The goal of the program is to help students gain an understanding of music and the relationship of music to the education of students in elementary and secondary schools. Preparing to teach music in the public schools requires the development of competent musicianship, which enables students to construct in their own teaching meaningful musical experiences that will instill long-lasting musical values.
Students are also grounded in the principles of child development, psychology, and philosophy, which prepare them to establish an environment for relevant, sequenced, age-appropriate experiences, assessed in ways that are authentic and reflect the musical progress of the child. Extensive background in general education prepares the student to be a contributing member of the total educational system, able to thrive in the cultural diversity which characterizes today’s schools. Lastly, the undergraduate experience culminates in practical self-realization, enabling the individual to make informed, realistic decisions while engaged in the teaching profession.
Students choose an emphasis in either choral music education (127 semester hours) or instrumental music education (129 semester hours). General education, professional education, basic music education, and music core requirements are the same for both emphases. Specific requirements for each emphasis are listed below. Any grade lower than C in any music, education, or professional education course is considered a failing grade and will not fulfill degree requirements. Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.7 to remain in good standing and graduate. All other course requirements must be completed before the semester of student teaching.
The curriculum meets the certification requirements for the State of Illinois. Graduates of this program are entitled to Roosevelt University’s recommendation for the K-12 special certificate in music. In order to qualify for Roosevelt University’s recommendation for a certificate, all requirements in effect at the time of application must be met, including satisfactory scores on the Illinois Certification Testing System Basic Skills test and the music subject matter knowledge test. The curriculum is fully certified by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, which entitles graduates to reciprocity in certification in many other states. Graduates of the program are certified to teach all types of music classes in the elementary and secondary schools.
430 S. Michigan Ave.Chicago, IL 60605(312) 341-3500
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1400 N. Roosevelt Blvd.Schaumburg, IL 60173(847) 619-7300
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