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Department of Music Education


The Bachelor of Music Education degree from Ouachita Baptist University provides a course of study preparing students to become music educators in in the classroom. Specialists in Choral and Instrumental music, as well as Music History, Music Theory, and general music will lead students to their full potential as musicians and educators. This degree is designed to prepare students for K-12 teacher certification in the State of Arkansas.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Introduction to Music Education: A course designed to introduce the undergraduate student to the foundations and principles of music education in schools. Students will be introduced to topics including history and philosophy of music education, learning theories as they apply to music education, institutional requirements, sequence of courses, and deadlines for the degree. Spring.

Vocal Perspectives: A course designed to expose the instrumental music education major to concepts of vocal and choral techniques. Enrollment limited to instrumental music majors. Spring.

Instrumental Perspectives: A course designed to expose the choral music education major to concepts of woodwind, brass, percussion and stringed instrument techniques. Spring.

Woodwind Methods I: Teaching techniques for clarinet, saxophone and flute and elementary playing facility on each. Music majors only. Fall.

Brass Methods: Teaching techniques for brass instruments with elementary playing facility on each. Music majors only. Fall.

String Methods: In addition to learning the functions of the violin, viola, violoncello and double bass, the student also learns to perform on one of these. Fall.

Woodwind Methods II: Teaching techniques for oboe and bassoon and elementary playing facility on each. Music majors only. Spring.

Elementary Music Methods and Materials: A course designed to educate the music specialist in the teaching of elementary music in public schools (Grades P-6). Song singing, dramatization, listening, rhythmic responses, rhythmic instruments, keyboard experience and creative expression are included. The student will also obtain knowledge, understanding and method of use of music technology for the elementary classroom and ePortfolios. Music Majors only. Fall.

Choral Conducting 1: An introduction to the fundamentals of conducting choral ensembles. Fall.

Secondary Choral Methods and Materials: A study of the musical needs of the junior high and senior high schools(Grades 7-12). The course examines programs, procedures and materials. The student will also obtain knowledge, understanding and method of use of music technology for the secondary classroom and e- Portfolios. Music Majors only. Fall.

Instrumental Conducting 1: An introduction to the fundamentals of conducting instrumental ensembles. Fall.

Percussion Methods: A survey of methods and materials for percussion instruments. Students will gain a playing facility in one instrument plus a working knowledge of the remaining instruments in the group. For music majors only. Spring.

Choral Conducting 2: Advanced study of the theory and practice of conducting choral ensembles. Spring.

Instrumental Conducting 2: Advanced study of the theory and practice of conducting instrumental ensembles. Spring.

Vocal Pedagogy: Psychological and physiological problems in the teaching of voice production. Instruction and supervision in the mechanics and methods of teaching private and class voice are presented. Fall.

Piano Pedagogy: A study of drill methods, fundamentals, teaching materials, and principal problems of piano teaching. Open to all students with freshman piano major facility. Spring of even-numbered years.

Organ Pedagogy: A study of the methods and materials for teaching organ. Preparation of lesson plans for one semester of organ lessons and the teaching of students as a laboratory experience is included. Prerequisites: Organ principal and consent of instructor. On Demand.

Secondary Instrumental Methods and Materials: A course designed to expose students to the functions of a band director in relation to the organization of a total band program (Grades 7-12). Emphasis on public relations, budgeting, marching techniques, concert and contest preparation. The student will also obtain knowledge, understanding and method of use of music technology for the secondary classroom and e- Portfolios. Music majors only. Spring.

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