Internships and Experiential Learning
Letter from the Chair Nathalie Robinson
With its unique blend of performance, academics and co-curricular experiences, Hofstra University’s Department of Music offers undergraduate students the finest in collegiate opportunities. Hofstra music majors graduate with a combination of classroom instruction and professional experiences that are highly regarded in today’s competitive job market.
Each one of the seven music major tracks (history/literature, jazz and commercial music, music, music performance, music theory/composition, music education and music merchandising) presents students with a conservatory-based foundation in history, theory and ear-training. Hofstra’s large ensembles – band, orchestra and choral – provide outstanding performance opportunities under nationally-known conductors. Applied instrumental or vocal lessons may be taken with some of the finest teachers in the New York metropolitan area.
Numerous opportunities exist both on and off campus for our students to expand upon their core undergraduate education by interning within the professional work force or participating in professional level activities. For example, music merchandising majors have worked with major corporations in the music business, such as MTV, Atlantic Records, Sony Corp., D’Addario Strings and Cherry Lane Publishing.
For performance majors there are large and small ensembles as well as soloist opportunities where they may contribute their talents. An annual concerto competition presents an undergraduate with the chance to perform with full orchestra. Additionally, every spring the Music Department presents a fully- staged opera, with all leads and choral members cast from the undergraduate population. Operas range from Monteverdi’s L’Coronation de Popea (2009) to Strauss’s Die Fledermaus (2010) and Mozart’s Don Giovanni (2011).
Music education students enjoy collaborative opportunities with public schools in both Nassau and Suffolk County. Hofstra’s C-MENC (Collegiate Music Educators) Chapter sponsors the NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association) major ensemble festival on-site and assists with piano festivals at Nassau Community College. Additionally, C-MENC at Hofstra received a 2010 national award for outstanding collegiate organization.
Examples of Recent Student Internships
Cherry Lane Publishing
Jazz at Lincoln Center
New York Philharmonic
Redlight Music Management
Saturday Night Live
Examples of Industries Where Our Alumni are Currently Working
Performance groups (ie. orchestras, bands, symphonies) of all musical genres
Public Relations for the Music Industry
Professional Experiences on Campus - Outside the Classroom
How to Obtain an Internship
MUS 191: “Music Merchandising Field Study” is an internship course in which music merchandising majors may enroll. Students report at least one day (8 hours) per week to a place of business within the music industry. Evaluation and direction are given by both the employer and instructor. For more information contact Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Music Merchandising Program Dr. Kenneth Lampl at (516) 463-4931 or Email.
Music Education Majors – Fieldwork/Student Teaching
Students working toward their B.S.Ed in Music Education will apply for admission to Hofstra’s School of Education, Health and Human Services (SOEHHS), typically during their junior year. All students enrolled in School of Education, Health and Human Services programs that lead to New York State teaching certification are required to complete a minimum of 100 hours of fieldwork prior to the student teaching experience.
Fieldwork - Fieldwork provides an opportunity to put theory into practice. Students are placed in a variety of classroom settings across the full range of grades and ability levels covered by the student's area of certification. This initial fieldwork is designed to allow the student to examine the learning process within the context of a dynamic learning environment. Fieldwork is completed at sites arranged by the Office of Field Placement within SOEHHS. Students are not free to secure their own field placements or call sites to arrange their own placements; formal arrangements must be made for a student's presence in a school.
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Student Teaching - Student teaching is a period of guided professional development, when students assume increasing responsibility for all of the activities involved in actual classroom teaching. It is an opportunity to integrate and apply, in a field-based setting, the knowledge, attitudes and skills acquired during the professional sequence.
Student teachers are under the immediate supervision of skilled cooperating teachers and the general supervision of the school principal. The University supervisor links the student teacher, the school and the University. The University supervisor provides assistance to the student and works closely with school personnel in planning and evaluating field experience. The University supervisor also facilitates an analysis of the student’s teaching and, in consultation with other appropriate school personnel, helps summarize current competencies and clarify goals for continued professional growth.
All assignments for student teaching are arranged by the Office of Field Placement within SOEHHS. It is the policy of the School of Education and Allied Human Services to place students in a variety of districts, including a "high-needs" school, as defined and required by New York State. Students are asked not to contact schools until notified to do so by the Office of Field Placement. Credit is given only for student teaching assigned by the University through the Office of Field Placement and supervised by University faculty.
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