Music Education 10.3 - 10.4

10.3.   Advising of Music Education Major and Credential Students

All 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 (see Student Organizations, 9.2). 

10.4.   Music Education Assessment Portfolio and Exit/Entrance Interview

The 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: 

  1. Introduction/Cover Letter stating who you are and the nature of your professional goals.
  2. Resume.
  3. CBEST Scores
  4. Letters of recommendation (at least three) reflecting different areas of expertise (i.e., from a professor, classroom teacher, principal, employer, or superintendent).
  5. Statement of Music Education Philosophy.
  6. Section with notes and materials from fundamental courses, music education courses, and other courses that may serve you as a teacher.
  7. 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.