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Graduate school helps music educators hone their teaching techniques

Friday, June 29, 2012
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While it is important for elementary and high school students to gain a foundation in academic subjects like English, math and science, taking art and music classes is just as important for their personal development.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, many colleges view the time students spend participating in music education as beneficial to their intellectual development and appreciation of the world around them. For this reason, it is important for music instructors to be knowledgeable of their subject so they have a positive impact on the youths they teach.

For music educators looking to enhance their skill set, graduate school is always an option. South Dakota’s Northern State University is one school where students can find a Master of Music Education program, according to the university’s Web site.

Northern State recently announced the launch of this two-year program, which will be available online with a one week intensive residency beginning this fall. As students work through the track’s graduate courses, they will learn about music education practices, trends and rehearsal techniques, while enhancing their pedagogical leadership and analysis skills, the Web site reported.

"This program addresses the need for professional enhancement opportunities for music educators in our state," said Alan LaFave, dean of the university’s School of Fine Arts, as quoted by the Web site. "It will also meet the need of improving and enhancing music teaching in our schools."

By Monique Smith

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