How to Pass the TExES Music EC-12

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

If you are preparing to take the TExES Music EC-12 exam, there is no need to feel stressed or overwhelmed. This lesson will provide you with the information you need to make sure you are ready to pass.

Taking the TExES Music EC-12 Exam

Are you hoping to teach music in Texas? If so, you have almost definitely heard of the new TExES Music EC-12 Exam. The purpose of this test is to make sure you know what you need to know about the content and processes involved in teaching music. It can feel strange to take a computer-based test on a field such as music, and you might be nervous about your ability to use the test to express what you know. This lesson will make sure you feel prepared for the test by:

  • Explaining exactly how the test is structured and how questions are allocated
  • Offering some advice on how to prepare, and
  • Reminding you of some basic test-taking strategies that are sure to help.

Structure of the Test

When you know how the test is structured and organized, you will feel calmer and more confident in terms of what to expect. The TExES Music EC-12 exam has a broad scope, in that it is relevant to music instruction from preschool all the way through twelfth grade! There are 100 questions on the test, and they are all multiple-choice. You will have five hours to complete the exam, which means that as long as you are answering 20 questions an hour completely, your timing will work out all right.

The questions on the test are dedicated as follows:

  • 25% Listening
  • 17% Music, theory and composition
  • 17% Music history and culture
  • 25% Music classroom performance
  • 17% Music education

As you prepare, think about which of those domains are most and least comfortable to you, and dedicate your preparation time accordingly.

Advice for Preparation

Here are some of the things you can do to prepare for the exam successfully:

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