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 Louise Jenkins


This unit is Part B of a two-part unit and must be taken in conjunction with Part A (EDF4883).


This unit further develops the understandings of teaching and learning methods and major ideas useful in contemporary music education.. It expands the knowledge and understandings developed in EDF4883 Music education education in the secondary years 2A. In particular, the unit explores major music methodologies such as Kodaly, Dalcroze, Yamaha and Suzuki and the possible application of these methodolgies to the secondary classroom. Students will be encouraged to share their past experiences in these methodologies, by reflecting on their own past, they may build a better understanding and basis for future practice as educators. The unit employs a pedagogical approach that connects theoretical and experiential learning, understanding these embedded practices to be interrelated and interdependent. This experiential learning will be furthered by the students' involvement in a class musical production, the components of which will have been developed by the students themselves. Through the process of planning for, and rehearsing the production, the students will experience directly the process that their own secondary school students will experience in the preparation of a school musical production.


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, manage and present a school musical production
  3. expand their understanding of experiential music teaching and learning and reflected on supporting practices that can enhance school music education
  4. develop an understanding of various crucial music education methodolgies and the skills to incorporate elements of these methodolgies in the secondary classroom
  5. expand their understanding of the diversity of strategies, pedagogies and disciplines that will inform their work as music educators.


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


EDF4883 Music education in the secondary years 2A or EDF4110 Arts education


EDF4882 Music education in the secondary years 1B


EDF4418 Music education 2