Music Education - Choral (K-12) Private Certification

Bachelor of Science 130.5 credits

In keeping with the Valley Forge Christian College institutional mission to prepare individuals for a life of service and leadership in the church and in the world, the education program at VFCC seeks to prepare competent professionals for a life of service in Christian, private, and public schools.

The education program at Valley Forge Christian College is designed to train men and women to become professionals serving in preschools as teachers, group leaders, or administrators; as elementary school teachers in private and public school settings; as music teachers in elementary and secondary schools; or as secondary teachers in private or public school settings. The goal of the education program is to produce Christ-like, qualified individuals who, through the integration of biblical truth and professional knowledge and skills, will serve children in a variety of diverse educational venues.

 

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  1. Students will communicate competently using musical vocabulary through both writing and speech.
  2. Students will search for information in a variety of formats and evaluate the quality, appropriateness, and application of that information to problem solving within the discipline of music and for continued professional development.
  3. Students will manage individual and group relationships at personal and professional levels.
  4. Students will articulate a philosophy of music education in the context of a Christian worldview.
  5. Students will demonstrate competency in planning, organizing, and implementing instructional experiences in the elementary and secondary classroom from a pluralistic and multicultural perspective.
  6. Students will display competence in vocal, keyboard, or instrumental music performance.
  7. Students will assess and develop lessons/activities designed to meet the needs of students with varying abilities and skills.

Student Teaching

Each student in a teacher preparation program is required to participate in a student teaching experience. This supervised student teaching will be com- pleted during the student’s final semester. Students participating in student teaching must meet the following criteria:

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (public certification)
  • OR
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (private/Christian certification)
  • Completion of all academic work
  • Approvals from the Director of Student Life and the education faculty
  • Passing the PRAXIS I (PPST) test series
  • Passing of ENG 123 College Writing and Research
  • Passing an English OR American Literature course
  • Passing of two college-level Mathematics courses

 


  • Candidates for Pennsylvania private school certification must apply directly to the Bureau of School Leadership and Teacher Quality, Pennsylvania Department of Education. Final eligibility for teacher certification will be determined by the Bureau of Certification.
  • Candidates may also apply for Assemblies of God certification upon graduation by completion of an application to the Association of Christian Teachers and Schools, Springfield, Missouri.
  • Graduates may apply for Association of Christian Schools, International certification by taking additional required courses offered at regional seminars and then applying to the ACSI Mid-Atlantic Regional Office, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Course Code
Course Name
Credits
 
CMS/DIG/MTN Course
2 cr
MTH
Math Courses (prefer133/233)
6 cr
PHE
Activity Course
1 cr
SCI
Science Course
3 cr
TOTAL
 
43 credits

For students seeking to pursue graduate education, most graduate programs require a minimum GPA of 3.0 for entrance.

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Core Requirements

BIB 103 Introduction to Biblical Interpretation 3 credits

A practical introduction to the study of the Bible. The course provides an overview of fundamental issues of interpretation, inspiration, manuscripts, and translation. Emphasis is on basic approaches to Bible study and appropriate use of biblical reference tools.
Only required for non-ministry majors.

ENG 123 College Writing and Research 3 credits

This course stresses the writing process and intro-dukes the skills necessary to conduct college-level research. Emphasis is placed on argumentative and analytical writing supported by research.
A passing grade of C- or higher is required.

LIT 243 English Literature 3 credits

A critical and historical study of selected English literature from the fifth century to the present. Representative authors from each period are selected so that students may gain an appreciation for outstanding authors and an understanding of the society in which each lived.
Prerequisite: ENG 123 or 497.

LIT 253 American Literature I 3 credits

A study of the major writers, works, and movements from the discovery of the New World to the Civil War, with an emphasis on literature that reflects diverse cultures such as Native, African-, Asian-, and Hispanic-American.
Prerequisite: ENG 123 or 497.

MUS 313 Music History I 3 credits

Studies of the periods and styles of music in theory, form, performance and practice. Important people, places and events that effect the development of church music will be discussed. Historical influences and important events of church music history will be surveyed. Covers the period from antiquity through the Baroque. Attention will be given to church masters.

NWT 113 New Testament Survey 3 credits

A panoramic view of the chief events, prominent characters, main themes and salient teachings of each New Testament book in relation to its historical, geographical and cultural contexts.

OLT 123 Old Testament Survey 3 credits

A study of the historical settings, literary features, authorship, theological teachings, and general content of the books of the Hebrew Bible. This survey provides a factual and practical groundwork for further studies in the Old Testament.

PHE 281 Health and Nutrition 1 credits

This course is an overview of personal health and stress management strategies for identifying and preventing health problems. Successful exercise, wellness, and nutrition programs are introduced. Maybe taken one time only.
This course is required of all students.

PHL 113 Worldviews 3 credits

This course will examine and apply principles involved in the development of a worldview. The course will emphasize the development and application of a Christian worldview. Special emphasis will be given to critical, creative, and Christian thinking skills.

PSY 283 Lifespan Human Development 3 credit

A survey of human development from conception to death. Focus is on the biological, intellectual, and psycho-social development of the individual person.
Prerequisite: PSY 223.

SOC 103 Life Formation 3 credit

A practical study of the classic spiritual disciplines that are essential to lifelong spiritual formation from a Pentecostal perspective. The course will emphasize intentional and holistic applications in daily living.

THE 233 Introduction to the History & Theology of the A/G 3 credit

An introduction to the history, structure, and belief of the AG in the context of Christian theology and history.

Major Requirements

EDU 263 Principles of Adolescent Education 3 credit

A study of the social, philosophical, and historical foundations of education with special emphasis on the application to contemporary educational settings and issues. The course requires a practicum and a practicum journal.

EDU 340 Methods of Teaching ELL 3 credit

A course designed to prepare students to teach English language learners in ESL classes and in mainstream content area classes in public and private schools in the United States and to teach ELL in a foreign country. Included are theories of second language acquisition, program models for ELLs, curriculum development, and lesson planning using variety of methods to integrate the teaching of English listening, speaking, conversation, pronunciation, and grammar, vocabulary, reading and writing with content area objectives.
Prerequisites: EDU 103, ECE 123 OR EDU 263, CMS 233.

EDU 413 Multicultural Education 3 credit

This course explores what it means to be an effective teacher in a society that is increasingly diverse. We will focus on the skills and dispositions teachers need to provide high quality instruction for all students, regardless of their class, race, ethnicity, gender, or religion.
Prerequisites: EDU 103, EDU 263 or ECE 123.

EDU 443 Classroom Management 3 credit

This course is an overview of various strategies related to classroom instruction. Topics include effective teaching strategies, generation of classroom rules and procedures, maintaining appropriate student behavior, and strengthening communication skills. Note: This is a senior level practicum course designed to be taken just prior to the student teaching experience. All lower level education courses should be completed before taking this course.
Prerequisites: EDU 103, EDU 263, CMS 233.

MED 313 Elementary Music Methods and Materials 3 credits

A class designed to equip the student with techniques necessary for teaching music in the elementary school setting. Emphasis will be placed on teaching craft and curriculum development. Includes field experiences.
Prerequisites: MED 101, MUS 223, MUS 221, PSY 223, EDU 263, PSY 383, PHE 311. Formal admission into the music education program.

MED 333Secondary Music Methods and Materials 3 credits

A class designed to equip the student with techniques necessary for teaching music in the high school setting. Emphasis will be placed on teaching craft and curriculum development. Includes field experiences.
Prerequisite: MED 313.

MED 373 Technology in Music Education 2 credits

A course designed to explore technology in the music classroom. Emphasis will be placed on instructional software, notation and production software, multimedia, music performance and Internet resources. Students will create an electronic portfolio.
Prerequisite: MED 313.

MED 392 Choral Methods and Materials 3 credits

Instructional methods and materials for teaching vocal music at the elementary and secondary school levels. Includes field experiences.
Prerequisites: EDU 101, MED 313, MED 333

MED 466 Student Teaching 12 credits

Observation and supervised teaching in vocal and instrumental music in an approved public school music department. Student teaching takes place in the senior year and is composed of two segments: seven weeks in an elementary classroom setting and seven weeks in a secondary setting. Course credit represents preparation and planning, classroom performance and classroom management. Students may not register for ensembles or lessons during the semester in which they student teach.
Prerequisite: MED 391 music education coordinator’s permissionand acceptance into the music education program. Please see Other Charges (page 20) for student teaching fee information. Corequisite: MED 471

MED 471 Student Teaching Seminar 1 credit

A study of current issues, directions and research in music education. Involves weekly conference to correlate methods with field experience. Professional conferences and visitations are integral to the seminar. Required of all music education majors while student teaching. Corequisite: MED 466

MED 611 Woodwind Class I .5 credits

A practical study of the clarinet and saxophone: assembling, holding and maintenance of instrument; embouchure and tone production; transposition; fingering; range; problems in teaching young players; examination of methods and materials; manufacturers, quality, prices. Requires observation in a school program. Lab fee $25. Additional charge of $85 apply for the leasing of instruments.

MED 612 Woodwind Class II .5 credits

A practical study of flute and double reed instruments: assembling, holding and maintenance of instruments; embouchure and tone production; transposition; fingering; range; problems in teaching young players; examination of methods and materials; manufacturers, quality, prices. Requires observation in a school program. Lab fee $25. Additional charge of $85 apply for the leasing of instruments.

MED 613 Brass Class I .5 credits

A practical study of the trumpet and horn: holding and maintenance of instrument; embouchure and tone production; transposition; fingering; range; problems in teaching young players; examination of methods and materials; manufacturers, quality, prices. Requires observation in a school program.
Lab Fee $25. Additional charge of $85 apply for the leasing of instruments.

MED 617 String Class I .5 credits

A practical study of the instruments of the string family: problems in teaching, examination of methods and materials for each instrument, fingering and bowing styles, shifting; tone production; manufacturers, quality, prices. Requires observation in a school program.
Lab Fee $25. Additional charge of $85 apply for the leasing of instruments.

MED 627 String Class II .5 credits

A practical study of the cello or bass: problems in teaching, examination of methods and materials for each instrument, fingering and bowing styles, shifting; tone production; manufacturing, quality, prices. Requires observation in a school program
Lab Fee $25. Additional charge of $85 apply for the leasing of instruments.

MED 631 Percussion Class .5 credits

A practical study of the instruments of the percussion family: assembling, holding, maintenance; problems in teaching young players; examination of methods and materials; makes of instruments, quality, and price. Requires observation in a school program
Lab Fee $25. Additional charge of $85 apply for the leasing of instruments.

MUS 141 Aural Skills I 1 credit

A course designed to develop sight-singing as well as melodic, rhythmic and harmonic dictation.
Concurrent enrollment in MUS 143. Prerequisite: Passing score on music placement exam.

MUS 143 Music Theory I 3 credits

A course designed to give the student a theoretical and practical knowledge of the fundamentals of music. Scales, key signatures, intervals, rhythm, triads, and diatonic harmony are studied. Emphasis is placed on four-part choral style writing. A study of the harmonic, melodic, and formal elements of music.
Prerequisite: MUS 142 and/or pass music placement exam.

MUS 151 Aural Skills II 1 credit

A continuation of Aural Skills I.
Concurrent enrollment in MUS 153. Prerequisite: MUS 141 or pass a placement exam.

MUS 153 Music Theory II 3 credits

A continuation of Music Theory I with emphasis on harmonic progression, triads in inversion, musical form, non-chord tones, and seventh chords.
Prerequisite: MUS 143.

MUS 221 Aural Skills III 1 credit

A continuation of Aural Skills II.
Concurrent enrollment in MUS 223. Prerequisite: Aural Skills II or pass a placement exam.

MUS 223 Music Theory III 3 credits

A continuation of Music Theory II with emphasis on secondary dominant chords, modulation, binary and ternary forms, borrowed chords, and augmented sixth chords.
Prerequisite: MUS 153.

MUS 231 Aural Skills IV 1 credit

A continuation of Aural Skills III.
Concurrent enrollment in MUS 233. Prerequisite: Aural Skills III or pass a placement exam.

MUS 233 Music Theory IV 3 credits

A continuation of Music Theory III with emphasis on advanced chromatic harmony, late nineteenth-and twentieth-century practices, musical form, and counterpoint.
Prerequisite: MUS 223.

MUS 310 Piano Proficiency 0 credits

Required of all Music concentration students as well as music minors. All sections of the piano proficiency exam must be passed by the end of the junior year. See Music Department Handbook for details.

MUS 323 Music History II 3 credits

A continuation of Music History I The Classic, Ro- mantic and Modern periods will be studied. The major composers, forms, and styles of music from 1750 to the present will be emphasized. Specific attention will be given to church music masters.

MUS 333 Music History III 3 credits

A study of composers, musical styles and developments from 1901 to the present. This course will examine music in form, performance and practice including world music, folk, and jazz.

MUS 342 Basic Conducting 2 credits

A course designed to introduce the student to the fundamental concepts of conducting. Beat patterns, entrances and releases, cueing, score preparation and rehearsing will be covered.
Prerequisite: MUS 153.

MUS 362 Choral Conducting 2 credits

Explores techniques of choral conducting, including group vocal technique and repertoire. Attention is given to various style periods and their characteristic sound quality.
Prerequisite: MUS 342.

MUS 651-2 Applied Voice 1-2 credits

Instruction in understanding the singing voice and establishing a sound vocal technique. Literature studied will include a standard vocal repertoire in English and foreign languages as well as hymns and gospel songs.
Prerequisite: MUS 611 or voice proficiency audition and MUS 631 or music reading audition. Please see Other Charges (page 20) for fee information.

MUS 631-2 Applied Piano 1-2 credits

Offered at all levels of instruction. Literature is chosen from standard works for piano according to the student’s ability.
Prerequisite: MUS 622 or piano proficiency audition. Please see Other Charges (page 20) for fee information.

PSY 383 Educational Psychology 3 credit

A study of learning processes with practical applications for classroom teaching. Topics include human development, the impact of culture and community on learning, learning theory, motivation, testing, and assessment. This course includes a practicum involving observations and interviews with persons working in educational settings.

SPE 223 Introduction to Exceptionalities 3 credit

This course provides an overview of the basic characteristics and unique life and educational needs of individuals who have been determined to be exceptional in mental, physical, and/or emotional characteristics. Students will explore the validity of previously held beliefs, formulate new concepts, and acquire the tools necessary to challenge misconceptions, whether personal or other. The application of new information relating to the understanding of individuals with disabilities is achieved through activities promoting self-awareness and reflection.

SPE 403 Introduction to Exceptionalities 3 credit

Students will explore the validity of previously held beliefs, formulate new concepts, and acquire the tools necessary to challenge misconceptions, whether personal or other. The application of new information relating to the understanding of individuals with disabilities is achieved through activities promoting self-awareness and reflection.
Prerequisites: EDU 103, SPE 223.

MUS 410 Senior Recital 0 credits

A senior project consisting of a performance of at least 50 minutes of music. Students in Church Music will perform a 30-minute recital on their primary instrument and a 20-minute conducting recital. Students in Music Performance will present a 50-minute recital entirely on their primary applied instrument, emphasizing classical music literature from all periods of music history.