Combine your performance training with classroom teaching experience as early as your first year. Combine your performance training with classroom teaching experience as early as your first year. Combine your performance training with classroom teaching experience as early as your first year. Combine your performance training with classroom teaching experience as early as your first year. Combine your performance training with classroom teaching experience as early as your first year.

College of Arts & Sciences

Department of Music

Music Education

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Undergraduate Admissions

(630) 637-5800

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Why pursue a music education degree at North Central College?

You’ll combine your performance training with classroom teaching experience as early as your first year. And with new licensure and teaching requirements, it is still possible to complete your degree within a four-year time frame (comparable programs require five).

You’ll also enjoy more face time in front of students—at least 180 field experience hours—than typically required. Why? Because we know the additional teaching and conducting experience will hone your skills, boost your confidence and help lead to competitive full-time teaching positions. Graduates of North Central have enjoyed a nearly 100 percent job placement rate in the past several years.

You can also:

  • Perform in a variety of campus venues and ensembles—our more than 20 student groups range from small to large instrumental and choral ensembles.
  • Be awarded vocal, instrumental or jazz performance scholarships as well as a music education scholarship, renewable for four years.
  • Student-teach in Naperville-area, high-performing school districts; you’ll use new technologies, learn from their great teachers, and make valuable connections with their administrators.
  • Learn to teach in high-need areas through our partnerships with schools in Aurora and Chicago (scholarships and incentives are often available).
  • Attend the Chicago Symphony Orchestra or Lyric Opera every week, as some students have done—Chicago is just a short train ride away.

More Department information

Music Education, Choral Track, B.M.E.

Music Education is the largest music degree program at North Central College, with approximately 60 majors. Students in Music Education complete core music requirements in theory/musicianship, music literature/history, conducting, methods/pedagogy and private study/ensembles, along with a comprehensive set of courses and clinical experiences in education. Music Education majors also have numerous opportunities for leadership through the student chapter of NAfME (the field's leading professional organization) and in ensembles, productions and special programs.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Music.

Major Requirements

Core Music Courses

  • MUSI 101 - Music Theory I

    MUSI 101 - Music Theory I

    4.00 credit hours

    Study of basic notation rules, triads, seventh chords, voice leading rules, phrase structure, rhythmic fundamentals, harmonic progressions and rudimentary forms. Standard music literature is studied and analyzed.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 102 - Music Theory II

    MUSI 102 - Music Theory II

    4.00 credit hours

    Continued study of tonal harmony, modulation to closely related keys, rhythm and chromaticism. The analysis and form of standard music literature.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MUSI 101

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 108 - Aural Skills I

    MUSI 108 - Aural Skills I

    2.00 credit hours

    Introduction and development of basic concepts of musicianship including rhythm performance and recognition, sight singing, dictation and ear training.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 201 - Music Theory III

    MUSI 201 - Music Theory III

    4.00 credit hours

    A continued study of tonal forms, chromatic harmony and voice leading and rhythm. Topics include species counterpoint, popular music forms, contrapuntal forms and chromatic modulation.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MUSI 102.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 202 - Music Theory IV

    MUSI 202 - Music Theory IV

    4.00 credit hours

    Advanced study of tonal and post-tonal forms. Topics include modes, scales, set theory, recent trends, and rhythm, meter and form in the 20th and 21st centuries.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MUSI 201.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 208 - Aural Skills II

    MUSI 208 - Aural Skills II

    4.00 credit hours

    Intermediate and advanced work in sight singing, ear training, melodic and rhythmic dictation and harmonic dictation.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MUSI 108.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 258 - Music Now

    MUSI 258 - Music Now

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the study of music as seen from a variety of disciplinary perspectives--education, composition, performance and ethnographic and historical research. The exploration of music including its production and role in everyday social life.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities.
    iCon(s)
    Being Human.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 301 - Doing Music History

    MUSI 301 - Doing Music History

    4.00 credit hours

    In this course, we will hone research, critical reading, and writing skills as we explore the music of the past. Through a series of case studies, we will examine important musical historical moments as models for our own historical research. Additionally, through intensive listening sessions, we will encountermusical works long considered key to understanding historic music traditions. Throughout, we will investigate questions such as: What are the tools used to create a music history? Do we evaluate the usefulness of historical sources? And, how does knowledge of music's histories inform our contemporary musicianship?

    Prerequisite(s)

    MUSI 258.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 302 - Doing Ethnomusicology

    MUSI 302 - Doing Ethnomusicology

    4.00 credit hours

    In this course, we sharpen our research, critical reading, and writing skills as we explore the music of various global traditions. Through case studies, we examine how world cultures engage with music as models for our own ethnomusicological research. Additionally, through intensive listening sessions, we encounter sounds from diverse global traditions. Throughout, we investigate questions such as: What tools inform us about musical sounds and practices in near and distant places? How do we responsibly engage with the human subjects who inform us about their musical traditions? How does an understanding of diverse global traditions inform our contemporary musicianship?

    Schedule Of Classes

Music Education Courses

  • MUED 201 - Introduction to Music Education

    MUED 201 - Introduction to Music Education

    4.00 credit hours

    An overview of the music education profession, including (1) examination of the structures that impact teaching and learning in schools; (2) the impact of curricular learning standards on teaching, learning and decision making; and (3) the history, philosophies, and current role of music education in the American public school system. Emphases on the Danielson Framework for Teaching, National Core Arts Standards, and expectations of the North Central College Music Department and Teacher Education Program is introduced in this gateway course. Students are required to provide proof of health insurance. Registration for this course at least 15 days prior to the first day of the term is strongly encouraged as additional background checks may be required; an additional fee could be incurred based on district requirements for background checks. Background check required. Tuberculosis test required.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUED 351 - General Music Methods

    MUED 351 - General Music Methods

    4.00 credit hours

    A study of curriculum, teaching methods, pedagogy, and class design for general music classes at the elementary and middle school level. An experiential, practical approach which includes lecture, reading, writing, and student-led collaborative learning activities. Assessments require the student to demonstrate: (1) theoretical understanding and content knowledge through written, oral, and teaching assignments; and (2) critical thinking and problem-solving skills through self- and peer- evaluation. Classroom environment, diversity and social justice as related to the general music experience is also covered.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MUED 201.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUED 353 - Performance Music Methods

    MUED 353 - Performance Music Methods

    4.00 credit hours

    A study of curriculum, teaching methods, pedagogy, and class design for performance music classes at the middle and high school level. An experiential, practical approach which includes lecture, reading, writing, and student-led collaborative learning activities. Assessments require the student to demonstrate: (1) theoretical understanding and content knowledge through written, oral, and teaching assignments; and (2) critical thinking and problem-solving skills through self- and peer- evaluation. Classroom environment, diversity and social justice as related to the performance class experience is also covered.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MUED 201 and MUED 351.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • EDUC 291 - Elementary Field Experience I

    EDUC 291 - Elementary Field Experience I

    1.00 credit hours

    Introductory experience in directed observation and participation at selected attendance centers (50 clock hours). This course is graded pass/no pass. Students are required to provide proof of health insurance. Registration for this course at least 15 days prior to the first day of the term is strongly encouraged as additional background checks may be required; an additional fee could be incurred based on district requirements for background checks. Background check required. Tuberculosis test required.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • EDUC 390 - HS/MS/K12 Field Experience II

    EDUC 390 - HS/MS/K12 Field Experience II

    1.00 credit hours

    Directed observation and participation experience at selected attendance centers (50 clock hours). Focus on individual, small group and whole group teaching. Students are required to provide proof of health insurance. Registration for this course at least 15 days prior to the first day of the term is strongly encouraged as additional background checks may be required; an additional fee could be incurred based on district requirements for background checks. Background check required. Tuberculosis test required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Admission to the Teacher Education Program. Concurrent enrollment in EDUC 322 and EDUC 360.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • EDUC 490 - HS/MS/K12 Field Experience III

    EDUC 490 - HS/MS/K12 Field Experience III

    1.00 credit hours

    Provides students with an extended field experience in a MS or HS classroom in the student's major content area (art, English, foreign language, mathematics, music, science, or social studies). Students complete 75 hours of supervised field work applying research-based methods and techniques to actual teaching situations under the joint supervision of the cooperating classroom teacher and the NCC supervisor. While 75 hours are required for this field experience, candidates will complete 20-25 hours in placements prior to the start of NCC's academic term in order to experience start of school activities. Graded P/NP. Students are required to provide proof of health insurance. Registration for this course at least 15 days prior to the first day of the term is strongly encouraged as additional background checks may be required; an additional fee could be incurred based on district requirements for background checks. Background check required. Tuberculosis test required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Concurrent enrollment in EDUC 338, EDUC 340, EDUC 342, EDUC 344, EDUC 346, EDUC 348 or MUED 353;EDUC 403.

    Schedule Of Classes

Education Courses

  • EDUC 322 - Equitable Learning Environments: HS/MS

    EDUC 322 - Equitable Learning Environments: HS/MS

    4.00 credit hours

    Examination of management models and strategies, as well as school policy related to discipline. There is an emphasis on teaching for equity and change. Approaches to making classrooms, curricula and instructional strategies culturally responsive are studied.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Education majors: Admission to the Teacher Education Program. Concurrent enrollment in EDUC 360 and EDUC 390. Non-Education majors: Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • EDUC 330 - Teaching Students With Disabilities

    EDUC 330 - Teaching Students With Disabilities

    4.00 credit hours

    Examines issues and current trends within inclusive and special education as well asoverviews the characteristics of persons with disabilities including multi-cultural perspectives and legal issues. Explores instructional models and methods that have empirical support for their effectiveness in addressing the learning needs of students at-risk for or with identified disabilities. Emphasis is placed on the importance and challenges associated with the role of general educator within inclusive classrooms. Candidates also explores the selection, adaptation and development of instructional supports related to lesson design, presentation, materials, assignments and assessment/evaluation. This course includes 15 hours of required field experience.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Admission to the Teacher Education Program.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • EDUC 360 - HS/MS Content Area Literacies

    EDUC 360 - HS/MS Content Area Literacies

    4.00 credit hours

    Examines the current research, curricular goals and methods of effectively teaching literacy learning in 6-12 classrooms. Preservice teachers develop an understanding of the reading process, demands of academic literacies and characteristics of adolescent learners. Students are exposed to targeted reading instructions for struggling adolescent readers as well as readers from linguistic and culturally diverse backgrounds and apply strategies for teaching reading within their specific disciplines.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Admission to the Teacher Education Program. Concurrent enrollment in EDUC 322 and EDUC 390.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • EDUC 403 - HS/MS Assessment of Learning

    EDUC 403 - HS/MS Assessment of Learning

    4.00 credit hours

    Principles, methods and techniques of assessing learning of HS and MS students that communicates progress and achievement to students and parents as well as informs teacher decision making.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • EDUC 492 - Pre-Residency Seminar

    EDUC 492 - Pre-Residency Seminar

    1.00 credit hours

    Supports candidates as they begin the final stages of the teacher education program, with a focus on the co-teaching model and preparation for the Teacher Performance Assessment.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Admission to the Teacher Education Program; completion of all professional education coursework; passing score on the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency or state approved alternative assessment; passing score(s) in the Illinois Licensure Testing System required content test(s). Concurrent enrollment in EDUC 494 and EDUC 496.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • EDUC 494 - Residency Seminar

    EDUC 494 - Residency Seminar

    4.00 credit hours

    This seminar engages students to expand their knowledge and skills in topics such as engaging instruction, effective assessment, data driven decision-making, parent communication and analysis and reflection on instruction. Focus is given to all tasks of the Teacher Performance Assessment, edTPA. Additionally, attention is given to aspects of professional development, professional service and community involvement.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Admission to the Teacher Education Program; completion of all professional education coursework; passing score on the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency or state approved alternative assessment; passing score(s) in the Illinois Licensure Testing System required content test(s). Concurrent enrollment in EDUC 492 and EDUC 496.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • EDUC 496 - Student Teaching Residency

    EDUC 496 - Student Teaching Residency

    8.00 credit hours

    A five-day per week, full day student teaching experience in an elementary, MS or HS classroom. Candidates assume all of the responsibilities of teaching (planning, instruction, assessment, record keeping, etc.) using a co-teaching model building up to full responsibility. Students are required to provide proof of health insurance. Registration for this course at least 15 days prior to the first day of the term is strongly encouraged as additional background checks may be required; an additional fee could be incurred based on district requirements for background checks. Background check required. Tuberculosis test required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Admission to the Teacher Education Program; completion of all professional education coursework; passing score on the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency or state approved alternative assessment; passing score(s) in the Illinois Licensure Testing System required content test(s). Concurrent enrollment in EDUC 492 and EDUC 494.

    Schedule Of Classes

Choral Courses

  • MUSI 228 - Diction for Singers

    MUSI 228 - Diction for Singers

    4.00 credit hours

    Instruction in English, Italian, German and French diction as it applies to vocal music. Coursework includes use of the International Phonetic Alphabet and the preparation and in-class performance of representative vocal solos in each language studied.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 329 - Vocal Pedagogy

    MUSI 329 - Vocal Pedagogy

    2.00 credit hours

    The study of the vocal instrument and techniques for proper use. Emphasis is on healthy production and the establishment of performance techniques to be used when teaching young or amateur singers.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 348 - Elements of Choral Conducting

    MUSI 348 - Elements of Choral Conducting

    4.00 credit hours

    An introductory study of fundamental conducting techniques, principles and practices for conductors of choral ensembles. An experiential, practical approach which includes lecture, reading, writing and student-led collaborative learning activities. Assessments require the student to demonstrate: 1) theoretical understanding and content knowledge through written, oral and conducting assignments and 2) critical thinking and problem-solving skills through self- and peer-evaluation. The role of the conductor as leader of the ensemble experience is also covered as an introduction to the issue of developing the musical environment.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUED 408 - Advanced Choral Conducting

    MUED 408 - Advanced Choral Conducting

    4.00 credit hours

    The advanced study of conducting techniques, principles, and practices for conductors of choral ensembles. Includes rehearsal design, classroom management, leadership, and administration of choral music programs. An experiential, practical approach which includes lecture, reading, writing, and student-led collaborative learning activities. Assessments require the student to demonstrate an advanced level of: (1) theoretical understanding and content knowledge through written, oral, and conducting assignments; and (2) critical thinking and problem-solving skills through self- and peer- evaluation. Classroom environment, diversity and social justice as related to the choral experience is also covered.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MUSI 348.

    Schedule Of Classes

Additional Requirements

  • Completion of requisite number of concert attendance. Six concerts per semester while enrolled as a music major, unless student teaching or studying abroad. See department guidebook for additional details.
  • Private piano lessons with NCC faculty until successful completion of the Piano Proficiency Exam (or Jazz Piano Proficiency Exam for Jazz Studies Majors).
  • Private vocal study with NCC faculty each semester in the program. Students must register for credit unless they have already reached the 18 credit hour limit.
  • Large ensemble participation on primary instrument/voice each semester in the program. Students must register for credit unless they have already reached the 18 credit hour limit.
  • Junior year recital
  • Successful completion of the Comprehensive Musicianship Exam

Music Education, Instrumental Track, B.M.E

Music Education is the largest music degree program at North Central College, with approximately 60 majors. Students in Music Education complete core music requirements in theory/musicianship, music literature/history, conducting, methods/pedagogy and private study/ensembles, along with a comprehensive set of courses and clinical experiences in education. Music Education majors also have numerous opportunities for leadership through the student chapter of NAfME (the field's leading professional organization) and in ensembles, productions and special programs.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Music.

Major Requirements

Core Music Courses

  • MUSI 101 - Music Theory I

    MUSI 101 - Music Theory I

    4.00 credit hours

    Study of basic notation rules, triads, seventh chords, voice leading rules, phrase structure, rhythmic fundamentals, harmonic progressions and rudimentary forms. Standard music literature is studied and analyzed.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 102 - Music Theory II

    MUSI 102 - Music Theory II

    4.00 credit hours

    Continued study of tonal harmony, modulation to closely related keys, rhythm and chromaticism. The analysis and form of standard music literature.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MUSI 101

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 108 - Aural Skills I

    MUSI 108 - Aural Skills I

    2.00 credit hours

    Introduction and development of basic concepts of musicianship including rhythm performance and recognition, sight singing, dictation and ear training.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 201 - Music Theory III

    MUSI 201 - Music Theory III

    4.00 credit hours

    A continued study of tonal forms, chromatic harmony and voice leading and rhythm. Topics include species counterpoint, popular music forms, contrapuntal forms and chromatic modulation.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MUSI 102.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 202 - Music Theory IV

    MUSI 202 - Music Theory IV

    4.00 credit hours

    Advanced study of tonal and post-tonal forms. Topics include modes, scales, set theory, recent trends, and rhythm, meter and form in the 20th and 21st centuries.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MUSI 201.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 208 - Aural Skills II

    MUSI 208 - Aural Skills II

    4.00 credit hours

    Intermediate and advanced work in sight singing, ear training, melodic and rhythmic dictation and harmonic dictation.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MUSI 108.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 258 - Music Now

    MUSI 258 - Music Now

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the study of music as seen from a variety of disciplinary perspectives--education, composition, performance and ethnographic and historical research. The exploration of music including its production and role in everyday social life.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities.
    iCon(s)
    Being Human.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 301 - Doing Music History

    MUSI 301 - Doing Music History

    4.00 credit hours

    In this course, we will hone research, critical reading, and writing skills as we explore the music of the past. Through a series of case studies, we will examine important musical historical moments as models for our own historical research. Additionally, through intensive listening sessions, we will encountermusical works long considered key to understanding historic music traditions. Throughout, we will investigate questions such as: What are the tools used to create a music history? Do we evaluate the usefulness of historical sources? And, how does knowledge of music's histories inform our contemporary musicianship?

    Prerequisite(s)

    MUSI 258.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 302 - Doing Ethnomusicology

    MUSI 302 - Doing Ethnomusicology

    4.00 credit hours

    In this course, we sharpen our research, critical reading, and writing skills as we explore the music of various global traditions. Through case studies, we examine how world cultures engage with music as models for our own ethnomusicological research. Additionally, through intensive listening sessions, we encounter sounds from diverse global traditions. Throughout, we investigate questions such as: What tools inform us about musical sounds and practices in near and distant places? How do we responsibly engage with the human subjects who inform us about their musical traditions? How does an understanding of diverse global traditions inform our contemporary musicianship?

    Schedule Of Classes

Music Education Courses

  • MUED 201 - Introduction to Music Education

    MUED 201 - Introduction to Music Education

    4.00 credit hours

    An overview of the music education profession, including (1) examination of the structures that impact teaching and learning in schools; (2) the impact of curricular learning standards on teaching, learning and decision making; and (3) the history, philosophies, and current role of music education in the American public school system. Emphases on the Danielson Framework for Teaching, National Core Arts Standards, and expectations of the North Central College Music Department and Teacher Education Program is introduced in this gateway course. Students are required to provide proof of health insurance. Registration for this course at least 15 days prior to the first day of the term is strongly encouraged as additional background checks may be required; an additional fee could be incurred based on district requirements for background checks. Background check required. Tuberculosis test required.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUED 351 - General Music Methods

    MUED 351 - General Music Methods

    4.00 credit hours

    A study of curriculum, teaching methods, pedagogy, and class design for general music classes at the elementary and middle school level. An experiential, practical approach which includes lecture, reading, writing, and student-led collaborative learning activities. Assessments require the student to demonstrate: (1) theoretical understanding and content knowledge through written, oral, and teaching assignments; and (2) critical thinking and problem-solving skills through self- and peer- evaluation. Classroom environment, diversity and social justice as related to the general music experience is also covered.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MUED 201.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUED 353 - Performance Music Methods

    MUED 353 - Performance Music Methods

    4.00 credit hours

    A study of curriculum, teaching methods, pedagogy, and class design for performance music classes at the middle and high school level. An experiential, practical approach which includes lecture, reading, writing, and student-led collaborative learning activities. Assessments require the student to demonstrate: (1) theoretical understanding and content knowledge through written, oral, and teaching assignments; and (2) critical thinking and problem-solving skills through self- and peer- evaluation. Classroom environment, diversity and social justice as related to the performance class experience is also covered.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MUED 201 and MUED 351.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • EDUC 291 - Elementary Field Experience I

    EDUC 291 - Elementary Field Experience I

    1.00 credit hours

    Introductory experience in directed observation and participation at selected attendance centers (50 clock hours). This course is graded pass/no pass. Students are required to provide proof of health insurance. Registration for this course at least 15 days prior to the first day of the term is strongly encouraged as additional background checks may be required; an additional fee could be incurred based on district requirements for background checks. Background check required. Tuberculosis test required.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • EDUC 390 - HS/MS/K12 Field Experience II

    EDUC 390 - HS/MS/K12 Field Experience II

    1.00 credit hours

    Directed observation and participation experience at selected attendance centers (50 clock hours). Focus on individual, small group and whole group teaching. Students are required to provide proof of health insurance. Registration for this course at least 15 days prior to the first day of the term is strongly encouraged as additional background checks may be required; an additional fee could be incurred based on district requirements for background checks. Background check required. Tuberculosis test required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Admission to the Teacher Education Program. Concurrent enrollment in EDUC 322 and EDUC 360.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • EDUC 490 - HS/MS/K12 Field Experience III

    EDUC 490 - HS/MS/K12 Field Experience III

    1.00 credit hours

    Provides students with an extended field experience in a MS or HS classroom in the student's major content area (art, English, foreign language, mathematics, music, science, or social studies). Students complete 75 hours of supervised field work applying research-based methods and techniques to actual teaching situations under the joint supervision of the cooperating classroom teacher and the NCC supervisor. While 75 hours are required for this field experience, candidates will complete 20-25 hours in placements prior to the start of NCC's academic term in order to experience start of school activities. Graded P/NP. Students are required to provide proof of health insurance. Registration for this course at least 15 days prior to the first day of the term is strongly encouraged as additional background checks may be required; an additional fee could be incurred based on district requirements for background checks. Background check required. Tuberculosis test required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Concurrent enrollment in EDUC 338, EDUC 340, EDUC 342, EDUC 344, EDUC 346, EDUC 348 or MUED 353;EDUC 403.

    Schedule Of Classes

Education Courses

  • EDUC 322 - Equitable Learning Environments: HS/MS

    EDUC 322 - Equitable Learning Environments: HS/MS

    4.00 credit hours

    Examination of management models and strategies, as well as school policy related to discipline. There is an emphasis on teaching for equity and change. Approaches to making classrooms, curricula and instructional strategies culturally responsive are studied.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Education majors: Admission to the Teacher Education Program. Concurrent enrollment in EDUC 360 and EDUC 390. Non-Education majors: Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • EDUC 330 - Teaching Students With Disabilities

    EDUC 330 - Teaching Students With Disabilities

    4.00 credit hours

    Examines issues and current trends within inclusive and special education as well asoverviews the characteristics of persons with disabilities including multi-cultural perspectives and legal issues. Explores instructional models and methods that have empirical support for their effectiveness in addressing the learning needs of students at-risk for or with identified disabilities. Emphasis is placed on the importance and challenges associated with the role of general educator within inclusive classrooms. Candidates also explores the selection, adaptation and development of instructional supports related to lesson design, presentation, materials, assignments and assessment/evaluation. This course includes 15 hours of required field experience.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Admission to the Teacher Education Program.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • EDUC 360 - HS/MS Content Area Literacies

    EDUC 360 - HS/MS Content Area Literacies

    4.00 credit hours

    Examines the current research, curricular goals and methods of effectively teaching literacy learning in 6-12 classrooms. Preservice teachers develop an understanding of the reading process, demands of academic literacies and characteristics of adolescent learners. Students are exposed to targeted reading instructions for struggling adolescent readers as well as readers from linguistic and culturally diverse backgrounds and apply strategies for teaching reading within their specific disciplines.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Admission to the Teacher Education Program. Concurrent enrollment in EDUC 322 and EDUC 390.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • EDUC 403 - HS/MS Assessment of Learning

    EDUC 403 - HS/MS Assessment of Learning

    4.00 credit hours

    Principles, methods and techniques of assessing learning of HS and MS students that communicates progress and achievement to students and parents as well as informs teacher decision making.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • EDUC 492 - Pre-Residency Seminar

    EDUC 492 - Pre-Residency Seminar

    1.00 credit hours

    Supports candidates as they begin the final stages of the teacher education program, with a focus on the co-teaching model and preparation for the Teacher Performance Assessment.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Admission to the Teacher Education Program; completion of all professional education coursework; passing score on the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency or state approved alternative assessment; passing score(s) in the Illinois Licensure Testing System required content test(s). Concurrent enrollment in EDUC 494 and EDUC 496.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • EDUC 494 - Residency Seminar

    EDUC 494 - Residency Seminar

    4.00 credit hours

    This seminar engages students to expand their knowledge and skills in topics such as engaging instruction, effective assessment, data driven decision-making, parent communication and analysis and reflection on instruction. Focus is given to all tasks of the Teacher Performance Assessment, edTPA. Additionally, attention is given to aspects of professional development, professional service and community involvement.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Admission to the Teacher Education Program; completion of all professional education coursework; passing score on the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency or state approved alternative assessment; passing score(s) in the Illinois Licensure Testing System required content test(s). Concurrent enrollment in EDUC 492 and EDUC 496.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • EDUC 496 - Student Teaching Residency

    EDUC 496 - Student Teaching Residency

    8.00 credit hours

    A five-day per week, full day student teaching experience in an elementary, MS or HS classroom. Candidates assume all of the responsibilities of teaching (planning, instruction, assessment, record keeping, etc.) using a co-teaching model building up to full responsibility. Students are required to provide proof of health insurance. Registration for this course at least 15 days prior to the first day of the term is strongly encouraged as additional background checks may be required; an additional fee could be incurred based on district requirements for background checks. Background check required. Tuberculosis test required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Admission to the Teacher Education Program; completion of all professional education coursework; passing score on the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency or state approved alternative assessment; passing score(s) in the Illinois Licensure Testing System required content test(s). Concurrent enrollment in EDUC 492 and EDUC 494.

    Schedule Of Classes

Instrumental Courses

  • MUED 205 - Woodwind Techniques

    MUED 205 - Woodwind Techniques

    2.00 credit hours

    An applied study of important technical and pedagogical concepts concerning the flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, and bassoon. Assessments require the student to demonstrate (1) basic playing proficiency on each instrument; (2) teaching proficiency through teaching exhibitions; and (3) a pedagogical understanding of the technical requirements and characteristics of each instrument.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUED 206 - Brass Techniques

    MUED 206 - Brass Techniques

    2.00 credit hours

    An applied study of important technical and pedagogical concepts concerning the trumpet, horn, trombone, and euphonium/tuba. Assessments require the student to demonstrate (1) basic playing proficiency on each instrument; (2) teaching proficiency through teaching exhibitions; and (3) a pedagogical understanding of the technical requirements and characteristics of each instrument.

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  • MUED 207 - String Techniques

    MUED 207 - String Techniques

    2.00 credit hours

    An applied study of important technical and pedagogical concepts concerning the violin, viola, cello, and double bass. Assessments require the student to demonstrate (1) basic playing proficiency on each instrument; (2) teaching proficiency through teaching exhibitions; and (3) a pedagogical understanding of the technical requirements and characteristics of each instrument.

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  • MUED 208 - Percussion Techniques

    MUED 208 - Percussion Techniques

    2.00 credit hours

    An applied study of important technical and pedagogical concepts concerning mallet percussion, drums, and accessory percussion. Assessments require the student to demonstrate (1) basic playing proficiency on each instrument; (2) teaching proficiency through teaching exhibitions; and (3) a pedagogical understanding of the technical requirements and characteristics of each instrument.

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  • MUED 407 - Advanced Instrumental Conducting

    MUED 407 - Advanced Instrumental Conducting

    4.00 credit hours

    The advanced study of conducting techniques, principles, and practices for conductors of instrumental ensembles. Includes rehearsal design, classroom management, leadership and administration of instrumental music programs. An experiential, practical approach which includes lecture, reading, writing, and student-led collaborative learning activities. Assessments require the student to demonstrate an advanced level of: (1) theoretical understanding and content knowledge through written, oral, and conducting assignments; and (2) critical thinking and problem-solving skills through self- and peer- evaluation. Classroom environment, diversity and social justice as related to the instrumental experience is also covered.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MUSI 347.

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  • MUSI 347 - Elements of Instrumental Conducting

    MUSI 347 - Elements of Instrumental Conducting

    4.00 credit hours

    An introductory study of fundamental conducting techniques, principles, leadership and practices for conductors of instrumental ensembles. An experiential, practical approach which includes lecture, reading, writing and student-led collaborative learning activities. Assessments require the student to demonstrate: (1) theoretical understanding and content knowledge through written, oral and conducting assignments; and (2) critical thinking and problem-solving skills through self- and peer-evaluation. The role of the conductor as leader of the ensemble experience is also covered as an introduction to the issue of developing the musical environment.

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Additional Requirements

  • Completion of requisite number of concert attendance. Six concerts per semester while enrolled as a music major, unless student teaching or studying abroad. See department guidebook for additional details.
  • Private piano lessons with NCC faculty until successful completion of the Piano Proficiency Exam (or Jazz Piano Proficiency Exam for Jazz Studies Majors).
  • Private vocal study with NCC faculty each semester in the program. Students must register for credit unless they have already reached the 18 credit hour limit.
  • Large ensemble participation on primary instrument/voice each semester in the program. Students must register for credit unless they have already reached the 18 credit hour limit.
  • Junior year recital
  • Successful completion of the Comprehensive Musicianship Exam

Music Education Internships and Jobs

A North Central education integrates career preparation with rich academic study. Our faculty encourages you to refine and apply your knowledge in an interconnected world. Here you'll learn to think independently and work globally to solve problems and lead.

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Music education graduates have found positions with:

  • Naperville/Aurora school districts 203 and 204, which includes Grammy Signature Schools (Gold Status)
  • Central Illinois districts such as Paxton and Gibson City
  • Plainfield, Aurora, Downers Grove and St. Charles schools
  • Community schools, churches and organizations such as The Young Naperville Singers, Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus (now Anima), Music Makers of Western Springs, Our Saviour’s Lutheran of Naperville and Visitation Church of Elmhurst
     

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