Course Description

Designed for teachers and teacher candidates seeking an endorsement in general music, this course explores philosophies, pedagogues, methods, curriculum, materials, and resources associated with general music in a public-school setting. Emphasis is placed on grades P-5. Additionally, the course promotes the interdisciplinary nature of general music in the elementary school classroom and encourages collaborative project-based learning.

Learner Outcomes

By the end of the course students should be able to articulate and satisfy competencies and standards related to General Music as outlined by the State of Washington Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB)


Professional experience and/or degree in music or music education.
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Section Title
Teaching General Music
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Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
SPU Tuition credit (3 units) $495.00
Available for Credit
3 Quarter Credits
Reading List / Textbook

Abril, C. R., & Gault, B. M. (Eds.). (2016). Teaching general music: Approaches, issues, and viewpoints. Oxford University Press.
Companion website: http://www.oup.com/us/teachinggeneralmusic

*Sarrazin, N. R. (2016). Music and the Child. Geneseo, NY: Open SUNY Textbooks,© 2016 1 online resource (300 pages): color illustrations, music; digital files (PDF or EPUB).
FREE online: https://textbooks.opensuny.org/music-and-the-child/

OSPI (2017) Music Standards for the state of Washington(General Music specifically):

WMEA (2002) “Music Program Standards for the State of Washington”


Section Notes

The registration deadline is April 15, 2024 by the end of the day.

Course is self-paced. Completion time: up to eight weeks from date of enrollment.

Refund Policy: Withdrawals submitted online through SPU within 7 days of enrollment will receive a 95% refund. Withdrawals received after that point will not receive a refund and no withdrawals will be accepted after the completion deadline for the course. Instructions on how to withdraw are located on our website under Students/Withdrawal and Refund Policies.


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