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Music Education

Music has long been considered one of Manhattanville's strengths.  Justine Ward, author of the internationally practiced Ward Method of music literacy, began her work at Manhattanville in 1916.  The undergraduate music education program began in 1932 and the first graduate program, an MAT offering initial certification programs in secondary education and elementary education, music and art, dates from 1965.  In the 1970s, the College was home to the renowned Manhattanville Music Curriculum Project, largely the work of Ronald Thomas.  Currently, Manhattanville offers two graduate programs in Music Education leading to initial/professional New York State certification in Music Education (All grades).  Graduates from these programs are prepared to teach Music in all grades from pre-school through 12th grade.

Masters of Arts in Teaching

The MAT program in Music Education is designed for candidates who have a bachelors degree or 36 credits in Music.  Students enter this program by enrolling in the first 6 credits of graduate education course work and by completing any missing course work of the essential music credits required of an undergraduate music education major at Manhattanville College including: 4 courses in music history or literature, 4 courses in music theory, 4 courses in instrumental pedagogy (brass, woodwinds, strings, percussion) and 2 courses in conducting (instrumental, choral).  No prior education coursework is expected.  Entrance requirements for the masters 40-credit degree program include an Audition and Written Examination offered by the Music Department. 

Advanced Certification Program in Music Education

The Advanced Certification Program in Music Education (CERT Music Education) is designed for candidates who already have a masters degree in Music or a functionally related area, including 36 credits in Music. Students enter this program by enrolling in the first 6 credits of graduate education course work and by completing any missing course work of the essential music credits required of an undergraduate music education major at Manhattanville College including: 4 courses in music history or literature; 4 courses in music theory, 4 courses in instrumental pedagogy (brass, woodwinds, strings, percussion) and 2 courses in conducting (instrumental, choral).  Entrance requirements for the CERT 27-credit degree program include an Audition and Written Examination offered by the Music Department.  Students are encouraged to continue study in their principal performing media.

Required courses in both programs include: Foundations of Education or Introduction to the Multicultural Classroom, Aesthetic Literacy, Literacy in the Content Areas, Introduction to the Exceptional Student, Methods for Early Childhood/Childhood Music, and Methods for Middle Childhood/Adolescence Music.  Students must complete 100 hours of Field Experience aligned with their coursework, and a 6- credit student/supervised teaching experience.

The MAT program includes the following additional courses: Resources, Materials and Literature for teaching Instrumental & Vocal Music, Technology for Music Educators, Teaching Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance, Instruction on the Major Performing Medium, and a Music/Education elective course.

The Advanced Certification program includes an additional course in Fundamentals of Middle Childhood Education.

Students in both programs are expected to complete all New York State liberal arts prerequisites, a course in Child Development, required state tests, and required state seminars in Child Abuse and Violence Prevention.

For information about our Music faculty, see web pages for Francis Brancaleone, Chair (music theory, keyboard harmony, piano, organ); Carmelo Comberiati (music history, ethnomusicology); Mark Cherry, (musical theatre, cabaret, vocal ensemble); Mary Ann Joyce, music theory, composition,); Jerry Kerlin, (music education, world musics, music psychology, music theory); and Geoffrey Kidde (music technology, music theory ear training).