UCF Music Department
Christine M Lapka

Christine M Lapka

  • Assistant Professor

Christine.Lapka@ucf.edu
309 224.1472
Office Hours: MW 2-3; T/TH 10-noon; by appointment
Campus Location: PACM208
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Dr. Christine Lapka is committed to guiding teacher education candidates in the areas of elementary music methods, exceptionalities in music, methods of instruction, and assessment. Before joining the faculty at the University of Central Florida, Dr. Lapka was a professor of music at Western Illinois University (WIU) with additional years in Illinois public schools in various music positions. The majority of her practical experience was in the area of elementary music education. During that time, she found her two undergraduate degrees invaluable to her teaching (Music Education and Music Therapy, WIU). Dr. Lapka completed a Master of Arts in Music Education (WIU, 1993) and a Doctorate in Music Education at the University of Illinois (2005). She received the Mary Hoffman Award of Excellence from the Illinois Music Education Association (ILMEA) in 2014.

As a leader in the area of disabilities in music, she is in demand to provide workshops about students with different abilities. Likewise, several articles on the same subject appear in state, national, and international journals of music education. The chapter, “Including Students with Disabilities in Instrumental Ensembles,” is published in Exceptional Pedagogy for Children with Exceptionalities: International Perspectives (Oxford University Press).

Education

  • Ed.D. in Music Education from University of Illinois (2005)
  • M.A. in Music Education from Western Illinois University (1992)
  • B.A. in Music Education/Music Therapy from Western Illinois University (1987)

Research Interests

Music for all

Recent Research Activities

Exceptionalities in music education

Selected Publications

Articles/Essays

Book Sections/Chapters

  • Lapka, C. M. (2016). Including students with disabilities in instrumental ensembles In D. V. Blair & K. McCord (Ed.), Exceptional music pedagogy for children with exceptionalities: International perspectives (pp. 197-218). New York: Oxford University Press
  • 2004 “You Need a Therapist” Spotlight on Making Music with Special Learners. Rowan & Littlefield Education in partnership with MENC: The National Association for Music Education. ed. Frances S. Ponick

Awards

Mary Hoffman Award of Excellence from the Illinois Music Education Association (ILMEA),  2014

Outstanding Teacher–College of Fine Arts and Communication, 2006-2007

Activities

National Association for Music Education
Florida Elementary Music Education Association

Courses

No courses found for Spring 2021.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
81021 MUE3333 Music Learning Theory and Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 04:45 PM - 06:00 PM Not Online
No Description Available
81286 MUE3942 Music Internship Ⅰ Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 08:00 AM - 04:00 PM Not Online
No Description Available
81006 MUE4311 Ele School Music Methods Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 06:30 PM - 07:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
81287 MUE4943 Music Internship Ⅱ Face to Face Instruction (P) M,Tu,W,Th,F 08:00 AM - 08:50 AM Not Online
No Description Available

No courses found for Summer 2020.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
17539 MUE3353 General Music Lit Techniques Face to Face Instruction (P) W 05:30 PM - 07:25 PM Available

Diverse literature and techniques for the general music classroom. 

Prerequisite: MUE 2040

18138 MUE3942 Music Internship Ⅰ Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 08:00 AM - 04:00 PM Available

During Internship I, interns spend two days per week in classrooms in area schools. Approximately seven weeks are spent in an elementary school setting, and seven weeks in a secondary school setting.  The interns have the opportunity to observe teaching and to work with students in order to gain an experiential background in how schools operate. Supervising teachers observe the interns working with students in various capacities (e.g., micro-teaching, leading sectional rehearsals and warm-ups, teaching full lessons if the intern is capable) and provide meaningful feedback (written and verbal) to them. By the end of Internship I, interns should have a good understanding of school operations and the role of a teacher.  Interns are expected to submit weekly reflections and bi-weekly assignments. 

18312 MUE4393 Music Students with Special Ne Face to Face Instruction (P) M,W 12:30 PM - 01:20 PM Available

Consideration of the general education music curriculum in regards to students with disabilities and special needs. Prerequisite: MUE 2040 or C.I.

18139 MUE4943 Music Internship Ⅱ Face to Face Instruction (P) M,Tu,W,Th,F 08:00 AM - 04:00 PM Available

Interns are placed in schools and assume the work schedule of a full-time teacher, all day, five days a week, for a full semester. Interns practice to develop knowledge, skills, and dispositions of the teaching profession as described in the UCF Music Teaching Competencies and as measured by the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAPs). Particular emphasis is placed on planning, in which interns practice long-range, intermediate, and daily planning for student performance based on planned instruction; and using time management and classroom management skills that are essential to student achievement.

21006 MUE5921 Music Education Workshop Face to Face Instruction (P) M 06:00 PM - 08:20 PM Available

Variable topics in Music Education to offer hands-on instruction in a workshop format. May be used in the degree program a maximum of 4 times only when course content is different.

Advanced study in music learning as it relates to the instruction of learners with exceptionalities (includes students with disabilities) in various music settings with regard to strategies specific to music education and characteristics of learners. Practicing teachers will additionally focus on the application of the methods in their music classrooms/ensembles.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
89849 MUE3333 Music Learning Theory and Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 04:45 PM - 06:00 PM Available

This 3-credit course provides a broad foundation in music learning theory and aspects of assessment as it is applied in the K-12 music classroom, including student assessment, teacher assessment and program assessment. 

90154 MUE3942 Music Internship Ⅰ Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 08:00 AM - 04:00 PM Available

During Internship I, interns spend two days per week in classrooms in area schools. Approximately seven weeks are spent in an elementary school setting, and seven weeks in a secondary school setting.  The interns have the opportunity to observe teaching and to work with students in order to gain an experiential background in how schools operate. Supervising teachers observe the interns working with students in various capacities (e.g., micro-teaching, leading sectional rehearsals and warm-ups, teaching full lessons if the intern is capable) and provide meaningful feedback (written and verbal) to them. By the end of Internship I, interns should have a good understanding of school operations and the role of a teacher.  Interns are expected to submit weekly reflections and bi-weekly assignments. 

89833 MUE4311 Ele School Music Methods Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu 06:00 PM - 07:45 PM Available

Organization and administration of instruction for comprehensive music education, K-6; instructional planning, techniques, and materials for elementary music education.

90155 MUE4943 Music Internship Ⅱ Face to Face Instruction (P) M,Tu,W,Th,F 08:00 AM - 08:50 AM Available

Interns are placed in schools and assume the work schedule of a full-time teacher, all day, five days a week, for a full semester. Interns practice to develop knowledge, skills, and dispositions of the teaching profession as described in the UCF Music Teaching Competencies and as measured by the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAPs). Particular emphasis is placed on planning, in which interns practice long-range, intermediate, and daily planning for student performance based on planned instruction; and using time management and classroom management skills that are essential to student achievement.

Updated: Feb 26, 2020

Music Department • College of Arts & Humanities at the University of Central Florida
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