MUS 395

Popular Music Pedagogies: Modern Band in the Classroom

This comprehensive instructional course provides research-based methods to implement a popular music ensemble that incorporates performance, composition, improvisation, informal learning, and Music as a Second Language. Through participation in this course, aspiring teachers will be given the tools to create a Modern Band music program that focuses on teaching students to play the music that they know and love on Modern Band instruments including guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, vocals, and technology. By focusing on genres of music such as rock, reggae, country, pop and hip hop, Modern Band in the Classroom engages students in making music quickly and easily. As a part of this process, this course will provide teacher training, classroom instruction, and state-of-the-art online technology that aspiring teachers can use in their classrooms.

Prerequisites: MUS 202 and 204.