Faculty of Education

Undergraduate, Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate, Postgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton Second semester 2013 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Renee Crawford


This unit is Part B of a two-part unit and must be taken in conjunction with Part A (EDF4881).


This unit builds on the key ideas and methods in teaching and learning music introduced in EDF4881 Music education in the secondary years 1A. Further, this unit supports all music teaching and learning including that offered by instrumental specialist teachers. It provides students with opportunities to develop their subject matter knowledge and skills relevant to teaching in secondary schools. The focus on this unit concentrates primarily on senior secondary school music. Students will be encouraged to refine their attitudes and approaches to music education through reflection and evaluation of both past and new experiences. This is particularly pertinent for class music educators, many of whom are already experienced instrumental teachers and music professionals. The unit employs a pedagogical approach that connects theoretical and experiential learning, understanding these embedded practices to be interrelated and interdependent. As part of this cycle of learning, students are expected to engage in planning, presenting and evaluating teaching sequences through critical reflection and analysis of pedagogical reasoning. Furthermore, it reinforces a view of learning about teaching as an ongoing, collaborative process.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. acquire a sound understanding of key theoretical and pedagogical perspectives and issues in the teaching of music
  2. translate conceptual ideas and practical processes about music and music engagement into classroom learning activities for students
  3. develop an understanding of a performative, experiential perspective on learning and its implications, and a variety of assessment techniques available, for use in diverse music education situations
  4. develop an understanding of senior seondary curriculum and assessment in music education
  5. develop competence in planning and implementing lessons and units of work
  6. expand their understanding of the diversity of learnings and musics experienced by their studentscolleagues and peers to inform their presentation of meaningful and engaging learning experiences
  7. acquire an understanding of holistic learning and teaching including the wide variety of learning and teaching strategies that support the connections between music theory and practice in developing a personal approach to teaching music.


Assessment Task 1: Written assignment (2000 words, 50%)
Assessment Task 2: Class presentation (2000 words equivalent, 50%)

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Average per week of 2 - 3 hours contact plus approximately 15 hours in self-directed study


EDF4881 Music education in the secondary years 1A or EDF4110 Arts education


EDF4417 Music education 1