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MUSIC 3AA3 Elementary Music Education

Academic Year: Fall 2017

Term: Fall

Day/Evening: D

Office Hours: Friday 11 am to Noon



Course Objectives:

Elementary Music Education (MU3AA3E) is an introduction to various approaches to teaching music in the elementary school classroom, including Orff, Kodaly and Suzuki. Through ‘hands-on’ work, students will explore ways of teaching beat, rhythm, melody and music appreciation. In addition, students are expected to do some reflective work on learning styles and their application to teaching, as well as a review of their own experiences as a music student. Due to the focus on practical skills, a high level of participation is required for this class. The goal of the course is to provide students with an introduction to the various approaches possible, with the understanding that more in-depth study of each method will be necessary. In addition, students will gain practical experience in the planning and presentation of in-class activities.

OBJECTIVES:

  • Understand the basic principles of the Kodaly, Orff and Suzuki approaches to music education
  • Sing simple songs using Kodaly hand signs
  • Develop a repertoire of games and songs for use in the classroom
  • Be able to teach music literacy skills
  • Play the recorder with good tone and technical facility
  • Learn about musical development in children
  • Learn basic performance skills on Orff instruments
  • Create a work for singing, movement, recorders and Orff instruments to be performed in class

 


Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

MATERIALS:

  • A recorder
  • Material created by the professor for the class will be posted on the course site on Avenue to Learn

 

 


Method of Assessment:

My goal for this course is to provide you practical, hands-on experience that will serve you well in any number of settings, including the elementary classroom, private studios, group instruction and day care centres. To that end, the course will culminate in a performance of a work chosen by you and arranged for Orff percussion instruments, recorders, voices and any other instruments that you choose. Adding a movement component would also be desirable. We will work on all of the necessary skills over the course of the term.

 

Song analysis (Oct. 3)                                                                               15%

You will choose a simple pentatonic song and using the provided template, outline WHY you would teach this song, WHAT are the important musical elements and HOW you would teach them.

Kodaly Vocal Test (Oct. 20)                                                                           15%

You will sing, in a group, a simple canon using Kodaly hand signs.

Kodaly/Orff lesson plan (due Nov. 10)                                                        20%   

Using your pentatonic song, you will create a step-by-step lesson plan emphasizing ONE aspect that you wish to emphasize.

Reflection on your philosophical approach (Nov. 23)                             20%

Creating (and being able to articulate) your personal teaching philosophy is an important part of your development as an educator. We will explore how to construct a first draft of this statement.

Final project (Nov. 30)                                                                                  30%

Your culminating project for this course will be the creation of an arrangement for Orff instruments (and other simple hand percussion), voices and movement of your pentatonic song to be performed by the class.

Note: Students will have received 30 % of their final grade by November 10.


Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Late Submission of Coursework

  • If you submit a piece of coursework after the deadline but within 24 hours of the deadline, your mark will be reduced by 5 percentage points.
  • If you submit a piece of coursework during the following six days, your mark will be reduced by a further 10 percentage points.
  • Coursework submitted later than seven days after the deadline, will be awarded a mark of zero.

 


Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Email correspondence policy

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

Modification of course outlines

The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at mcmaster.ca/msaf/. If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail sas@mcmaster.ca. For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.


Topics and Readings:

Focus of lectures, required readings and detailed instructions on assignments will be posted on "Avenue to Learn".