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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

M.A. Teaching

Page address: https://www.mnsu.edu/music/graduatemusic/teaching.html

The Master of Arts in Teaching
Vocal/General K-12 Licensure, or Instrumental/General K-12 Licensure)

This degree program is sponsored by the College of Education as a means of acquiring teaching licensure in either K-12 Vocal/General Music, or K-12 Instrumental/General Music. The degree is specifically intended for individuals who already have earned an undergraduate non-teaching degree in music.

The curriculum consists of two components: courses taught in the College of Education, and content area courses needed to meet Board of Teaching licensure requirements in music. You will need to work with two advisors—one in the College of Education, and one in the Department of Music—to determine what courses you will need to meet licensure requirements.

Getting Started: Please read the College of Education materials on Graduate Teaching Licensure, and the Master of Arts in Teaching as a first step(http://ed.mnsu.edu/ksp/gtl/#advising.)

As a part of the process, you will be required to speak to an advisor in the Department of Music. If you seek Vocal/General K-12 licensure, please contact Dr. David Dickau. If you are interested in Instrumental/General K-12 licensure, please contact Dr. Amy Roisum Foley.

To be eligible for the MAT leading to either licensure, you must have:

  • An undergraduate degree in music that includes four semesters each music theory and aural skills, and two or three semesters of music history covering music from the Middle Ages through the modern era. All grades for those courses must be a C or higher.
  • Performance proficiency on at least one instrument (or voice), as demonstrated in an audition—alternatively, a video recording of your senior recital is acceptable.
  • Evidence of participation in a variety of ensembles over the course of your undergraduate program.

For Vocal/General K-12 licensure, you will need to demonstrate proficiency or take the following courses (if you did not take them—or the equivalent—as an undergraduate):

  • MUS 140 Intro to Music Education (2 credits)
  • MUS 245 Music Tech for Music Educators (1)
  • MUS 175 Class Guitar (1)
  • MUS 201 Intro to Conducting
  • MUS 219 Accompanying (2 semesters)
  • MUS 235 Jazz Pedagogy and Improvisation (1)
  • MUS 328 Music of the World (3)
  • MUS 341 General Music K-5 (2)
  • MUS 342 General Music 6-12 (2)
  • MUS 401 Choral Musicianship 1 (3)
  • MUS 402 Choral Musicianship 2 (3)
  • MUS 451 Vocal Pedagogy and Literature (3)
  • MUS 455 Diction (2)

1 semester of one of the following:

  • MUS 171 Class Instruction in Brass
  • MUS 172 Class Instruction in Woodwinds
  • MUS 173 Class Instruction in Strings
  • MUS 174 Class Instruction in Percussion

For Instrumental/General K-12 licensure, you will need to demonstrate proficiency, or take the following courses (if you did not take them—or the equivalent—as an undergraduate):

  • MUS 140 Intro to Music Education (2 credits)
  • MUS 245 Music Tech for Music Educators (1)
  • MUS 171 Class Instruction in Brass (1)
  • MUS 172 Class Instruction in Woodwinds (1)
  • MUS 173 Class Instruction in Strings (1)
  • MUS 174 Class Instruction in Percussion (1)
  • MUS 175 Class Guitar (1)
  • MUS 201 Intro to Conducting
  • MUS 235 Jazz Pedagogy and Improvisation (1)
  • MUS 328 Music of the World (3)
  • MUS 341 General Music K-5 (2)
  • MUS 342 General Music 6-12 (2)
  • MUS 411 Instrumental Musicianship 1 (3)
  • MUS 412 Instrumental Musicianship 2 (3)