Principles of Studio Pedagogy (VSAO5022)


The unit promotes dialogue across teaching specialisations and focuses on three broad areas related to studio pedagogy. First, aspects of educational psychology, such as the cognition, motivation, and self-regulation will be examined within a developmental context. Second, the psychology of music will be applied to the development of musical performance and perceptual skills. Third, research on effective teaching within and beyond the music studio will be addressed, including aspects of cultural context, curriculum, and assessment. A critical engagement in a range of research literature and scholarly writing skills are developed throughout the unit of study. Online reading and research tasks through the elearning site will be a part of this unit in preparation for students' electronic portfolio development. A practical implementation of pedagogical principles is practised through peer-teaching.

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Oral presentation and write-up 40%, Micro lesson plan and 2000 word reflection report 40%, Portfolio task 20%

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