MUSEP 1101 - Foundations of Music Education 1A
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2023
General Course Information
Course Code MUSEP 1101 Course Foundations of Music Education 1A Coordinating Unit Elder Conservatorium of Music Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Assumed Knowledge Ability to read musical notation and participate in instrumental music making/singing Course Description This course introduces students to the essential principles and founding skills underlying music education in the 21st century. Students learn how to advocate for the importance of music education and explore the benefits that music education can offer to the community. Students develop their core music teaching skills through study of key educational resource materials, and begin to build their own folio of sequential learning plans. Theoretical principles of music learning are introduced, and the role of music education in child development and adolescence is discussed. The impact of music education upon child development is examined, along with the relationship between music and the brain. The value of singing in all forms of music education is explored and the concepts of general musicianship are established.
Course Coordinator: Dr Emily Dollman
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the principles of music learning.
2. Develop awareness of current practices of music teaching and learning in a variety of educational settings.
3. Develop an ability to advocate for the role of music education in society.
4. Understand the importance of singing in music education and display knowledge of how to engage students of a range of ages in vocal activities.
5. Develop awareness of teaching and learning styles best suited to engage young chidlren and adolescents in music.
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)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
1, 2, 4, 5
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
1, 2, 3, 4
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
Required ResourcesFurther resources will be provided on MyUni, or will be available through the University of Adelaide Library system.
Booth, E. 'The Music Teaching Artist's Bible: Becoming a Virtuoso Educator'. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009, available online at the Elder Conservatorium of Music Library.
Hallam, S. 'The Power of Music', International Journal of Music Education, Vol. 23 (2), pp. 145-148, Aug. 2005
Hallam, S. 'Instrumental Music Teaching: A Guide to Better Teaching and Learning'. Heinemann Educational, 1998, available in closed reserve, Elder Conservatorium of Music Library.
McPherson, G. and Parncutt, R. 'The Science and Psychology of Music Performance: Creative Strategies for Teaching and Learning'. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002, available online through the Elder Conservatorium of Music Library.
Recommended ResourcesAdditional course materials will be posted on Canvas MyUni, including articles, digital readings and links to videos and websites.
Online LearningDiscussion Bpards are available for posting questions related to Course Content.
Announcements will be made relating to Course Activities and Professional Development Opportunities via MyUni.
Written assignments will be submitted via Turnitin.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe course will include an exploration of issues and concepts centrally relevant to music education in Australia today. Students will develop a full understanding of these through a combination of regular participatory music making opportunities, readings, lectures and seminars.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.1 x 2 hour lecture per week
1x 1 hour seminar per week (10 weeks per Semester)
6 hours reading per week
2 hours research per week
26 hours assignment preparation per Semester
Learning Activities SummaryWeek 1: Introduction to the foundations of music education in the 21st Century
Week 2: Music in Society
Week 3: "
Week 4: Developing effective learning plans
Week 5: Music and childhood development: early childhood
Week 6: Music and childhood development: adolescence
Week 7: Music and the brain
Week 8: Key principles of music education
Week 9: The role of singing in music education
Week 10: "
Week 11: Components of general musicianship
Week 12: Sequential training of general musicianship
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment SummaryTeaching materials task: 30% Course Learning Outcomes 1, 4, 5
Article review and class presentation: 30% Course Learning Outcomes 1, 3
Seminar participation: 10% Course Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
1000 word essay: 30% Course Learning Outcomes 1, 3, 5
Due to the current COVID-19 situation modified arrangements have been made to assessments to facilitate remote learning and teaching. Assessment details provided here reflect recent updates.
Oral presentations in the Article Review and Teaching Materials task will now be delivered online, either during interactive Zoom seminar and lecture sessions, or they may be recorded and uploaded to MyUni. Students will also be given the option to email a video of their presentation to the Lecturer.
There is now no Seminar Attendance/Participation Grade. Weighting of assessments has been modified:
Article Review – 30%;
Teaching Materials – 35%;
Essay – 35 %
Assessment Related RequirementsCompulsory attendance of seminars
Assessment DetailTeaching materials task: prepare and present a learning activities plan for beginner level students. 30%
Article Review and Class Presentation: Students review an article on a relevant topic and present it to the class in a 10 minute oral presentation. 30%
Seminar Participation: Students engage interactively with class activities and the cooperative sharing of materials and information. 10%
1000 word essay: Students will be required to write a 1000 word essay on the importance of music education. 30%
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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
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