Music

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Music students have performance opportunities from the first semester onward.

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Stellar faculty includes 19 members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Grammy winners and performing and recording artists, augmented by guests such as acclaimed DSO conductor Jaap van Zweden.

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Numerous ensembles and programs, including the Meadows Opera Theatre, provide multiple opportunities for performing on and off campus.

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Multiple degrees are offered in performance, composition, music therapy, education and more at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Music Pedagogy (MPED) Classes

Please note that not all courses are offered every semester. This listing is not considered authoritative. Please visit Access.SMU for authoritative course offerings including meeting times, professor, and more.

MPED 4184, 4284, 4384: Directed Study – Pedagogy
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

MPED 4303: Guitar Pedagogy
Prepares guitarists for studio teaching. Offered fall term of odd-numbered years. 

MPED 4305: Introduction to Instrumental Pedagogy
Prepares instrumental private teachers for studio teaching. Fall term. 

MPED 4308: String Pedagogy I
A survey of methods, materials, and curriculum for teaching strings at the beginning level. Focus on the philosophical, psychological, and developmental bases of string study. Review and evaluation of current educational materials. Additional topics include current trends, history of string education, and pedagogical situations. Prerequisites: Proficiency on a string instrument as a major, or techniques courses equivalent to MUAS 3146, 3147, or permission of instructor.  

MPED 4309: String Pedagogy II
A survey of methods, materials, and curriculum for teaching strings at the beginning level. Focus on the philosophical, psychological, and developmental bases of string study. Review and evaluation of current educational materials. Additional topics include current trends, history of string education, and pedagogical situations. Prerequisites: Proficiency on a string instrument as a major, or techniques courses equivalent to MPED 4308, or permission of the instructor. 

MPED 5114: Organ/Harpsichord Pedagogy
A survey of teaching materials and pedagogical methods, both historical and modern, for organ and harpsichord students. Class projects include compilation of graded repertoire lists and preparation/presentation of a supervised private lesson. Fall term of even-numbered years.

MPED 5216: Vocal Pedagogy I
Vocal techniques useful to the singer, studio voice teacher, and choral director. Vocal acoustics, breathing, and laryngeal function are studied. Fall term. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. 

MPED 5217: Vocal Pedagogy II
Teaching strategies and philosophies, diagnosis of vocal problems, stage deportment, vocal repertoire, and ethics for teachers. Students gain practical, supervised experience in teaching.  

MPED 6184, 6284, 6384: Directed Study – Pedagogy
A close collaboration between a faculty member and an advanced student who conducts a rigorous project that goes beyond the experience available in current course offerings. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

MPED 6303: Guitar Pedagogy
Preparation for studio teaching. Spring term of even-numbered years.

MPED 6305: Introduction to Instrumental Pedagogy
Preparation of instrumental private teachers for studio teaching. Fall term.

MPED 6308: String Pedagogy I
A survey of methods, materials and curriculum for teaching strings at the beginning level. Focus on the philosophical, psychological and developmental bases of string study. Review and evaluation of current educational materials. Additional topics include current trends, history of string education and pedagogical situations. Fall term.

MPED 6309: String Pedagogy II
Continuation of the skills and concepts developed in MPED 6308 String Pedagogy I, as well as an in-depth study of methods, materials and curriculum for teaching strings at the intermediate and advanced levels.

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