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[WSMTE] RE: question

We have an instrumental/general degree and a choral/general degree. Because our students have at least 9 week field placements in elementary and 10 to 15 weeks in middle school and high school before student teaching, we can then offer several different student teaching scenarios based upon their career goals. We do have the rare student who wants to do both and it does add about a year to their degree unless they know this from the beginning, in which case it may only add a semester. They then student teach a quarter in instrumental and a quarter in choral, with responsibilities for some general music both quarters.

--- I originally only sent Hilree the reply and then realized that is it interesting for all of us to know how we are dealing with this. I also added a few other details and corrected my grammar . . .   Cheers!  -Vanissa

-----Original Message-----
From: Hilree Hamilton [mailto:hilree.hamilton@uwrf.edu]
Sent: Wednesday, November 07, 2007 10:55 AM
To: Murphy, Vanissa B.
Cc: 'Kenneth Liske'; WI Society for Music Teacher Education List
Subject: question

Hey Ken,
I thought that this message would go to everyone on the list, but if it only goes to you, would you be so good as to forward it to everyone on the list?

Thanks so much,

Hello everyone,
I'm seeking some information and hope that all of you can help me out.
First, do you have the possibility of students majoring in Instrumental Music Ed., Choral Music Ed., and Elementary General?  Different schools may call it different things, here at River Falls, it is possible for students to get a K-12 Choral or Instrumental degree and then double major by doing about a year of extra course work to get the other degree as well.  They are expected to do two senior recitals and also to complete 9 weeks of student teaching in each of the three areas of secondary choral, secondary instrumental and elementary general.  I hope that all of that makes sense...

In addition to knowing if there is a possibility at your schools to get degrees allowing for all three licensures, if you do, do you require the three 9 week student placements?

Sorry to take time from your busy schedules to respond to this, but I would be very happy for any information that you can send me.

Hilree Hamilton

Hilree J. Hamilton, Ph. D.
Associate Professor of Music Education
University of Wisconsin-River Falls