Course DescriptionThe purpose of the Additional Qualification Course: Music – Instrumental (Strings) Part 1 is to develop the skills and knowledge of the candidates in the development, delivery, and assessment of string music instrumental studies. The Additional Qualification Course: Music – Instrumental (Strings) Part 1 supports the expectations outlined in the Ministry of Education curriculum policy documents and other Ministry of Education policies.
Topics include: demonstrating basic performance skills on the violin and ukulele; demonstrating an understanding of how to successfully set up a string music classroom (e.g., how to tune the instruments, determine proper instrument size, instrument care and maintenance, string equipment/accessories, etc.); understanding the theoretical and practical relevance of proper teaching methods and how to establish a technical/musical foundation on the instruments; demonstrating an understanding of basic theory and music history, the value of string instruction and music education advocacy within a community/school, the importance of communication in the string classroom (e.g., use of imagery, modeling/demonstrations, etc.), steps to learning a new piece, and effective practice strategies; demonstrating an understanding of the importance of choosing appropriate string method books and repertoire; demonstrating an ability to read and conduct from the scores of beginning level repertoire; demonstrating planning and teaching skills in non-performance activities (e.g., using accommodating and modifying expectation strategies and assessment practices based on the developmental or special needs of students); understanding the importance of technology and YouTube in current string instruction; developing an understanding of the level of difficulty in repertoire as it relates to the students’ abilities to meet or exceed performance expectations, common technical/musical challenges in the string classroom, and remedial strategies; devising and employing a variety of assessment and evaluation instruments appropriate to the developmental stages of the students; developing classroom management strategies and making connections with other areas of the curriculum.
There is a requirement to have or rent a violin and a ukulele for this course. The candidate may wish to consider contacting a music store in order to rent these instruments.
Candidates are required to purchase/access/rent the following materials for the successful completion of String Music Education, Part 1:
- a good quality webcam with decent audio quality for submitting performance videos
- access to one full-size violin (Rentals can be arranged through Long and McQuade music stores across Ontario)
- access to a ukulele (Rentals can be arranged through Long and McQuade music stores across Ontario)
- a functional music stand
- a digital tuner for daily practicing, which may be a free App download for a Smartphone
- a metronome if desired
- a copy of Hal Leonard Ukulele Method Book 1
- a copy of the Essential Elements Book 1 Teachers Manual
- Hold a “Certificate of Qualification” or Interim “Certificate of Qualification” showing basic qualifications in two divisions (e.g., Primary, Junior, Intermediate, or Senior).
- “Certificate of Qualification” must be in good standing.
Candidates who hold Technological Education qualifications but do not have any basic qualifications in Primary, Junior, Intermediate, or Senior divisions are only eligible to register in Part 1 as specified by the Ontario College of Teachers.
Important Notice: While we endeavour to be as accurate as possible while reviewing your qualifications for courses in our program, the Faculty of Education bears no responsibility for ensuring you have met the qualifications as per the guidelines of the Ontario College of Teachers. It is your responsibility to learn which prerequisites you will need. https://www.oct.ca/members/additional-qualifications/prerequisites