Faculty-led Inquiry into Reflective and Scholarly Teaching (FIRST)


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Course portfolio developed as part of the UNL Peer Review of Teaching Project (peerreview.unl.edu)

Copyright (c) 2013 Dale Bazan


The course Instrumental Music Methods (MUED 345) is designed to provide a fundamental preparation for future music educators to teach instrumental music--both orchestral and band--to adolescents in schools. The description in the UNL Schedule of Classes describes this course as dealing with "administrative approaches, rehearsal techniques, and modern comprehensive teaching styles for the secondary instrumental teacher." I chose this course for my peer-review because preparing future instrumental music teachers is one of my primary responsibilities as the instrumental music education specialist at UNL, and this course is the primary course to prepare students for this outcome. It is therefore vital that both the objectives of this course and the overall design of this course be thoroughly attended to. I had three main objectives for this course portfolio: (a) refine the course with significant attention to course objectives and the connection between objectives and course teaching/learning strategies or assignments, (b) documenting and analyzing student learning within this class, and (c) documenting the efficacy of my teaching and the impact of the course as a whole.