EDUC 4514B - Classroom Music Curriculum & Methodology B (UG)

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014

The course aims to present information on a range of methodologies and develop a variety of pedagogical skills to help students to be better prepared for the start of their teaching career.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code EDUC 4514B
    Course Classroom Music Curriculum & Methodology B (UG)
    Coordinating Unit School of Education
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact 2 hours per week, in addition to a 2 hour common lecture focussing on Assessment and Reporting
    Prerequisites Degree in Music or a pass in 6 courses of Music
    Restrictions Available to B Teaching students only
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Vicki McGregor

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Develop knowledge and awareness of a range of assessment strategies to enhance music learning
    2 Develop knowledge of assessment in music curriculum structures, in particular, SACE Music and the Australian Curriculum: The Arts
    3 Differentiate teaching and assessment tasks across the full range of abilities
    4 Develop skills in preparing a range of effective assessment tasks for middle and senior school music
    5 Develop awareness of the professional expectations for assessment and reporting as required of music teachers
    6 Develop awareness of relevant and appropriate sources for professional learning for teachers
    7 Develop understanding of the expectations for professional knowledge, professional practice and professional engagement as outlined in the AITSL Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.
    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)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 4, 6
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3, 4, 5
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1, 2, 4 6
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 7
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 7
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 3
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    SACE Subject Outline for Music along with a range of other support materials can be downloaded from
    Recommended Resources
    Please note that GDE Music students can borrow from the Elder Music Library.

    Swipe Card Access is also available for the Music computers with Sibelius software on Schulz Level 7.

    The following books are available in the Elder Music Library:
    Dorricott, I and Allan, B.C. “In Tune with Music” Books 1, 2, and 3. Pub. McGraw-Hill. Teacher editions.
    Evans, J. & Philpott, C. (2009). A practical guide to teaching music in the secondary school. Oxon: Routledge.
    Marsh, C. (2010). Becoming a teacher. 5th ed. Frenchs Forest, NSW: Pearson Education – available in Barr Smith Library and Education Library.

    Websites – there are many useful websites for music education.
    A good starting point is the Music Education Web Portal (The University of Melbourne & ASME) music_education_web_portal/ASME
    Australian Curriculum: The Arts  
    SACE Music -  
    Musical Futures – see
    Online Learning
    Various materials including lecture notes, readings and resources, will be available in the ‘Course Material’ section of myuni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The weekly 2-hour lecture aims to explore the designated topics by providing opportunities for active participation through group discussion and a range of class activities.

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

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

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
    The University expects full-time students (i.e. those taking 12 units per semester) to devote a total of 48 hours per week to their studies. Students in this course are expected to attend all workshops throughout the semester.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Workshops will be held in Weeks 1-4, & 10-13 in semester 2.
    Week Topic AITSL Standards
    Week 1  Australian Curriculum: The Arts 2.2, 2.3
    Week 2  Assessment – designing assessment tasks for various music learning contexts 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.5
    Week 3 SACE Music – structure and content of units 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 7.1, 7.2
    Week 4
    Assignment 1 (50%) due
    SACE Music – assessment of units 5.1, 5.2, 5.3
    Teaching practice Weeks 5-9
    Mid-Semester Break
    Week 10 Indigenous music resources and teaching 1.4, 2.4
    Week 11 Catering for students with special needs; catering for gifted students in music 1.5, 1.6, 4.1, 5.3
    Week 12 Welcome to the music teaching profession - resources and support for music teachers, professional networks. Guest speakers from music education professional associations, including the Australian Society for Music Education (ASME). Copyright. 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 7.1, 7.2, 7.4
    Week 13
    Assignment 2 (50%) due
    Music ICT
    Musical Futures project
    2.1, 2.6, 3.4, 4.5
  • 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
    The assessment is based on the following two summative tasks:

    Assignment 1 50% Assessment Strategies in Music
    Due Week 4
    (Learning Objectives 1, 3, 4; AITSL Standards 1.5, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.5)

    Assignment 2 50% SACE Music
    Due Week 13
    (Learning Objectives 2, 5, 6, 7; AITSL Standards 2.3, 7.2)
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Each assessment task must be completed satisfactorily in order to pass the overall course.
    Assessment Detail
    Assignment 1 50% Assessment Strategies in Music
    Due Week 4
    Select a musical genre or form and select 1 or 2 pieces that clearly illustrate that form/genre. Develop a set of assessment tasks that relate to the piece/s and form/genre

    Assignment 2 50% SACE Musicianship Examination Practice Questions
    Due Week 13
    Compose musical examples for a specified number of Musicianship Examination types of questions
    A separate cover sheet will be provided for each assignment. It is expected that assignments are submitted in class on the due date. Any requests for extensions, based on medical or compassionate grounds, should be made prior to the due date. Students can redeem failed or unsatisfactory work by negotiating with the lecturer to submit additional work.

    Assignments will be returned to students within 2 weeks of the due date with written feedback. Assignments will be returned via the Professions Hub.
    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.

  • Student Feedback

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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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  • Policies & Guidelines
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