Bachelor of Music Education (P-12)
The P-12 Music Education program is a collaboration between Mercer’s Tift College of Education and the Townsend School of Music. This degree provides undergraduate professional training for students who are seeking a career in teaching music in elementary through secondary school. Students completing this curriculum are prepared for State of Georgia P-12 teaching certification in choral and instrumental music. Successful completion of the program of study and passing scores on the appropriate GaPSC-approved Content Pedagogy Assessment and GACE Content Assessments lead to eligibility for Level 4 induction certification.
In order for teachers to create a classroom environment where music can be appreciated and performed, they must have a strong background in music content, including music history and theory, performance, orchestration, conducting, sight reading, vocal and instrumental pedagogy, and appreciation. In a combination of music classes, education theory and methodology classes, and field experiences, students will develop the skills necessary to blend theory and practice, and become an effective music educator.
- Understand how students learn music in classes and rehearsals and how that learning can be assessed.
- Understand about diverse genres, styles, and periods of music in order to better facilitate student understanding of both musical tradition and diversity.
- Engage music students in a well-planned sequence of learning experiences such as appropriate music repertoire, teaching materials which lead to clearly defined skills and knowledge
- Emphasize learning which demonstrates the relationships within the arts and the interrelatedness of music with disciplines outside the arts, especially social studies and language arts
- Utilize learning tasks which involve current technology in order to individualize and expand music learning