- Course type: Self-paced
- Available Lessons: 141
- Average Lesson Length: 8 min
Eligible for Certificate: Yes
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Course SummaryThis comprehensive online test preparation course helps you study for the NES Music teacher certification exam. Inside, you'll find short lessons that cover all of the exam's musical concepts, and you can make sure you understand the material by taking the course's self-assessments.
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About This Course
If you're planning on taking the National Evaluation Series (NES) Music (504) exam, work through this course to get fully prepared. The course contains short and informative lessons on music history, styles, instrumentation and much more. Additionally, this course offers lesson quizzes, chapter exams and a final assessment to help you reinforce your musical knowledge. The course is accessible online 24/7, and you can submit questions to our subject-matter experts if you need any extra help.
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Syllabus & Course Information
We've aligned the course specifically with concepts that appear on the NES Music (504) exam. You'll review the fundamentals of music through lessons on music notation, forms, melody, rhythm and meter. When you're finished with the course, you should feel confident in your ability to:
- Name common musical instruments
- Recognize the characteristics of instrumental and vocal ensembles
- Describe the elements of orchestral and opera music
- Compare medieval and Renaissance music
- Evaluate the music of the Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods
- Discuss modern, jazz, popular and world music, as we'll as the foundations of musical theater
This self-paced course contains 124 lessons that are broken into 16 chapters. Your course dashboard will keep track of your progress, and you can take the included self-assessments to retain key concepts from the lessons.
NES Music (504) Exam Information
The NES Music exam is designed to assess the areas of knowledge that entry-level music instructors must have. Teacher certification requirements may differ between states, so be sure to check to see if this exam satisfies your state's entry-level teacher certification criteria.
- Number of Questions: 150
- Question Type: Multiple-choice
- Time Limit: 3 hours
- Exam Cost: $95
NES Music Exam Preparation and Registration
The course is entirely self-paced, and its 24/7 availability enables you to study for the NES Music exam at any time that fits your schedule. Each lesson is taught by an expert instructor who uses a simplified and engaging teaching style. You'll review concise definitions and illustrative examples of important musical concepts. Take the accompanying lesson quizzes to make sure you fully understand the information you study. You can submit questions to our instructors if you need any extra help, and we've included a final course assessment to help you see how prepared you are for the NES Music exam.
Exam registration can be completed online through the official NES website. This online registration process involves selecting your exam date and testing center, paying an exam fee and agreeing to all testing policies. You'll be able to see your testing scores right after taking the exam, and you'll receive an official score report a few weeks after your test date.
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