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Course SummaryLet us help you prepare for the ILTS Music content-area test with this interesting study guide course. Use our engaging videos, text lessons and quizzes to review the information you'll find on the test so you can earn the best score possible.
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About the Course
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 passage of the Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS) Music content-area test. This 125 multiple-choice-question exam is offered in a paper-based format six times a year.
We have developed an online study guide to help you prepare for the ILTS Music content-area test. Through a series of video lessons, our experienced, knowledgeable educators will teach you about the following:
- Musical elements
- Music notation
- Meter and rhythm
- Modes, scales and keys
- Intervals and chords
- Musical forms
- Creating and performing music
- Music history
- Music genres, including jazz, musical theater, popular music and world music
- Music education
The ILTS Music content-area test measures your proficiency in five subareas: listening skills, music theory, creating and performing music, music history and culture, and music education. You'll need to be able to identify specific chords, differentiate blues music from folk music, and recognize various stages of vocal maturation. Additionally, you'll need to have a strong music vocabulary and a broad knowledge of teaching methods.
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 one day per month in February, April, June, July, September and November.
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. You'll also need several sharpened No. 2 pencils.
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 5h-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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