Music Education Programs
If you sense the Lord leading you to use your musical talents in a school setting, you can choose training for an elementary school, a secondary school, or both. These programs combine music theory and practical training to equip you to teach vocal and instrumental music. The solid Bible education you receive in these programs helps you establish and lead a music program that honors the Lord.
Faith offers three options in the Music Education program.
• Grades K-8 (five-year)
• Grades 5-12 (five-year)
• Grades K-8 and 5-12 (five-year)
Core Courses in the Music Education Program
• Music Theory I, II, III, IV
• String Methods
• Brass Methods
• Education Seminar I and II
• Praxis: Theory to Practice
Areas of Proficiency
All music majors are required to have both a primary and secondary applied music proficiency. The primary proficiency will be voice, piano, organ, or an orchestral instrument. The secondary proficiency will be determined by the student's primary proficiency as follows:
If you desire to enter one of the music programs, you will need to submit an additional music application form, have an audition before one of the Music Department faculty, and take the Music Theory Diagnostic Test before final acceptance into the program. Contact the Admissions Office or the Music Department for details.
The Christian School Program at Faith, which includes the Music Education program, is approved by the Iowa Department of Education so that the graduates are eligible to receive the state's initial license for teaching in public or Christian schools. This program requires a 14-week student teaching experience in the student's last semester.
Musical talent is a gift from God, which the Christian should develop and use for His glory. The Music Ministry programs at Faith help the student to formulate a Biblical philosophy of music and ministry. They are designed to hone those skills that will enable the student to provide excellent spiritual and musical leadership in a local church or a Christian school. A student may choose to major in Sacred Music, Music Education (K-8, 5-12, or both), or add a music ministries emphasis to a program in the Local Church Ministries or the Assistant Pastor.
So why should you choose one of the music programs at this school? If you have an insatiable passion for God and music ministry, either in the local church or the Christian school, you will graduate from Faith having received a strong Biblical and musical foundation from highly qualified faculty members who love God, love their subject matter, love their students, and love to impart their excitement, knowledge, and wisdom to their students. These qualities are the hallmarks of educational experience worth pursuing for the glory of God.
Dr. Dougherty came to Faith in 2003 with a strong academic and ministry background in music. He focuses on the instrumental program at Faith, leading the chapel orchestra and the Faith Community Orchestra. He also directs the Music Education program. In addition to his work at Faith, Dr. Dougherty is the director of Artisans in Brass, a brass ensemble that ministers in churches and public events. Dr. Dougherty and his family are active members of Ankeny Baptist Church in Ankeny.
• B.A., Piedmont Bible College
• North Carolina School of the Arts
• M.M., University of North Carolina at Greensboro
• D.M.A., University of North Carolina at Greensboro
• Post-graduate work in Music Education and Conducting, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Teaching and Ministry Experience
• Instructor, Piedmont Bible College
• Director of Christian Service, Piedmont Bible College
• Professor of Music, Piedmont Bible College
• Interim and full-time Minister of Music, Triad Baptist Church, Kernersville, North Carolina
• Adjunct Faculty, Piedmont Bible College
• Part-time Minister of Music, Twin City Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
• Graduate Assistant, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
• Founder and director, Artisans in Brass
• Faculty, Faith Baptist Bible College
Instrumental Ensemble Methods
Music in the Elementary Classroom
Teaching Elementary Music
Teaching Secondary Music
Contact Dr. Dougherty about the Music Education program at Faith.
964.0601 ext. 364
Faith is privileged to have a piano teacher of the caliber of Mrs. Becky Collogan. She came to Faith with an extensive background as an accomplished pianist and an expert piano teacher. Becky and her husband, Jim, live in Ankeny and are active members of Ankeny Baptist Church where she is the lead pianist.
B.S., University of Northern Iowa
• Dunkerton Public Schools, Dunkerton, Iowa, 1973-1974;
• Grandview Park Baptist School, Des Moines, Iowa, 1974-1984
• Bob Jones Elementary School, 1984-1987
• Grandview Park Baptist School, Des Moines, Iowa, 1987-1993
• Centennial Christian School, Seoul, South Korea, 1994-1995
• Mission Oaks Christian School, Kansas City, Kansas, 1995-1997
• Grandview Park Baptist School, Des Moines, Iowa, 2000-2003
• Adjunct Faculty, Faith Baptist Bible College, 2003-
In addition to her teaching on the high school and college levels, Mrs. Collogan also maintains an active private piano studio.
Contact Mrs. Collogan for information about piano instruction.
964.0601 ext. 222
Mr. LaFleur is Faith's premier pianist and piano instructor. His style, abilities, and spiritual character enable him not just to play the piano well but to minister to people through it. In addition to his piano instruction, he leads the Faith handbell ensemble that performs at campus events and in churches. Mr. LaFleur captures the essence of a true Christian musician. Mr. LaFleur and his family live in Bondurant and are active members of Maranatha Baptist Church in Grimes.
• B.S., Faith Baptist Bible College
• M.S.M. in Sacred Music, Pensacola Christian College
• Graduate work, Drake University
• National Certified Teacher of Music from Music Teachers National Association
• Assistant Bookstore Manager, Faith Baptist Bible College
• Director of Extension, Faith Baptist Bible College
• Director of Alumni/Extension, Faith Baptist Bible College
• Faculty, Faith Baptist Bible College
Choral Writing & Arranging
Music Theory I, II, III, IV
Contact Mr. LaFleur for information about Faith's handbell ensemble and piano instruction.
964.0601 ext. 228
Dr. Van Hooser has devoted his life to vocal and choral music. He combines a strong academic background with extensive ministry experience to enable him to lead
Faith's Music Ministries Department with excellence. Dr. Van Hooser directs the Faith Chorale, leads the annual Chorale tour, and periodically plans an extended European tour. As department chair, he also oversees the Music Education programs. Dr. Van Hooser and his family are active members of Grandview Park Baptist Church in Des Moines.
• B.S.M., Baptist Bible College of Pennsylvania
• B.S., Bob Jones University
• M.A., Bob Jones University
• Post-graduate work in choral conducting and methods, Westminster Choir College
• Eastman School of Music
• D.M.A., University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music
Teaching and Ministry Experience
• Graduate assistant, Bob Jones University
• Choral Director/Performer, The Proclaimers, Inc.,
• Instructor, Appalachian Bible College, Bradley, West Virginia,
• Part-time Minister of Music, Bible Center Church
• Part-time Minister of Music, Daniels Bible Church, Daniels, West Virginia
• Associate Professor, Baptist Bible College of Pennsylvania
• Part-time Minister of Music, Heritage Baptist Church, Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania
• Part-time Minister of Music, Forestville Baptist Church, Cincinnati, Ohio
• Faculty, Faith Baptist Bible College
Music and Worship
Sacred Choral Literature
Contact Dr. Van Hooser to learn more about the Music Ministries Department at Faith.
Chair of the Department
964.0601 ext. 248
Schools today are looking for good music teachers. With the Music Education degree from Faith, you are equipped to lead a music program in a Christian or public school. You will have skills to lead a choir, band, orchestra, and ensembles, and you will be able to teach music classes. And, depending on your background and skill level, you may able to teach private lessons as well. The strong Biblical foundation of this degree prepares you to lead a music program that honors Christ.
M-MU 101 Music Theory I (3) A thorough study of music fundamentals including pitch notation, clefs, scales, key signatures, intervals, triads and their inversions, rhythmic notation, and beginning four-part vocal writing. The study of intervallic and melodic dictation and sight-singing (solfeggio) are also included. Time is spent encouraging students to develop a Biblical standard of music for their personal lives.
M-MU 102 Music Theory II (3) A review of primary triads and their inversions, the study of secondary triads, their inversions, melodic harmonization, non-chord tones, diatonic seventh chords, and writing for the piano. Common-practice period writing is analyzed. Aural skills (sight-singing, dictation) and keyboard proficiency skills will also be continued. Prerequisite: M-MU 101 Music Theory I
M-MU 201 Music Theory III (3) A study of seventh chords and diatonic modulation, secondary dominants, chromatic modulation, borrowed chords, and the Neapolitan. Extensive study of aural skills, analysis, and sight-singing continue. Prerequisite: M-MU 102 Music Theory II
M-MU 202 Music Theory IV (3) A study of additional modulation techniques, augmented sixth chords, modes, impressionist techniques, and 20th century harmonic techniques. Continued development of aural skills is stressed, with a strong emphasis on analysis, sight-singing, and dictation. The student will also produce three original compositions. Prerequisite: M-MU 201 Music Theory III
M-MU 203 Music History I (3) A survey of the historical development of Western art music from ancient civilizations through the Baroque era, within the framework of a Biblical worldview. Offered alternate years.
M-MU 204 Music History II (3) A survey of the historical development of Western art music from the pre-classical era to the present, within the framework of a Biblical worldview. Offered alternate years. Prerequisite: M-MU 203 Music History I
M-MU 303 Elementary Conducting (3) An introduction to basic conducting techniques (patterns, fermatas, releases, cues) for choral and instrumental groups. Application of conducting skills to achieve a desired style, mood, tempo. dynamics, and interpretation is also covered. Score preparation is discussed. Offered alternate years.
M-MU 304 Advanced Conducting (3) A continuation of Elementary Conducting (M-MU 303), designed to sharpen the skills already acquired and to develop an ability to communicate the more subtle nuances of music through stylistic conducting. Rehearsal and platform procedures and advanced score preparation are discussed. Exposure to instrument conducting will be given. Offered alternate years. Prerequisite: M-MU 303 Elementary Conducting
M-MU 307 Music Philosophy Seminar (0) A 3-4 week course primarily for Music Education majors. It covers analysis and discussion of sacred music philosophies with a view to formulating a Scriptural philosophy of sacred music. Class is graded on a pass/fail basis. Offered alternate years.
M-MU 308 Choral Methods (3) A study of choral methods and materials for all choirs (children through adult). Choral programming is also discussed.
M-MU 309 String Methods (1) Designed to prepare music education majors to teach the orchestral stringed instruments by learning the fundamentals of playing each instrument in a hands-on experience and by the study of current methodology and teaching technique.
M-MU 310 Woodwind Methods (1) Pedagogical techniques for use with beginning woodwind players. Emphasizes instrument position, embouchure, fingering, and materials.
M-MU 312 Instrumental Ensemble Methods (3) Practical training in the development and leadership of instrumental ensembles in the church and school. Instrumental ranges, transpositions, and timbres are emphasized, along with methods and materials for ensembles and soloists.
M-MU 413 Brass Methods (1) Pedagogical techniques for use with beginning brass players. Emphasis is upon fundamental playing techniques, materials, and practical implementation for church and school settings.
M-MU 415 Percussion Methods (1) Pedagogical techniques for use with beginning percussion players. Emphasizes basic percussion rhythm patterns, stick positions, other techniques, and materials.
Ensemble participation is required for those with a music major or emphasis. All ensembles are taken for credit at no additional charge. All participants must commit to the high standards of the group (including the year-long commitment), whether the course is taken for credit or not.
M-MU 121, 122 Chorale (1 per semester) An organization of approximately 40 voices selected after audition before the choral faculty. Acceptability based upon good voice quality and musicianship (with a high priority on sight-reading). Exposure is given to varied types and styles of sacred choral literature. All members make a year-long commitment to the organization and participate in the Christmas concert, spring tour, spring concert, commencement activities, and a limited number of weekend performances before credit is given.
M-MU 125, 126 Handbell Ensemble (1 per semester) An organization of students selected after audition before the music faculty. Acceptability is based upon ability to read music well, along with good rhythmic skills. Ensemble members make a year-long commitment and participate in all scheduled events.
M-MU 127, 128 Concert Band/Orchestra (1 per semester) Open to all students on the basis of audition. Members make a year-long commitment and are involved in chapel, Bible and Missions conferences, Christmas concert, spring concert, commencement activities, and a limited number of ministry assignments, on and off campus, throughout the year.
Applied Lessons (M-MA)
Music lessons are given to those who are in the Music Ministries program or who have an emphasis in music ministries. Others who desire private lessons should confer with the music faculty before registering for lessons. All applied lessons students are required to practice 5-8 hours per week for each 25-30 minute lesson.
M-MA 060, 061 Piano Class (1) A course of 2 to 5 students for the beginning piano player. Easy keyboard technique and scales are studied. After achieving a satisfactory level of facility, private piano lessons are allowed. Offered upon demand. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission
M-MA 151 Voice Class (1) A basic study in the applied art of singing with special emphasis on a music ministry. The fundamentals of vocal production including posture, breathing, tone, quality, and diction are stressed. Sacred and standard repertoire are used. Offered upon demand. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission
M-MA 161, 162 Piano (1) Private instruction that enables students to develop and refine piano playing skills. Students study classical and sacred music, as well as technique and music theory. Prerequisite: Piano audition and instructor's permission
M-MA 171, 172 Organ (1) Private instruction offering training as a church organist. Sacred and standard music for the instrument are studied to develop techniques needed for service playing, accompaniment, and registration. Prerequisite: Fourth-grade level piano ability, proficiency in major and minor scales, technical studies, sonatas and hymn stylings plus instructor's permission
M-MA 181, 182 Voice (1) Private instruction guiding the student in the development of legitimate singing skills for a ministry of spiritual song. An attitude of sacred stewardship is cultivated in the care and proper use of the voice with attention given to posture, breathing, tone production, agility, diction, phrasing, and poise as aids to effectively communicating spiritual truth in song.
M-MA 191, 192 Instrument (1) Private instruction on an orchestral/band instrument with a view to its use in Christian ministry. Hymn and gospel song stylings and standard repertoire are used to develop the student's skills. Prerequisite: Audition and instructor's permission
M-CS 101 Education Seminar I (0) Required of all freshmen intending to enter one of the teacher education programs. The seminar sessions will help the student explore the many facets of teaching both as a ministry and as a profession. Self-evaluative and reflective activities and field experiences will be used to help the student solidify his or her decision related to entering a Faith teacher preparation program. Overviews of the requirements for each program will be presented, and the required tests for each program will be given through this course. A required component of the seminar is field experiences with related observation and reflective report.
M-CS 102 Education Seminar II (0) Required for all freshmen intending to enter one of the teacher education programs. Overviews the Faith performance-based teacher preparation program as well as the Chalk & Wire e-portfolio system used for portfolio development. A required component of the seminars is field experiences with related observation and reflective reports.
M-CS 201 Foundations of Education (3) A survey and study of the American school system including the development of the Christian school movement. The course presents a Biblical philosophy of life and the application of that philosophy to Christian education. Issues in public and Christian school education will be addressed and discussed.
M-CS 202 Elementary Methods and Materials (3) A foundational course dealing with the aim, materials, and methods of elementary school teaching. The fundamental skills of instructional planning and differentiated instruction of concepts are the focus. Emphasis is placed on effective oral communication in lesson presentation and questioning skills. Also discussed are preparation and use of technology and audiovisuals in the classroom and classroom management.
M-CS 205 Adolescent Growth and Development (2) A study of the theories and principles of the physical, mental, emotional, social, personality, and spiritual development of the adolescent. Students will gain a better understanding of the complexity of the developing adolescent and will realize the influence that various individuals and cultures have upon youth. Prerequisite: Introduction to Psychology and Counseling.
M-CS 206 Secondary Methods and Materials (3) An examination of the aim, materials, and methods of secondary school teaching. The fundamental skills of instructional planning, Biblical integration, and classroom management are the focus. Emphasis is placed on effective communication in lesson presentation, questioning techniques, and the teaching of content. The preparation and use of technology and other audio-visuals in the classroom are also taught.
M-CS 207 Human Relations for Teachers (3) Studies the Christian teacher's relationship to people of various identifiable subgroups in our pluralistic society and the impact of biases on an individual's ability to properly relate to others. Biblical principles related to human relations will be integrated in a variety of learning activities that will promote the development of social skills, a proper self-concept, and a respect for God-created human diversity.
M-CS 208 Child Growth and Development (3) A study of the spiritual, cognitive, physical, and social development of the child from birth to adolescence. The development of the child and the implications for teaching them is integral to the course of study. Emphasis is placed on fostering spiritual development.
M-CS 209, 210 Clinical Practice Seminar I, II (0) Required of all sophomores intending to enter one of the teacher education programs. The requirements of the performance-based teacher preparation program will be reviewed with a special emphasis upon the required field experiences. The students will update their electronic portfolios, and sophomore-level field experience requirements will be discussed and emphasized. Prerequisites: M-CS 101 & 102 Education Seminar I & II
M-CS 309, 310 Clinical Practice Seminar III, IV (0) Required of all juniors who are working toward a degree in one of the Faith teacher education programs. The requirements of the performance-based teacher preparation program will be reviewed with a special emphasis upon the required field experiences. The students will update their electronic portfolios, and junior-level field experience requirements will be discussed and emphasized.
M-CS 404 Elementary Reading Methods (1) An independent study for elementary music education majors that surveys reading methods. The course provides an overview of current approaches to reading, the reading process, and the relationship of the teaching/learning of reading to the teaching/learning of music. Prerequisite: M-CS 202 Elementary Methods and Materials
M-CS 405 The Exceptional Learner (4) An overview of the categories of exceptional learners and the legislation affecting their educational experience. Special emphasis is given to the causes, symptoms, and educational concerns of children with learning disabilities and the special needs of English language learners.
M-CS 408 Content Area Reading: Secondary (2) An examination of reading skills and instructional needs of secondary level students with emphasis on teaching and management techniques for a range of reading levels, including comprehensive strategies, basic study skills, coordination of reading instruction, and recreational reading.
M-MU 409 Teaching Elementary Music (2) An examination of methods, materials, procedures, and curricula for Music Education majors to equip them to teach music in the elementary school. Emphasis is on developing foundational skills upon which an elementary music program may thrive. Students will receive an overview of music fundamentals, the child's voice, and directing. Prerequisite: M-CS 202 Elementary Methods and Materials
M-MU 410 Teaching Secondary Music (2) A review of methods, materials, procedures, and curriculum for Music Education majors to equip them to teach music in the secondary school. Emphasis is given to the development, management, and organization of vocal and instrumental ensembles. Prerequisite: M-CS 206 Secondary Methods and Materials
M-CS 412 Student Teaching Seminar (0) A practical discussion of topics related to teaching in the Christian school as final preparation for student teaching. Topics covered include discipline and classroom management techniques, adjustments and transitions into full-time teaching responsibilities, the cooperating teacher, the college supervisor, responsibilities of the student teacher, and placement practices. In addition, the seminar will function as an opportunity for reflective assessments following the student teaching experience. Prerequisite: Phase IV approval or permission by the program chair
M-CS 414 Student Teaching (10) A fourteen-week assignment during which time the student teacher is under the guidance of an experienced, properly credentialed cooperating teacher. Following an orientation period during which the student teacher observes and gradually assumes teacher-related duties, the student teacher will transition into full-time teaching for several weeks. The student teacher will be responsible for all phases of the instructional process and is expected to follow the daily schedule and duties of the cooperating teacher. Prerequisite: Phase IV approval or permission by the program chair
M-CS 419 Praxis: Theory to Practice (3) A review of the principles and theories of teaching and learning in preparation for the student teaching experience. Topics of classroom management, discipline, classroom assessment, and standardized testing will be emphasized. The capstone requirement for this course is a 40-hour practicum in which the candidates will demonstrate their readiness for the student teaching experience. Prerequisite: Completion of, or satisfactory progress in, all M-CS methods courses; Phase III approval or permission by the program chair
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