Music Education Admission Interview

Students applying for admission into the Master of Music degree in only Music Education should complete the following on-line interview. In-person or telephone interviews may also be scheduled if the applicant prefers.

To arrange an in-person or telephone interview, please contact:

Dr. Kevin Droe

Interview questions may also be downloaded: .DOC | .PDF  (requires Adobe Reader)

Music Education Interview
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Interview Questions

1) Describe your current teaching assignment. Include the name of the school district in which you currently teach (answer N/A if you are currently not employed by a school district)?

2) Describe your previous teaching experiences (if applicable).

3) Describe your undergraduate education. Include your area of specialty (instrument/voice) and which classes you found the most beneficial in preparing you to teach.

4) Why do you want to pursue a masters degree?

5) What characteristics do you possess that will help you succeed in graduate school?

6) Describe your experience with research.

7) Why have you selected our graduate school?

8) What do you see yourself doing in five years?

9) Please react to the following statement made by Elliot Eisner (agreements/disagreements):

This myth, related to the one on creativity, argues that what is educationally significant for children is the process they undergo while making something, not what it is that they make. It is argued further that when attention is devoted to the product rather than to the process the child's growth is likely to be hampered; one would be, so to speak, keeping one's eye on the wrong target. It's not what a child makes but how he makes it that is important.

I will not take the tack that just the opposite is true. I will not argue that the product is what's important, not the process. I won't do this because I believe that dichotomizing process and product is wrongheaded to begin with. In the first place, there can be no product without some type of process. The processes we use at whatever level of skill shapes the qualities of the product that will be realized, whether that product is ideational or material. Similarly the product or end-in-view that we aspire to create shapes the means we employ and provides a criterion against which choices in the present are made. Further unless some of us here are mind readers we will never be able to see the processes the child is undergoing. What we see are the manifestations of those processes: what they produce. It is from these products that we are able to make certain inferences about process. To disregard what the child produces puts us into an absolutely feckless position for making inferences about those processes. In addition without attention to what is produced we have no basis for making any type of judgment regarding the educational value of the activity in which the child is engaged. Process and product therefore cannot be dichotomized. They are like two sides of a coin. Processes can be improved by attending to the product and products improved by making inferences about the processes. To neglect one in favor of the other is to be pedagogically naïve (p.11).

- Eisner, E. (1973-74). Examining Some Myths in Art Education. Studies in Art Education, 15 (3), 7-16

10) Please include any other information that you feel is appropriate.

11) Feel free to ask any questions about our program.