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Summer Graduate Music Courses

The "2+2" Master of Music in Music Education Degree at Crane

The Master of Music in Music Education degree may be completed in as little as two summers with as few as two additional online courses (2+2). Summer courses are taught by Crane faculty and distinguished guest faculty. Graduate Music Admissions information can be found on this webpage. The summer admissions deadline is May 1st.

Over the course of two summers, students will have the opportunity to take electives in thee main areas: music technology, creativity, and global music. This is in addition to required coursework in music education, music history, and music theory, and still leaves opportunities for students to take additional electives in music education or other subjects. The entire degree plan for the degree can be found here.

Questions? Email us at gradmusic@potsdam.edu.

On-Campus Summer 2018 Courses

Four week session, Monday, Monday, June 25 - Thursday, July 19, 2018 (classes meet Monday-Thursday; classes met on July 4th)

MUCE 608: Curriculum Development in the School Music Program (Two sections: CRNs 71326, 71327)
Instructor: Dr. Mark Robin Campbell

Examination of the systematic process of program development. Focus upon the development of general goals, program objectives, and instructional objectives, as well as the design and sequence of musical experiences and materials. Final project involves the development of a program for a specific course of study; school music teachers are encouraged to gear projects toward their own specific teaching situations.

MUCT 695: Theory Courses - Open Source Software for Music (CRN 71324)
Instructor: Dr. Jerod Sommerfeldt

Examination and exploration of musical topics through the prism of open source software. Participants will review topics in music theory using the programming language RTcmix, create handouts, compositions, and scores using MuseScore and Lilypond, create dynamic, interactive electronic music with Pure Data, and cover basic recording in Audacity. Those enrolled will become comfortable navigating hardware found in many electronic music studios and all projects aim to be applicable and customizable to each participants’ own needs and interests.
8:00am - 10:30am

MUCT 695: Instrumentation and Arranging (CRN 71325)
Instructor: Dr. Timothy Sullivan
Master the basics of instrumentation through study and exercises. Complete several small arranging assignments, and one final arranging project. Students may independently choose the particulars for all assignments (source material, ensemble, etc.); the only stipulation is that each assignment must be for a different instrumentation. The primary goal is for each student to personalize the assignments so as to build skills that will maximize the usefulness of this course.
11:00am - 1:30pm


One week session: Monday, July 23 - Friday, July 27, 2018 (classes meet Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm)

MUCH 611: Introduction to Graduate Studies in Music (CRN 71328)
Instructor: Dr. James Madeja
A survey of bibliographic and resource materials in music, education, and music education. Examination of basic research methodologies, techniques and procedures and their practical applications. This is a core course required for all Master of Music degrees at Crane.

MUCE 523: Advanced Issues in Music Education: Artistic/Musical Literacy and Assessment of Student Learning (CRN 71329)
Instructor: Dr. Mark Robin Campbell

Exploration of artistic/musical literacy and assessment of student learning within the new NY State standards for K-12 music education framework.  Areas of focus in literacy include craftsmanship, expressiveness, and inventiveness.  Areas of focus in assessment include formative, summative, authentic, standardized approaches.  Participants work on course projects for direct application based on teaching areas, student developmental levels, and specific courses.


One week session, Monday, July 30 - Friday, August 3, 2018 (classes meet Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm)

MUCP 695: Engaging Popular Music (CRN 71330)
Instructor: Dr. Emmett O'Leary
This course provides an opportunity for students to develop a deeper understanding of popular and vernacular music. The course includes experiences that are analytical, creative, and artistic. Analytical techniques for investigating modern musical genres are discussed and students have opportunities to apply these skills to personally selected repertoire. Performance experiences will be included where students learn modern popular music performance practices in acoustic and technology-mediated forms of music making.


Online Courses

Session I: Thursday, May 24 - Thursday, June 28, 2018

Online: MUCE 645: Music in Special Education (CRN 71042)
Instructor: Tracy Wanamaker

Acquaints music education students with the individualized education program (IEP) process, music materials and techniques for teaching special learners in self-contained classrooms or mainstreamed into music classes. Readings, observations, music activities and originally designed materials a part of this class.

Online: MUCE 505: Action Research for Music Educators (CRN 71175)
Instructor: Dr. Caron Collins

The purpose of this course is to introduce action research methodology to music education students and current practicing teachers in order to help improve the quality and effectiveness of their music programs. User-friendly research techniques will be applied during the course in a mini research project.