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ERIC Number: EJ842183
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Aug
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-0192-592X
Maintaining the Integrity of a Web-Based Music Course
Kahler, Edward P., II
T.H.E. Journal, v31 n1 p14-17 Aug 2003
To receive a Texas elementary teacher certification, all elementary education majors must demonstrate a basic understanding of music and perform minimal musical skills. In addition, students should be able to write and teach music lessons built around the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for Music. These Music TEKS are focused on four main areas: perception, creativity, historical and cultural heritage, and response and evaluation. The course West Texas A&M University (WTAMU) uses to develop and demonstrate this musical proficiency is called "General Music For Children." But, in order to address the needs of additional students who are either unable or unwilling to attend a traditional on-campus course, the university has to bring the course online. In order to develop an understanding of the challenges that the author and his colleagues confronted, first he briefly looks at the traditional on-campus music course. The course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of the elements of music. This is accomplished through a basic acquisition of knowledge and a demonstration of certain musical skills. The course covers each of the four basic elements of music: rhythm, melody, harmony and form. While converting their course from a traditional on-campus delivery format to an Internet delivery format, they were cognizant of the elements that make up a good course and/or provide for quality instruction. As well as addressing the four evaluation formats discussed in this article, the author and his colleagues arrived at several other instructional elements that needed to be addressed. In this article, the author describes how they adapted course and instructional elements from the traditional delivery mode to the Internet delivery mode.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas