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Music Education Courses

We are excited about the prospect of your taking courses through SCOPE. Formal admission to BJU is not required to take a course by distance learning, and approval to take a distance learning course does not imply admission to BJU or to a particular degree program.

ME 510: History of American Music

3 credits

Designed specifically for the practicing music educator, the course will explore the history of American music through style, historical context, structure, social significance and political impact. Students will complete a final project which connects their own teaching experiences and/or pedagogical concerns to a topic covered in the course.

  • Dates: June 27–Aug. 13, 2022
  • Register by: June 24, 2022

Americas Musical Life: A History – 2005 Edition
Crawford, Richard
ISBN: 9780393327267

ME 613: Foundational Approaches in Music Education

2 credits

Content and application of Gordon’s Music Learning Theory, and the approaches of Orff, Kodaly and Dalcroze. Emphasizes skill development as advocated by each: audiation, movement, improvisation, solfege, systems of rhythm reading, etc. The student will apply these to the teaching of music within his area of specialization.

  • Dates: June 27–Aug. 13, 2022
  • Register by: June 24, 2022

The ways children learn music: An introduction and practical guide to music learning theory. Revised – 2000 Edition
Bluestine, E.
GIA Publications
ISBN: 1579991084

The eclectic curriculum in American music education. Revised
Carder, P.
Reston, VA
Music Educators National Conference.
ISBN: 0940796775

Jump Right In: Recorder Book with MP3 – 2020 Edition
Grunow, Richard F. et al
GIA Publications

Do It! Play Recorder Book 1 with MP3s – 1996 Edition
James O. Froseth / Marguerite Wilder
GIA Publications
Note: or for the book, CD, & Recorder

You will also need a soprano recorder.

ME 610: Writing & Arranging for School Ensembles

2 credits

Supervised composition and arranging of music for school ensembles.

  • Dates: Aug. 29–Dec. 10, 2022
  • Register by: Aug. 26, 2022

The Technique of Orchestration – 6th Edition
Kent Kennan and Donald Grantham
Upper Saddle River, NJ
Prentice-Hall, 2002
ISBN: 0130407712
Note: You will need access to the following book during the second half of the course. Michael Allen, Robert Gillespie – Essential Elements for Strings, Book 1, Violin and Cello (Hal Leonard, 1994). ISBN: 0793543061

ME 614: Psychology of Music

3 credits

A comprehensive overview of human music behaviors from a psychological perspective. Psychoacoustics, music perception, affective and aesthetic responses to music, and the function of music in society are systematically investigated through research methodologies and literature.

  • Dates: Aug. 29–Oct. 15, 2022
  • Register by: Aug. 26, 2022

The psychological foundations of musical behavior – 1997; 5th ed. Edition
Racody, R. E., & Boyle, J. D.
Charles C. Thomas
ISBN: 9780398088040

ME 612: Principles & History of Music Education

3 credits

An introduction to the history of American school music education from the European antecedents through the present. Emphasis will be placed on the underlying philosophies of music and the historical justifications for music teaching.

  • Dates: Oct. 17–Dec. 10, 2022
  • Register by: Oct. 14, 2022

Foundations of Music Education – 2nd Edition
Abeles, Harold; Charles Hoffer, and Robert Klotman
New York
Schirmer Books, 1994
ISBN: 9780028700113

Music Matters: A New Philosophy of Music Education
Elliot, David J.
New York
Oxford University Press, 1995
ISBN: 9780195091717

Philosophy in a New Key: A Study in the Symbolism of Reason, Rite, and Art – 3rd Edition
Susanne K. Langer
Cambridge, MA
Harvard University Press, 1957
ISBN: 0674665031

Contemporary Music Education (Recommended) – 4th Edition (optional)
Mark, Michael and Madura, Patrice
New York
Schirmer Books, 1996
ISBN: 9781133956303

Foundations and Principles of Music Education (Recommended) – 2nd Edition (optional)
Leonhard, Charles and House, Robert
New York
McGraw-Hill, 1972

Music Education: Source Readings from Ancient Greece to Today (Recommended) – 2nd Edition (optional)
ed. Michael Mark
New York
Routledge, 2002
ISBN: 9780415936798

ME 502: Music Business

2 credits

An examination of the design, implementation and operation of a professional music business (e.g., the traditional and Internet-based private studio, music academy, recording studio, retail and freelance work). Topics include business planning, licensure, budgeting, technology, marketing, grant writing, publishing and copyright law. Students will develop and defend a business plan for their chosen music business.

  • Dates: Mar. 6–Apr. 29, 2023
  • Register by: Mar. 3, 2023

Start Your Own Business – 7th Edition
Markman, Marla, editor
Entrepreneur Media, 2010
ISBN: 9781599186290