The Conservatory's Music Teacher Preparation program seeks to prepare teachers who:
- Have a strong liberal arts education and who are well-grounded in their content field(s).
- Demonstrate the development of pedagogic skills.
- Possess a professional and caring commitment to education.
Program goals are based on a set of key principles and express knowledge, skills and dispositions. These goals reflect the current knowledge base of teacher education as well as a commitment to the preparation of teachers who will be able to practice in schools as they are, and schools as they might be.
- The beginning teacher understands the discipline(s) he or she will teach and can create learning experiences that make these aspects of the subject matter meaningful to students.
- The beginning teacher is able to engage in long range planning and curriculum development and evaluation based upon district, state and national performance standards.
- The beginning teacher understands how children learn and develop, and can provide opportunities that support their intellectual, social and personal development.
- The beginning teacher understands and respects students’ differences and creates instructional opportunities that are adapted to diverse learners.
- The beginning teacher is able to use a variety of instructional strategies to encourage learners’ development of critical thinking, problem solving and process skills.
- The beginning teacher creates a productive learning environment through the use of individual and group motivation that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.
- The beginning teacher models effective communication techniques (verbal, non-verbal, media, etc.) and facilitates student communication, collaboration and supportive interaction in the classroom.
- The beginning teacher understands and uses formal and informal assessment strategies to evaluate and ensure the continuous intellectual, social, emotional and physical development of the learner
- The beginning teacher is a reflective practitioner who continually evaluates the effects of his/her choices and actions on others and actively seeks opportunities to grow professionally.
- The beginning teacher fosters relationships with school colleagues, parents and educational partners in the larger community to support student learning and well-being.
- The beginning teacher understands theories and applications of technology in educational settings and has adequate technological skills to create meaningful learning opportunities for all students.
The UMKC General Education Core is the university-wide curriculum that all undergraduate students will complete. The 30-credit hour core curriculum includes three course types designated as Anchor, Discourse and Focus and is detailed in the General Education section of the catalog.
Every undergraduate student must take a course covering the United States Constitution and the Missouri State Constitution before graduation. Course options are included in the program requirements section below.
Candidates for all baccalaureate degrees must complete the online UMKC RooWriter Writing Assessment after they have passed Discourse 200 (or its equivalent) but before they have attained 90 credit hours. Incoming transfer students with more than 90 credit hours must complete the RooWriter by the end of their first semester of enrollment or within one semester after passing Discourse 200 (or its equivalent). Students who have not completed the RooWriter Writing Assessment within two semesters after passing Discourse 200 (or its equivalent) will be blocked from enrollment until they successfully complete the RooWriter. Additional information is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.
Information on exit examinations and/or major field exams is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students graduating from this program will:
- Students will complete the MoPTA (Missouri Preservice Teachers Assessment) in conjunction with the final four semesters of their professional sequence including field experience. This project requires students to identify salient and unique aspects of various teaching setting(s), design and execute a teaching unit, show student learning, and provide both formative and summative reflection of the process within these settings. (State mandated for certification)
- Undergraduate students will be able to lead and interact with students in urban and rural classrooms in a manner that engages them in the music learning experience by providing clear verbal and nonverbal instruction, and exhibit appropriate affect demonstrated consistently throughout the professional sequence.
- Undergraduate students will exhibit appropriate professional behaviors throughout the professional sequence and within all field experience activities.
- Undergraduate students will successfully complete 4 diverse semesters of field experience culminating in the completion of the student teaching experience.
- Undergraduate students will acquire teacher certification in both Missouri and Kansas.
Program Specific Recommendations for UMKC General Education Core Coursework
|Anchor I (ANCH 103 MUSE recommended)||3|
|DISC 100||Discourse I: Reasoning and Values (Speech and Writing)||3|
|DISC 200||Discourse II: Culture and Diversity (Writing and Speech)||3|
|DISC 300||Discourse III: Civic and Community Engagement (Speech and Writing)||3|
|Focus A (Satisfied in program requirements below)|
|Focus B (Satisfied in program requirements below)|
|Focus C (Satisfied in program requirements below)|
|Focus Elective (Satisfied in program requirements below)|
|'Total credits' in this section indicates the number of General Education Core credit hours that are not met by the degree specific requirements outlined below.|
See the UMKC General Education Core section of the catalog for available Anchor and Focus course options.
Constitution Course Requirement
Section 170.011.1 of the Missouri Revised Statutes, 2015, states that all candidates for a degree issued by a college or university in the state of Missouri must have “satisfactorily passed an examination on the provisions and principles of the Constitution of the United States and of the state of Missouri, and in American history and American institutions.”
Courses at UMKC that satisfy this state requirement are:
|Choose one of the following:|
|The Supreme Court And The Criminal Process|
|U.S. History to 1877 (Focus C) 1|
|U.S. History Since 1877 (Focus C) 1|
|Constitutional History of the United States|
|Honors American Government (Focus C) 1|
|American Government (Focus C) 1|
Course may satisfy both the UMKC General Education Core (Focus C) and Constitution requirements.
There are a few other ways this requirement can be satisfied for students transferring to UMKC:
- Take an equivalent course from the list above at a regionally accredited institution.
- Earn credit for one of the above courses through AP, IB, or CLEP.
- Take a course that directly satisfies the Missouri Constitution Requirement at another Missouri institution.
- Have a previous bachelors degree (or higher) from a regionally accredited institution.
- Have an Associate of Arts degree from a regionally accredited institution.
- Complete the 42 Hour Core at a Missouri institution and have it listed on the official transcript.
|CONSVTY 141||Musicianship I||4|
|CONSVTY 142||Musicianship II||4|
|CONSVTY 241||Musicianship III||4|
|CONSVTY 242||Musicianship IV||4|
|CONSVTY 110||Keyboard Skills I||1|
|CONSVTY 123||Keyboard Skills II||1|
|CONSVTY 223||Keyboard Skills III||1|
|CONSVTY 310||Keyboard Skills IV||1|
|Applied Lessons 1|
|CONSVTY 101C||Voice Class I||2|
|INSTRUMENT 101 Freshman Instrument I||2|
|INSTRUMENT 102 Freshman Instrument II||2|
|INSTRUMENT 201 Sophomore Instrument I||2|
|INSTRUMENT 202 Sophomore Instrument II||2|
|INSTRUMENT 301 Junior Instrument I||2|
|INSTRUMENT 302 Junior Instrument II||2|
|INSTRUMENT 401 Senior Instrument I||2|
|CONSVTY 300 Studio (enroll with applied lesson each semester - 7 semesters)|
|Technique Courses (select 4 courses with advisor)||4|
|Woodwind Techniques and Pedagogy|
|Brass Techniques and Pedagogy|
|Instrumental Techniques Percussion|
|Instrumental Techniques Guitar|
|Survey Of Wind And Percussion Instruments|
|Survey Of String Instruments|
|CONSVTY 351||History of Music in Western Civilization I (Focus A)||3|
|CONSVTY 352||History of Music in Western Civilization II (Focus Elective)||3|
|Conducting and Arranging|
|CONSVTY 381||Basic Conducting - Instrumental||2|
|CONSVTY 383||Instrumental Conducting||2|
|CONSVTY 331||Orchestration I||2|
|or CONSVTY 425B||Arranging Instrumental|
|CONSVTY 411A||Field Experience in Music||1|
|CONSVTY 411B||Field Experience in Music||1|
|CONSVTY 411C||Field Experience in Music||1|
|Any combination of the following courses (7 semesters)||14|
|Conservatory Wind Ensemble|
|Specialization - Winds/Brass/Percussion OR Strings||5|
|Marching Band & Jazz EnsembleTechniques (Winds/Brass/Percussion Only)|
|Wind Band Literature and Lab (Winds/Brass/Percussion Only)|
INSTRUMENT100B Second Applied Strings Instrument (Strings Only)
|String Literature (Strings Only)|
|Music Education Courses|
|CONSVTY 128||Music Teaching Matters: A Professional Beginning||2|
|CONSVTY 378||Instrumental Ensemble Rehearsal Techniques & Lab||2|
|CONSVTY 378L||Instrumental Ensemble Rehearsal Lab||1|
|CONSVTY 385||Elementary Music Methods||3|
|CONSVTY 386||Secondary Music Methods - Instrumental||2|
|CONSVTY 405||Philosophical and Pragmatic Foundations of Music Education||3|
|CONSVTY 412A||Student Teaching Music in Elementary School||4|
|CONSVTY 412B||Student Teaching Music in Secondary School||4|
|CONSVTY 437||Computer Literacy for Musicians||1|
|Physical and Social Sciences|
|Physical Science Course (Focus B)||3|
|POL-SCI 210||American Government (Focus C + MO Constitution Requirement)||3|
|Professional Education Courses|
|TCH-ED 403||Educational Psychology||3|
|TCH-ED 404||Education of the Exceptional Child and Youth||3|
|TCH-ED 419||Student Teaching in Elementary School||3|
|TCH-ED 420||Adolescent Development||3|
|TCH-ED 427||Reading in the Secondary School||3|
|TCH-ED 437||Student Teaching in High School||3|
GPA Minimum: 2.0
Total Credit Hours: 138
Tools for Planning and Fulfilling Academic Requirements
UMKC's Major Maps are detailed, semester by semester plans that lead a student to complete all degree requirements within four years. Plans include benchmarks and critical courses by term that assist a student’s evaluation of progress and major “fit”. In order to ensure that the appropriate courses are taken, students are encouraged to consult with the undergraduate advisor for this major.
UMKC’s Degree Audit System provides an individual evaluation of all degree requirements (General Education Core, Degree Specific, Major Specific, etc.) for student’s officially recorded (Office of Registration and Records) and “what if” plans of study. This evaluation is used to certify all graduation requirements.