Department of Music Education (MUE)

Graduate work in music education is an option through the Curriculum and Instruction department in the College of Education. Under Curriculum and Instruction, music education concentrations are available at the MA (traditional Class A and Alternative Class A initial certification), EdS, EdD, and PhD degree levels. The MA and EdS programs lead to Alabama teacher certification.

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Programs

General Requirements

Before 12 hours of graduate study are completed in any graduate degree program, students enrolled in music education graduate programs may be required, at the discretion of the department, to demonstrate professional competence in music theory and music history and, if requested, to perform a placement audition on the major instrument. Information about specific examinations can be obtained through the Music Education Office, Box 870366, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0366 (205) 348-6054.

Graduate-level music education courses which meet requirements for specific State-approved certification programs (Class A, Class AA) are typically offered during summer sessions. Applicants for music education graduate degrees should anticipate that summer enrollment may be necessary to complete degree requirements. Questions concerning the rotation of course offerings should be directed to the Music Education Department; Box 870366; Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0366; (205) 348-6054.
 
The content of all graduate programs in music education is determined, in part, by the background and goals of the individual student. Each program will include graduate courses in music education (choral, instrumental, or general) and professional education, and may include studio courses and other graduate study as indicated by the student’s background and interests in consultation with his or her advisor. It is recommended that each student contact his or her advisor during the first term of graduate study in order to plan the program.

Degree requirements are noted on the official Plan of Study for the various degrees and tracks. These documents are available from the chairperson or administrative staff for the department.

MA in Curriculum & Instruction (Music Education option)

An acceptable score on either the Graduate Record Examination or the Miller Analogies Test is required.

Traditional Class A Program

Applicants to the traditional Class A program must hold valid Alabama Class B certification in Music Education or an approved equivalent certification to be considered for admission.

Applicants may be required, at the discretion of the department, to demonstrate professional competence in music theory and music history; to submit a tape of an ensemble performance or teaching sample; and, if requested, to perform a placement audition on the major instrument prior to the completion of 12 hours of graduate study. If requested, applicants will interview with the music education faculty prior to an admission decision. Contingent upon faculty and Graduate School approval, conditional admission is granted in some instances. 

Two MA plans in Music Education (Plan I and Plan II, below) are offered in the College of Education. Both Plan I and Plan II lead to Alabama Class A (masters level) professional educator certification. Both require compliance with the State-approved certification program and a minimum of 30 graduate semester hours as follows: (a) required music education courses, 6 hours; (b) foundations of professional studies, 6 hours; (c) educational research, 3 hours; (d) technology, 3 hours; (e) faculty-approved teaching field, 12 hours; and, additional requirements/electives, 0-3 hours. Candidates under Plan I for the master’s degree must write a thesis (6 semester hours of thesis research may be used toward the degree). Plan II candidates must earn a minimum of 30 graduate semester hours. No music education master’s degree programs are available without satisfying Alabama certification requirements; those earning a master’s degree must be eligible for recommendation for Alabama Class A Music Education (P-12) teaching certification.

Alternative Class A, Nontraditional, Initial Teacher Certification Program

The Alternative Class A program is designed for those who possess an undergraduate degree in an area of music other than music education from a school accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. Prior to an admission decision, applicants must request a transcript evaluation of all college-level coursework from the Office of Student Services and Certification, College of Education, Box 870231,Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0231 (205) 348-6073. Contact the Office of Student Services for information about the Request for Evaluation.

Admission to an Alternative Class A program requires admission to the Graduate School and the completion of specified undergraduate prerequisite courses. A transcript evaluation is required. Applicants should contact the Office of Student Services & Certification in 104 Carmichael Hall to request a transcript evaluation.

Applicants must also meet the following requirements:

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum overall GPA of 2.75 OR a master's degree with a GPA of at least 3.0
  • Applicants must meet current basic skills requirements of the Alabama Educator Certification Assessment Program (AECAP). Effective September 1, 2017, passing scores on the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests of mathematics, reading, and writing are required (or passing scores on all components of the previously accepted Basic Skills assessment before 9/1/17). Information about the Praxis Core Tests is available online at https://www.ets.org/praxis/al/al_teacher_ed or in the Office of Student Services & Certification (104 Carmichael Hall).
  • Fingerprinting/background clearance

The program requires a minimum of 39 course credits as follows: (a) curriculum and teaching, 3 hours; (b) professional studies, 6 hours; (c) survey of special education, 3 hours; (d) technology, 3 hours; (e) evaluation of teaching and learning, 3 hours; (f) teaching reading or reading in content area, 3 hours; (g) music and music education, 15 hours; (h) internship, 6 hours. Some undergraduate prerequisites are also required. The fulfillment of all requirements leads to a master's degree and recommendation for the Alabama Class A professional educator certificate in Music Education (P-12). 

EdS in Curriculum & Instruction (Music Education option)

Applicants to the EdS program must hold valid Alabama Class A certification in Music Education or an approved equivalent certification to be considered for admission. An acceptable score on either the Graduate Record Examination or the Miller Analogies Test is required.

Additionally, applicants must successfully complete a formal screening interview with the music education faculty prior to an admission decision. Applicants are required to demonstrate professional competence in music theory and music history; to submit a tape of an ensemble performance or teaching sample; and, if requested, to perform a placement audition on the major instrument prior to the completion of 12 hours of graduate study. It is highly recommended that applicants have a minimum of three years’ full-time contractual teaching experience prior to beginning a post-masters degree program. Contingent upon faculty and Graduate School approval, conditional admission is granted in some instances.

A minimum of 30 hours of appropriate work beyond the MA degree, including completion of a research project, is required for the educational specialist (EdS) degree. The total hours of graduate work, including the MA degree, must be 60 hours. Those pursuing certification options must be certain their programs of study meet all certification requirements according to programs approved by the Alabama Department of Education. Courses used to qualify for a lower level supporting certificate cannot be used again in a higher level certification program. The fulfillment of these requirements leads to the Alabama Class AA professional educator certificate in Music Education (P-12).

EdD and PhD in Curriculum & Instruction (Music Education option)

An acceptable score on either the Graduate Record Examination or the Miller Analogies Test is required. Applicants should have either a bachelor's or master's degree in music education. Additionally, applicants must submit a writing sample and successfully complete a formal screening interview with the music education faculty prior to an admission decision. Applicants are required to demonstrate professional competence in music theory and music history; to submit a tape of an ensemble performance or teaching sample; and, if requested, to perform a placement audition on the major instrument prior to the completion of 12 hours of graduate study. It is highly recommended that applicants have a minimum of three years’ full-time contractual teaching experience prior to beginning a post-masters degree program. Contingent upon faculty and Graduate School approval, conditional admission is granted in some instances.

The doctoral degrees (EdD and PhD) in curriculum and instruction (music education option) are designed to include a broad field of study in a major area of specialization. Selection and sequence of courses are contingent on the skills, background, and professional goals of the student. Each student’s program will include courses in music, music education, professional education, and research.

All doctoral students must have a completed Plan of Study approved by the Graduate School no later than the semester during which the student will complete 30 semester hours of UA and/or transfer credit for the doctoral degree. 

A department-approved Admission to Candidacy for the Doctoral Degree is submitted to the Graduate School as soon as possible after passing the comprehensive (preliminary) examination.  For details on Plan of Study, Admission to Candidacy, and all other degree requirements, visit the Degree Requirements section of this catalog.
 

Graduate work in music education is an option through the Curriculum and Instruction Department in the College of Education. Interested applicants should contact Music Education, Box 870366, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0366 (205) 348-6054, or speak with a music education adviser.

Faculty

Department Head and Associate Professor
  • Marvin E. Latimer
Professor
  • Carl Hancock
Associate Professor
  • Kenneth M. McGuire
Instructor
  • Anne Witt
 

Courses

MUE
500
Hours
3
Foundatn Music Education

Investigation of the purposes and functions of music education from antiquity to the present. Philosophical foundations and a chronological survey of historical issues related to the inclusion of music in general education will also be discussed.

MUE
525
Hours
3
Choral Techn Materials

Organization, rehearsal, programming and performance of choral groups.

MUE
526
Hours
3
Instrml Techn Materls

Organization, rehearsal, programming and performance of instrumental groups.

MUE
530
Hours
3
Mus Ed Curr Theory Dev

Analysis of music curricula and study of the development process.

MUE
532
Hours
3
Research in the History and Aesthetics of Music Education

This course will address various techniques into the history and aesthetics of music education.

MUE
535
Hours
1-3
Curriculum Projects In Mued

The design, proposal, implementation, evaluation, and reporting of a curriculum project or an improved instructional procedure in music. Independent study.

MUE
540
Hours
3
Intro Research In Mued

Introduction to research study in music education.

MUE
560
Hours
0.5,1
Functional Instruments

No description available.

MUE
580
Hours
3
Introduction to Graduate Studies in Music Education

Introduction designed to prepare student for the application of scholarly thinking to topics in the areas of music psychology, teacher training, and music education.

MUE
586
Hours
3
Marching Band Techniques

Fundamentals of marching, maneuvering, and preparation and presentation of formations. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing.

Prerequisite(s): Graduate Standing
MUE
589
Hours
2-6
Clinical Experiences in Music Education

Part-time supervised teaching experience in secondary instrumental music education. Four-twelve hours weekly for 14 weeks in Tuscaloosa area public schools.

MUE
590
Hours
1-3
Seminar In Music Education

Study of special topics in music education.

MUE
591
Hours
1-3
Workshop in Music Education

Provide students with professional development opportunities in the field of music education through attendance at regional and national conferences, especially through the AMEA Annual Conference. Attendance at sessions including workshops on topics affecting all aspects of teaching, especially as they relate to music educators. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing
MUE
597
Hours
3-12
Practicum Music Educatn

No description available.

MUE
598
Hours
1-3
Non-Thesis Research

No description available.

MUE
599
Hours
1-6
Thesis Research

No description available.

MUE
600
Hours
3
Foundations of Music Education

The purposes of this course are (a) to introduce ideas, people, and events that inform the history and philosophy of Western music education, particularly in the North American context, and (b) to acquaint students with tools of philosophical and historical inquiry appropriate for their ongoing engagement with music education as reflective practitioners and as graduate student researchers.

MUE
625
Hours
3
Choral Techniques and Materials

This course is an overview of resources for college level students of choral teaching and conducting. It includes such topics as philosophy, learning theory, human behavior, and history as it investigates the various roles of the choral conductor. It also reviews such issues as the relationship between conductor and vocalist, mechanics of singing, and rehearsal strategies informed by the findings of past choral scholars and some of the most recent and salient research in choral singing. It is designed as a graduate level survey course for those interested in expanding their knowledge base in various choral methods techniques, within the context of both historical and divergent contemporary choral rehearsal and performance practices.

MUE
626
Hours
3
Instrumental Tech & Materials

Advanced organization, rehearsal, programming and performance of instrumental groups.

MUE
630
Hours
3
Mu Ed Curric Theory Dv

Advanced analysis of music curricula and study of the development process.

MUE
631
Hours
0
Doctor of Philosophy Diagnostic/Admission Exam

Examination required prior to completion of no more than six hours of study for admission to a Ph.D. program in music education.

MUE
635
Hours
1-3
Curriculum Projects Mued

The design, proposal, implementation, evaluation, and reporting of a curriculum project or an improved instructional procedure in music. Independent study.

MUE
641
Hours
3
Adv Research Music Educ

The design, implementation and reporting of research studies that illustrate a variety of methodological and statistical plans for research in music education.

Prerequisite(s): MUE 540
MUE
690
Hours
1-3
Advanced Seminar Music Educati

No description available.

MUE
698
Hours
1-3
Non-Dissertatn Research

No description available.

MUE
699
Hours
1-12
Dissertation Research

No description available.