MUSPED 6001 - Pedagogy Seminar IV

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2017

An initial ungraded but required bibliographic study will be followed by seminars focusing on teaching techniques and materials for pupils of various ages and levels of musical development. Consideration will be given to the development of pupils' aural acuity, general musicianship, and learning in a variety of genres and modes (including group and laboratory situations, the technology environment, preparation for examinations, competitions and recitals). Technical, stylistic and interpretive matters covering a wide variety of styles will be considered.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MUSPED 6001
    Course Pedagogy Seminar IV
    Coordinating Unit Elder Conservatorium of Music
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact Up to 2 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Course Description An initial ungraded but required bibliographic study will be followed by seminars focusing on teaching techniques and materials for pupils of various ages and levels of musical development. Consideration will be given to the development of pupils' aural acuity, general musicianship, and learning in a variety of genres and modes (including group and laboratory situations, the technology environment, preparation for examinations, competitions and recitals). Technical, stylistic and interpretive matters covering a wide variety of styles will be considered.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Emily Dollman

    Program Coordinator 
    Professor Aaron Corn
    Schulz 6.05 
    8313 3652

    Course Coordinator
    Mr Rodney Smith 
    Schulz 8.06
    0437 872 778
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    1. To develop students’ understanding of age-related learning issues in connection with appropriate choices of suitable materials for beginning to advancing level pupils.

    2. To acquaint students with the principles and processes of instrumental/vocal teaching in both the one-to-one mode and the small group mode.

    3 To introduce students to the essential elements of general musicianship for beginning to advancing level pupils and the ways in which pupils can experience general musicianship through their particular instrumental/vocal specialty.

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 2, 3.
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1, 2, 3.
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1, 2, 3.
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    1, 2, 3.
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Booklists and other sources of information will be distributed throughout the Course.
    Recommended Resources

    Tait,M. and Haack,P. 1984. Principles and Processes of Music Education. New York and London. Teachers College Press. Columbia University.

    Beetlestone, F. 1998. Creative Children, Imaginative Teaching. Buckingham and Philadelphia. Open University Press.

    Craft, A., Jeffrey, R., Leibling, M. 2001. Creativity in Education. London and New York. Continuum

    Gumm, A. 2003. Music Teaching Style: Moving beyond tradition. Galesville. Meredith Music Publications.

    Parncutt, R., and McPherson, G. 2002. The Science and Psychology of Music Performance. Oxford and New York. Oxford University Press.

    Crozier, R., Scaife, N., and Marks, A. 2004. All Together! Teaching music in groups. London. Associated Board.

    Baker-Jordan, M. 2003. Practical Piano Pedagogy. Miami. Warner Bros. Publications

    Jacobson, J. 2006. Professional Piano Teaching. Los Angelis. Alfred Publishing Inc.

    Magrath, J. 1995. The Pianist’s Guide to Standard Teaching and Performance Literature. Van Nuys, CA. Alfred Publishing Inc.

    Proceedings of the Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conferences, 1993 – 2009.

    Additional booklists and other sources of information will be distributed throughout the


    Appelman,D.Ralph, The Science of Vocal Pedagogy,Bloomington,Indiana University Press,1967

    Brown, Oren, Discover your Voice, San Diego, London, Singular Publishing Group 1996

    Bunch, Meribeth, Dynamics of the Singing Voice,4 Ed., Wien ,New York, Springer Verlag 1997

    Chapman, Janice, Singing and Teaching Singing, San Diego, London, Brisbane, Plural Publishing 2006

    Doscher, Barbara, The Functional Unity of the Singing Voice, Lanham, London, The Scarecrow Press 1994

    Garcia, Manuel, Hints on Singing [1894], Kessinger Publishing Rare Reprints,

    Heirich, Jane Ruby Voice and the Alexander Technique, Berkeley, Mornum Time Press 2005

    [Husson, Raoul, Physiologie de la Phonation, Paris, Masson et Cie 1962]

    Husler, F and Rodd-Marling,Yvonne, Singing. The Physical Nature of the Vocal Organ, Melbourne, London, Hutchinson Publishing 1976

    Kimball, Carol, A Guide to Art Song Style and Literature, Milwaukee, Hal Leonard, 2005

    McKinney, James, Diagnosis and Correction of Vocal Faults, Nashville, Broadman Press 1982

    Miller, Richard, Training Tenor Voices, New York, Schirmer Books,1993

    Miller,Richard, Training Soprano Voices, Oxford University Press, USA 2000• ISBN-10: 0195130189 ISBN-13: 978-0195130188

    Miller, Richard, Solutions for Singers, Oxford,OUP 2004

    Power, Patrick, How the Voice Works, Handout ,University of Adelaide 2010

    Phillips, Kenneth, Teaching Kids to Sing

    Riggs, Seth Singing for the Stars, Van Nuys CA,Alfred Publishing 1998

    Stone, R and J, Atlas of Skeletal Muscles, Boston, Sydney, McGraw Hill 2001

    Vennard, William, Singing the Mechanism and the Technique, New York, Carl Fischer 1967

    Wall, Joan et al, International Phonetic Alphabet for Singers, Dallas, Psst Inc.1989

    Ward,Christine,Teaching to Learn, Accelerated Learning Institute [NZ]Ltd 2001 ISBN0-473-06314-X

    [Warren, Ivor, The Grammar of Singing, London A. Hammond and Co]

    Wilson FRCS, Thomas Wind and Voice, Dublin Minim Press 1984

    Bracketed titles are possibly unavailable.

    Online Learning

    Resources and announcements may be posted on MyUni under MUSPED 6001

    The Elder Music Library Music Resources Guide at contains quick links to key music databases for scholarly research and online listening. It also contains links to websites of publicly available online scores, collected editions, and professional associations. Here too you can find a regularly updated list of new books, scores, CDs and DVDs available in the Elder Music Library.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    Students will be required to participate in seminars, undertake observation in the field, network appropriately and conduct research in preparation for the compilation of three written assignments.


    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    During the semester attendance at seminars, plus approximately 1 hour in the field, plus 21 hours preparation per week, will result in approximately 24 hours workload per week.

    Learning Activities Summary

    24 hours of seminars cover age-related materials choices, teaching strategies in one-to-one and small group learning and general musicianship skills,.

    Approximately 12 hours will be spent in the field observing methodologies in practice.

    A considerable investment in time will be given to individual research for the compilation of three written assignments.

    Specific Course Requirements


    1 x 2-hour Seminar per week for 12 weeks.
    Week 1: Bibliographic Study
    Week 2: Teaching in individual mode
    Week 3: Teaching in Group and Class modes
    Week 4: Transferable skills in teaching
    Week 5: Teaching multiple styles and genres
    Week 6: Teaching multiple specialties
    Week 7: Teaching Techniques and Materials for primary age beginners
    Week 8: Teaching Techniques and Materials for secondary and adult beginners
    Week 9: Teaching Techniques and Materials for primary age elementary level pupils
    Week 10: Teaching Techniques and Materials for secondary and adult elementary level pupils
    Week 11: Teaching Techniques and Materials for secondary and adult intermediate level pupils
    Week 12: Teaching Techniques and Materials for secondary and adult advancing-level pupils
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    24 hours of seminars cover age-related materials choices, teaching strategies in one-to-one and small group learning and general musicianship skills. At least 25% of these are conducted in small group discovery mode.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    AssessmentWeightingCompletion/Due DateOutcomes being assessed
    1500-word written assignment on age-relatedness in beginning materials. 20% 6 November 1
    1000-word written assignment on the contrasted dynamics of individual and small-group lessons 15% 6 November 2
    1000-word written assignment on general musicianship materials for elementary level pupils 15% 6 November 3
    Folio of teaching materials for beginning to advancing level pupils of various ages learning in individual and group modes. 50% 6 November 1, 2, 3
    Assessment Related Requirements

    In this course, penalties apply for any absences which are not formally approved, as outlined in the Conservatorium’s Student Participation and Attendance Leave Guidelines (see following). Leave Application forms are available from the Music Office and can be downloaded from the Music website – see

    Student Participation and Attendance Leave Guidelines
    All students enrolled in courses taught by the Elder Conservatorium of Music are expected to actively and positively participate in 100% of required rehearsals, workshops, classes, lectures, tutorials and performances. In courses where Participation & Attendance penalties apply (as defined in the Course Outline), any student who misses more than 40% of required classes will be ineligible for assessment in that course, irrespective of the amount of leave that has been formally approved.

    The Conservatorium recognises that extenuating circumstances may occasionally affect a student’s ability to participate in a rehearsal, workshop, class, lecture, tutorial or performance. In such cases Leave may, upon application using this Leave form, be approved by the relevant staff member (this could be the Head of Studies, teacher, conductor, lecturer or course coordinator as appropriate).

    The following types of Leave are applicable:

    Sick Leave

    • In cases of sickness, the Leave form must be submitted within 7 days of your return to classes.
    • Students must make every effort to notify the relevant staff member of an impending absence for reasons of sickness. Where a rehearsal or performance is involved, Leave will only be approved if the relevant staff member is notified before the event.
    • Normally, an original medical certificate must be supplied with the Leave form to verify the circumstances. The relevant staff member or Head of Studies in cases of absences involving multiple activities or days may waive the requirement to produce a medical certificate if they have clear evidence of illness and believe that a medical certificate is unnecessary or impossible to obtain.. The Leave form will need to be initialled as part of the notification or approval process in this case.

    Compassionate Leave

    • Compassionate Leave may be granted at the discretion of the relevant staff member where extenuating circumstances have prevented a student participating in a rehearsal, workshop, class, lecture, tutorial or performance. Usually this means circumstances which were unforeseen and legitimately beyond anyone’s control however this will not always be the case.
    • Where the circumstance is known in advance, approval for the Leave must also be obtained prior to the event.
    • In cases such as bereavement or where care of a close family member is required, notification as soon as possible is expected and the form must be submitted within 7 days of your return to classes.
    • Verification of the circumstances will usually be required.

    Professional Development Leave

    • Professional Development (PD) Leave may be granted in cases where the student has made a case to the relevant Head of Studies for an activity which they believe will be of considerable professional and educational benefit. This activity should:
      • be directly related to Coursework within your Conservatorium program or
      • involve Coursework or study at a major tertiary national or international music institution or
      • involve Performance, Workshops or other relationships and activities with a high profile, national or international artist(s)
    • When determining PD leave, the duration of the project also affects approval, particularly for absences greater than one week.
    • PD leave will not be granted if the proposed activity conflicts with any commitments a student has to a Conservatorium performance where their attendance at rehearsals and the performance itself are a required part of their studies.
    • PD Leave is only granted in advance of the activity (normally at least 7 days prior). It will NOT be granted retrospectively.
    • Final arrangements for any professional development commitments must wait until formal approval has been granted by the Head of Studies and then all signatures of relevant staff members are obtained. Approval is not necessarily guaranteed.
    • Verification will be required as part of the approval process and must be supplied with this form.

    Leave applications must be completed, documentation attached (if required), signatures obtained, then submitted following the steps below.

    Step 1: NOTIFYING STAFF Notify the relevant staff member(s) and where appropriate, Head of Studies, of your absence as soon as possible..
    Step 2: VERIFYING ABSENCE Check with the relevant staff member or Head of Studies to see whether verification or proof will be required. (Please note that this is usually essential however it will not always be necessary.)
    Step 3: COMPLETING FORM Complete the form then sign and date it.
    Step 4: OBTAINING APPROVAL Obtain the necessary signatures for formal notification and if necessary, approval from the relevant staff member(s) concerned. Please note individual instructions listed in various leave types above, particularly for Professional Development Leave where prior approval is needed.
    Step 5: COPYING FORM Copy the form for your records.
    Step 6: ATTACHING & SUBMITTING FORM Attach any certification you have been asked to provide then submit the form to the relevant staff member or Head of Studies.

    Penalties apply for any unapproved absences as follows:
    Any unapproved absences from a lecture, Tutorial or Observation will result in a 2% penalty for each unapproved absence. Any penalties will be applied to the mark for the year – i.e. after all other assessments have been completed and calculated. Unapproved arrival after the scheduled starting time or departure before the scheduled finishing time may, at the Co-ordinator’s discretion, be regarded as an unapproved absence.

    The Music Library located in the Hartley building is an excellent source for music, literature and recordings.

    Mobile phones must be turned off before lessons or classes begin.

    Course documents and periodic announcements are posted on MyUni. Please ensure that you log in regularly.

    Assessment Detail

    Advice on the layout, content and categorisation of the three written assignments will be delivered in the seminars.

    The three assignments will be submitted to the Assignments section of the MUSPED 6001 My Uni website by the due date.. The Folio will be submitted to the Conservatorium Office (Schulz Level 9) by the due date with completed cover sheet and declaration. Late submission will incur a penalty deduction of 2% per weekday from the assessed mark of the complete submitted work.

    It is expected all assessments including presentations, listening tests, practical examinations, written examinations and assignments will be undertaken and submitted as required (see Teaching and Learning Activities). However, Assessment Task Extension, Replacement Examination, Additional Assessment and Deferred Modified Arrangements are available on medical, compassionate or extenuating grounds. Full information concerning these matters can be found on the University website under University Policies and Procedures, Modified Arrangements for University Coursework Assessment Policy, at
    Where possible it is advisable to discuss the matter with the lecturer concerned in the first instance.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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