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- Available Lessons: 104
- Average Lesson Length: 8 min
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Watch a preview:chapter 1 / lesson 1Musical Timbre of Instruments and Singers: Definition
Course SummaryPrepare for the FTCE Music exam with our mobile-friendly study guide course. Use these short video lessons to review all the topics covered on the test and then measure your understanding with the corresponding lesson quizzes and chapter tests.
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About the Course
If you want to teach music to grades K-12 in Florida, you'll need to pass the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE) music test. This subject area exam gives you two and a half hours to answer around 105 multiple-choice questions, about one-fifth of which require you to listen to an audio recording in order to identify musical elements, like harmonic structure and rhythm, or compare the piece to its written notation. Get ready for these and other types of questions with this study guide, which addresses the topics listed below:
- Music history, theory and literature
- Curricula and instructional planning
- Instructional and assessment procedures
- Professional and instructional resources
- Choral, instrumental, and general music instruction
Questions on the exam are designed to assess your competency in one of seven content areas. You'll need to be familiar with musical terms and symbols and be able to recognize styles of music, ranging from Medieval to modern and contemporary. You'll also need to demonstrate your understanding of music pedagogy for varying age groups and abilities. These types of questions assess your aptitude for teaching sight singing and dictation to vocal performers as well as performance techniques to students playing percussion, wind, string and keyboard instruments. You should also be aware of rehearsal strategies and conducting techniques for all performers.
FTCE Music K-12 Exam Preparation and Registration
The video lessons, transcripts and brief summaries included in this study guide allow you to work through the course content at your own pace. When you're ready, you can use the self-assessment quizzes included at the end of each lesson to affirm your understanding of the material or figure out if there are any areas requiring additional study.
To register for the exam, create an online account by entering your personal information and answering a few brief background questions. In addition to selecting your test date and site, you can choose which Florida school district will receive your test scores. You'll also need to submit payment information before the registration process is complete.
FTCE Music K-12 Exam Scoring
Score reports can be accessed through your online account four weeks after taking the exam, and you'll receive an email when they're available. However, in most cases you can get unofficial results before you leave the testing site.
The minimum passing score for the FTCE music exam is 200. You'll need to successfully answer 69% of the test questions to achieve these results.
Knowledge of Music Theory, History and Literature
These types of test questions make up 20% of the exam and require you to have a firm grasp of musical notations as well as terms used to discuss rhythmic and melodic structures, such as meter, contour and sequence. You should also be able to distinguish between the works of Western composers in Renaissance, Baroque and other stylistic eras. Your ability to recognize features of American musical genres including jazz, folk and classical music will also be tested along with your knowledge of world music.
Knowledge of Curricula and Instructional Planning
With 25% of test questions covering curriculum and instructional planning, this is one of the exam's largest competency areas. You'll want to come to the test with an awareness of how the right combination of instructional techniques like sight reading, listening and performance can help students develop their music literacy alongside their creativity. You should also be familiar with strategies for adapting instruction to benefit gifted students as well as those who are struggling. Your ability to demonstrate how music relates to the other arts is also covered by this part of the exam.
Knowledge of Instructional and Assessment Procedures
This competency area also includes a quarter of exam questions and is designed to test your conducting skills and your capacity for integrating technology in the classroom. Your aptitude for analyzing the quality of a musical performance and identifying methods to improve a student's tone quality, tempo or phrasing will also be assessed, along with your awareness of the self-assessment techniques used to evaluate the effectiveness of your instruction.
Knowledge of Professional and Instructional Resources
Questions concerning your awareness of instructional resources, like sound recordings, computer hardware and visual aids, make up 15% the exam. To ace this section, you'll also want to reacquaint yourself with the techniques used to recruit students into a music program and garner support from the community. You must also be able to adhere to copyright and liability laws and place students in music courses that fit their skills and abilities.
Knowledge of Instructional Emphasis: Choral
Choral instruction questions make up 5% of the exam and ask you to demonstrate your skill at correcting problems with solo and ensemble vocal performances. You should be able to identify the ranges and characteristics of the voice's developmental stages as well. These types of questions also ascertain whether or not you can select appropriate performances for ensembles or solo voices of varying maturity levels.
Knowledge of Instructional Emphasis: Instrumental
This instructional emphasis area assesses your knowledge of the proper playing position and fingering or sticking methods for percussion, wind and string instruments. You should also be familiar with ways to improve tone through modifications to embouchure or bowing techniques. Additionally, if you can identify repertoires appropriate for a range of musical talents and ensembles, you'll be prepared to answer these instrumental instruction questions, which make up 5% of the exam.
Knowledge of Instructional Emphasis: General Music
Questions about general music instruction also comprise 5% of exam content. You'll need to know how to include creative movement as part of general music instruction. Processes for maintaining classroom instruments are also covered along with techniques for showing students how to play such instruments as recorders and chromatic bells.
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