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MUEP - Music Education and Pedagogy

MUEP 120: Basic Audio Recording

Fundamentals of audio recording, providing a basic knowledge of essential recording theory, skills, and techniques.
Units: 1
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MUEP 150: Introduction to Arts Management

This class will introduce students to the skills, knowledge, and passion required for a career in arts management and non-profit arts leadership. Lectures, projects, and presentations will address topics including programming, marketing, fundraising, finance, crisis management, arts advocacy, community engagement, and board management. Field trips to local arts organizations and visits from arts professionals will provide networking opportunities and enable students to explore career paths. Students will engage with the challenges facing the arts industry, including the urgent need to diversify organizations and programming and to increase audiences and support for the arts.
Units: 3

MUEP 191: Directed Study in Music Education and Pedagogy

Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work.
Units: 1 TO 98
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required

MUEP 195: Internship in Music Pedagogy

An experience-based project in music developed in consultation with a designated supervisor and a conservatory faculty member, comprising a work component and an academic component. The academic component of the internship, carried out under the supervision of the faculty member, may include readings related to the substance of the internship, discussions with the faculty member, and a written report or other culminating project appropriate to the discipline.
Units: 1 TO 98
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required

MUEP 201: Introduction to Music Education

An introduction to the philosphy of music education and the principles of learning theory and pedagogy, and improvisation as applied to the private lesson, instrumental and choral ensembles, and the general music classroom. In addition, the course includes observation of experienced teachers, in-class teaching, and improvisation.
Units: 3

MUEP 220: Audio Editing and Mixing Techniques

Study of temporal, timbral, and dynamic signal processing, digital audio editing and mixing techniques.
Units: 3
Prerequisite: MUEP 120 and instructor approval

MUEP 230: Voice for Instrumental Music Educators

An introduction to singing technique, voice use, and health.
Units: 1
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing

MUEP 240: General Music Methods I

An examination of various approaches to designing music instruction for general music environments. The course provides future teachers with strategies and learning theories for improving large group teaching and motivating all learners to succeed. Instructional skills and evaluation techniques needed for classroom application in diverse school settings will be addressed.
Units: 6
Prerequisite: Prior completion or concurent enrollment in MUEP 336, and MURP 223, or consent of instructor.

MUEP 245: Instrumental Pedagogy

An introduction to individualized instrumental instruction. Directed reading and discussion concerning instrumental technique and pedagogy, learning theory, and lesson planning. Includes supervised teaching of private lessons and observation of experienced teachers. May be repeated for credit.
Units: 3
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing and consent of instructor

MUEP 252: Cello Pedagogy

An introduction to cello teaching. Directed reading and discussion concerning technique and pedagogy, learning theory, and lesson planning. Includes supervised teaching of private lessons and observation of experienced teachers.
Units: 3

MUEP 259: Brass Pedagogy

An introduction to individualized brass instrument instruction. Directed reading and discussion concerning brass instrument technique, pedagogy, and lesson planning.
Units: 1

MUEP 261: Flute Pedagogy

An introduction to teaching the flute. Directed reading and discussion concerning technique and pedagogy, learning theory, and lesson planning. Includes supervised teaching of private lessons and observation of experienced teachers.
Units: 3
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing

MUEP 280: The Entrepreneurial Musician

A broad introduction to entrepreneurship for musicians, dancers, thespians, visual artists, and other interested students. This course aspires to give students the tools and the mindset to become agents of innovative, entrepreneurial change, social entrepreneurs or entrepreneurial artists. After presenting a social science view of entrepreneurship, the course will feature faculty from a variety of disciplines as well as visiting entrepreneurs. This is a project-oriented course with extensive speaking that will challenge convention, push you to new realms of creative thought, and stretch the boundaries of collaborative learning. Are you ready to unleash the power of the liberal arts?
Units: 6

MUEP 301: Piano Pedagogy I

An introduction to piano teaching. Study of learning process and teaching methods and materials. Work with lesson and curriculum planning and instructional techniques for both groups and individuals, from average-age beginners through intermediate-level students. Required observation of experienced teachers and supervised teaching.
Units: 3
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or consent of instructor

MUEP 302: Piano Pedagogy II

An introduction to piano teaching. Study of learning process and teaching methods and materials. Work with lesson and curriculum planning and instructional techniques for both groups and individuals, from average-age beginners through intermediate-level students. Required observation of experienced teachers and supervised teaching.
Units: 3
Prerequisite: MUEP 301

MUEP 303: Piano Pedagogy III

An introduction to piano teaching. Study of learning process and teaching methods and materials. Work with lesson and curriculum planning and instructional techniques for both groups and individuals, from average-age beginners through intermediate-level students. Required observation of experienced teachers and supervised teaching.
Units: 3
Prerequisite: MUEP 302

MUEP 304: Guitar Pedagogy

An introduction to class guitar and individual guitar instruction. Includes reading and discussion, lesson and curriculum planning, observation of experienced teachers and a survey of pedagogical materials.
Units: 1
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing

MUEP 305: Jazz Pedagogy

Structured to prepare teachers of elementary, middle school, and high school students. Jazz education philosophies, teaching improvisation/aural skills/interaction, fostering composition/arranging in the school program, small group development, large ensemble rehearsal techniques, repertoire/ programming, and public presentation.
Units: 1
Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor

MUEP 307: Orchestration for the Music Educator

An overview of woodwind, brass, string, and percussion instrument families, with discussion of solutions to common problems encountered when dealing with these instruments.
Units: 1
Prerequisite: MUTH 301

MUEP 310: Brass Techniques

An introduction to the teaching of brass instruments, with emphasis on teaching principles and their application to school music. Theoretical and practical playing knowledge of all brass instruments required. Discussion and evaluation of method, materials, and literature.
Units: 3
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing

MUEP 315: Percussion Techniques

An introduction to the teaching of percussion instruments, with emphasis on teaching principles and their application to school music. Theoretical and practical playing knowledge of all percussion instruments required. Required observation, discussion, and evaluation of method, materials, and literature.
Units: 3
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing

MUEP 320: Audio Mastering and Critical Listening

Studio-based exploration of audio mastering techniques, to include: corrective equalization, limiting, metadata generation, and master file creation. Critical listening exercises to develop a production-based paradigm for analyzing audio and thinking critically to create competitive audio files in multiple genres.
Units: 3
Prerequisite: MUEP 220 and instructor approval

MUEP 321: Woodwind Techniques I

A study of the woodwind instruments, with emphasis on teaching principles and their application to school music. Laboratory fee.
Units: 3
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing

MUEP 322: Woodwind Techniques II

A study of the woodwind instruments, with emphasis on teaching principles and their application to school music. Laboratory fee.
Units: 3
Prerequisite: MUEP 321 or consent of instructor.

MUEP 331: String Techniques I

Class instruction in all bowed string instruments, with emphasis on teaching principles and their application to string classes in elementary and secondary schools.
Units: 3
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing; recommended that string majors take this course during the sophomore year

MUEP 332: String Techniques II

Class instruction in all bowed string instruments, with emphasis on teaching principles and their application to string classes in elementary and secondary schools.
Units: 3
Prerequisite: MUEP 331 or consent of instructor.

MUEP 333: String Pedagogy: Pedagogues & Methods

A concentrated course encompassing a wide range of pedagogical approaches and principles involved in teaching and playing the violin, viola, cello, and double bass. Topics include the study of major pedagogues, including Galamian, Suzuki, Rolland, and others. Offered even years only.
Units: 1

MUEP 336: Guitar Techniques for the Music Educator

Beginning guitar and recorder instruction providing practical application of basic performance techniques to the elementary music classroom for the purpose of teaching.
Units: 1

MUEP 337: Indigeneity Unleashed: Perspectives of Institutional Decolonization Today

This course centers Indigeneity by exploring how we may practice and enact decolonization at institutions through ethnographic analyses and studying talk and symbolic practice. We will equip students with the skills to identify and assess how colonialism currently affects them today in an effort to create innovation around systemic structural change. Using an interdisciplinary lens students will investigate the topic through music, art, literature, and ethnographic research. Field experiences and guest presenters from Indigenous communities will be an important component of this course.
Units: 6
Also listed as Ethnic Studies 337, Anthropology 337
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing

MUEP 340: Musical Theatre Production Overview

This course is designed to equip future educators with a basic understanding of the various details and responsibilities involved in mounting a musical theatre production. Topics include: choosing a musical, rehearsal schedules, finances, stage direction/blocking, lighting, sound, choreography, and pit orchestra. Offered every other year, fall term (even years).
Units: 3
Also listed as Theatre Arts 340
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing

MUEP 345: Applied Instrumental Pedagogy

Application of teaching strategies, learning theory, and lesson planning to private lesson instruction. Directed teaching and discussion of journal articles and texts addressing issues relevant to studio teaching. Students enrolled in the course are assigned a student from outside the university and teach an observed private lesson each week. May be repeated for credit.
Units: 3
Prerequisite: MUEP 201 or MUEP 245

MUEP 350: General Music Methods II

This course is designed to develop pedagogical competencies necessary for teaching general music in grades pre-K to 12. This course will strengthen understanding of culturally relevant pedagogy, Kodaly, Orff, and Dalcroze methodologies through solfège, improvisation, theory and movement. A practicum at a diverse area school is a key feature of this course.
Units: 6
Prerequisite: MUEP 240, MUEP 336 and MURP 223

MUEP 370: General Music Practicum

A pre-student-teaching opportunity to integrate coursework in general music with practical teaching experience in grades K-12. Two and one-half hours of teaching per week with weekly conferences with instructor. Teaching hours will count toward the 100 practicum hours required prior to student teaching.
Units: 3
Prerequisite: MUEP 232, MUEP 335, MUEP 350, and MURP 212; or consent of instructor

MUEP 371: Voice Science and Pedagogy I

An introduction to the science and pedagogy of singing, emphasizing the physiology and pedagogy of respiration for singing, the voice source, vocal acoustics, and registration. The application of voice science to pedagogy, issues of pedagogical philosophy and psychology, vocal line, vocal vibrato, and vocal hygiene also are introduced. 3 units awarded upon completion of MUEP 372.
Units: 3
Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor; credit awarded upon completion of MUEP 372

MUEP 372: Voice Science and Pedagogy II

A continuation of MUEP 371. Supervised student teaching with weekly lab discussions on issues arising from the teaching experience.
Units: 1
Prerequisite: MUEP 371

MUEP 373: The Brain, Music and Optimal Performance

The course will highlight how sensory and motor systems function from the practical perspective of neural anatomy and how we, through the application of cognitive psychology and perceptual-motor skills may optimize our performance in an ideal performing state. Required for the vocal pedagogy minor, but relevant for both vocal and instrumental majors.
Units: 3
Prerequisite: Junior standing

MUEP 380: Conducting Principles

An introduction to choral and instrumental conducting: baton and rehearsal techniques, and score-reading (utilizing aural and keyboard skills). Lab required.
Units: 6
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing, MUTH 301 and BKS

MUEP 390: Tutorial in Music Pedagogy

Units: 1 TO 98
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

MUEP 391: Directed Study in Music Education and Pedagogy

Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work.
Units: 1 TO 98
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required

MUEP 395: Internship in Music Pedagogy

An experience-based project in music developed in consultation with a designated supervisor and a conservatory faculty member, comprising a work component and an academic component. The academic component of the internship, carried out under the supervision of the faculty member, may include readings related to the substance of the internship, discussions with the faculty member, and a written report or other culminating project appropriate to the discipline.
Units: 1 TO 98
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required

MUEP 399: Independent Study in Music Pedagogy

Students considering an honors project should register for independent study for one or more terms.
Units: 1 TO 98

MUEP 403: Large Ensemble Rehearsal Techniques

Concepts and techniques appropriate to effective leadership of musical ensembles in the 6th-12th grade band, choir, or orchestra setting. Topics include programming and repertoire, rehearsal planning, assessment, community leadership, strategies for working with wind, brass, string, percussion instruments and vocalists, adaptive strategies, and curriculum design with incorporation of national standards for learning.
Units: 6
Prerequisite: Junior Standing, MUEP 380

MUEP 431: Educating All Learners - Music

This course for students seeking certification to teach music (choral, general, and/or instrumental) focuses on adapting music instruction to learners with disabilities. Practicum of 10 hours required in a music class that includes learners with special needs.
Units: 3
Also listed as Education 431
Prerequisite: EDST 180, junior standing, and declared major in music education

MUEP 451: Instrumental Methods and Rehearsal Techniques

A continuation of instrumental conducting studies; rehearsal technique; aural, vocal, and written score analysis; and improvisation. Specific topics pertinent to the student’s emphasis addressed. Required participation in instrumental lab.
Units: 6
Prerequisite: MUEP 403

MUEP 452: Choral Techniques, Rehearsal Procedures and Repertoire

Students will transfer ensemble techniques from MUEP 403 to the choral setting. Includes more intensive formal score analysis, lesson planning, vocal modeling, and listening. Students will begin to develop inner hearing, demonstrate an ability to play and sing the score, refine rehearsal efficiency, and demonstrate effective nonverbal skills as well while conducting. Students will also teach in a high school or middle school choral classroom.
Units: 6
Prerequisite: MUEP 403 Corequisite: MUEP 307

MUEP 502: Early Advanced Piano Pedagogy

A course in how to teach the advancing pianist, with a survey of piano literature for the pre-college student. Readings on style, technique, form, and practice techniques. Required observation of conservatory piano faculty.
Units: 3
Prerequisite: MUEP 303

MUEP 503: Group Piano Pedagogy

Study of different types of group teaching situations: in the schools, independent studios, different age and special-interest groups, repertoire classes. Techniques for teaching in the electronic piano laboratory.
Units: 3
Prerequisite: MUEP 303

MUEP 505: Internship in Piano Pedagogy

Internship in independent studio teaching. Opportunity to integrate coursework in piano pedagogy with practical experience in an independent piano studio. Exploration of the business and professional aspects of establishing an independent teaching studio. Studio placement must be approved by instructor.
Units: 3
Prerequisite: MUEP 303

MUEP 581: Student Teaching in Piano I

Supervised teaching in the Lawrence Academy of Music. Includes weekly conferences with the pedagogy instructor.
Units: 3
Prerequisite: MUEP 303

MUEP 582: Student Teaching in Piano II

Supervised teaching in the Lawrence Academy of Music. Includes weekly conferences with the pedagogy instructor.
Units: 3
Prerequisite: MUEP 303

MUEP 590: Tutorial in Music Pedagogy

Units: 1 TO 98
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

MUEP 591: Directed Study in Music Education and Pedagogy

Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work.
Units: 1 TO 98
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required

MUEP 595: Internship in Music Pedagogy

An experience-based project in music developed in consultation with a designated supervisor and a conservatory faculty member, comprising a work component and an academic component. The academic component of the internship, carried out under the supervision of the faculty member, may include readings related to the substance of the internship, discussions with the faculty member, and a written report or other culminating project appropriate to the discipline.
Units: 1 TO 98
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required

MUEP 599: Independent Study in Music Pedagogy

Students considering an honors project should register for independent study for one or more terms.
Units: 1 TO 98
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

MUEP 660: Advanced Methods in Teaching Music

The seminar will engage students in critical reflection upon their teaching experience. Concrete and theoretical problems having to do with teaching and learning will be explored (e.g., classroom management, assessment of pupil performance, curriculum design, instructional methods), as will issues having to do with educational policy and school organization.
Units: 3
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in MUEP 680 or consent of the instructor

MUEP 680: Student Teaching

Student teaching is a full-day, full-semester (18-week) experience combining observation with practice teaching in K-12 schools within a 45-mile radius of campus. Concurrent registration in MUEP 660 Advanced Methods in Teaching Music is required.
Units: 18
Prerequisite: Senior standing and admission to student teaching program; contact department chair about specific prerequisites and co-requisites

MUEP 685: International Student Teaching

This is an overseas student teaching option in music. After nine weeks of student teaching in the greater Fox Valley, students will be placed in one of 16 countries to complete the student teaching practicum. International student teaching is available during 13th term. For students in the five-year double-degree program, a 16th term of student teaching is available under the same policy. Students must have been admitted to the student teaching program and have met all requirements for domestic student teaching. Contact the department chair for additional admission and fee requirements.
Units: 18
Prerequisite: Senior standing and admission to student teaching program; contact the music education department chair about specific prerequisites, co-requisites, admission and fee requirements

MUEP 690: Tutorial in Music Pedagogy

Units: 1 TO 98
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

MUEP 691: Directed Study in Music Education and Pedagogy

Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work.
Units: 1 TO 98
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required

MUEP 695: Internship in Music Pedagogy

An experience-based project in music developed in consultation with a designated supervisor and a conservatory faculty member, comprising a work component and an academic component. The academic component of the internship, carried out under the supervision of the faculty member, may include readings related to the substance of the internship, discussions with the faculty member, and a written report or other culminating project appropriate to the discipline.
Units: 1 TO 98
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required

MUEP 699: Independent Study in Music Pedagogy

Students considering an honors project should register for independent study for one or more terms.
Units: 1 TO 98
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.