Jan 28, 2022  
2021-22 University Catalogue 
2021-22 University Catalogue

MMED 666 Alternative Ensembles in the Music Education Class

3 credits 45.0 hours
600 level graduate course

This course will explore diverse idioms of collaboration and performance through ensembles typically seen as “alternative” to the traditional opportunities students have received in the music education classroom. This course is geared toward the music educator looking to explore and understand the diverse means by which students can be creative and collaborative through music in school. Students will develop lesson plan ideas, rehearsal and performance skills, and the ability to lead and teach innovative ensembles. Students will learn how to construct, plan for, and arrange for diverse alternative ensembles as well as learn how to research and obtain grant monies, and program resources. Students will understand how a highly creative approach to gaining resources can create an amazing experience for students. Age-appropriate rehearsal and performance techniques, and classroom planning and resourcefulness are emphasized, along with how to obtain and select equipment, and how to compose and arrange music for ensemble success. Types of ensembles may include bucket drumming, rock band, ukulele, singer/songwriter solo and duo groups, and studio ensembles for rhythm section and horns. Participants will also learn how to use technology as part of the alternative ensemble experience.

This course is not repeatable for credit.