MUSEP 1101 - Foundations of Music Education 1A

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2019

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    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
    Assessment Teaching materials task 30%, Article review and class presentation 30%, Seminar participation 10%, 1000 word essay 30%
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Emily Dollman

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. 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)
    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, 4, 5
    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
    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
    1, 2, 3, 4
    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, 4, 5
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    3, 5
    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
    2, 3
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Further resources will be provided on MyUni, or will be available through the University of Adelaide Library system.

    Required texts:

    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 Resources
    Additional course materials will be posted on Canvas MyUni, including articles, digital readings and links to videos and websites.

    Online Learning
    Discussion 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 Modes
    The 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 Summary
    Week 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
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Seminars will regularly include SGDE. Students will be placed into small groups of 5-8 to problem solve questions raised in the lecture and discuss set readings. Their discussions will be monitered by the lecturer, and there will be opportunities for them to share their views with the other groups.
  • 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
    Teaching 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
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Compulsory attendance of seminars
    Assessment Detail
    Teaching 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%

    No information currently available.

    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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