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Course SummaryUse this engaging course to review the concepts of music theory, listening and music performance as you prepare for the TExES Music EC-12 exam. Our fun video lessons and quizzes can help you refresh and confirm your knowledge and increase your ability to earn the best possible score on the exam.
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About this Course
Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES) exams are used to assess the content area knowledge of applicants for teacher certification in Texas. By exploring bite-sized lessons in this course, you can gain greater insight into concepts that include the elements of pitch and tone, musical forms, principles of singing, contemporary music and vocal range. Accompanying each lesson is a multiple-choice quiz designed to test your understanding of key concepts. Practice exams are available to give you a comprehensive overview of this entire course.
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This course was last updated in 2020.
Syllabus & Course Information
The following objectives closely align with topics covered on the TExES Music EC-12 exam. In addition to understanding the elements of chord progression and melody, nonharmonic tones, opera and orchestral music, the Romantic period in music and medieval music, you will be ready to:
- List exam dates and describe the registration process, retake policy and other facts about the TExES Music EC-12 exam
- Discuss the elements of music notation, pitch, tone and harmony
- Identify and describe various elements of language
- Compare and contrast meter and rhythm and discuss syncopation, diminution and augmentation
- Exhibit knowledge of musical forms, music sections and how to compose, arrange and improve music
- Detail the basics of vocal range and the principles of singing
- Differentiate between the orchestral, string, percussion and woodwind families of instruments
- Describe music of the Renaissance, Baroque and Classical periods
- Discuss the artists and works of jazz music, musical theater and popular music
- Share facts about music of the Modern era, contemporary music and music of the world
- Showcase an understanding of music instruction in Texas and various music teaching strategies
This course consists of 28 chapters and 196 lessons you can access anytime via your computer or mobile device of choice. Take advantage of the flexibility this course offers by reviewing desired lessons and visiting as often as you'd like. Multiple-choice quizzes and exams can test your knowledge of each lesson, chapter and the entire course while familiarizing you with the exam's question format. The Dashboard keeps track of your progress through this course and enables you to submit lesson topic questions to our subject-matter experts with ease.
TExES Music EC-12 Exam Information
The TExES Music EC-12 exam is one of the requirements current and prospective educators must fulfill to earn the certification needed to teach music to students in Texas.
- Number of Questions: 100 questions
- Question Type: Multiple choice
- Time Limit: 5 hours
- Exam Cost: $131
TExES Music EC-12 Exam Breakdown
|Exam Concept||Percent of the Exam||Approximate Number of Questions||Chapter Lessons|
|Listening||25%||25 questions||59 lessons|
|Music, Theory and Composition||17%||17 questions||26 lessons|
|Music History and Culture||17%||17 questions||77 lessons|
|Music Classroom Performance||25%||25 questions||6 lessons|
|Music Education||17%||17 questions||19 lessons|
Preparing and Registering for the TExES Music EC-12 Exam
Our study guide features video lessons taught by experienced instructors who use graphics and illustrations to make the material engaging. Each lesson also includes a corresponding self-assessment quiz as well as transcripts containing links to supplementary text lessons that outline key terms. You can use these resources to find out what's on the test and reacquaint yourself with topics covered in your music education program.
Before you can register for the test, you'll need to create an account through the Texas Education Agency's (TEA) website. After entering your contact info, you'll be issued a TEA ID number necessary for creating a separate testing account on the Educational Testing Service (ETS) website. Once you've completed this process, you'll be able to select a test date and testing center, submit your payment info, and print your admission ticket. The Music EC-12 test is administered year-round, but you must schedule an appointment at least two days prior to taking the exam.
Scoring the TExES Music EC-12 Exam
Test scores are available seven days after testing, and you can access them via the ETS account you created to register. Points are awarded for correct answers to multiple-choice questions, and you won't be penalized for incorrect responses. The exam is scored on a scale of 100-300 points; you'll need at least 240 points to pass.
The listening content domain contains around 25% of the test questions. They'll assess your familiarity with the terminology used to describe a piece's rhythm, meter, melody, and harmony - such as syncopation, sequence and atonality. You should also be able to listen to an audio recording and analyze a piece's harmonic progressions and chordal structures, among other elements. Additionally, if you can assess the tone quality and intonation of a piece's instrumentation, detect performance errors, or identify the historical period in which a piece was written, you should do well on this part of the test.
Music Theory and Composition
About 17% of exam questions cover music theory and composition. Some evaluate your familiarity with music notations, such as key signatures and clefs, while others ask you to demonstrate your ability to compose and arrange music for vocal or instrumental ensembles. You could be asked to identify a score's harmonic intervals and cadences, interpret melodic phrases, or analyze the use of repetition, tone, and augmentation in a composition. Other questions test your ability to employ improvisational techniques and your knack for offering suggestions to improve a composition.
Music History and Culture
This content domain also includes approximately 17% of test questions and focuses on the characteristics of Western and world music as well as its significant figures. You should be able to recognize the defining features of Western music written during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance as well as in the Classical, Romantic, and Modern periods. You must also be familiar with world music genres, like African drumming and Cuban salsa, and those associated with the heritage traditions of the U.S. and Texas, such as jazz, Tejano, and bluegrass. This area of the test also asks you to analyze music's place in society and culture.
Music Classroom Performance
The performance domain is designed to ensure you can teach students how to play an instrument or improve the quality of their vocal performances. Questions cover techniques for teaching sight singing as well as methods for demonstrating the proper performance posture and positioning. You'll need to be able to correct students' bowing, embouchure, or fingering techniques and provide constructive feedback to improve their diction, tone, articulation, or phrasing. Other questions assess your ability to select pieces that challenge students and develop their technical skills. You should also be aware of conducting techniques for ensembles of all sizes and copyright law to excel on this part of the test, which includes around 25% of exam questions.
Music education questions make up about 17% of the exam and ask you to demonstrate your familiarity with the instructional and assessment methods used to help students develop their technical abilities, general music knowledge, creativity and problem-solving skills. You'll need the ability to properly sequence instruction, adapt teaching methods according to students' needs and abilities, and select the appropriate instructional materials and technologies. Additionally, some of these questions ask you to be aware of the teaching strategies used to familiarize students with career options in the music field and facilitate their appreciation of a wide range of musical cultures. You might also want to be cognizant of the techniques used to make connections between concepts learned in the music classroom and those taught in other fields of study, such as art.
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