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MUE 5054: Methods I: Early Childhood/Childhood Music (3 cr.)**
Philosophy and praxis of the transmission (teaching and learning) of music by students preschool through grade 4. Emphasis on the work of Émile Jaques-Dalcroze, Zoltán Kodály, and Carl Orff. Training of the body (thinking, feeling, moving) through musicing—from traditional (folk) musics and dance leading to musics and dance of the world (including Western art music and other composed musics). Pedagogy and performance on the soprano (descant) and alto (treble) recorders in preparation for experience on the chest of recorders. Use of the Orff instrumentarium and traditional instruments in the classroom. Music oracy to literacy for children by design of curricular sequencing of music elements and domains using the tools of rhythm syllables and movable tonic solfege. Curriculum projects using five curriculum parts—beginning point, song list, yearly flow chart, daily lesson plan, and activity plan (strategy). Readings of monographs and articles about current debates in music education; reaction papers to these readings assigned. In-class teaching with critique. Twelve hours of observation of preschool and elementary musicians-educators required. Prerequisite: Open to music education majors others by permission. Should be completed as a preparation for EDU.5408: Student Teaching and Seminar: Music Education.
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