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Welcome to the Old Dominion University Music Education web pages. These pages contain information and important announcements about the ODU Music Education degree program and ODU Teacher Education Services. Make this your first stop for ODU Music Education information; check back often for new content and announcements. 

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Guest Speaker Ezra Washington @ ODU, 3/25/14:

Mr. Ezra Washington, Band Director at Maury High School, Norfolk, VA, is this month's invited guest speaker to the ODU Secondary Instrumental Methods course, Tuesday, March 25 at 8:00 AM in Room 1216 of the F. Ludwig Diehn Center for the Fine and Performing Arts on the campus of Old Dominion University. You are invited to join us! Mr. Washington will discuss classroom management, the application of the Virginia Standards of Learning for music and other topics of interest to the music educator. Regardless of your focus area in music education, don't miss this important opportunity to meet and connect with Mr. Washington. Bring your questions!

ODU Collegiate NAfME/ASTA News:

ODU Collegiate NAfME/ASTA is back at ODU! Congratulations to officers Sarah Bass, President, Kelby Schnepel, Vice President, Jamie Payne, Treasurer and Chris Stadler, Secretary. Check your email and this site often for NAfME/ASTA updates and announcements.

Music Education Seniors:

Are you planning to student teach in fall 2014? This is your LAST CHANCE to do so. The final application deadline is April 1.See the information at http://odu.edu/tes/internship  

Praxis Core Academic Test Study Guides are now available:

See the links to the left to access the free Praxis Core Academic test Study Guides. Please email Dr. Owens if you do not know which test to complete.  

Check out the latest NPR Interview: Music Education For Creativity, Not A Tool For Test Scores.
See the new NAfME "Broader Minded" campaign:  

"Music not only impacts academic achievement, it also shapes the way our students understand themselves and the world around them. Let's think beyond the bubbles and educate the whole student." More at http://www.broaderminded.com/

IMPORTANT! DO NOT Take Praxis I Tests after 12/31/13; NEW Praxis Core Academic Skills Tests begin 1/1/14

Important: The Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educator Tests will replace the Praxis I effective January 1, 2014. Praxis I tests completed with a passing score by 12/31/13 will continue to be valid and accepted for admission into the ODU Teacher Education Department. However, DO NOT take the previous Praxis I exams after 1/1/14 as they will not count toward this requirement. See http://www.odu.edu/success/academic/teacher-education/val/praxis for more details about this and the new tests. Students MUST see Dr. Owens before registering for any exams, as exemptions may apply.

First Aid, CPR and Defibrillator training is now required with the application for the Virginia Teaching License.

New requirement! All applicants for the initial licensure or renewal of a Virginia Teaching License shall provide evidence of completion of certification or training in emergency first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscutation and the use of automated external defibrillators. Such certification is submitted with the application for the Virginia Teaching License; see the link at the left for details on the training process.

Alfred Music materials are now available in the Diehn Composers Room

Several new music education general music and instrumetnal instructional materials from  Alfred Music Publishing are now available on reserve in the Diehn Composers Room. Simply ask to see the materials from Alfred Music. These include instructional CD's flash cards, method books and other items designed for student and music educator use. Check the materials out today!
Music Student Handbook and Teacher Education Handbook

All students in Music Education must read the Music Student Handbook and ODU Teacher Education Handbook, linked in the menu to the left. The handbooks contain all pertinent information regarding the ODU Music and Teacher Education programs. You MUST READ both handbooks for your success in Music Education while at ODU. Download both handbooks today!

ODU Collegiate NAfME

Join the ODU Chapter of Collegiate NAfME today! The National Association for Music Education is the professional association and resource for your career as a music educator. Collegiate NAfME will provide experiences and assist you to make the important professional connections for your future. For more information, contact Dr. Owens, ODU Collegiate NAfME Advisor at dtowens@odu.edu.