At Georgia State you will take traditional method classes but will also learn to improvise, use electric instruments, compose and much more. You will learn to be the best possible ensemble/choral director in addition to being able to design novel student-centered instruction. Most important, you will learn to channel your passion for music through effective instruction.
Music Education prepares you to teach music in schools or other group settings from early childhood through adulthood. After graduation, you qualify for a Georgia teaching certificate in K-12 music. In addition to performance, you will study child development and learning, as well as methods of teaching music. Applicants should have a strong background in music performance and music reading and should have a particular interest in sharing their love of music with others. An audition is required for admission.
Teacher Preparation Program Effectiveness
All initial teacher preparation program candidates must pass a state-mandated teacher performance assessment, the GACE Content Assessments in Music, at the end of their programs in order to become certified in Georgia. The teacher performance assessment is designed to measure a candidate’s ability to help all students learn. Teacher candidates are required to demonstrate knowledge and skills in planning, teaching, assessing, and analyzing student learning.
- 100% Job Placement Rate
- 100% EdTPA Pass Rate
- Exemplary Program as rated by GAPSC
- CMS Music in Education Award-Winning Sound Learning Outreach Program
- Research-Driven Instruction by Faculty at the Forefront of Music Education Research
- The Georgia State Music Education program achieved the highest rating of Exemplary from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. The 2020 rating was based on three years of assessment data gathered from students, faculty, and alumni.
This concentration emphasizes the development of advanced, research-based knowledge and skills in music teaching and learning. The focus is on school music programs; however, students may pursue courses in effective teaching at all age levels, including early childhood through adulthood. Graduate students in music education will be given the opportunity to conduct research and to learn to apply their findings in the classroom. The music education faculty is continuously involved in research related to adolescent voices, educational policy, cognition behind improvisation and more. They use qualitative, quantitative and brain imaging methods to explore important questions with the final goal of understanding and improving music learning and teaching.
Successful applicants for the music education concentration generally have experience as excellent general, choral or instrumental music teachers in schools. The Master of Music is not appropriate for candidates seeking initial teaching certification. Applicants should either hold or be eligible for an initial teaching certificate or license. Interview recommended.
Georgia State University is pleased to offer FREE Spring Seminar series. Please register if you are interested in attending these virtual sessions; a link will be emailed prior to each seminar.
March 4, 2021, 6:00 PM
Presenter: Katrin Meidell
“Introduction to Music and Medicine”
A brief introduction to the four main aspects of health that can affect a musician’s professional and personal life: musculoskeletal, auditory, vocal, and mental health. The talk will include tips for staying healthy.
Violist Katrin Meidell, DMA, enjoys a prolific career as a performer, pedagogue, and lecturer. She has taught at the Schwob School of Music, Columbus State University, since 2018. Meidell has been published in the Journal of the American Viola Society, and now serves as a proud Board Member for the organization. She is a Karen Tuttle Coordination pedagogue, with her most recent master class engagements at Illinois State University, University of Tennessee, the International Viola Congress (Netherlands), and the Poznań International Viola Forum (Poland). When not working, she enjoys outdoor activities and knitting. For more, please visit www.katrinmeidell.com.
March 25, 2021, 6:00 PM
Presenter: Juliana Cantarelli Vita
“Racial Equity in the Music Classroom”
In this session, we will explore ways to continuously embrace racial equity in the music classroom, further discuss issues of appreciation/appropriation, tokenization, and ways to connect to people/context in very practical ways.
Juliana Cantarelli Vita is a Ph.D. Candidate in Music Education with an emphasis in Ethnomusicology at the University of Washington, and a pre-doctoral instructor at the Spanish and Portuguese Department at the UW. Juliana has completed Orff Schulwerk (I-III) and Kodaly Pedagogy (I) levels and worked at the Smithsonian Folkways World Music Pedagogy Course at West Virginia University (2015-2020), and at the University of Washington (2018-2020). In 2020 she joined The Orff Echo Editorial Board.
April 22, 2021, 6:00 PM
Presenter: Constance McKoy
“What Does it Mean to be a Culturally Responsive MusicTeacher?”
Description: This presentation will focus on four principles that teachers should consider if they want to teach music in ways that value the culturally-informed musical knowledge and skills students bring to music classrooms and rehearsal spaces.
A native of Fayetteville, NC, Connie McKoy is Marion Stedman Covington Distinguished Professor of Music and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the School of Music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), where she is in her twenty-first year as a faculty member. She holds a BM from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and MM and PhD degrees from UNCG. She taught in public schools for 19 years as a general music teacher, choral director, and band assistant. Her research focuses on culturally responsive teaching in music education and has been published in multiple professional journals. She has presented at state, divisional, national, and international music conferences, and has guest lectured at colleges and universities across the nation. In 2017 & 2019, she participated in the Yale Symposium on Music in Schools and contributed to the 2017 symposium document, Declaration on Equity in Music for City Students. Dr. McKoy is the co-author of Culturally Responsive Teaching in Music Education: From Understanding to Application, published by Routledge. She is a past president of the NC Music Educators Association and a past chair of the Society for Music Teacher Education, an affiliated society of the National Association for Music Education.
Register for our Spring 2021 Seminars in Music Education.
The School of Music offers a wide variety of outstanding performance opportunities in instrumental and vocal music. Ensembles are available to all students in the university through audition.
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