Small Class Sizes
What do small class sizes mean in the music education program?
Music education class sizes average 5 students per class. Here is what small class sizes mean in the Elizabethtown College music education program:
1. Personalized field placements: The director of the music education program carefully evaluates each student's abilities and develops a field placement plan that matches public school teacher expertise with student needs.
2. Extended classroom observations: Pre-student teaching students receive frequent formal classroom observations during field placements (often every other week). Student teachers receive formal classroom observations from their college supervisor every week of their student teaching experience.
3. Camaraderie: Our music education majors are a tight-knit family. From movie nights to service projects with children, Etown music education majors form bonds that last a lifetime.
4. Conducting opportunities: With an average of five students per class, students receive far more opportunities to conduct university ensembles that do peers at larger schools. Conducting experience provides students with the experience of working in front of large groups.
5. Participation: Small class sizes value participation. Our students tell us that they feel more prepared for graduate school because they have been held to high standards of participation in classes.
6. Personalized attention: Students take classes in percussion, woodwind, brass, string, guitar, piano, and vocal methods. Extensive one-on-one attention in lessons and methods classes assists students in developing diverse musical skills.
7. Personalized projects: Students have the opportunity to personalize their education as they move through the program. Seniors are offered opportunities to pursue major projects in areas of their interest. Past projects have included the implementation of technology in special education, survey research of teacher beliefs, composition projects, conducting projects, honors recitals, and the development of pedagogical materials around specific educational issues.
8. Support: With smaller class sizes we develop deep and meaningful relationships with students. Whether it is going out for coffee, private lessons, or teaching/advising, our faculty connect with students and support student growth. We care about the whole person.