Iowa Communication Network (ICN)
The Master of Music Education program is offered in an alternative course stream over the Iowa Communications Network to students not participating in the on-campus music education program.
The goal of the Masters degree in Music Education at UNI is to promote leadership among teachers in the public schools.
One course is offered each Fall and Spring semester once per week in the evenings to allow public school teachers to take advantage of the course. (Mondays, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.) In addition, three classes are offered each summer; two courses are offered on-campus during the month of June and one course is offered over the ICN during the month of July.
Students do not need to be pursuing a Master of Music degree to be eligible to enroll in graduate courses in music education over the ICN. See information on Non-degree Status.
To register for a music education class offered over the ICN, contact the Continuing Education Department
Continuing Education Credit Programs
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0223
Toll-free (800) 648-3864
Register online: https://access.uni.edu/cgi-bin/cont_ed/ce_enroll.cgi?app_type=CE
Tentative Schedule of Classes
Semester TO/From Where Class Credit Hours Fall 2005 (8/22/05 - 12/16/05) ICN Foundations of Music Education 570:230 3 hrs Spring 2006 (1/9/06 - 5/5/06) ICN Seminar: Music Learning and Behavior 570:282 3hrs July 2006 (7/3/06 - 7/28/06) UNI Developments and Trends in Music Education 570:245/570:145g 2 hrs July 2006 (7/3/06 - 7/28/06) UNI Analytical Techniques I 580:210 3 hrs June 2006 (6/6/06 - 6/30/06) ICN School Music Administration 570:255 3 hrs
Semester TO/From Where Class Credit Hours Fall 2006 (8/21/06 - 12/15/06) ICN Research Methodology in Music Education 570:221 3 hrs Spring 2007 (1/8/07 - 5/4/07) ICN Research 570:299 3 hrs June 2007 (6/4/07 - 6/29/07) UNI Measurement and Evaluation in Music Education 570:287 3 hrs June 2007 (6/4/07 - 6/29/07) UNI Analytical Techniques II 580:211 3 hrs July 2007 (7/2/07 - 7/27/07) ICN Music History (topic TBA) 590:xxx(g) 3 hrs
Class location: ICN = Iowa Communications Network; UNI = on-campus
Six to seven ICN sites are chosen each semester (from more than a hundred available around the state of Iowa). The choice of sites is ultimately determined by the Continuing Education Department, but is influenced by the number of students requesting a particular site (the ideal site has 3+ students to allow for a more classroom-style environment) and the students who are currently involved in the program. Students who are asked to drive to an ICN site may be able to request a site closer when currently involved students graduate or move into the paper-writing phase of their degree.
The ICN sites chosen for Fall 2003 course are:
Cedar Rapids - Grant Wood Area Education Agency 10
Clear Lake HS
Durant HS (Quad Cities)
Johnston Iowa Public Television
Cedar Falls - Lang Hall 385 (Campus Map)
To find the ICN classroom nearest you, see the ICN Web pages.
Music Education Course Descriptions
Studies in Music Learning and Behavior - 570:282 3 credit hours
This course exposes teachers to various learning theories such as Behaviorism, Cognitivism, Social Learning Theory, and Developmental theories. The focus of this class is to understand the learning process and apply learning theories to the classroom for more efficient and effective instruction and classroom management.
Research Methodology in Music Education - 570:221 3 credit hours
This class will educate students in the basics of music education research. Students will be exposed to research pertinent to their teaching specialty and areas of interest. Students will learn how to read and interpret research studies in order to apply the results to the classroom. Students will also learn how to conduct a research study so as to allow future questions to be answered and to write in a research style.
Foundations of Music Education - 570:230 3 credit hours
This class is designed to give the student an overview of the aspects and principles of music education. This class will give the student an overview of the topics that will be addressed in further depth in other classes in the degree program. This is a good class to take for teachers who would like more information concerning topics to be addressed during the degree.
Developments and Trends in Music Education - 570:245 2 credit hours
This class focuses on evolving issues important to the music educator. Previous classes have included discussions of Howard Gardner's theory of Multiple Intelligences, Csikszentmihalyi's theory of Flow (a theory of enjoyment and participation), the music education philosophies of Bennett Reimer and David Elliott, block scheduling and year-round schooling effects on music, music technology, and National Board Certification. One focus of the class is to further develop personal philosophies of music education that drive day-to-day classroom choices and to be able to articulate these philosophies in the event program justification is needed.
An additional purpose of the course is to aid students in the development of a presentation appropriate for state conferences or district in-services.
Measurement and Evaluation in Music - 570:287 3 credit hours
The course focuses on developing assessments for use in music classes. Traditional paper-pencil assessments are discussed as well as various types of performance assessments. Music teachers are encouraged to share assessments and grading procedures. Students will also be made aware of various standardized music assessments and will develop assessments that measure attitude/preferences as well as performance and cognitive abilities. Students will also learn how to interpret numbers that often are reported with standardized tests.
School Music Administration - 570:255 3 credit hours
This class will discuss curriculum development as well as various management and public relations techniques and procedures associated with administration of elementary and secondary music programs.
Students who have taken a graduate course at another institution may be eligible to transfer the course into the program.
Core Graduate Music Courses
To further students' musical skills, all graduate music students, regardless of degree or whether they attend a traditional, on-campus program or participate in the ICN distance education degree program, take four core courses. More information concerning the rationale and philosophy for these courses can be found in the School of Music Graduate Student Handbook.
Music Research and Bibliography - 590:221 2 credit hours
This course is generally scheduled during the June, on-campus session to allow students access to Rod Library. This course offers graduate students an introduction to 1) the general use of the library and its holding; 2) research and reference materials, finding tools; 3) graduate-level writing skills and the mechanics of bibliography; 4) the control of secondary sources and literature; strategies for publication and professional achievement; 5) the evaluation of sources and scores; and 6) primary source material.
Analytical Techniques I - 580:210 3 credit hours
This course is generally offered during a Spring semester and is combined with students who are participating in a more traditional, on-campus 2-year Master's degree (generally in performance). The course will focus on the application of appropriate analytical techniques for music from the beginning of polyphony to the mature works of Beethoven. Emphasis will be on era and composer style delineation. To enroll in this course, students must have passed the Theory portion of the Diagnostic Examination. Students who do not pass the Theory portion of the Diagnostic Examination will enroll in Theory Survey for Graduates - 580:180g prior to enrolling in Analytical Techniques I or II.
Analytical Techniques II - 580:211 3 credit hours
This course is generally offered during a Spring semester and is combined with students who are participating in a more traditional, on-campus 2-year Master's degree (generally in performance). The course will focus on the application of appropriate analytical techniques for music from the late works of Beethoven through the 20th century. To enroll in this course, students must have passed the Theory portion of the Diagnostic Examination. Students who do not pass the Theory portion of the Diagnostic Examination will enroll in Theory Survey for Graduates - 580:180g prior to enrolling in Analytical Techniques I or II.
Music History Period Course - 590:1xxg 3 credit hours
Students take one course which focuses on a period of music history. The focus is on music in the larger context of general intellectual history, relating it to developments in art, architecture, literature, theater, politics, and the social sphere. The period course exposes our graduate students to the methods and materials of the music historian. This means having direct contact with a musicologist in a course that focuses on past and recent research, bibliography, primary sources, and skill in music criticism. The period class has been designated as a writing-intensive course.
At least one music history course will be available to ICN students during the 3-year rotation of courses. Often this course is scheduled during the June session to allow students access to the Rod Library.
Middle Ages and Renaissance - 590:110g
A study of the major musical repertories of Western Civilization from Medieval Plainchant through the High Renaissance vocal and instrumental music, with special emphasis on the historical and cultural context.
Baroque - 590:111g
A study of the major musical repertories of Western Civilization from the first Italian operas to the works of Bach and Handel, with special emphasis on the historical and cultural context.
Classic - 590:112(g)
A study of the major musical repertories of Western Civilization from Pergolesi to Beethoven, with special emphasis on the historical and cultural context.
Romantic - 590:114(g)
A study of the major musical repertories of Western Civilization from late Beethoven through Mahler, with special emphasis on the historical and cultural context.
20th Century - 590:115(g)
A study of the major musical repertories of Western Civilization in the twentieth century, with special emphasis on the historical and cultural context.
UNI Rod Library Distance Education Access
REVIEW OF LIBRARY SERVICES AVAILABLE TO DISTANCE EDUCATION STUDENTS
All currently enrolled UNI distance students receive a brochure summarizing library services from Continuing Education. Included on the brochure is the web address to the library's distance education web pages. These web pages are important to distance education students because they provide specific information on how to register for services, how to remotely access library databases, and how to request books, articles and reference help. Rod Library's distance education web pages are located at http://www.library.uni.edu/distance/.
- BOOKS owned by Rod Library - Library staff will locate, check out and send any IN-HOUSE book to the student's home. Students can use UNISTAR (unrestricted database) to identify books owned by the Rod Library.
- BOOKS not owned by Rod Library - Unfortunately the library doesn't interlibrary books that the Rod Library does NOT own for distance learners. This is because the book has to be returned to the lending library. We recommend that students use their local public library to interlibrary loan books not owned by the Rod Library. There are reciprocal borrowing privileges among the three Regents library systems - See web pages for more details.
- ARTICLES owned by Rod Library - Library staff will locate, photocopy and send most in-house journal/periodical articles (using "fair use" copyright restrictions) to the student's home. There are nominal photocopy charges. Students can use the many databases found in the "Electronic Resources" section (this section name change to "Gateway" on August 4, 2003) of the library's web pages to identify articles. Many of the databases (many are restricted databases) now contain the full text of articles and students can access and print much information from their home computer.
- ARTICLES not owned by Rod Library - Library staff will attempt to interlibrary loan (using "fair use" copyright restrictions) any article that is NOT owned by the Rod Library and send it on to the student's home. We can send the article on to the student since the photocopied articles do not have to be returned to the lending library. UNI distance learners have to submit their interlibrary loan requests through the library's distance education services instead of through the regular interlibrary loan service to ensure the requested articles are sent to their homes.
- REFERENCE help - Students can call the Rod Library or e-mail their questions to firstname.lastname@example.org and library staff will help them get started in their research. There are also a number of electronic guides available on the distance education web pages. Students can also set up individual research consultation sessions.
- INSTRUCTION - Library staff can attend your ICN class and provide library instruction. For additional details, please go to the Library's distance education web pages located at http://www.library.uni.edu/distance/. There is a Feedback Form located at this website. Please encourage your students to complete the form. The information we receive will help us to improve services. If you have particular questions or would like to set up a time to meet with me, please do not hesitate to contact me. I am available to you also as well as to your students. I would be happy to answer your questions or to show you more about the library's resources/services. Would you like to learn more about the library's databases or how to determine if the library owns a particular article in print or electronic format?
Graduate Continuing Scholars
Students who have finished course work, but who still require access to the UNI library for research purpose should enroll in the course entitled "Graduate Continuing Scholar." The fee for this course is $50.00. Once a student is registered in this course they will have access to library and computing facilities and services.
There is no limit on the number of times a student may exercise this option but the student should be in the final stages of their program of study. No tuition will be assessed; only the above-mentioned fee of $50.00.
Students participating in the ICN program are required to be in residence at the University of Northern Iowa for two, 4-week summer sessions (generally scheduled during the June session).
Many students take advantage of campus housing during the summer session.
More information is available from the UNI Department of Residence
Web Based Courses
Currently, all courses are offered either on-campus or over the Iowa Communications Network (ICN). Future plans include the development of web-based courses and workshops.