Study Guide

Overview and Test Objectives
Field 099: Music Education

Test Overview

Table outlining the test format, number of questions, time, and passing score.
Format Computer-based test (CBT)
Number of Questions 100 multiple-choice questions
Time 2 hours 30 minutes*
Passing Score 220

*Does not include 15-minute CBT tutorial

Test Objectives

Table outlining test content and subject weighting by sub area and objective.
Subarea Range of Objectives Approximate Percentage of Questions on Test
I Listening Skills 001–006 25%
II Music Theory 007–010 16%
III Music History 011–014 16%
IV Music Creation and Performance 015–018 16%
V Music Education 019–024 25%
Pie chart of approximate test weighting, detailed in the table below.

Subarea I—LISTENING SKILLS

Objective 001—Understand the elements of melody in a musical performance.

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Objective 002—Understand the elements of harmony in a musical performance.

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Objective 003—Understand the elements of rhythm and tempo in a musical performance.

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Objective 004—Understand form, structure, texture, style, and the use of expressive elements in a musical performance.

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Objective 005—Understand the historical and cultural context and characteristics of a work in a musical performance.

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Objective 006—Understand the relationship between the written score and the musical performance.

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Subarea II—MUSIC THEORY

Objective 007—Understand the elements of melody.

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Objective 008—Understand the elements of harmony.

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Objective 009—Understand the elements of rhythm and tempo.

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Objective 010—Understand form, texture, style, and the use of expressive elements in music.

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Subarea III—MUSIC HISTORY

Objective 011—Understand the development of European music from the Middle Ages to 1750.

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Objective 012—Understand the development of European music from 1750 to the present.

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Objective 013—Understand the musics in the Americas, including the United States, within their cultural and historical contexts.

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Objective 014—Understand the world musics, including Africa, Asia, and Oceania, within their cultural contexts.

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Subarea IV—MUSIC CREATION AND PERFORMANCE

Objective 015—Understand techniques used in composition, improvisation, arrangement, and adaptation of music.

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Objective 016—Understand the elements of singing and vocal performance.

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Objective 017—Understand instruments and instrumental performance.

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Objective 018—Understand rehearsal and conducting skills for musical ensembles.

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Subarea V—MUSIC EDUCATION

Objective 019—Understand the professional context of music education.

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Objective 020—Understand music pedagogy for general music and performance classes.

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Objective 021—Understand music instruction for all music learners.

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Objective 022—Understand the importance of an environment conducive to the learning and performance of music.

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Objective 023—Understand the use of technology in music and music education.

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Objective 024—Understand careers in music and the profession of a music educator.

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