Foundations of Music Education

MUSI 5340 Syllabus


Tarleton State University

Instructor:  Dr. Vicky V. Johnson   254/968-9238



For week by week description of requirements, assignments, and exams, refer to the Course Outline at the following link:



Course Description


An investigation of historical, philosophical, aesthetic, and pedagogical principles that provide the background and context for contemporary music education. 

The course focuses on developing a vision of music education for the future.  It is designed to provide those students pursuing the Master of Music in Music Education degree an overview of the cultural and historical context of music education.  This foundation will provide the necessary perspective for a practical application of philosophical and aesthetic principles through the National Standards for Music.



Required Text and Materials




Labuta, Joseph A. and Deborah A. Smith.  Music Education:  Historical Contexts and Perspectives.  Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall, 1997.



Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition



Computer with high speed internet connection (see Online Help Page link below for proper configuration)



Access to Microsoft Word and PowerPoint software




Course Objectives


Intended Student Learning Outcomes

            A.        Knowledge Outcomes:  Students will develop an understanding of:

1.      a general history of music education in the West

2.      the  philosophies upon which our current music education is based

3.      the aesthetic positions in Western music and their relationships to philosophies of education

4.      the leading methodologies of music education


            B.        Skill Outcomes:  Students will be able to:

1.      research various topics using quality primary and secondary sources

2.      write a formal paper according to the standard practice of scholarly writing

3.      carry on a scholarly dialogue in a discussion forum


            C.        Value Outcomes:  Students will:

1.      gain historical perspective

2.      understand how the aesthetics of our culture have and will influence music education

3.      develop their own personal philosophy of music education



Course Activities




Online lecture material



Reading assignments



Weekly graded assignments






Final project


Course Requirements





Weekly assignments based upon the lecture and reading material 



Discussion postings



Final paper






40%   Assignments



40%   Discussion Posts



20%   Final project (paper on an instructor-approved topic) 










On time



All segments done as assigned

Some missing


Length, proofreading, formatting, etc. checked



Expression is succinct and clear

Expression is vague and imprecise

Application of readings

Terms and concepts understood and used appropriately

Terms and concepts misused or no usage









Presence in discussion within time assigned

Absent or late


Appropriate forethought given to comments where required


Application of readings

Same as above for coursework



Comments advance understanding

Comments have minimal substance or merit





Attendance Policy:  This is an online class.  Students are expected to check in online regularly for announcements and to keep up with discussions.  Recommendation is to check in daily.  Assignments and discussions will have weekly deadlines.


Students With Disabilities Policy

If you are a student with a documented disability wanting to request accommodations for this course, please contact Trina Geye, Director of Student Disability Services, at , 254.968.9400, or Math 201. For more information, please view the catalog or visit

Academic Conduct

Cheating, plagiarism (submitting another person's materials or ideas as one's own), or doing work for another person who will receive academic credit are all impermissible.  This includes the use of unauthorized books, notebooks, or other sources in order to secure or give help during an examination; the unauthorized copying of examinations, assignments, reports, or term papers; or the presentation of unacknowledged material as if it were the student's own work.  Any student caught cheating will receive a grade of "F" for the class.  Further disciplinary action may be taken beyond the Department of Fine Arts. This decision will be mine in consultation with the department head.  Cheating is serious business and the penalties for engaging in this sort of activity will be severe. Consult the following link for further information on academic conduct as specified in your student handbook:



One of the biggest frustrations in an online course can be the technology required to make it happen.   Don't hesitate to contact the technology resource personnel at Tarleton.  They are there to help you.  The Blackboard help desk number is 254/968-1960 locally and toll free 1/866/744-8900 Option 3.  Here is a webpage with several links to help you.  Please access this page and take the opportunity to configure your computer before the semester begins.


Online Help Page




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