Master of Music in Music Education MM Mu Ed

Master of Music in Music Education

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The degree requires three on-campus immersion experiences, 5 weeks each year May through the first week of June. Between sessions students will be required to work on their Reflection in Practice assignments and individual Lessons with an assigned instructor.   The culmination of the program takes place 25 months after the program begins.

So, as an example, classes begin May 2016, would take place again May 2017, and again May 2018, with the culmination and Commencement Ceremony for the program taking place at the end of the May cohort meetings the first week of June 2018.

The Curriculum is intensely practical, with all subjects focused on skills to be applied reflectively and immediately in the educational environments in which our students currently teach. This is why there are Applied Music performance requirements, including a Master’s level recital in the student’s instrument. Music teachers should first be music performers. A demonstration of basic music-teacher piano playing skills is also required (this may be replaced by guitar or any other instrument that may serve as an accompaniment instrument in class). MM Mu Ed students are trained and tested as mentor-teachers to pass on their expertise to the next generation of music education leaders.

The BC MM Mu Ed includes academic rigor, as the student learns the skills of Music Education empirical research, both by reading and reporting on academic professional journals, and by reflecting critically on his or her own educational practice and teaching environments. Leadership in creative, positive organizational and pedagogical change will be a theme investigated throughout.

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Below is the preliminary list of classes for the new MM MT program.

                                                                                                                                    Master of Music in Music Education

                                                                                                                                  Sample Summary of Program of Study

Music Teaching  Units
Music & the Mind 2
Music Teaching Methods:
Introductions to –
Kodaly method
Yamaha method
Orff method
Alexander method
Choral Conducting 2
Instrumental Conducting 2
Teaching Indian Music 2
Creating/Leading/Managing a Creative Environment 2
Developmental Psychology Applied to Music Teaching 2
Classroom Management & Lesson Planning 1
National Standards and the Indian Music Classroom 2
Applied Music Performance
Individual Lessons – Continuous through 2 years of study 4
2 Recitals in students’ instrument 2 (1 & 1)
Performance Ensemble 3 (1, 1 & 1)
Piano Skills for Music Teachers* 2 (1 & 1)
Reflection in Practice
Research Methodology 2
Professional Practice Project 2
Thesis 2
Total 36


Comprehensive Review

* the piano skills requirement may be met by the successful completion of an 8th grade Board exam in keyboard or piano, or demonstration of similar abilities on another accompanying instrument such as guitar. BC will have its own accompanist exam for those who have not completed a similar requirement through one of the graded exam systems.

All curricula are evaluated on an annual basis and are subject to change. Students follow the curricular requirements as published in the BC Catalogue for their year of matriculation. A typical graduate credit load is twelve units per year.

Music Graduate Entrance Exams (MGEE) are administered during Orientation Week just prior to the start of your program.

The MGEE are required of all students who have not completed a Bachelor of Music degree through the Bangalore Conservatory.

 The MGEE include entrance exams in Music Writing Skills (previously called Music Theory), Music History, Aural Music Skills, and Piano Proficiency.

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