for the semester. Students who do not finish the required number of observation hours will receive an incomplete. Hours must be completed the following semester.



Final Exam Attendance

The final exam is a practice MISL project and teaching segment. Attendance on the final exam date is required for the final project. Missing the final exam results in no credit earned for the final project in addition to counting as an absence. 


·      Wednesday, December 9, 2020 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

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