The Conservatory of Music and Dance aims to meet or exceed the educational
standards set by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and the
National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) for the
training of undergraduate music students. To that end the Conservatory endorses
the acquisition of skills in musicianship, education, and general studies.
Every musician functions to some extent as:
Therefore students are required to be exposed to and
develop basic competencies in all of these areas. The content of this area
- Keyboard skills
- Music literature
- Performance practice
Undergraduate musicianship studies focus on:
- Conceptual understanding of musical components and processes.
- Continued practice in creating, interpreting, presenting, analyzing, and
- Increasing understanding of various musical cultures and historical periods.
- Acquiring capacities to integrate musical knowledge and skills.
- Accumulating capabilities for independent work in the music professions.
The UMKC Teacher Preparation program seeks to prepare
- Have a strong liberal arts education and who are well-grounded in their
- Demonstrate the development of pedagogic skills.
- Possess a professional and caring commitment to education.
goals are based on a set of key principles and express knowledge, skills and
dispositions. These goals reflect the current knowledge base of teacher
education as well as a commitment to the preparation of teachers who will be
able to practice in schools as they are, and schools as they might be.
- The beginning teacher understands the discipline(s) he or she will teach and
can create learning experiences that make these aspects of the subject matter
meaningful to students.
- The beginning teacher is able to engage in long range planning and
curriculum development and evaluation based upon district, state and national
- The beginning teacher understands how children learn and develop, and can
provide opportunities that support their intellectual, social and personal
- The beginning teacher understands and respects students’ differences and
creates instructional opportunities that are adapted to diverse learners.
- The beginning teacher is able to use a variety of instructional strategies
to encourage learners’ development of critical thinking, problem solving and
- The beginning teacher creates a productive learning environment through the
use of individual and group motivation that encourages positive social
interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.
- The beginning teacher models effective communication techniques (verbal,
non-verbal, media, etc.) and facilitates student communication, collaboration
and supportive interaction in the classroom.
- The beginning teacher understands and uses formal and informal assessment
strategies to evaluate and ensure the continuous intellectual, social, emotional
and physical development of the learner
- The beginning teacher is a reflective practitioner who continually evaluates
the effects of his/her choices and actions on others and actively seeks
opportunities to grow professionally.
- The beginning teacher fosters relationships with school colleagues, parents
and educational partners in the larger community to support student learning and
- The beginning teacher understands theories and applications of technology in
educational settings and has adequate technological skills to create meaningful
learning opportunities for all students.
Studies in other areas of human achievement are
important in the education of musicians. As a result, students are required to
develop an awareness of basic ideas and concepts in:
- Natural and physical sciences
- Social sciences and communication
- Other areas of the arts and humanities
Students are encouraged to
view the combination of musicianship and general studies as a means of
developing a broad foundation for future artistic and intellectual development.