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***Includes Practice Test Questions*** Get the test prep help you need to be successful on the GACE Music test. The GACE Music is extremely challenging and thorough test preparation is essential for success. GACE Music Secrets Study Guide is the ideal prep solution for anyone who wants to pass the GACE Music Exam. Not only does it provide a comprehensive guide to the GACE Music Exam as a whole, it also provides practice test questions as well as detailed explanations of each answer. GACE Music Secrets Study Guide includes:

  • A detailed overview of the GACE Music
  • An examination of aural skills and analysis
  • A guide to composition and improvisation
  • An analysis of history and repertory
  • A breakdown of performance competencies for music educators
  • An extensive review of technology
  • A full study of teaching competencies for music educators
  • An in-depth look at professional knowledge and synthesis
  • Comprehensive practice questions with detailed answer explanations
It's filled with the critical information you'll need in order to do well on the test: the concepts, procedures, principles, and vocabulary that the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC) expects you to have mastered before sitting for the exam. The Aural Skills and Analysis section covers:
  • Inversions of triads and seventh chords
  • Circle of fifths
  • Relative minor vs. parallel minor
  • How sound is produced
  • Harmonics
The Composition and Improvisation section covers:
  • Types of dissonance found in tonal counterpoint
  • Standard instrumentation of the concert band
  • Baroque improvisation vs. jazz improvisation
The History and Repertory section covers:
  • Characteristics of music in the Medieval era
  • Impact of valved horns and trumpets
  • Blues
  • Australian Aboriginal music
The Performance Competencies for Music Educators section covers:
  • Conducting
  • Music terms
  • Instrumental rehearsal
  • Appropriate etiquette
The Technology section covers:
  • Mechanisms of a simple sound system
  • Notation software
  • Music license
The Teaching Competencies for Music Educators section covers:
  • Comprehensive outline of a regular full ensemble rehearsal
  • Preventing student behavior issues
  • Accommodations in the music classroom
  • Transposition and instrumental ranges
  • Correcting intonation
  • Orff-Schulwerk lesson plan
The Professional Knowledge and Synthesis section covers:
  • Maintaining student confidentiality and appropriate professional conduct
  • Aesthetic approach to the philosophy of music education
  • Preparatory education and training
  • Long exposure over time to high dB
These sections are full of specific and detailed information that will be key to passing the GACE Music Exam. Concepts and principles aren't simply named or described in passing, but are explained in detail. The guide is laid out in a logical and organized fashion so that one section naturally flows from the one preceding it. Because it's written with an eye for both technical accuracy and accessibility, you will not have to worry about getting lost in dense academic language. Any test prep guide is only as good as its practice questions and answers, and that's another area where our guide stands out. Our test designers have provided scores of test questions that will prepare you for what to expect on the actual GACE Music Exam. Each answer is explained in depth, in order to make the principles and reasoning behind it crystal clear.

Study Guide and Workbook: Music by Daniel T. Politoske

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Daniel T. Politoske
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