- Course type: Self-paced
- Available Lessons: 197
- Average Lesson Length: 8 min
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Course SummaryUse the engaging videos, text lessons and quizzes provided in this study guide course to prepare for the ILTS Music content-area test. This Study.com course was last updated in 2018.
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This professionally written study guide course has been designed to assist you in your preparations for the Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS) Music exam. Our video lessons and quizzes cover topics including opera and orchestral music, world music and the principles of music education. Along with each lesson, you'll find a helpful self-assessment quiz to keep you on track and identify any areas that you need to focus on further. These resources are accessible 24 hours a day on your mobile device or computer so you can work studying into your busy schedule with ease.
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Syllabus & Course Information
We have developed an online study guide to help you prepare for the ILTS Music content area test. When you complete the video lessons taught by our experienced educators, you should be able to do the following:
- Explain musical elements and forms
- Outline music notation
- Discuss orchestral and opera music
- Identify music from the medieval period
- Describe the Classical, Romantic and Baroque periods in music
- Understand the characteristics of modern and jazz music
- Recognize popular music and musical theater
- Discuss world music
- Understand techniques for composing music
- Outline helpful musical rehearsing and performing techniques
- Discuss the music of the United States
- Identify technology in music
- Detail musical education principles
- Define harmony, nonharmonic tones and chord progression
- Give effective strategies for teaching music
Made up of 185 lessons and 24 chapters, this test prep course is designed to cover all of the topics you'll need to know in order to do well on the exam. Each lesson is accompanied by a short quiz, and we've included a test at the end of each chapter to help in your studies and preparations.
ILTS Music Exam Information
If you want to work as an elementary, middle or high school music teacher at an Illinois public school, you'll need to earn licensure through the Illinois State Board of Education. Part of the licensure process involves passing the ILTS Music content-area test.
- Number of Questions: 125
- Question Type: Multiple-choice questions
- Time Limit: 3 hours and 45 minutes
- Exam Cost: $122
ILTS Music Preparation and Registration
Our extensive study guide can help you prepare for the ILTS Music content-area test. Watch the video lessons to review concepts you learned in college, and take the accompanying quizzes to familiarize yourself with the types of questions you're likely to encounter on the licensure exam.
Online registration for the ILTS Music content-area test is available 24/7. The test is offered on a continuous basis year-round. On the day of the test, be sure to arrive at your designated testing center on time since late arrivals will be turned away. You'll need to bring a printed copy of your admission ticket and a current form of identification that includes your photograph and signature.
ILTS Music Scoring
To pass the ILTS Music content-area test, you'll need a score of at least 240. Your score will be available online within four weeks of your testing date and will automatically be sent to the Illinois State Board of Education. In addition to receiving your total score, you'll get a breakdown of how you performed in each of the following subareas.
For this section of the test, you'll listen to musical excerpts from various cultures and genres and answer questions related to those excerpts. These questions will measure your knowledge of melody, harmony and timbre, as well as rhythm and expressive qualities. You also might be asked to identify performance errors or define an excerpt from a historical or cultural perspective.
This section of the ILTS Music content-area test measures your understanding of music notation and melodic and harmonic elements of music. You might be asked about variation, contrast and other components of music form, as well as structures and styles of music.
Creating and Performing Music
Your understanding of techniques for creating and performing music, both vocally and instrumentally, will be tested in this section. You also might have to demonstrate your knowledge of ways to rehearse, conduct and evaluate both music compositions and performances.
Music History and Culture
This test section covers music from various historical periods, as well as ethnic, folk and popular music from the United States. You're likely to be asked about specific composers or works, in addition to technological advances in music. Questions also might relate to the role of music as a medium of expression.
In the final section of the ILTS Music content-area test, you'll be asked about content and teaching methods that are appropriate for prekindergarten through 5th-grade students and for 6th- through 12th-grade students. Questions also could address instruction for special needs students and ways to integrate music into other curriculum areas.
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