Undergraduate Catalog - Music Education
The Music Education Program at SJSU offers preparation of K-12 music teachers that has been approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and the National Association of Schools of Music. Graduates of this program are in demand throughout the state in public and private education, and job placement is currently at 100 percent. Although the music credential is under the "secondary" credential area in the College of Education, it is the credential program that certifies music specialists at all levels, K-12. All public school music teachers must hold the K-12 California music credential. While SJSU provides two areas of emphasis, the California K-12 credential allows individuals to teach any public school music courses, and SJSU students are prepared accordingly.
Academic PreparationStudents who elect to prepare for the K-12 single subject secondary credential in music must complete a five-year program at the university. The first four years are in the School of Music & Dance (BM in Music Education). During the fifth year of study the student completes professional courses and student teaching through the College of Education.
Students in music education must complete the core and support music courses required of all School of Music & Dance music majors. Additionally, they must complete courses to pass subject matter competency required for admission to the College of Education. Starting in the fall of 2005, the following courses are required for preparation and admittance into the Single Subject Credential Program:
|Musc 1AB, 2AB, 3AB, and 4AB|
Musc 30-37 and 130-137
Musc 150A, 152, 153, or 154
Musc 40A, 140B-C, or 148A-C
Musc 12, 110, and 111
|Music Systems I, II, III, and IV|
Music in World Cultures
Worlds of Jazz
Form and Analysis
Foundations of Music Education
Introduction to Music Education
Ensemble outside major area
Marching Band Techniques
Teaching Instrumental Music
Practicum in Music Education
Applied Lyric Diction
Music for Children
Teaching Choral Music
Practicum in Music Education
Credential candidates must pass all proficiencies (piano, ear training, sight singing, conducting, and fundamentals courses). Progress will be monitored through an advisement sheet held by the Coordinator of Music Education, and updated during your advisement meetings.
Advising of Music Education Major and Credential StudentsAll students who plan to work toward the K-12 California music credential must attend music education meetings each semester and meet with the Music Education Coordinator for advisement periodically. These essential meetings inform the student of any changes in departmental or state requirements that affect the credential candidates, and will allow you to stay on track in the scheduling of your classes. Additionally, all music education majors must belong to the SJSU MENC Collegiate Chapter.
Music Education Assessment Portfolio and Exit/Entrance InterviewThe Music Education Portfolio is meant to be a collection of resources that will serve you as you begin your career, and a way to collect materials to apply for the fifth year of study (below). It should demonstrate your knowledge as a musician and teacher. It will be your portfolio, so be creative in developing this document. The following must be included, but you may also decide to include other items:
A. Introduction/Cover Letter stating who you are and the nature of your professional goals.
C. CBEST Scores
D. Letters of recommendation (at least three) reflecting different areas of expertise (i.e., from a professor, classroom teacher, principal, employer, or superintendent).
E. Statement of Music Education Philosophy.
F. Section with notes and materials from fundamental courses, music education courses, and other courses that may serve you as a teacher.
G. 2-3 sample lesson plans, projects, tests, or student assessments developed by you.
At the completion of your program, you will present your portfolio at an exit/entrance interview with the Coordinator of Music Education. During this interview you may also complete application materials for the fifth year of study credential program (below).
The Fifth Year Credential ProgramAdmission to the fifth year of study for the credential includes the following requirements:
A. Subject matter competency, achieved through:
1. Completion of a state-approved music education bachelor's degree from an accredited institution (such as SJSU).OR2. Completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution (such as SJSU) and passing scores on the CSET exams in music. This option may ONLY be exercised with the permission of the music education advisor, and you may be advised to take courses to better prepare you to teach.
B. A passing score on the California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST).
C. Achievement of the current state-mandated GPA in all undergraduate work (2.94).
D. Writing exam, administered during the music education subject matter competency review and interview.
E. Portfolio and Interview (see below 10.4 above).
F. Other requirements as outlined in the secondary education program within the College of Education.
The first semester of the fifth year is devoted to coursework and student teaching supervised by the College of Education faculty. The School of Music and Dance faculty supervise the second semester of student teaching, and students are placed within their area of specialty at a location approved by the Coordinator of Music Education. Finally, there is a two semester professional methods sequence; Methodology for Music Educators, MuEd 370A (Elementary, K-8), and MuEd 370B (Secondary, 9-12). This sequence may be completed during the fifth year, or may be taken before graduation during the senior year.