Contemporary Teaching Practice

Master of Music Degree

The Contemporary Teaching Practice degree provides a credential path for graduate music students who wish to teach in public and private schools in California and other states. Tomorrow’s music educators need to be nimble as their students become more culturally diverse and embrace a wider variety of music. This innovative degree equips educators to lead students into more diverse musical pathways that are appropriate for urban, rural, and suburban settings.

Students move as a cohort through this intensive degree which features individualized classroom teaching experiences integrated throughout the 12-month curriculum as well as special coursework on the sociological reality of music in the lives of children and youth, contemporary teaching methods for music performance, music composition/improvisation, assessment, philosophy and self-reflection, and community/entrepreneurial engagement.

Graduates of the program will leave with the tools to lead a choir, orchestra, or wind ensemble in the morning, and a rock band, jazz quartet, or a cappella group in the afternoon. They will be prepared to teach the school’s AP music theory course while offering electives in improvisation and songwriting.


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