Key Ideas in Music Education (MUED1010)


This unit will provide students with an opportunity to investigate a sequence of key ideas that contribute to an understanding of music as a performed, expressive system that is defined by specific historical and cultural situations and circumstances. It examines not only how music contributes to making us human, but also how humans conceptualise and experience music. Further, it concentrates on ways music is transmitted, a crucial precursor to understanding pedagogy as well as particular pedagogical approaches in music education. Such knowledge is essential for the effective teaching and learning of music in today's globalized and globalizing world.

Further unit of study information


1 x 2 hour workshop per week


Script of imaginary debate on Western focused versus pluralist music education OR Video diary of aural skill development in a musical tradition other than own (30%), Design of group workshop activity relating to 2 musical concepts, utilising two music learning activities and 2 forms of notation. OR Script, perform and film an excerpt from a children's television program based on a newly composed song (60%), Practical in-class demonstration of activities reflecting a knowledge of relevant learning/teaching approaches (10%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


MUED1000, MUED1000, MUED1000

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.