Course Catalog

Music Education Course Descriptions

MUS 115 Fundamentals of Music

3 Hours

Students will learn tonal harmony in four-part writing using diatonic triads and seventh chords in all inversions. They will analyze musical excerpts related to voice leading, chord use and non-chord tones, and develop keyboard and aural skills. Original compositions and other written projects are required. This course partially fulfills requirements leading to K-12 certification in vocal music.

MUS 116 Keyboard Skills I

1 Hours

Individual 30-minute weekly lessons for practical application at the keyboard of concepts studied in Music Theory I. Includes scales, intervals, triads, chord progressions, cadences, melodies with chordal accompaniment, sight-reading, and transposition.

MUS 131 Ensemble

1 Hours

Various performing ensembles, both vocal and instrumental, will meet. Students may take this class for credit and repeat it up to four times. It may be used to partially fulfill requirements leading to K-12 certification in vocal music. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor

MUS 231 Ensemble

1 Hours

Various performing ensembles, both vocal and instrumental, will meet. Students may take this class for credit and repeat it up to four times. It may be used to partially fulfill requirements leading to K-12 certification in vocal music. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor

MUS 232 Wesleyan Choir

1 Hours

Membership in the Dakota Wesleyan Choir is open by audition to all students. The choir presents two major concerts each sememster, concerts off campus at schools and churches, and occasionally music for special community events. The choir performs music from the Renaissance to the 20th century. Students may take this class for credit up to four times. (Prior to Fall 2009)

MUS 233 Highlanders

1 Hours

This is a select vocal performing ensemble, open by audition only. Students may take this class for credit and repeat it up to four times. It may be used to partially fulfill requirements leading to K-12 certification in vocal music.

MUS 234 Wesleyan Band

1 Hours

Membership in the Wesleyan band is open to all Dakota Wesleyan students. The band presents two major concerts each semester, and may present concerts off campus at schools and churches, and occasionally music for special community events. Opportunities for participation in pep band and chamber ensembles are available. The band performs a wide range of music, from orchestral transcriptions and standards of the wind band repertoire to new works by emerging composers. Students may take this class for credit up to four times.

MUS 235 Community/University Choir

1 Hours

This choir is a large mixed chorus designed to bring the campus and community together in a joint musical effort. Repertoire focuses on the major choral and orchestral works of every stylistic period. The choir often collaborates with the Huron Symphony, the DWU Band, or other local instrumentalists. Membership is open to any singer high school age or older. Community members pay a participation fee each semester. DWU students may register as a community member or as a student for academic credit.

MUS 236 DWU Handbell Choir

1 Hours

The Handbell Choir practices handbell performance techniques and studies, rehearses, and performs diverse and challenging handbell music literature. It is open to all students who can read music and wish to learn about handbells and handchimes.

MUS 215 Music Theory II

3 Hours

Students will learn tonal harmony in four-part writing using chromatically altered chords, secondary dominant and leading tone chords, mode mixture, augmented sixth andNeapolitan chords, and modulation to closely related keys. Students will analyze musical excerpts related to voice leading, chromatic chord use and modulation, and continue to develop keyboard and aural skills. Original compositions and other written projects are required. This course partially fulfills requirements leading to K-12 certification in vocal music. Prerequisite: MUS 115.

MUS 242 Elementary Music Methods & Material

2 Hours

Students will learn about general methods and materials for teaching music in the elementary school. Students will consider relevant philosophies and practices; formulate instructional objectives; establish and evaluate learning experiences; and develop instructional techniques for classes, small groups and individuals. The class emphasizes basic musicianship and activities and introduces classroom instruments commonly used. Students will plan and teach sample lessons and develop a bibliography. A minimum of 15 hours of observation in elementary music classes is required. This course partially fulfills the requirements of EDU 300. This course partially fulfills the requirements leading to K-12 certification in vocal music. Corequisite: EDU 300. Prerequisite: MUS 240.

MUS 250 World Music

3 Hours

This is a general introduction to the music of the world. Significant time is required to examine and listen to various examples of music of many cultures. Written assignments, including a term paper, are required. This course partially fulfills requirements leading to K-12 certification in vocal music. General Education: Cultural and Global Awareness (effective fall 2009) General Education: Culteral Awareness or the Arts (prior to fall 2009)

MUS 311 Music History I

3 Hours

Students will study the historical development of music in Western Civilization from the Medieval period to the end of the Baroque. Emphasis is placed on music's cultural implications, composers, styles and performance practices. Written assignments, including two major papers, are required. This course partially fulfills requirements leading to K-12 certification in vocal music.

MUS 312 Music History II

3 Hours

Students will study the historical development of music in Western Civilization from the middle of the 18th century to the present. This course continues to place an emphasis on music's cultural implications, composers, styles and performance practices. Written assignments, including two major papers, are required. This course partially fulfills requirements leading to K-12 certification in vocal music. Prerequisite:MUS 311.

MUS 315 Music Theory III

3 Hours

Students will study chromatically altered chords, secondary dominant and leading tone chords, and modulation to distant keys. Students will continue to develop keyboard and aural skills. Original compositions and other written projects are required. This course partially fulfills requirements leading to K-12 certification in vocal music. Prerequisite: MUS 215.

MUS 350 Conducting

3 Hours

This is a comprehensive course in conducting. Students will learn score reading, score preparation and analysis, and conducting techniques. Preparation and performance of music for the public is required. This course partially fulfills requirements leading to K-12 certification in vocal music. Prerequisite: MUS 355.

MUS 351 Conducting II

3 Hours

Students will continue to develop their skills as a conductor by developing independence of hands, advanced patterns, and presence as a musical leader. Emphasis will be placed on score study, comprehensive musicianship, and developing a personalized conducting style. Students will be asked to conduct university ensembles outside of regularly scheduled classroom time. Prerequisite: MUS350

MUS 415 Music Theory IV

3 Hours

This course is a continuation of the Music Theory sequence with emphasis on 16th and 18th century counterpoint and 20th century chromatic harmony.

EDU 201 Foundations of Education

3 Hours

This course is an investigation of contemporary education in America and assists students in determining their career path, with a special emphasis on the tools and skills necessary to become an effective teacher. Observation experience in a school setting is required. This course is required for elementary and secondary education students and is taken as the first in the sequence of education courses. EDU 201 is a prerequisite for all other education courses. Prerequisites: 1. completion of at least three General Education courses; 2. an accumulated GPA of at least 2.7; and 3. proof of liability insurance or DWUFTO membership. Admittance to this course constitutes application to the teacher education program. Corequisite: EDU 216

EDU 216 Technology for Teachers I

1 Hours

This course provides a foundation for integrating technology into the classroom with instructional activities and tools. Developing a mindset for enhancing classroom instruction with technology through exploration and application is a primary goal in addition to recognizing standards, ethics and human issues related to the use of technology in the classroom. This course includes meeting the needs of the adolescent learner.

EDU 310 Human Relations/Multiculturalism

3 Hours

This course provides an understanding of cultural backgrounds and the influences of dehumanizing biases such as racism, sexism and classism on the lives of students.

EDU 311 Educational Psychology

3 Hours

This course is a study of the nature of learning, intelligence, memory and transfer, with an emphasis on their application to education through the formulation of objectives, sequencing of learning experiences, and choosing appropriate teaching methods. Students will identify teacher characteristics and behaviors as they affect the learner and the relationship of motivation to learning. Student portfolios are evaluated for the second time in this course. Prerequisites: PSY237, EDU 201 and SPD 206. Nonteaching majors must have consent of instructor.

EDU 316 Technology for Teachers II

1 Hours

This course continues and expands on materials introduced in EDU 216. Students will construct lesson plans and present lessons integrating a variety of technology applications. This course includes meeting the needs of the adolescent learner. Experiential teaching in the real classroom will provide extended opportunities to develop skills.

EDU 335 American Indian Education

3 Hours

This course is designed for prospective and experienced teachers. Students will learn about the rich American Indian culture in South Dakota, and they will examine and discuss a variety of skills and information necessary for success in working with American Indian children. The course is designed to meet the South Dakota certification requirement in American Indian studies and is required of all teacher education students. (effective by 2009)

EDU 412 Adolescent Learners’ Needs

3 Hours

This course will help prepare the educator to teach at the middle level. The course will develop an understanding of the middleschool concept and the instructional strategies that support that concept. Fieldwork at the middle level is required. Prerequisite: EDU201 Corequisite EDU456

EDU 416 Technology for Teachers III

1 Hours

This course is the culminating experience in the Technology for Teachers series. Students will study current technology with a focus on Web 2.0. Students will collaborate with a classroom teacher in order to integrate various Web 2.0 applications. The teacher candidate will demonstrate technology skills in a formal lesson presentation.

EDU 424 Literacy Methods in Content Area

3 Hours

This course provides teacher candidates with a balance of theory and application regarding the skills needed to teach reading and writing in the content areas. Candidates will investigate, develop and apply strategies using a variety of scientifically researched reading, writing, listening and speaking methods to meet the literacy needs of all students. For elementary education majors, this course is part of the spring block experience. Courses include EDU 424, EDU 444 and EDU 465. Prerequisite: EDU 201. Corequisites for elementary education majors: EDU 444 and EDU 465. Corequisites for secondary education majors: EDU 465 or approval of education department chair

EDU 435 Curriculum Standards & Assessment

3 Hours

This course supports an educator’s ability to design and implement assessment practices that promote student learning by first improving instruction and then gauging its success. Emphasis is placed on constructing reliable and valid assessments; connecting classroom assessment to local, state, and national standards; providing effective feedback and grading; and understanding individual, classroom, and cultural differences that impact assessment. Students will incorporate various assessment procedures in standards-based lessons they plan and teach during the course field experience. Prerequiste: 201 Corequisites: EDU442 ann 443 for elementary education majors Corequisites: EDU456 for secondary educaton majors or approval of department chair.

EDU 456 Secondary/Middle Level Methods

3 Hours

This course covers the methods of teaching secondary and middle level education, and considers all the aspects and responsibilities that come with the job, including the decision-making process, establishing a classroom climate conducive to learning, motivating students, classroom management, linking curriculum and instruction, planning the instruction, instructional techniques and methods for promoting learning. A constructivist approach to teaching and learning is emphasized. A field experience is required. This course will be offered on a two-year rotation on odd-numbered years. Prerequisite: EDU 201. Corequisites: EDU 435 and EDU412 or consent of the chairman of the education department.

EDU 465 Classroom Management for the K-12

3 Hours

This course will involve the study of strategies for creating successful K–12 learning communities, planning for the school year, working with families, establishing classroom rules, maintaining appropriate behavior, motivating students to learn and responding to inappropriate behaviors. Different theories of classroom management will be explored. This course requires a field experience. This course is part of the spring block experience for elementary education majors. Courses include in the spring block for elementary education majors are: EDU 424, EDU 444 and EDU 465. Secondary education majors are strongly advised to take this course at the same time as EDU 424 Prerequisite: EDU 201. Corequisites for elementary education majors: EDU 424 and EDU 444. Corequisites for secondary education majors: EDU 424 or approval of department chair.

EDU 470 K-12 Student Teaching

14 Hours

Teaching candidates are assigned to a school district and supervised by a certified teacher at the elementary and/or middleschool/junior high and/or secondary level for70 days. During this period they will fulfill obligations and responsibilities similar to those of the cooperating teacher. This course is part of the professional semester and is taken along with a 2-credit seminar which is part of the 16 hours for degree students. Students also meet during the professional semester for seminar requirements. This course is offered Credit/No Credit only. The DWU Student Teacher Handbook and seminar syllabus serve as the course syllabus. Prerequisites: Completion of all coursework required for graduation, 2.7 GPA, acceptance from the education department faculty and approval for student teaching placement.

EDU 475 Student Teaching Seminar

2 Hours

The teacher candidate is required to take this seminar during their student teaching experience. Candidates will research the following topics during this seminar: classroom climate, instructional pedagogy, assessment, resume writing, and interviewing skills. Students are required to complete their electronic portfolio and an action research project during the seminar. Attendance is required in order to successfully complete the student teaching experience. Class dates will require the teacher candidate to be on campus before the beginning of each semester.

PSY 237 Developmental Psychology

3 Hours

This course is a sequential study of the individual from conception to death. Students will study research regarding human physical, cognitive and social-emotional development, along with implications for parents, teachers and counselors. General Education: Social, Psychological and Political Thought - Individual. (effective by 2009)

SPD 206 Teaching Except Student Regular Cls

3 Hours

This course defines and examines the nature and needs of exceptional learners, including those with documented disabilities as well as giftedness and those with multicultural heritages. Special education foundations and legal mandates will be discussed. Appropriate accommodations and teaching methods designed to meet the needs of the range of students included in a typical classroom will be examined. The role of teachers, parents, and other relevant personnel will be investigated in relation to programming for struggling learners. Students will research a specific educational challenge and complete observation hours in a school setting. Prerequisite: EDU 201.

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