School and Field Services
Pawley Hall, Room 385
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(248) 370-3060
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Music Student Teaching


The Music Student Teaching Internship, SED455 serves as the capstone course for 12 credits.  It entails a full semester assignment to a school district and cooperating teacher. This assignment is full days, every day. During this time period, your schedule is determined by the calendar of the district to which you are assigned. You begin when they begin, and have vacations when theirs are scheduled.

All placements for the student teaching internship will require an interview with the cooperating teacher prior to the beginning of the final field placement.  The placements must be arranged through the Director of School and Field Services since that is the arrangement that has been made with districts.  In the music program, generally students have their final field placement with their potential cooperating teacher for the internship the following semester.

The music education program prepares teachers who will be independent thinkers, decision-makers and innovators in the field of music education. To meet current needs and trends in education, aspects of student teaching address multicultural issues, gender issues, mainstreaming of students with special needs, the role of music education in interdisciplinary curricula, the role of technology in the music classroom, the nature of musical thinking as a form of intelligence and a "legitimate" aspect of human cognition, and the importance of music as both a means of personal development and a means of personal expression. 

In order to teach music, one must possess a high level of understanding of the discipline, its structure, and of how structural elements interact to create an expressive whole, an understanding of the nature of musical cognition and musicianship, and of what it is to nurture those understandings in a learner. 

Emphasis is placed on the interactive nature of learning. Our approach to music learning is cognitivistic and holistic, with a focus on the necessity of establishing musical contexts, and of sharing those contexts with the students in order to foster understanding. Student teachers will be monitoring student understanding throughout the teaching/learning process. Students investigate various means of assessing musical understanding, with attention to developing a repertoire of authentic assessment strategies. 


During your student teaching internship, you have the opportunity to work with a cooperating teacher who will model expectations for you. You will gradually take over the classroom one subject at a time and teach independently for five weeks. 

To continue to improve, talk about what went well and ways to overcome areas that didn't go as well as you had hoped. The relationship with your cooperating teacher is critical to your internship. Put suggestions into practice right away. Learn what you need to stop doing and what you need to do more in order to be successful. 

Remember to be prepared with lesson plans by Thursday of the week prior to student teaching. Do your best to stay at school until all materials are prepared for the following day. Participate in the school setting as a teacher would during your internship.

During your student teaching internship, you will have a supervisor from Oakland University to help guide you. You will communicate with your supervisor at least weekly, sharing a reflection about your work. During seminars, you will have time to talk with your supervisor. Five or more visits to the classroom will be made by your supervisor. He or she will talk with you about what they observed and will talk with your cooperating teacher as well. Take time to learn from your supervisor’s experience and incorporate suggestions that are shared. 


SED 456 Syllabus for Music Internship








**Attend a PESG or EDUStaff seminar only if your internship district uses them as a substitute company.  You may attend any PESG or EDUStaff meeting anywhere.  The seminars on campus are for your convenience.  Choose only one time:

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 PESG Seminar

1:00 - 4:00 p.m. at Oakland Center in Gold Rooms ABC

 Friday, September 30, 2016 Seminars

2:00 - 4:00 p.m. at Oakland Center in Gold Rooms BC (PESG)

2:00 - 4:00 p.m. at Oakland Center in Lake Superior B (EDUStaff)

 Friday, September 30, 2016 PESG Seminar

4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at Oakland Center in Gold Rooms BC

Check with Deb Blair to find your seminar dates.  They are generally on Monday afternoons.


        Monday, August 15, 2016  Final Forms Due

        (STEP 4 Submit Final Forms Tab)


Monday, September 26, 2016 Initial Feedback Adaptation Form Due (online) Go to forms tab and complete information. This is due from intern, cooperating teacher, and supervisor, each completed separately.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 Getting a Job Employer Panel (*CANCELLED- reschedule TBD)
1:30 – 4:30 p.m. at Oakland Center in Banquet Room A

Monday, December 12, 2016 Exit Requirements Due (See Forms Tab)



         Thursday, December 1, 2016  Final Forms Due

        (STEP 4 Submit Final Forms Tab)


Monday, January 30, 2017 Initial Feedback Adaptation Form Due (online) Go to forms tab and complete information. This is due from intern, cooperating teacher, and supervisor, each completed separately.


  • Tuesday, March 7, 2017Getting a Job Employer Panel (Elementary)
    5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Oakland Center in Banquet Room B
  • Wednesday, March 15, 2017 Getting a Job Employer Panel (Secondary)

4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Oakland Center in Gold Rooms ABC


Monday, April 24, 2017 Exit Requirements Due (See Forms Tab)


For teacher certification, please follow directions on the Michigan Teacher Certification document for the on-line MOECS application.




Teacher's Weekly Feedback

Initial Feedback on Field Adaptation

Midterm Performance Based Assessment

Final Narrative


Photo Release Form

Substitute Forms

Substitute Packet
Substitute Signature Form

Substitute Log

Instead of turning forms in at the culminating seminar, please bring them to the Director of School and Field Services in 381 Pawley Hall.  You do not need to bring your portfolio.
Professional Educational Services Group (PESG) Forms 
These forms are to be used only by students who are student teaching in a district using PESG as the substituting company.
Please get a Fingerprint Data Entry Form from the district where you are completing your student teaching.

PESG Information for Student Teachers  

PESG Employment Paperwork

OU Police Livescan Fingerprinting