Pedagogical Training Overview

Pedagogical Training Plan

Starting in year two or three graduate students in music accumulate seven units of teaching experience through a combination of Course Assistantships (one unit each) and Lectureships (two units each). NB:Students who began teaching before Autumn 2022 may choose whether they will complete six (as in the previous iteration of the PTP) or seven units. The Department will consider a student’s petition to the DGS to teach less than seven units under extenuating circumstances. No students (except TAPS and dual-degree students) may teach more than seven units.

CA-ships typically precede Lectureships, though their sequence and combination is flexible. Teaching assignments will be informed by students’ requested teaching experience, their areas of specialization, whether they are enrolled in Track 1 or Track 2 of the graduate curriculum, and their research commitments away from campus including fieldwork and archival study. In consultation with the DGS and DPD, students may choose to fulfill some of the seven units with teaching opportunities outside of the Department, such as writing internships, studio assistantships, teaching fellowships for stand-alone 200-level courses, and courses offered in other departments, centers, and programs.

Dual-Degree Students

Students in TAPS or those pursuing a dual degree will determine their teaching units in consultation with the DGSs from both programs. TAPS currently requires that students will satisfy the PTP of their home department (here, Music) and engage in two quarters of teaching related to TAPS. It may be possible (desired) to satisfy both Music and TAPS teaching inside of the seven units; it is also permissible for TAPS students to teach up to two additional classes. Thus, Music-TAPS students will teach seven, eight, or nine units.

Graduate Teaching Forum in Music (GTFM)

The Graduate Teaching Forum in Music (GTFM) is a series of workshops (typically three to four per quarter) that aim to develop pedagogical skill in young teachers. Faculty mentors offer workshops on topics such as course design and logistics; teaching methods; preparation and design of individual classes; creation of assignments, exams, and paper prompts; grading of and feedback on written work; presentation strategies; and opportunities for peer review of teaching materials and methods.

Students must attend the GTFM for at least two quarters, first in the quarter when they are a Course Assistant (CA), and second when they are a lecturer (LEC). Enrollment is tracked with “P” and “UW” grading as in colloquium. The P grade will result from attendance and active participation.

Students are additionally encouraged to take advantage of the resources, workshops, structured observations, and certificate programs offered through the Center for Teaching and Learning.