Music MM Music Education
The purpose of the MM in Music Education program is to provide an opportunity for the rigorous professional development of music educators. It is intended to serve music educators who wish to add to their musical and pedagogical knowledge and skills. Studies are focused on the design and implementation of effective educational and musical classroom practice, as well as on contribution and leadership within the profession.
The graduate Music Education program at Brigham Young University supports the aims of a BYU education. We embed experiences within all coursework for our students to strengthen their lives spiritually, enlarge their intellectual experience, build their character, and prepare for lifelong learning and service.
This program is for those people with an undergraduate degree in Music Education who wish to pursue further academic study as a means to develop professionally. The culminating project for this degree is the completion of a professional improvement project. Coursework combines the study of philosophical, research-based, and theoretical views of teaching and learning music with pragmatic approaches to improving music instruction, as well as instruction on a primary/secondary instrument, conducting and/or teaching methodologies. Efforts are made to plan a program of study based on individual students' needs and interests while maintaining standards of musical and scholarly excellence.
1. Students will improve in their ability to be Reflective Educators/Practitioners.
2. Students will become Emerging Scholars.
3. Students will improve as musicians.
Evidence of Learning
Students assess the program via course evaluations presented at the end of each semester. In most cases, faculty also employ mid-term course assessment tools. Regular student/faculty dialogue and interviews (conducted at least once per semester) also provide data relating to both course evaluation and student progress. Student achievement is measured by way of a variety of class assignments, with emphasis on mid-term and final examinations, as well as term projects. Juries and other public performances are presented at the conclusion of performance-oriented coursework. Students complete a written comprehensive examination prior to exiting the program, as developed and reviewed cooperatively by music education faculty members. A final personal improvement project and accompanying public oral examination authentically yield summary evidence of student achievement in general competency areas, and authentically demonstrate student expertise and professional leadership in the specific elected area of study. Course evaluation information is available to and maintained by the individual instructors and school director, and is shared as necessary and appropriate with the area chair and graduate faculty.
Direct evaluations may include reviewing the following information:
- Course examinations and quizzes
- Term papers, projects, and presentations
- Evaluation of performance in private lessons and large ensemble
- Professional Improvement Project
- Comprehensive oral and written examinations
Indirect evaluations include reviewing the following information:
- Alumni Questionnaire
- Feedback from colleagues outside of BYU
- Student evaluations
Learning and Teaching Assessment and Improvement
Data gathered through program evaluation techniques are monitored and analyzed by graduate music education faculty as individuals, and then as a group in regular area meetings. These meetings are under the leadership of the area chair. Both the program and individual student progress are analyzed and discussed at least once each semester. Improvement plans are developed cooperatively among music education faculty, and are monitored by the area chair. Proposed changes to the existing program are submitted to and discussed (as necessary) in monthly meetings of the School of Music Graduate Council through the area representative.