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Below are all of the courses you have to choose from in this academic major. Some are required while others are electives. Please view the course catalog to see what is required to earn a degree in this major.


Intro to Exceptional Children (SED 205)

Educational philosophies and instructional strategies for children with special needs. Topics focus on specific characteristics of various disabilities, cultural and language barriers, gifted and talented, current legislation, inclusion strategies, and current issues in the field. Field experience is a required component of this course. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Characteristics and Strategies I (SED 208)

Examines the characteristics and causes of high incidence disabilities. Emphasis is placed on identification, learning needs, instructional strategies, programming, assessment practices, transition, research, and current practices. Field experience is a required component of this course. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Prerequisite: SED205. Fall semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Characteristics and Strategies II (SED 209)

Examines the causes and characteristics of individuals with severe and profound disabilities. Emphasis is placed on identification, legal issues, programming, assessment, instructional models, transition, research, and promising practices. Field experiences required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Prerequisite: SED205. Spring semester. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Teaching English Language Learners (SED 227)

Prepares instructors for teaching students who speak English as a second language. Research theories and practical applications are presented in preparing Pre-K to 12 instructors including: a survey of research in the linguistic, psychologial, and sociolinguistic aspects of second language acquisition, instructional strategies, and appropriate assessments. Field component required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Prerequisite: SED110 or SMU102. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Practicum:Multiculturalism (SED 305)

A pre-service 15 hour practicum experience for students in districts that have a diverse (ethnically, racially, and economically) student body. Students observe, tutor, and co-teach in a diverse environment. This course is required for candidates in all certification areas. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Formal admission into the Education Program required or permission of instructor. Prerequisite: SED201 or SED202. Pass/Fail only. Repeatable for credit. Fall and spring semesters, J-term and M-term travel abroad. 1 credit. Fee.

1 Credit.

Assessment (SED 335)

Designed to prepare prospective teachers to actively participate in the assessment process. All methods of assessment are examined. Students are given instruction in the effective construction and proper use of tests and the legal issues surrounding assessment. Formal admission into the Education Program required. Prerequisite: SED205. Corequisite: SED432 or permission of instructor. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Student Teaching (SED 433)

This course is a seven-week student teaching experience. (See SED434 for full description.) This course is for those seeking dual certification only. Prerequisites: Completion of all courses required for certification; “B-” or better in SED201 or SED202, and SED432; cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better; passing scores on Basic Skills Assessment; and approval of Education faculty. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Corequisite: SED435 for all; SED436 is also a co-requisite for PreK-4 majors. Permission required. Fall and spring semesters. 6 credits. Fee. Repeatable for credit.

12 Credits.

Student Teaching Seminar (SED 435)

This is a seminar that emphasizes the professional responsibilities found in the companion course, the student teaching experience SED433 or SED434. The Pennsylvania Code of Ethical Behavior is examined in depth. Additionally, issues such as mandated reporting for child abuse, first aid issues and other classroom health care concerns, job search strategies, professional portfolio development, and classroom management comprise the topics for discussion in this course. Prerequisites: Completion of all courses required for certification; “B-” or better in SED201 or SED202, and SED432; cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better; and approval of Education faculty. Corequisite: SED433 or SED434. Permission required. Fall and spring semesters. 1 credit.

1 Credit.

American Lit Survey, 1776 to Pres (SEL 266)

Surveys a broad expanse of American literature, including fiction, poetry, drama, and nonfiction, written in different regions of the United States, by men and women of various cultural groups. Canonical works and movements are studied along with writing from marginalized or emerging viewpoints, such as Native American oral tradition, African American narrative, women's private and public writing, and multimodal storytelling. Prerequisite: SEL106 or SEL107. Fall semester. Satisfies the U.S. Cultures requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. 3 credits.

Cont American Lit for Children (SEL 269)

Introduction to novels and picture books for elementary school-aged children, with emphasis on presenting such books in the classroom, encouraging a love of reading, and addressing geographic, cultural, and socioeconomic differences through books. Fulfills literature requirement for teaching certification candidates. Fall semester. Satisfies the U.S. Cultures requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. 3 credits.

Structure of the Number System 1 (SMA 100)

Topics include problem-solving, set theory, number theory, numeration systems, and algebra review. Particular emphasis is placed on the successive development of real numbers and the employment of electronic resources. The first course in a sequence of two mathematics courses designed for students who are pursuing teacher certification in areas other than secondary mathematics. Prerequisite knowledge: This course requires a working knowledge of elementary algebra. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits.

Structure of the Number System 2 (SMA 102)

Topics include geometry, counting methods, probability, statistics, logic, and consumer mathematics. Particular emphasis is placed on problem-solving strategies and the employment of electronic resources. The second course in a sequence of two mathematics courses designed for students who are pursuing teacher certification in areas other than secondary mathematics. Prerequisite: SMA100. Satisfies the Mathematics requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits.

Music Strategies/Inclusion I (SMT 215)

Course provides an overview of the characteristics, development, and abilities of children and adolescents with diverse needs, both in educational and therapy settings. Strategies for adaptation and accommodation in and through music are explored, and approaches to management of the classroom and therapy setting are addressed. Fall semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Foundations of Music Education (SMU 102)

This course provides an introduction for music education majors to the field of music teaching. Course topics include: the teaching profession, theories of learning and teaching, purposes of education, history of American education, philosophy, school law and ethics, diverse learners, and classroom technology. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Course includes practicum. Fall semester. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Rhythmics I (SMU 104)

This experience-based course is designed to reinforce understanding of music concepts, enhance musicianship, and focus awareness on the physical demands of artistic performance through the use of rhythmics, a modified technique of the unique approach to music learning involving rhythmic movement created by Jacques Dalcroze. Rhythm reading, notation, analysis, and improvisation are also addressed in the course. Fall semester. 1 credit.

1 Credit.

Keyboard Strategies 1 (SMU 105)

Designed to service the non-keyboard music major with little or no keyboard experience. This course introduces students to the basic skills necessary to achieve the required musical and keyboard proficiency in the major. Fall semester. 1 credit. Fee.

Keyboard Strategies 2 (SMU 106)

Designed to service the non-keyboard music major with some keyboard experience. This course introduces students to the basic skills necessary to achieve the required musical and keyboard proficiency for Level I in the major. Spring semester. 1 credit. Fee.

Class Voice I (SMU 129)

Instruction in the basic techniques of vocal production for non-voice and non-music majors. Non-music majors must demonstrate basic music reading knowledge or take SMU127 as a pre- or co-requisite. Counts toward the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall and spring semesters. 1 credit.

String Methods I: Violin and Viola (SMU 130)

This string methods course provides an introduction for music education majors with the skills to model and work effectively with students on violin and viola in group beginning instrumental methods classes. In addition, students gain knowledge and skills of instruments for rehearsing large groups of instrumentalists in secondary settings. Fall semester. 1 credit. Fee.

1 Credit.

String Mthds II:Cello/Double Bass (SMU 131)

This string methods course provides an introduction for music education majors with the skills to model and work effectively with students on cello and double bass in group beginning instrumental methods classes. In addition, students gain knowledge and skills of instruments for rehearsing large groups of instrumentalists in secondary settings. Spring semester. 1 credit. Fee.

1 Credit.

Woodwind Methods I (SMU 132)

This woodwind methods course provides an introduction for music education majors with the skills to model and work effectively with students on flute, clarinet, and saxophone in group beginning instrumental methods classes. In addition, students gain knowledge and skills of instruments for rehearsing large groups of instrumentalists in secondary settings. Fall semester. 1 credit. Fee.

1 Credit.

Woodwind Methods II (SMU 133)

This woodwind methods course provides an introduction for music education majors with the skills to model and work effectively with students on oboe and bassoon in group beginning instrumental methods classes. In addition, students gain knowledge and skills of instruments for rehearsing large groups of instrumentalists in secondary settings. Spring semester. 1 credit. Fee.

1 Credit.

Brass Methods I (SMU 134)

This brass methods course provides an introduction for music education majors with the skills to model and work effectively with students on trumpet and French horn in group beginning instrumental methods classes. In addition, students gain knowledge and skills of instruments for rehearsing large groups of instrumentalists in secondary settings. Fall semester. 1 credit. Fee.

1 Credit.

Brass Methods II (SMU 135)

This brass methods course provides an introduction for music education majors with the skills to model and work effectively with students on trombone and tuba in group beginning instrumental methods classes. In addition, students gain knowledge and skills of instruments for rehearsing large groups of instrumentalists in secondary settings. Spring semester. 1 credit. Fee.

1 Credit.

Percussion Methods (SMU 136)

Section 01 provides an introduction for music education majors to the skills to model and work effectively with students on pitched and non-pitched percussion instruments in individual and ensemble settings. Section 02 provides an introduction to music therapy majors of the fundamentals of using percussion instruments in therapeutic settings with a variety of populations. Spring semester. 1 credit. Fee.

1 Credit.

Diction I (SMU 139)

Beginning instruction in lyric diction for singers. Covers the International Phonetic Alphabet and the basics of Italian Diction. Prerequisite: SMU341. Fall semester. 1 credit.

Harmony I (SMU 160)

The written study of music theory. Course content includes intervals, rhythms, major/minor scales and harmonic structures, lead sheets and figured bass, embellishing tones, and melodic form. Fall semester. 2 credits.

2 Credits.

Aural Theory I (SMU 161)

The study of music theory through critical listening and performance. Emphasis on aural skill development through solfeggio, major and minor tonal pattern identification and responding, rhythmic reading and responding, and rhythmic dictation. Fall semester. 2 credits.

2 Credits.

Harmony II (SMU 162)

Continuation of SMU160 with mire advances theoretical concepts including four-voice part writing and secondary function, Prerequisite: a grade of C or better in SMU160. Spring semester. 2 credits.

2 Credits.

Aural Theory II (SMU 163)

Continuation of SMU161 with more advanced skill development through solfeggio, rhythmic reading and responding, melodic, rhythmic and harmonic dictation and score reading identification. Prerequisite: a grade of C or better in SMU161. Spring semester. 2 credits.

2 Credits.

Piano Ensemble (SMU 180)

This course is designed to give piano students experience with piano duet, piano duo, 6-hand, 8-hand or more, and piano literature. Permission required. Satisfies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Spring semester. 0-1 credit. Fee.

Sinfonia at Seton Hill (SMU 181)

Study of relevant works for string ensemble/chamber orchestra through rehearsal and performance. Particular attention to proper ensemble technique. Intonation, rhythmic accuracy, bowing, and other instrumental technique are addressed. Counts toward the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Repeatable for credit. Fall and spring semesters. 0 or 1 credit.

Griffin Band (SMU 182)

The Griffin Band is an instrumental ensemble (marching/pep and concert bands) open to all Seton Hill University students. Counts toward the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall and spring semesters. 0 or 1 credit. Repeatable for credit. Fee.

Opera Workshop (SMU 183)

The opera workshop is designed to develop in the singer the interpretive and technical skills required in opera. These include dramatic interpretation of characters, staging, blocking, movement, and other elements of production. The workshop culminates in staged scenes and full productions of opera. Repeatable for credit. Fall and spring semesters. 0 or 1 credit. Fee.

Women's Chorale (SMU 185)

An ensemble specializing in music for women’s voices. Auditions held at the beginning of each semester. Counts toward the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall and spring semesters. 0 or 1 credit. Repeatable for credit. Fee.

Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra (SMU 187)

Provides qualified students with the opportunity to perform in a semi-professional orchestra. Admission by audition. Counts toward the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Repeatable for credit. Permission required. Fall and spring semesters. 0 or 1 credit.

SHU Men's Glee Club (SMU 188)

Mien's choral ensemble. Auditions held at the beginning of each semester. Counts toward the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Repeatable for credit. Fall and spring semesters. 0 or 1 credit. Fee.

Una Voce (SMU 189)

A select choral ensemble performing advanced literature. Counts toward the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall and spring semesters. 0 or 1 credit. Repeatable for credit. Fee.

Westmoreland Symphonic Winds (SMU 190)

A concert band open to musicians who play woodwind, brass, or percussion instruments. Admission by audition. Counts toward the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Repeatable for credit. Fall and spring semesters. 0 or 1 credit. Fee.

Woodwind Ensemble (SMU 192)

Performance of chamber music for woodwind instruments including double reed and mixed woodwind trios/quartets/quintets, clarinet ensemble, saxophone ensemble, and flute choir. Counts toward the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Repeatable for credit. Fall and spring semesters. 0 or 1 credit. Fee.

Brass Ensemble (SMU 193)

Performance of chamber music for combinations of brass instruments including sextet, quintet, quartet, and brass choir. Counts toward the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Repeatable for credit. Fall and spring semesters. 0 or 1 credit. Fee.

Percussion Ensemble (SMU 194)

Performance of chamber music for combinations of percussion instruments. Counts toward the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Repeatable for credit. Fall and spring semesters. 0 or 1 credit. Fee.

Handbell Choir (SMU 196)

Performance of handbell music using 3-octave Schulmerich handbells. Counts toward the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Repeatable for credit. Fall and spring semesters. 0 or 1 credit. Fee.

Jazz Ensemble (SMU 197)

Performance experience of Big Band and Jazz Combo literature. Admission by audition. Counts toward the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Repeatable for credit. Fall and spring semesters. 0 or 1 credit. Fee.

Chamber Music (SMU 198)

Designed to provide string students experience in rehearsing, coaching, and performing chamber music. Counts toward the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Repeatable for credit. Fall and spring semesters. 0 or 1 credit. Fee.

Guitar Ensemble (SMU 199)

Performance of chamber music for guitar. Counts toward the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Repeatable for credit. Fall and spring semesters. 0 or 1 credit. Fee.

Keyboard Strategies 3 (SMU 205)

Designed to service the non-keyboard music major with early intermediate keyboard experience, this course introduces students to the basic skills necessary to achieve the required musical and keyboard proficiency for Level II in the major. Fall semester. 1 credit. Fee.

Keyboard Strategies 4 (SMU 206)

Designed to service the non-keyboard music major with early intermediate keyboard experience, this course introduces students to the basic skills necessary to achieve the required musical and keyboard proficiency for Level II in the major. Spring semester. 1 credit. Fee.

Music Methods/Inclusive Classroom (SMU 220)

This course provides instructional methods and materials for teaching in the general music classroom. Students examine topics related to music teaching that include: instructional objectives, national and state standards, planning, principle learning theories, legislation and litigation for students with special needs, inclusion principles and practices, assessment, motivation, and management techniques. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. The course includes a practicum. Prerequisite: SMU102. Fall semester. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Class Voice II (SMU 229)

This course is designed to develop vocal performance skills begun in SMU129, at a more advanced level. Prerequisite: SMU129. Counts toward the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Spring semester. 1 credit.

Diction II (SMU 239)

Continuing instruction in lyric diction for singers. Covers German and French. Prerequisite: SMU139. Spring semester. 1 credit.

Performance (sec) Voice (SMU 241)

Private instruction in secondary voice for music majors and musical theatre majors. Prerequisite: Demonstration of sufficient skill level or completion of SMU229. 1 credit for each one-half hour of weekly private instruction. Repeatable for credit. Fall and spring semesters. Permission required. 1 or 2 credits. Fee.

2 Credits.

Harmony III (SMU 260)

Continuation of SMU162 with more advanced theoretical concepts including four-voice part writing, secondary function, modulation, modes, altered predominants, harmonic extensions and chromatic techniques. Prerequisite: a grade of C or better in SMU162. Fall semester. 2 credits.

2 Credits.

Aural Theory III (SMU 261)

Continuation of SMU163 with more advanced skill development through solfeggio, rhythmic reading and responding, melodic, rhythmic and harmonic dictation and score reading identification. Prerequisite: a grade of C or better in SMU163. Fall semester. 2 credits.

2 Credits.

Harmony IV (SMU 262)

Continuation of SMU260 and includes the study of large-scale forms, counterpoint, atonality, and serialism. Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in SMU260. Spring semester. 2 credits.

2 Credits.

Aural Theory IV (SMU 263)

Continuation of SMU261 with more advanced melodic/modal, harmonic and rhythmic skill development through solfeggio, rhythmic reading and responding, melodic, rhythmic and harmonic dictation, score reading identification, and composition. Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in SMU261. Spring semester. 2 credits.

2 Credits.

Music from 1750 to Present (SMU 270)

Surveys pre-classical, classical, romantic, and 20th century styles in Western music with an emphasis on listening and music research. Writing Intensive course. Spring semester. Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in SMU271. Counts toward the Western Cultures requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Survey of Music Literature (SMU 271)

An introduction to the history of Western music. Emphasis on music of the high baroque and modern eras as well as listening. Serves as prerequisite to SMU272 for music majors. Spring semester. 2 credits.

2 Credits.

Music from Antiquity to 1750 (SMU 272)

Surveys musical styles of the ancient world, chant, early polyphony, the Renaissance, and the Baroque with an emphasis on listening and music research. Fall semester. Prerequisite: C or better in SMU271. Counts toward the Western Cultures requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

World Music (SMU 274)

This course provides an overview of traditions and transformations of music in global perspective, exploring music as a phenomenon of sound and culture. The course explores exemplary non-Western genres from a range of cultural and geographic areas and the complex combinations of social, historical, political, economic, and artistic factors that shaped different musics in various contest. As a result, this course is useful for students both inside and outside the formal discipline of music. Satisfies the Global Perspectives requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Spring semester. 3 credits. Fee.

Music Classroom Management (SMU 320)

This course is designed to provide students with an overview of classroom leadership and management that includes selected research, theories, and applications in practice, to create and sustain positive and productive learning environments in music settings. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Prerequisite: SMU220. Spring semester. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Conducting Fundamentals (SMU 325)

An introduction to conducting technique by developing the psychomotor skills required for successfully leading others in the performance of music. Prerequisites: SMU262 and SMU263. Fall semester. 2 credits.

2 Credits.

Music in Elementary Sch/Practicum (SMU 330)

Analysis of material, methods of procedure, and development of skills suitable for teaching general music classes in primary and intermediate grades. Field experiences, Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Fall semester. 2 credits. Fee.

2 Credits.

Music in Secondary School/Practicum (SMU 331)

The materials, methods of procedure, techniques, and skills suitable to general and vocal activities in the secondary schools (middle. junior, and senior high schools). Field experiences, Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Spring semester. 1 credit. Fee.

1 Credit.

Techniques in Marching Band (SMU 332)

The materials, methods of procedure, techniques, and skills suitable for teaching marching band. Fall semester. 1 credit. Fee.

1 Credit.

Instrumental Methods/Practicum (SMU 333)

An investigation of the structure and curriculum of a school instrumental program (K-12). Includes analysis of materials, methods of procedure, techniques, and skills suitable for teaching instrumental lessons and ensembles. Co- or pre-requisites: SMU130, SMU132, SMU134, and SMU136. Field experiences, Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Spring semester. 2 credits. Fee.

2 Credits.

Orchestration (SMU 362)

The application of the principles of instrumentation, ranges, transposition, and voicing. Includes techniques of arranging for various small and large ensembles. Prerequisites: SMU262 and SMU263. Spring semester. 2 credits.

2 Credits.

Advanced Conducting (SMU 365)

This course focuses on developing and refining conducting gesture, rehearsal methodology and technique, error detection, and score analysis through active, in-class participation and live rehearsals in front of established music program ensembles. The course covers both advanced instrumental and choral conducting techniques. Prerequisite: SMU325. Spring semester. 2 credits.

2 Credits.

Music Forum (SMU 416)

A professional development course for music majors. Course content includes self-assessment of integrated learning objectives and degree and program requirements, student recital performance, recital and concert attendance, and current topics in the field, such as effective practice/performance strategies, health and wellness, career exploration, entrepreneurial skills, service to the profession, and professional performance practice. Fall and spring semesters. 0 credits. Pass/Fail only.

Infancy,Childhood,Adolescence & Lab (SPY 225)

The study of human physical, cognitive, and socioemotional development from conception through adolescence. Includes observation and analysis of children’s behavior at the campus Child Development Center. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Fall and spring semesters, and ADP session 4 in even-numbered years. 3 credits.

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