Music Pathway B

To gain a Music endorsement, you must demonstrate your subject–matter knowledge in multiple ways. Music pathway B is designed for candidates who majored in music at an institution other than the University of Puget Sound.

Prior to your admission to the M.A.T. program, you must complete necessary music coursework and state-required content exams. While enrolled in the M.A.T. program you will complete coursework and have school-based placements to prepare you to teach Music.

 

1. CONTENT PREPARATION

One part of preparing to teach Music is a strong preparation in the subject. The best content preparation is a major in Music. To have your content preparation evaluated; 1) arrange for a transcript evaluation, and 2) complete a performance audition with the School of Music. To schedule an audition, please contact: Ryan Del Rosario, Music Recruitment Coordinator.

Suggested courses include:

  • Music Theory through twentieth-century compositional techniques (normally 4 semesters or 6 quarters).
  • Music History from ancient times through the present (normally 2-4 semesters or 3-6 quarters).
  • Music Education Methods (Elementary, Secondary).
  • Studio Lessons on a single instrument every academic term.
  • Ensemble experience every academic term, which must include large ensemble(s).
  • Beginning and advanced instrumental and choral conducting (2-3 semesters or 3-4 quarters).
  • Techniques classes, which may be satisfied through demonstration of proficiency (Voice, Strings [one term for vocal/general, two terms for instrumental/general], Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion.
  • Choral/general emphasis: Diction (one semester) and Vocal Pedagogy.
  • Accompanying techniques on piano and guitar.
  • Keyboard proficiency.
     

2. TESTING

You must pass a basic skills test, the National Evaluation Series (NES) Test and at least one of the Washington Educator Skills Test–Endorsement (WEST–E) Tests.

  BASIC SKILLS TESTING CONTENT AREA TESTING
MUSIC

TEST:  WEST–B or Alternative*

Math, Reading, & Writing

TEST: NES 504

Music

 

Music candidates must also take at least one (1) of the following tests.

TEST: WEST–E 056

Music: Choral

 

TEST: WEST–E 057

Music: Instrumental

*Out-of-state applicants may substitute either the PRAXIS I or CBEST for the WEST-B. Additionally, scores from the SAT or ACT taken after 2005 may be used to meet the basic skills requirement.

 

3. SCHOOL–BASED PLACEMENTS & COURSEWORK

During the academic year, you will complete elementary and secondary teaching methods coursework and Music-related school-based experiences. In addition, the state of Washington requires that you pass the Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA), which you will submit during spring semester.

 

For additional information, contact Karen Stump at the School of Education.