The Penn State School of Music will offer two 2-credit on-line graduate music education courses this summer. Each three-week course is designed to provide music education practitioners, at any stage in their career, practical applications for curriculum design and music learning assessment. MU ED 541: Developing Music Curricula (Dr. Joanne Rutkowski) June 18 – July 8 – Online (2 graduate credits) This course focuses on music education curricula development processes that incorporate current theories, practices, materials, and research findings. Curriculum development in music education is a complex endeavor influenced by many factors within and surrounding the classroom. The project based approach utilized in this course fosters the type of collaboration and reflective practice required to develop instruction that addresses the nature of the students to be taught and the musical goals established for these students. MU ED 546: Assessment of Music Learning (Dr. Linda Thornton) July 9 – July 29 – Online (2 graduate credits) The goal of this course is to examine principles, techniques, approaches and applications for assessment of student music learning. In this age of accountability and standards based curriculum design, the role of assessment is critical to practitioners within the field of music education. Beyond that, good music teaching is predicated on what teachers want their students to know and how they plan to assess that musical knowing.