New MIE Guided Internship Application!

The MIE Guided Internship Program aims to provide equal access to high-quality music programs for youth throughout the greater Boston area, and instill in them the values of lifelong learning, skill development, and appreciation for music in a range of contexts and environments.

This year’s GUIDED INTERNSHIP APPLICATIONS will be online.
Please use this URL to access the application:

A sample application can be downloaded here, but please fill out the ONLINE application and not the PDF. The PDF is for your convenience (so you can see the questions, etc.)


  1. Submit a Permission Request on PowerCampus for ‘MIE INT/Department/01’
  2. Complete online application
  3. Send an email to [email protected] when you have completed the online application.
  4. Once your draft is approved, your PowerCampus permission request will be approved. You will then need to ADD the internship to your schedule prior to the end of Add/Drop. You will also be e-mailed a PDF of your application to confirm your internship is approved.

Students should contact MIE faculty member Randy Wong ([email protected]) with any questions. Applications due to Randy by email on THURSDAY September 10, 2015

MIE Internship Application 2015-2016

Solfege & Vocal coaching internships at Emmanuel College

Emmanuel College is a private, coed Catholic liberal arts and sciences college, located near Fenway Park. And their music director, Greg Paré, is a NEC alum!! (M.M. Composition & MIE Concentration)  Greg has generously offered to host two interns. This is a fabulous chance to work in a college setting and be mentored by a successful NEC/MIE alum.
Solfege Intern
The Solfege Intern would conduct weekly Solfege lessons to a group of 15 college students for 30 minutes before their choir practice in the Emmanuel College Chapel. The timing of the lessons would be 6:30 to 7 pm on Thursdays during the semester. The students would be taught fixed-do sight singing, ear training, and rhythm study with conducting. A final project could be performed after a Sunday service.
Voice Intern
The Voice Intern would offer a private or group lesson once a week at Emmanuel to students of little to no vocal training. A final project could be performed and journals would be encouraged. A piano or keyboard will be provided, and if the lesson is a group lesson, it may be possible to have an accompanist.

New Guided Internship Applications Available

Hello and welcome to the new school year!

I’m excited for all the new internships that will occur this year, and in order to help jumpstart the cycle, I revised the guided internship application so that it is easier to complete and more streamlined. While it essentially asks for the same information as previous, it does so in a more explicit fashion (text boxes, etc.). Let me know what you think about the new form.

The intent of this application form is to try to get as much detail clearly laid out ahead of time. Most proposals that we receive includes most of this kind of information already!

As the underlying purpose of the MIE Guided Internship Program is to create highly individualized opportunities for our interns, the application will be considered a draft until the internship actually begins. This will allow for flexibility while the internship is being developed for the intern.

Please note: Not all applicants will know the answers to every question prior to their internship beginning — THIS IS OK — the application is meant as a point of departure.

Download the 2013-2014 MIE Guided Internship Application Package (file type: .docx)

How to begin the guided internship process:
__ 1. Submit a Permission Request on PowerCampus for ‘MIE INT / Department / 01’ —this notifies me that you are intending to complete an application, so that I know to follow up with you. 

__ 2. Fill out the application and name your file: MIE Internship Fall 2013 (or Spring 2014) – YourName.docx

__ 3. Email the application to [email protected]

__ 4. Once I approve the student’s draft, I will approve his/her PowerCampus request, and s/he will need to ADD the internship to his/her schedule prior to the end of Add/Drop.

Fall Deadline: Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2013. Spring Deadline: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014.

Please submit your applications, even if incomplete, as soon as possible!

Guided Internship Proposal: Developing Youths’ Ears

During my guided internship in spring of 2012, I am interested in accomplishing the following goals:

  1. I want to explore and test my interest in working with middle and/or high school aged musicians.
  2. I want to gain a better understanding of how to teach student musicians how to use their ears for various purposes (improvisation, learning music and musical properties, composition, etc.)
  3. I want to gain more experience in conducting a lesson or rehearsal in an efficient and focused, yet lighthearted and enjoyable manner.

I believe that in my efforts to meet these objectives, I will be putting past and concurrent courses to practical use. I have taken Educational Psychology as an undergraduate at the University of Miami and I am currently taking Models for Teaching and Learning here at NEC. Along with my internship next semester I will be taking Improvisation in Music Education, which will provide me with great insight in how to work with my students.

In my own experience, I’ve found that it is very important to have a solid foundation in both reading music and in using one’s ears. Although there are exceptions, I’ve found that students are generally more likely to rely more heavily on written music and less likely to be able to use and trust their ears to learn music, improvise, or compose. I believe that this is due to several possible factors, the most noticeable being:

  • Students can feel bashful or vulnerable performing music in this way.
  • Students don’t really know what to listen for because they haven’t immersed themselves enough in the music they are studying. These observations are based on my own private teaching of high school jazz students in my hometown of Gainesville, Florida, as well as my experience with other students while playing in middle and high school ensembles.

My goal as a teacher would be to help my students grow into musicians who play their instrument(s) with good fundamentals, have solid reading and written-music skills, and can use their ears for improvisation and learning music aurally.

Some of the most important questions I would like to explore during this coming semester are:

  • How do beginning improvisers first get comfortable with playing what is not on the page?
  • How can an improviser transition from “plugging in licks” to playing in a more spontaneous way?
  • How to students learn material by ear rather than with written music?

All of these questions are inspired by my desire to understand more about how students can learn to train their ears. In my experience, I know that being able to hear intervals and also doing extensive listening to the type of music that one wants to play are two crucial aspects of developing the ears, but I would like to develop more specific answers and more specific techniques in this matter. Based on past experiences, my concern for the ability to transfer this information gives me question, “How do I use effective language and communication to better explain musical concepts, and how does this change from student to student?”

To record the contents of my internship, I will update on the MIE blog as well as add to my portfolio. My specific ideas for recording these experiences include at least 5 video recordings of my teaching practice as well as a written account of each time I go to my internship. This will include the events of the day, what techniques were used, and an evaluation of what went well, what didn’t go well, and why.The Artist-Teacher-Scholar model very accurately represents my long-term goals as a professional musician. As an artist, I plan to continue to play and write music my whole career, and continue to grow and evolve from my musical experiences. While I consider myself a jazz musician, I have no intentions of limiting myself to a specific genre and I want to have the most fulfilling musical experience as possible, regardless of genre. As a teacher, I want to pass on my knowledge and my musically diverse spirit to young students, helping them develop into inspired, eclectic, multi-faceted musicians. My specific interests would be more in small group and private studio interaction. I would be interested in teaching primarily in the late middle school and high school levels, but eventually, I would be interested in teaching at the college level as well. As a scholar, I am interested in continuing to research, listen to music, and try to elevate human understanding of music as much as possible, which would help me as both an artist and a teacher. It is my hope that this internship proves to be a valuable learning experience, giving me a promising launching point into the life of being a teaching artist.

Internship Proposal: Voice Class for Non-Majors (TA)

Editor’s Note: We are pleased to introduce you to Shannon Kelly, a master’s voice student working towards a MIE Concentration. This is her internship proposal for the Fall 2011 semester; you can view follow-up posts to this one here


I am writing to propose as my guided internship for the Fall 2012 semester my Teaching Assistantship for the NEC undergraduate course titled Voice Class for Non-Majors. For this class, I will teach a section of approximately 9 students each week in lecture format; in addition, I will provide one-on-one voice lessons to each student in the class for either 30 minutes or one hour each week.

My goals for the internship are as follows:

  • Gain experience and comfort teaching in a classroom setting, including preparing lessons, setting expectations, measuring student progress, and setting appropriate benchmarks for evaluating and grading student performance.
  • Evaluate and refine my classroom teaching style as observed through documentation and data collection.
  • Acquire a greater level of comfort and competence as a studio instructor.
  • Improve student engagement and learning as a result of techniques studied through MIE coursework.

My previous vocal teaching experience consists of one-on-one studio voice lessons and this individual experience is limited to a handful of private students. This will be my first real experience teaching regularly in a classroom setting. Therefore this internship is an important component of my development as an Artist-Teacher-Scholar.

I am enrolled in two MIE core courses in the Fall 2011 semester (Models for Teaching and Learning for MIE and Introduction to MIE) and also took the MIE Seminar in Spring 2011. I hope to use the internship as a testing ground for several techniques I studied during that course, including specific classroom teaching strategies and approaches to vocal technique and training gleaned from readings about developing talent.

This internship is relevant to my future plans as an Artist-Teacher-Scholar in that I hope to teach both individually and in a classroom/group setting, but have limited experience in either setting. Further, I find that teaching helps me develop as artist by solidifying my own technique and improving creative interpretation and expression in my own performances.

Concerning my best personal traits as a learner, I believe my two greatest assets are my curiosity and my willingness to learn. I subscribe wholeheartedly to the “growth mindset” in learning and I am eager to apply this concept as a teacher. I also feel that my willingness to learn is important in creating an enthusiasm for subject matter among the students I teach. I am eager to apply this concept and to refine techniques for keeping students engaged and enthusiastic about the learning process.

Internship Inquiry Questions

  • How do I need to adapt my teaching techniques (in group and private settings) to create active learning and growth for the students in this class?
  • How will teaching this course contribute to my development as an artist and a scholar as well as a teacher?

Documentation Strategy

  • Video recordings: I will record at least three classes and at least three private lessons with two different students over the course of the semester to try and track my learning process.
  • Student work: I have included several writing assignments that require students to reflect and comment on singing and the classical vocal repertoire as an art form. I feel that students’ reactions to performances, while varied, may reflect my effectiveness in creating an enthusiasm (or at least appreciation) for the art form.
  • Student Tests: Students’ performance on tests will also be a helpful feedback tool. Students’ improvement over the course of the semester will be the most important measure of teaching effectiveness.
  • Student performances: Students will also perform live for a jury as their final exam. I hope to use these performances as a marker of my effectiveness as a studio teacher, not simply in terms of students’ vocal technique but their confidence, engagement, and interpretation of the songs.
  • Student Evaluations: Student evaluations will be a critical tool for comparing student’s perceptions of the value of this course with my own perceptions about student engagement and learning. I will use these evaluations to refine both content and technique in the classroom and studio setting.