External Internship Opportunities
Internships within the School of Music
Teaching and Pedagogy
These internships provide experiential learning opportunities to work alongside a master teacher, thereby gaining pedagogical knowledge and skills to teach a class in the music field, along with reflection on what they observe the master teacher do within the class itself. Then, when our student interns have the opportunity to teach and assist with the class during this internship, they are able to reflect/evaluate their own experience in front of the classroom as well as the skills they have learned.
MUSI 394 - Ethnomusicology Internship (Minor in Ethnomusicology)
This internship provides students two paths that they can choose for this experiential learning experience.
The first path that students can participate in is a professional internship with an organization related to the field of Ethnomusicology. Our students have participated in internships with organizations such as:
- Smithsonian Folkways Recordings,
- Smithsonian Folklife Festival
- Library of Congress’s American Folklife Center.
The second path to choose from is a teaching internship in an undergraduate ethnomusicology course within the School of Music supervised by the faculty member.
MUSI 397 - Music Technology Internship (BM Music Technology Program)
This internship provides students experiential learning immersion within the recording, electroacoustic, or engineering fields to translate the skills learned within their classes to real life practice with an external professional individual or organization (e.g., Bias Recording Studio, Sweetwater Sound Studio, etc.) during this experience.
MUSI 695 - Graduate Pedagogy Internship (MM Pedagogy)
This graduate internship provides various types of experiential learning/teaching as students who enroll in this class receive training and mentoring in applied music teaching and small ensemble or chamber coaching, while simultaneously working with the faculty of the school as well as music teachers within the community.
Internship/Experiential Learning experiences within the BM Music Education Track
Music Education majors have the opportunity through multiple classes to observe and reflect on various teaching styles through the teaching observations required in their methods classes. The Laboratory Ensemble (MUSI 370) provides our music education majors with experiential learning-real life practice performing on the secondary instruments that they will eventually teach, and then lead an ensemble before they go into their final semester of student teaching (MUSI 495). This type of experiential learning helps the student reflect on his/her teaching methods and fortify the skills needed while conducting an ensemble or teaching a lesson during the student teaching practicum (MUSI 495), or when out in the field as a certified teacher. Mason music students will teach at two educational levels during their student teaching internship, thus gaining experiential learning and music teaching in both settings (e.g., elementary school and high school or middle school and high school). This provides our students depth within the teaching of the various educational levels.