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Teaching Theory at Ohio State

Graduate Teaching Associates

Students accepted into the MA or PhD program in music theory are frequently supported by an appointment as a graduate teaching associate. Graduate teaching associates in music theory teach one section of music theory and one section of aural training in every semester of their residence. The GTA in music theory allows students to develop their teaching under the close mentorship of a supervising faculty member and discuss pedagogical strategies in weekly instructors’ meetings.
Find more information about graduate associate appointments on the Graduate School website. 

Support for New Graduate Teaching Associates

New and returning GTAs in music theory participate in area orientations and teaching workshops. The Music Theory Graduate Online Resource Center further supports graduate students in their teaching, research, and professional development. The Michael V. Drake Institute for Teaching and Learning offers regular programming throughout the year designed to deepen graduate students’ understanding of evidence-based teaching practices that can be immediately applied in the classroom.

Music Theory Pedagogy (MUSIC 8820)

Music Theory Pedagogy is an introduction to the curricular considerations, materials and techniques related to teaching undergraduate-level music theory and aural training. Music Theory Pedagogy supports music theory GTAs and serves graduate students from other areas who wish to develop teaching competency in music theory. This course helps prepare graduate students for negotiating the academic job market and provides a foundation of knowledge and skills future theory teachers may build upon during their first years of professional employment. It is offered every other year.
MUSIC 8820 fulfills the discipline-specific course requirement for the Graduate Certificate in College and University Teaching.
For more information, please contact Anna Gawboy, area head.