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M.A.T. Program in Applied Music and Music Teaching

The combined Master's Degree in Applied Music and Music Teaching offers students who have already earned a bachelor's degree and developed a professional level of performance ability the opportunity to continue serious study in music while simultaneously developing teaching competency. The program is designed to prepare students to apply for K-12 certification in New York State. Upon successful completion of additional certification requirements, including specified teacher examinations, candidates will be eligible to receive Initial Certification to teach music in New York State in grades K-12. Courses are offered in Pedagogical Methods, Music History, Theory, and Performance along with School of Education topics. Students are supervised in their fieldwork and student teaching or internship by faculty members in the Department of Music. Once students have completed the degree requirements as well as any outstanding requirements at the undergraduate level*, along with the New York State Teaching Certification Exams (NYSTCE) and workshops**, they are eligible to apply for New York State Certification. Counseling is provided by the Graduate Advisers or Coordinators of the Department of Music and/or the School of Education.

To graduate, students must complete all degree requirements, including educational core courses, with an overall GPA of 3.0 or better. Students must complete any additional requirements, including pedagogical, content-area, and/or distribution courses, with the same 3.0+ GPA.

*The N.Y.S. Department of Education provides guidelines for required undergraduate coursework.

**As of 2014, there are four required New York State Teaching Certification Exams (NYSTCE) and three workshops.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the program, candidates must meet the following requirements:

• Have earned a bachelor's degree in music from an accredited institution.

• Demonstrate the ability to successfully pursue graduate study. Above-average academic achievement in general and music courses is required.

• Demonstrate, by audition, a professional level of performing ability. Auditions may be arranged by calling the Music Department at 718-960-8247.

• Have taken the following undergraduate courses or their equivalents: at least 12 credits in Music Theory and Musicianship and at least 12 credits in Music History or Ethnomusicology. Undergraduate deficiencies must be made up for no credit toward the M.A.T.

• Demonstrate, by examination, proficiency in music theory, history, and musicianship.

• If conditionally admitted, make up not more than 12 credits of specified undergraduate coursework, finishing in no more than three consecutive semesters.

Degree Requirements (39–42)

The program requires a minimum of 39–42 credits, including 18 credits in Music,18 credits in Pedagogy, and either 3 or 6 credits for Practicum.

I. Music Content (18)

With the approval of a graduate adviser, 18 credits will be chosen from the following:

3 credits in Music Theory: MST 710: Advanced Musical Analysis (3); MST 750: Special Topics in Music Theory (3)

3 credits in Performance Studies: MSH 700: Performance Practice from the Baroque to the Present (3); MSP 750: Special Topics in Music Performance (3)

6 credits in Musicology / Ethnomusicology: MSH 750: Special Topics in Music History (3); MSH 751: Special Topics in Ethnomusicology (3)

3 credits in Music Pedagogy: MSP 722: Vocal Pedagogy (1); MSP 723: Secondary Instrumental Laboratory-Ensemble I (1); MSP 724: Secondary Instrumental Laboratory-Ensemble II (1)

3 credits in Electives: MST 712: Advanced Electronic Music (3); MST 730: Introduction to Music Therapy (3); MST 731: Music and the Brain (3); MSP 760: Piano for Music Teachers (2); MST 714: Advanced Musicianship (2)

II. Pedagogical Core (18)

Students must complete the following courses (or equivalents) for 18 credits:

ESC 501: Psychological Foundations of Education (3)

ESC 506: Special needs Education in TESOL and Secondary Settings (3) or EDS 701: Understanding Individuals with Disabilities (3) or the equivalent

ESC 529: Language, Literacy and Educational Technology (3)

ESC 733: Teaching Music in the Middle Schools (3)

ESC 785: Methods of Teaching Music in the Secondary School and Adult Education (3)

EDE 755: Advanced Methods of Teaching Music in the Elementary School (3)

III. Practicum (3 or 6)

For the Practicum, students who are already working full time as music teachers will take ESC 595: Internship in Classroom Teaching (2) and ESC 611: Seminar in Secondary and TESOL Education (1) for a total of 3 credits. Students who are not already working full time as music teachers will take ESC 596: Student Teaching in The Middle and High School Grades (3) and ESC 612: Seminar in Secondary and TESOL Student Teaching (3) for a total of 6 credits.

Last modified: 8/4/2015