MUS 461 Instrumental Music Methods and Materials
Winter 2015, 9:00-9:50 am, MWF in PAC 1515

Instructor: Henry Duitman  Office: 1217 PAC, 331-2581  Home Phone: 892-2601

Email:  or  Office Hours: 4 to 6 pm on Monday and Wednesday, 10 to 11 am on Tuesday and Thursday   


Music 461 is restricted to music education majors who have passed the mid-program review; open to others by special permission only. Offered winter semester.


Instrumental Music Methods and Materials is a two-credit course designed to prepare instrumental music education majors to apply the knowledge and skills they have learned in music theory, history, performance, and conducting, along with the knowledge and skills particular to instrumental music education, so that they are able to provide broad and effective instruction in secondary instrumental music.


Upon successful completion of this course the student will:

    1. possess current knowledge of content, methodologies, philosophies, materials and technologies appropriate for teaching instrumental music education.

    2. be able to apply knowledge and skills to real teaching situations and integrate his/her understanding of theory and learning into the process of K-12 education.


Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

    1. help a beginning instrumental student by accompanying while transposing at the keyboard

    2. teach basic playing using a sound to symbol approach

    3. understand the basics of string bowing

    4. teach using proven techniques for developing lesson plans, enacting proven classroom management strategies,

    5. develop a concept-based unit plan

    6. build a style-based core curriculum of significant literature for high school band


Music 461 will deal with:

    1. Why should students learn instrumental music (Philosophy)

    2. What content should students learn at various levels (Curriculum, Significant Literature)

    3. How can it be taught so that elementary, middle school, and secondary students of various backgrounds and ability learn (Methodology, Learning Theory, Assessment)


Grading for this class is designed to reflect your own potential for success as an instrumental music teacher.  Good teachers exhibit the following characteristics:  They 1) are prompt, punctual, reliable, and actively participate in school activities  2) are diligent in completion of professional-looking paperwork without being reminded, and 3) perform to high pedagogical and musical standards in front of the class.  Any absence from class without prompt notification and explanation will be cause for lowing the final grade.


  1. 10 %     Class Preparation including Discussion Question Responses

  2. 10 %     Basic Instrumental Teaching Skills

  3. 0 %       Sound to Symbol Peer Mini-Teaching

  4. 5 %       Bowing Assignment Test

  5. 40 %     Mini-Teaching Practicum

  6. 10 %     Building a Concept-Based Unit Plan

  7. 10 %     Building a Core Curriculum

  8. 10 %     Class Presentation

  9. 5 %       Final Exam

GRADING SCALE (in percentages)

  1. A    95       A-  92

  2. B+  89       85       B-  82

  3. C+  79       76       C-  74

  4. D+  72       70

NOTE: Late assignments are automatically graded lower and will not be accepted more than 1 week late.


Feldman, E.  & Contzius, A. (2011). Instrumental Music Education. NY: Routledge,

    ISBN: 978-0-415-99210-7  NOTE: Coordinated website at


BLACKBOARD LINK for scanned articles:


Cooper, L. (2004). Teaching band and orchestra: methods and materials. Chicago: GIA.

Hoffer, C. (1991). Teaching music in the secondary schools (4th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Labuta, J. (1997). Teaching musicianship in the high school band. Ft. Lauderdale: Meridith Music.

Newell, D. (2012). Classroom management in the music room. San Diego, CA: Neil A. Kjos.

Pearson. B. ed. Why music is basic: the value of music education. San Diego, CA: Neil A. Kjos.


1) Drop Deadline with a grade “W” is March 6 at 5 pm through one of the student assistance centers

2) Final Exam: Tentative date: Tues, April 21 at 8 am

3) If there is any student in this class who has special needs because of learning, physical or other disability, please contact the Office of Academic Support (OAS) at 331-2490.  Please discuss this with the instructor if you have any additional questions.

Syllabus     Assignments      Calendar      Competencies   Peer Practice   Lectures    Resources

Our very special guests, Raeleen Horn and Leo, with members of the class.

April 10, 2015