THE DESIGN & IMPLEMENTATION OF A

HIGHLY COMPREHENSIVE MUSIC TEACHER EDUCATION CURRICULUM

 

Don Ester, Ph.D.

Ball State University

dester@bsu.edu

 

John Scheib, Ph.D.

Ball State University

jwscheib@bsu.edu

 

Kimberly Inks, Ph.D.

Ball State University

kinks@bsu.edu

 

Kristin Turner, Ph.D.

Ball State University

kturner@bsu.edu

 

Members of the Ball State University Music Education Department will share successful policies and strategies that serve as essential components of a standards/proficiency-oriented curriculum for music teacher licensing. Developed in response to new Indiana State licensing procedures, NCATE accreditation requirements, and NASM guidelines, the comprehensive four-year music teacher education program was fully implemented in 2000. Students progress through an eight-semester sequence that includes at least one music education course each term, promoting carefully guided and consistent growth in all aspects of the music education profession.

The session will begin with a concise overview of the Ball State context, including a summary of the original curriculum development objectives and the challenges of the curriculum revision and approval process. The four-year course sequence will be presented along with the correlated standards, proficiencies, and clearly defined assessment procedures. Specific details will be provided with respect to fully described professionalism expectations for all courses, the consistent encouragement of reflective practices, faculty and peer mentoring strategies, the integration of technology proficiencies, the terraced approach to field experience and connection with professional practitioners, the development of leadership skills via student-led professional organizations, and the monitoring of pedagogical knowledge and skill development via web-based digital portfolios.