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Course SummaryBoost your confidence as you study for the NYSTCE Music test by reviewing the video lessons and quizzes in this study guide course. Use these mobile-friendly, flexible materials to help you improve your music knowledge and do your best on the exam.
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We've developed this study guide to help you prepare for the NYSTCE Music (075) exam. Explore various musical forms and principles of different musical genres and instruments. You also can build your listening skills, knowledge of vocal and instrumental ensembles and understanding of various musical periods, including Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and Romantic. The course offers short lessons and quizzes that can be accessed at any time that fits your schedule. If you have any questions about music theory or the NYSTCE Music exam, don't hesitate to use the Ask the Expert feature.
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Syllabus & Course Information
In this course, you'll be able to review the music theory, history and performance concepts you'll need to know for the NYSTCE Music assessment. Additionally, this course addresses numerous genres of music, such as jazz, musical theater and popular music. When you're finished with the course, you should be able to:
- Evaluate the elements of music notation, melody, harmony, meter and rhythm
- Assess the nature of composition and improvisation in music
- Identify common musical instruments
- Recognize the characteristics of opera and orchestral music
- Discuss contemporary and modern-era music
- Summarize the history of world music
- Describe the role of music in society
The course offers 126 lessons that are divided into 16 chapters. You can work through the course at your own pace, and the quizzes that accompany each video lesson can help you reinforce your understanding of fundamental musical terms, instruments and concepts.
NYSTCE Music (075) Exam Information
This exam is used for music teacher certification purposes in the state of New York.
- Number of Questions: 90, plus one written assignment
- Question Type: Multiple-choice and constructed-response
- Time Limit: 3 hours and 15 minutes
- Exam Cost: $134
NYSTCE Music (075) Exam Breakdown
|NYSTCE Music (075) Exam Concept||Percent of the NYSTCE Music (075) Exam Score||Chapter Lessons|
|Music history and culture||22%||67|
|Music history and culture - constructed response assignment||10%||67|
NYSTCE Music Preparation and Registration
Our music course, which features a mix of videos, transcripts and self-assessment quizzes, was put together by experienced educators. Most of the video presentations can be watched in less than 10 minutes, and while packed with information, they're also engaging and easy to follow. The purpose of the quizzes is two-fold: they can help you gauge your knowledge of music while introducing you to the types of questions you're likely to see on the NYSTCE Music exam.
This content specialty test is offered just four times a year in February, April, July and October. Regular registration can be completed through the NYSTCE website up to approximately four weeks before the exam. During registration, you can choose which institutions you'd like to receive your test scores.
NYSTCE Music Exam Scoring
You can check your test scores online approximately four weeks after your test date. Your score also will be sent to the New York State Education Department and any school systems or other institutions you indicated during the registration process.
To qualify for certification, you must earn a minimum score of 220 on a scale of 100-300. Your test report will note whether you passed or failed the exam, your total score and your score in each of the following subareas:
This subarea makes up approximately 18% of the NYSTCE - Music content specialty test. Topics covered might include elements of melody, harmony and musical notation, as well as your understanding of meter, rhythm and tempo. You also might be asked about composition techniques, as well as ways to arrange and improvise music.
This subarea comprises around one-fourth of the test. You might face questions about the science behind sound production, as well as principles of singing and conducting. This section also covers keyboard, percussion, string and wind instruments, in addition to instrumental and vocal ensembles.
Another quarter of the music CST tests your listening skills. For this subarea, you'll listen to musical recordings and then answer questions about those recordings. This might include putting a recording into historical or cultural context, identifying elements of melody or harmony, or recognizing compositional form or textural elements. You also might be asked to pinpoint errors in pitch, rhythm and other aspects of a musical performance.
Music History and Culture
Approximately 22% of the exam focuses on music history and culture. Multiple-choice questions in this section address the development of Western music from the Middle Ages through the present. You might be asked about major composers, including Handel, Mozart and Glass, as well as major periods of music, such as Renaissance, Baroque and classical. You'll also be expected to have an understanding of American music, including jazz and Broadway, and American instruments like the dulcimer and banjo. Additionally, questions might focus on the purposes of music and ways it relates to other forms of art.
Music History and Culture Constructed-Response Assignment
This subarea, which counts for approximately 10% of your score, requires that you pen a written response of around 150-300 words on a specified topic. Your response will be judged on how well you answered the question overall, how well you applied appropriate knowledge and skills and how well you supported your answer with examples and reasoning.
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