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Northwest Missouri State University


Clarinet lessons (Photo by University Photography)

Methods and Materials

Brass Methods
Development of the basic skills and techniques of playing and teaching brass instruments.

Percussion Methods
Development of basic skills and techniques of playing and teaching percussion instruments.

String Methods
Development of the basic skills and techniques of playing and teaching orchestral string instruments.

Vocal Methods
Development of the basic skills and techniques of vocal procedures.

Woodwind Methods
Development of the basic skills and techniques of playing and teaching woodwind instruments.

Instrumental Methods for Non-instrumental Majors
Development of functional ability in wind, string, brass and percussion instruments. Instrumental music majors may not receive credit for this course.

Music Methods for Elementary Education Majors
An orientation in current concepts of music, learning procedures and processes for the elementary classroom. Elements of music are presented with concrete experiences to explore appropriate methods and materials. Music majors cannot receive credit for this course.

Elements of Conducting
Baton technique and the elements of interpretation in conducting choral and instrumental groups.

Music Practicum
Supervised classroom/rehearsal observation and teaching in various music activities. Enrollment by faculty selection. May be repeated, but only two hours may count as an elective toward an undergraduate degree.

Choral Conducting
A refinement and augmentation of the choral foundation provided in Elements of Conducting.

Instrumental Conducting
A refinement and augmentation of the foundation provided in Elements of Conducting, with specific attention to instrumental (orchestra and band) conducting.

Methods in Elementary School Music
A study of methods and materials for music in the elementary school. Music majors or minors only.

Methods in Secondary School Instrumental Music
Instrumental problems peculiar to the junior and senior high school. Analysis of materials and methods including instructional observation. Prerequisite: Passing of piano proficiency examination and admission to teacher education. Meets requirements for special secondary methods in education sequence.

Methods in Secondary School Vocal Music
Vocal problems peculiar to the junior and senior high school. Analysis of materials and methods including instructional observation. Music majors only. Prerequisite: Passing of piano proficiency examination and admission to teacher education. Meets requirements for special secondary methods in education sequence.

Junior High Music Education: Special Topics
A study of selected methods/materials for music instruction in the junior high or middle school with particular attention being given to recent developments and current issues.

Senior High Music Education: Special Topics
A study of selected methods/materials for music instruction in the senior high school with particular attention being given to recent developments and current issues.

Principles of Singing
Advanced study of basic concepts of singing. Historical survey from bel canto to contemporary schools.

Advanced Instrumental Conducting
An application of conducting practices in interpretation, style and performance through the study of representative works for concert band, wind ensemble and orchestra.

Advanced Choral Conducting
Study of representative large works through conducting practices in interpretation, style and p erformance.

Early Childhood Music
Designed to assist the early-childhood teacher in developing better techniques of teaching music to specific levels.

Marching Band Technique
Fundamentals of drill, parade routine, charting and scoring the football show.

Junior High School Music Methods
A study of the materials and methods employed in the junior high and middle school.

Choral Literature for Secondary Schools
A survey of choral literature including the music of all periods, both sacred and secular, and a study of the style and interpretation of music from each period.

Instrumental Literature for Secondary Schools
A survey of domestic and foreign publishers of instrumental music for educational purposes and a study of specific instrumental music for solo and ensemble performance.

Problems in Instrumental Music
A study of musical and administrative problems peculiar to instrumental teaching.

Problems in Vocal Music
Current practices in administration and organization of school vocal programs.

Comparative Methods in Elementary Music
A survey of today's methods of teaching music education in the elementary school. The main emphasis is on techniques employed by Zoltan Kodaly, Carl Orff and Dalcroze.