MUSEP 2101 - Music Education in Theory and Practice 2A

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2021

This course builds upon the essential skills and understanding established through the Foundations of Music Education courses. In this course, students are introduced to a range of learning activities that will enable them to teach musical literacy, including aural and theory skills, in an engaging and structured manner. The students will develop their understanding of the fundamental links between various musical skills, such as sight reading, memorisation, aural acuity and theoretical understanding. They will explore integrated learning plans and teaching methods that maximise the development of general musicianship. The course includes a focus on the skills essential for expressive musical performance, including: concentrated listening, critical appraisal, stylistic awareness, tone production, and sense of phrasing. The course also explores various approaches that can be undertaken to help to maximise engagement with classical and symphonic music with students of all ages.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MUSEP 2101
    Course Music Education in Theory and Practice 2A
    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 assignment 1 20%, Teaching materials assignment 2 25%, Class presentation 25%, 1500 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 learning processes that contribute to the development of musical literacy.
    2. Develop awareness of relevant research literature related to the development of musical literacy and the understanding of theoretical concepts.
    3. Present an analysis and demonstration of significant teaching or listening repertoire.
    4. Participate in discussions about integrated learning processes.
    5. Develop knowledge of the diversity of the Classical Music genre, as well as teaching methods to engage students of a range of ages with Classical 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, 3, 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
    1, 3, 4, 5
    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, 4, 5
    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
    2, 4, 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
    1, 2, 4
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Booth, E. 'The Music Teaching Artist's Bible: Becoming a Virtuoso Educator', Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009, available inline, 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.
    Recommended Resources
    Additional course materials will be posted on Canvas MyUni, including articles, digital readings and links to videos and websites.
    Online Learning
    Online Discussion Boards 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 develops a deep understanding of creative processes in music education, through a combination of 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.

    1x 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: Overview of Musical Literacy
    Week 2: Understanding of the historical context
    Week 3: Sight reading, theory and memorisation 
    Week 4: Singing and playing in developing musical understanding
    Week 5: Developing integrated learning plans
    Week 6: Theoretical concepts
    Week 7: Approaches to listening with different age groups
    Week 8: The role of Classical Music in 21st Century Music Education
    Week 9: Increasing engagement with Classical Music
    Week 10: Development of key performance skills
    Week 11: "
    Week 12: Development of listening skills
    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 Assignment 1: 20%, Course Learning Outcomes 1, 5
    Teaching Materials Assignment 2: 25%, Course Learning Outcomes 4
    Class presentation: 25%, Course Learning Outcomes 1, 3, 4, 5
    1500 word essay, 30%, Course Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Compulsory attendance of seminars.
    Assessment Detail
    Teaching Materials Assignment 1: Teaching of theoretical concepts, 20% 
    Teaching Materials Assignment 2: Teaching resources for engagement with Classical Music, 25%
    Class Presentation: Analysis and demonstration of significant instrumental teaching repertoire or listening repertoire: 25%
    1500 word essay: students will be required to write a 1500 word essay on the development of musical literacy: 30%

    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 will now be delivered online. There are different options for the oral submission: ideally all will be delivered during online group Zoom sessions, however if this is not possible due to technical difficulties they can be delivered in a video link with the Lecturer, or uploaded as a file, or emailed as a video file to the Lecturer.

    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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