Elementary School Methods and Materials
Fall, 2015

Instructor: Dr. Patricia Lust                          Office Hours: M - 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Office Telephone: 395-2049                                     W - 10:00 a.m. -12:00 noon.

Office: Wygal 219                                                          or by appointment










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Study of materials and techniques appropriate for teaching music to children, including peer-teaching experiences in the class and a 6-week field experience in the public schools. The course includes several research projects and seminars on issues of importance in elementary music education. Prerequisites: Bachelor of Music student with senior status and MUSC 145 completed; or permission of instructor. 3 credits.
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Campbell, Patricia Shehan and Scott-Kassner, Carol.  Music in Childhood: From Preschool through the elementary Grades, 4th edition Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Group/Thomson Learning, 2014.  Available in the bookstore.

Elementary Music Series Books . Multiple grade levels will be used and the books will be provided for use during the course.

Recorders.         Resources available in the library

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Upon completion of the course students will be able to

  1.  formulate plans and procedures necessary for teaching music in the elementary grades.
  2.  understand and utilize the parallels of language acquisition and music learning, and of language literacy
       and music literacy:
           to include phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary development and comprehension
               skills; to include the concept of print
           to include
aural skills, rhythmic, melodic and formal, etc., in understanding the language of music;
               to develop music literacy
  3.  integrate children's literature as a meaningful part of the music class and foster appreciation of a variety
        of literature and independent reading, including sound (especially musical sound) as a means of
        increasing reading comprehension.
  4.  value the contributions of the individual to the musical experience by encouraging self expression in music
         through both compositional techniques and writing strategies..

  5.  cite trends in Music Education through readings in professional journals.
  6.  be competent in the playing of classroom instruments, Orff instruments, and the recorder for use in the
       elementary music classroom.  
  7.  play piano accompaniments for children's songs.
  8.  use materials and text-book series suitable for the elementary schools.
assess student learning and use assessment information in planning.
10.  plan for active involvement of diverse learners (including ELLs, special education students, etc.) in meaningful musical experiences.  
11. defend and advocate for general music as an important part of the elementary school curriculum.

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 Tuesday, Thursday- 9:30-10:45 p.m. - Wygal, room #106

Color coding:  reading assignment,  research/seminar,  performance assignment,  released time written work is due, prepare for discussion, reading related

Aug. 25        "Frog in a Bog" with Orff instruments - analyze
                       Course Requirements and Class Schedule
                        In-class projects and chapter presentations
                        Field experiences
                        Research and in-class discussions
                        Singing and Instruments  -  Get recorders by Sept. 2
                        National Standards and VA SOLs

                  Getting involved with your professional organization

Aug. 27        Music as an Integral Part of Learning
                     Theory of Multiple Intelligence -- Do the Quiz (see links)
                      Chapter 14 . Music in an Integrated Curriculum.  pp. 356-380.
                                             Review Questions
                                             Review #3; Critical Thinking - #1; Project #3

Sept. 1        Teaching Rote Songs
                      Recorders and Orff Instruments (ongoing throughout the semester)
                      Chapter 4.  The Singing Child.  pp. 71-110.
                                            Review Questions

                                            Review - #1; Critical Thinking - #2; Project #2

Sept. 3        Research/Seminar -" Music as important part of the total learning for children"
                                   Guest Resource Person - Ms Kidd
                     Chapter 1.  The Multiple Meanings of Music for Children. pp. 2-16.
                                            Consider all Review Questions, Critical Thinking issues and Projects
                                             in preparation for the seminar.
                     Two articles from professional journals on this subject.

Sept. 8       Teaching Songs by Rote
                      Chapter 5.  Pitch and the Child.  pp. 111-127.
                                             Review Questions
                                             Critical Thinking - #1 - with a partner you select
The Boxes - see chapter assignments page at the bottom

                    Recorders and Orff Instruments - skills
Research/Seminar (Music as important part of the total learning for children) paper is due

Sept. 10     Teaching Songs by Rote
                    SOLs in Music - Find these online.
                    National Standards in Music (NAfME) - Find these online.
                    Quiz - Chapters 14. 4. 5

Advocacy Paragraph - 40-50 words - consult "Music in the Curricular Core," pp. 6-7

Sept. 15      Planning Lessons
                     Chapter 2.  From Theory to Practice in Teaching Music to Children.  pp. 17-46.
                                             Review Questions
                                             Critical Thinking - #1, #2; Projects -  #5

                     R & OI - skills

Sept. 17       Planning Lessons  - continued
  Chapter 12.  Curriculum Design.  pp. 315-339.
                                                    Review Questions
                                                    Critical Thinking - #2; Projects - #6,. #7 (compare #6 and #7)

                     Advocacy Paragraph - Final draft is due.

Sept. 22       Teaching Musicianship :
                      Draw lots for Peer Teaching
                     Chapter 3.   Methods of Teaching Music to Children.  pp. 47-70.
                                             Review Questions
                                             Critical Thinking - #1, #2; Projects - #2

                      R & OI - composing for children 

Sept. 24        Teaching Musicianship
                      Chapter 7.  Rhythm and the Child.  pp. 165-207.
                                                Review Questions
                                                Critical Thinking - #4; Project - #2, #4
                      Making Sound Pieces out of Children's Books
                      Quiz - Chapters 2, 12, 3

Sept. 29     Teaching Musicianship
                     Chapter 6.  The Moving Child.  pp. 128-164.
                                                Review Questions
                                                Review #4; Projects - #2, #3

Oct. 1        Research/Seminar - Special Learners in the Music Classroom
Guest Resource Person - Dr. Tarpley
                      Chapter 16.  Music for Exceptional Children.  pp. 404-430
                                            Consider all Review Questions, Critical Thinking issues and Projects
                                             in preparation for the seminar.

                      Two articles from professional journals on this topic.

Oct. 6          Deadline for Piano Competency I  
 Catch up on previous chapters
                      R & OI
                    Research/Seminar (Special Learners in the Music Classroom) paper is due
                    Review of children's literature based on Musical Subjects

Oct. 8          Peer Teaching (2):
                     Chapter 8.  The Playing Child. pp. 202-238.
                                              Review Questions
                                               Critical Thinking - #1; Projects - #1, #2 (3-4 examples for #2)
                     R & OI - composing for children

Oct. 13         Fall Break

Oct. 15         TBA

Oct. 20          Peer Teaching
                      Chapter 9.  The Listening Child.  pp. 239-2637.
                                               Review Questions
                                                Projects - #2, #3, #4
                       Quiz - Chapters 7, 6, 8

Oct. 22         Peer Teaching
                      Choose topic for final Research/Seminar - Bring ideas.
                      Catch up on the chapters or anything else
                      Workshop: Songs for Early Language Learning

Oct. 27         Research/Seminar - Legal Issues in Music Education    
                              Guest Resource Person -
                     Two articles from professional journals on this subject

Oct. 29        Deadline for Piano Competency II      
                     Peer Teaching (2):
                     Research/Seminar (Legal Issues in Music Education) paper is due
                      Chapter 10.  The Creating Child.  pp. 264-286.
                                              Review Questions
                                              Critical Thinking- #2 and, #3 (both); Projects #3, #6

Nov. 3          Chapter 11.  Motivation and Management.  pp. 288-314.
                                              Review Questions- all questions/everyone
                                               Critical Thinking - #1 - all (in writing)

                                               Critical Thinking- #2,
#5; Project - #6

Nov. 5           Peer Teaching #2 - TBA   

Nov. 10         Peer Teaching #2 - TBA

Nov. 12          Bibliography Children's Literature: Stories about musical subjects.  
                       Catch up on Chapters

Nov. 17         Deadline for Piano Competency III
                       Chapter 15.  Music, Multiculturalism, and Children.   pp. 381-403.
                                                      Review Questions - Questions #1 and 2          
                                                      Projects - #2 - each person, individually (Plan ahead on this one.)
Quiz - Chapter 9, 10, 11

Nov. 19         TBA - Possibly Released time for VMEA

Nov. 24         Research/Seminar - Topic, TBA

Nov. 26        Thanksgiving break

Dec. 1        Present Songs for Early Language Learning  (solo or with a partner)
                      Chapter 13.  Assessment and Evaluation.  pp. 340-355.
                                                       Review Questions
                                                       Critical Thinking - #2, #4; Project #5

                      Research/Seminar paper is due

Dec. 3       TBA

 FINAL EXAM: Wednesday, December 8, 2015, 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Presentation to the School Board - place TBA
                                Refer to the final question in the "Project" section of most chapters.
                     Superintendent of Schools for the day - Dr.

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 In-class participation - 20%
          Discussions and peer support - 10
          Chapter Projects and presentations - 10
Practical Applications - 27%
          Teaching a Rote Song - 0
          Teaching Musicianship - 4
          Peer Teaching - 10 each

Research and Papers - 24%
          4 Seminars - 3 points each
          Advocacy Paper - 3
          Annotated Bibliography of Multicultural Materials - 3
          Bibliography of Children's Literature with Musical Subjects - 3
          Songs for Early Language Learning - 3
Quizzes - 18%
Piano Competency - 6%
Final Exam - 8%


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  A = 93-100 A- =91-92 
B+ =89-90   B = 83-88   B- =81-82
C+ = 79-80 C =73-78   C- =71-72
  D = 65-70  

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 Progress in this class will depend on regular study of information learned in class as well as through outside preparation.  Regular attendance is expected.  Any student's absence from class or lack of appropriate effort may become a burden to other students.  Attendance along with appropriate preparation and cooperation are expected. Any absence after two will be taken at a cost of 5 points against the possible total grade of 100 points.
- Absence from more than 25% of classes will result automatically in a grade of F.  See college catalog for complete policy.
- Work is due at specified times.  Late work will not be accepted.
- Any arrangements to miss a class must be made ahead of time.  (Voice mail messages left as class is beginning will not be considered ahead of time.)  Your instructor is willing to negotiate, but she is not tolerant of irresponsibility.
Commitment to the field experience should be considered a professional responsibility. Absences should be RARE, but, if absolutely necessary, should be handled professionally.
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Adamek, Mary.  Music in Special Education. Silver Spring, MD: The American Music Therapy Association, Inc, 2005

Bemberger, J. and H. Brofsky.  The Art of Listening: Developing Musical Perception.  5th ed. New York: Harper and Row, 1988.

Bernstein, L.  The Joy of Music.  New York: New American Library, 1967.

Cornett, Claudia E.  Creating Meaning Through Literature and the Arts , 3rd edition.  Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill Prentice Hall, 2006.

Dallin, Leon and Lynn.  Heritage Songster.  Dubuque, IA: Wm C. Brown Publishers, 1980.

Lindeman, Carolynn and Patricia Hackett. The Musical Classroom: Backgrounds, Models, and Skills for Elementary Teaching. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2010.

Phillips, Kenneth H.  Teaching Kids to Sing.  New York: Schirmer, 1996.


        Books for Teaching Musical Concepts - or for Musical/Aural Illustration

Ackerman, Karen. The Banshee. New York: Philomel Books, 1990.

Harter, Debbie. Walking Through the Jungle. New York: Orchard Books, 1997.

Heidbreder, Robert. Drumheller Dinosaur Dance. Tonawanda, NY: Kids Can Press Ltd., 2004.

Kessler, Leonard. Mr. Pine's Purple House. Cynthiana, KY: Purple House Press, 1993.

Martin, Bill and John Archambault. Listen to the Rain. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1988.

Sendak, Maurice. Where the Wild Things Are. np: Harper Collins Publishers, 1991.

Shields, Carol Diggory. Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press, 1997.

        Books about Musical Subjects

BAnderson, M.T. and Petra Mathers. Strange Mr. Satie. New York: Viking. 2003.

Brett, Jan. Berlioz the Bear. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1991.

Celenza, Anna Harwell. Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge, 2006.

Costanza, Stephen. Mozart Finds a Melody. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2004.

Gollub, Matthew. The Jazz Fly. Santa Rosa, CA: Tortuga Press, 2000. (includes CD)

McAllister, Angela. The Enchanted Flute. New York: Delacorte Press. 1990.

McCurdy. The Old Man and the Fiddle. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1992.

Moss, Lloyd. Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin. New York: Aladdin Paperbacks, 2000.

Pinkney, Andrea Davis. Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of a Vocal Virtuosa. New York: Hyperion Books for Children, 2002.

Snicket, Lemony. The Composer is Dead. New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 2009. (includes CD)

Sundgaard, Arnold. The Bear Who Loved Puccini. New York: Philomel books, 1992.

       Songs in Book Form - Illustrated Songs: 

Denver, John and Christopher Canyon. Take Me Home, Country Roads. Nevada City, CA: Dawn Publications, 2005.

Guthrie, Woody and Kathy Jakobsen. This Land Is Your Land. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 1998.

Hoberman, Mary Ann and Nading Bernard Westcott. Bill Grogan's Goat. New York: Little Brown and Company, 2002.

Raffi and Ashley Wolff. Baby Beluga. New York, Crown Publishers, Inc., 1980.

Trapani, Iza, The Itsy Bitsy Spider. New York: Scholastic Inc., 1993.

       Art and Music

Celenza, Anna Harwell. Pictures at an Exhibition. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge, 2005. (includes CD)

dePaola, Tomie. Bonjour, Mr. Satie. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1991.

Lach, William. Can You Hear It? New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2006. (includes CD)

Wood, Michele and Toyomi Igus. I See the Rhythm. Can Francisco, CA: Children's Book Press, 1998.

        Multiple Categories and Other:

Dillon, Leo and Diane Dillon. Rap A Tap Tap. New York: The Blue Sky Press, 2002.

Winter, Jeanette. Follow the Drinking Gourd. New York: The Trumpet Club, 2088.

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