units

EDF4883

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 First semester 2013 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Louise Jenkins

Notes

This unit is Part A of a two-part unit and must be taken in conjunction with Part B (EDF4884).

Synopsis

This unit introduces students to the teaching and learning methods and major ideas useful in contemporary music education, particularly those that are essential for class music teachers. It expands the knowledge and understandings developed in EDF4881 and EDF4882 (Music education in the secondary years 1A and 1B). In particular, the unit explores issues and practices that surround the effective school music educator such as the establishment and management of school music departments, and the teaching, conducting and management of school performance ensembles (bands, choirs, orchestras and myriad ensemble arrangements). The unit considers the support that must be provided for all music teaching and learning in educational environments including that offered by instrumental specialist teachers. It focuses on the interrelationships and interdependencies between school music classroom teaching and learning and music performance practices. Students will be encouraged to share their past experiences in these areas, by reflecting on their own past, they may build a better understanding and basis for future practice as educators. This is particularly pertinent as most (if not all) students will already be experienced instrumental teachers and music professionals. It will also reposition students as novice learners of unfamiliar instruments (classroom recorder, guitar, keyboards, etc.) to explore effective teaching and learning and to develop recognition of the importance of the vital connections between theory and practice. In addition there will be discussion of the tensions inherent in advocacy issues for music both within and beyond the school.

Outcomes

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

  1. acquire a sound understanding of significant issues that surround effective teaching and learning in music, particularly school music departments
  2. develop the understandings and skills to plan, present and manage school music ensembles and performances
  3. develop the skills and understandings to enable them to teach class instrumental music, at all times linking theory to practice
  4. develop an understanding of the challenges of positioning music within the school and the wider community.

Assessment

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

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

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

Prerequisites

36 credit points (with at least 12 points at each of levels two and three) in music which includes practical music or 36 credit points (with at least 12 points at each of levels two and three) in music together with AMEB Grade VI or year 12 practical music or 36 credit points (with at least 12 points at each of levels two and three) in music which includes practical music specialising in one or more musical instruments.

Co-requisites

EDF4881 Music education in the secondary years 1A

Prohibitions

EDF4110 Arts education