Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSir Zelman Cowen School of Music
OfferedClayton Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mr John Garzoli


This unit is an introduction to the main policies and practices in music education. It examines Australian curricula and the role of the music teacher in the advocacy of music education. Focusing on classroom and instrumental teaching, the unit examines and analyses various approaches to teaching improvisation and more specifically jazz and world music as well as composition. Attention is paid to music education in select overseas countries to provide a comparison to the Australian context.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will:

  1. Be familiar with the main policies and debates surrounding music education in Australia
  2. Understand the main methodologies of classroom, ensemble and individual instrumental and vocal teaching.
  3. Critically evaluate the similarities and differences in music education practices internationally
  4. Be able to articulate a personal philosophy of music education.


Written work: 70%
Written exam: 30%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

2 hours per week

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