Music Education Core Units

Subject details

The following is ordered alphabetically by area, and contains the non-principal study core units of study for all undergraduate degrees and diplomas. Many of these core units of study can also be taken as electives.

Music Education

MUED1004 Non Western Music

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Michael Webb Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1 x 2 hour workshop/week Assessment: Participation; performance; regular submission of written reports; major assignment. (100%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Music educators today must be equipped to teach from a perspective that acknowledges the cultural dimensions of music. Contributing to the development of such a perspective, this unit of study provides students with the opportunity to encounter a musical culture and nonfamiliar music system through direct practical experience, and to consider the implications this presents for teaching and learning. Issues including methodologies of teaching, learning and research; ethical considerations; and the availability and applications of resources are covered in the unit. In some years this unit may be offered in a field location.
MUED1005 Key Approaches in Music Education

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Professor Kathryn Marsh Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1 x 2 hour workshop per week Assessment: Written review (50%), Devise teaching/learning sequences (40%), Practical in-class demonstration (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: NB: Department permission required for enrolment by students not enrolled in BMus (Music Ed)
This unit will provide students with an opportunity to develop knowledge of and teaching skills related to music education approaches that have influenced current practice. Students will focus on a number of internationally recognised approaches to teaching music, including those developed by Orff and Kodály; Comprehensive Musicianship, and the creativity movements of the 1960s and 1970s. More recent approaches reflecting multiculturalism, globalization, mediated learning, constructivism, Informal Learning and forms of enculturation and musical creativity evident in children's musical worlds will also be explored.
MUED1007 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islands Music

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Michael Webb Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2 hr lecture/workshop per week Assessment: Readings/film discussion group task (25%), Song performance task (35%), Seminar presentation (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit comprises an introduction to the music and dance expressions of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in their various geographical, historical, social and cultural settings. The Unit provides students with a broad understanding of Australian indigenous societies, past and present, and introduces them to issues of ethical responsibility involved in the study of Australian indigenous music and dance. It examines the implications of language and music 'loss' and sustainability, and addresses a range of practical issues related to the incorporation of Australian indigenous music within school music education programs.
Textbooks
Reynolds, Henry, 1981. The Other Side of the Frontier: Aboriginal Resistance to the European Invasion of Australia. UNSW.
MUED1008 Fundamentals of Teaching

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Professor Jennifer Rowley Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1 x 2 hour workshop/week Assessment: Research reflection 1000 wds (30%), Lesson planning and assessment (40%), Eportfolio personal profile and electronic poster (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Examining the theory and practice of how to teach and how students learn music is important for intending teachers. This unit of study provides strategies and skills for reflective classroom music teaching. It is based around the need for teachers to create appropriate learning experiences through the understanding and effective use of pedagogy. The goal of this unit of study is the development of reflective music teachers, who can design, implement and evaluate effective teaching and learning experiences. As an introductory education unit, this unit of study will introduce and develop content related to: principles underlying theoretical models of pedagogy for effective teaching and learning; principles of effective lesson planning; a range of teaching strategies using both traditional and digital resources that meet the needs of classroom learners from diverse backgrounds with a range of learning needs, styles and abilities; methods for creating positive and reflective learning environments that support learning for all students; principles of theoretical models of management that promote positive behaviours for learning; principles of assessment, particularly the use and creation of rubrics; principles of educational policies related to curriculum, administration and child protection; and the incorporation of critical, creative and higher order thinking as a means of catering to 21st century students.
MUED1009 Psychology of Learning and Instruction

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Professor Jennifer Rowley Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial/week Assessment: Collaborative Learning task (20%), Essay 1000 wds (30%), Group tutorial presentation (15%), Lesson plan and analysis Quiz (25%), ePortfolio task (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit introduces the study of the psychology to learning and instruction, presenting an overview of the historical relationships between education and psychology, and how cognitive research informs educational practices. It develops students' understandings of psychology's applicability to music education through discussion of relevant research, participation in class activities, and consideration of real-life situations. It aims to develop students' understanding of learners, the learning process, and how educators can optimise music instruction through adopting best practices based on research and understandings of psychology relevant to educational settings.
MUED1010 Key Ideas in Music Education

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Michael Webb Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1 x 2 hour workshop per week Assessment: ePortfolio reflection on music teaching relating to class readings and content (15%), Script of imaginary debate on contrasting approaches to music education (35%), Scripting, performance and filming of an excerpt from a children's TV program based on a newly composed song (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
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.
Textbooks
Burnard, P. & Murphy, R. 2013. Teaching Music Creatively. Routledge.
MUED2605 Children, Music and Educational Settings

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Professor Kathryn Marsh, A/Prof Jennifer Rowley Session: Semester 2 Classes: A combination of classes (2 hrs x 10 weeks) and professional experience (practice teaching) in schools for 15 days Prerequisites: MUED1008 Assessment: Syllabus and primary music discussion; planning, teaching and evaluating of music experiences; assessment of teaching competence in relation to stipulated criteria (100%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit develops the knowledge and skills fundamental to the planning, teaching and evaluation of effective music learning experiences for children in the primary school. Students will participate in a range of practical activities in order to acquire a repertoire of developmentally appropriate music experiences for teaching and learning in K-6 settings. Students will become familiar with the approaches of current music and creative arts curriculum documents and resources, and will plan and implement sequential music experiences which facilitate the children's development of musical creativity, skills and concepts and which incorporate cultural diversity. This unit incorporates the first practice teaching experience in primary schools (Professional Experience 1). The Professional Experience is graded Pass/Fail only and consists of 7 single days and an eight day block in a primary school under the supervision of a classroom teacher. See Professional Experience 1 Handbook for further details.
MUED2606 Adolescent Development and Behaviour

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Professor Jennifer Rowley Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1 x 2 hour workshop per week Prerequisites: MUED2605 and MUED1009 and MUED1008 Corequisites: MUED3605 Assessment: Case study and seminar presentation (25%), Behaviour management plan and evaluation (30%), Essay (35%), ePortfolio task (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study provides students with a broadly based view of the issues and challenges faced by teachers of adolescents in a high school setting. It is essential for the development of music educators and is designed to prepare students for secondary school Professional Experience. It explores the development unique to adolescents and the changes in behaviour through a study of developmental psychology. How does cognitive, social, emotional and biological changes influence adolescent behaviour in schools? The transition from childhood to adolescence is investigated and the major research and theories related to behaviour management are discussed. Topics studied are: adolescence and family, peer and personal relationships; development of identity; creating and managing learning environments; exploration of issues in adolescence such as moral dilemmas, rebellion and peer influence and their implications for high school classroom music teaching. Aspects of social cognition are discussed through the various scenarios that adolescents present to teachers in secondary school classrooms. With a substantive focus on developmental psychology and behavior management principles and practices, it contributes to the development of graduate teacher standards set by the teacher's accreditation body (AITSL).
MUED3031 Teaching Jazz in Secondary School

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Michael Webb Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1 hr lecture, 1 hour workshop/wk Assessment: Teaching sequence (30%), Tutorial presentation (45%), Essay (25%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: This unit is not available for Jazz Performance students unless they are enrolled in BMus (Music Education).
This unit of study provides students with a broad overview of the development of jazz from its earliest stages to the present and from its origins in New Orleans to its contemporary expressions in Australia, Europe and elsewhere. An understanding of key stylistic and technical aspects of jazz will be undertaken through immersion in jazz-related skills of listening and transcription as well as idiomatic improvisation, which are developed progressively through weekly workshops.The unit is designed for students in the BMus(MusEd) degree program for whom it is a core requirement. Bringing an instrument to weekly sessions is mandatory - pianists should acquire a melodion for the unit.
MUED3603 Composition in Music Education

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr James Humberstone Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2 hour workshop/week Assessment: Composition (50%), design of composition task (50%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study will examine the teaching and learning of composition in schools. Through the completion of small-scale composition exercises using recent Australian compositions as a model, students will develop strategies to successfully integrate composition into their teaching and experience ways in which composition can be seen as a site of music learning. Students will survey sampling, sequencing and notation software, develop skills in software evaluation suitable for composition, and discuss how technology can enhance the teaching and learning of composition. Strategies for assessing composition work will be considered.
MUED3604 Ensemble Pedagogy

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Michael Webb Session: Semester 2 Classes: Three 2-hr workshops per week for 6 weeks Assessment: Submission of an arrangement/composition in short score of two pieces of music, for choral and for mixed instrumental ensemble; submission of original composition or arrangement in detailed full score using notation software; planning and conducting of rehearsal session; submission of written rehearsal plan and written self-evaluation based on video of session (100%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: NB: Department permission required for enrolment by students not enrolled in BMus (Music Ed)
Choral and/or instrumental ensemble programs are a significant component of school music education and commonly involve the music teacher in various musical roles in addition to those of co-ordinator and/or administrator. This Unit of Study is creative and practical in nature and provides students with both a general understanding of the fundamental components of school choral and instrumental work and a more detailed understanding of how to establish, maintain and sustain successful school choral and instrumental music programs. Key pedagogical issues are considered and relevant skills are practised, including creating scores and leading and conducting rehearsals.
MUED3605 Teaching Junior Secondary Music

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Michael Webb Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1 x 1 hr Lecture; 1 x 2 hour workshop per week Prerequisites: MUED2605 Assessment: Development of two classroom music teaching resources (30%); Devising of teaching/learning sequences of activities (50%); Practical in-class demonstration (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This Unit of Study considers approaches to teaching music in a junior secondary school context (Years 7-10) and contributes to preparing students for a career in the challenging field of music education. Current syllabus documents are analysed, approaches to music curriculum construction are discussed, and pedagogical theories are examined. Repertoire, technology and media issues related to music education are addressed, as is resource selection and development. All of these components are studied in the broader context of creating and managing an engaging classroom learning environment and the fostering of self-motivated learners. This Unit of Study leads to a secondary school Professional Experience component in Semester 2.
MUED3606 Professional Experience 2

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Professor Jennifer Rowley Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1 x 2 hour workshop for 6 weeks; 6 weeks of block practice teaching in schools (30 days) Prerequisites: MUED2605, MUED2606, MUED3605 Assessment: Professional Experience Report (80%); Evaluation of behaviour plan (10%), ePortfolio task self reflection on teaching (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study examines the practice of how to teach and how students learn in a junior secondary music classroom (Years 7-10). The second professional experience is a 6 week block practice teaching for 5 days a week and is designed to help you become a reflective classroom music teacher who utilizes appropriate pedagogy, creates valuable musical learning experiences and appropriate behavior management strategies through effective student engagement in the junior secondary school. The workshops each week outside of the professional experience placement will continue the work covered in Teaching Junior Secondary Music Education and Adolescent Development and Behaviour. This unit of study provides students with a practical application of the theory through a second Professional Experience and it contributes to the development of graduate teacher standards set by the teacher's accreditation body (AITSL).
MUED4006 Popular Music Studies

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr James Humberstone, Dr Michael Webb Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2hr workshop/wk Assessment: Presentation (30%), reports (25%), assignment (45%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit examines approaches to the teaching of popular music. This includes: a study of relevant literature, considerations of the place of popular music in music education, analysis methods suitable for popular music, composition and performance of popular music, and emerging technologies in relation to popular music studies.
MUED4602 Senior Secondary Music Education

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr James Humberstone Session: Semester 1 Classes: 3 hr lecture-seminar Prerequisites: MUED3605 and MUED3606 Assessment: Student presentation/s; reading assignments; major assignment (100%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study investigates the principles and practices of music teaching and learning at the senior secondary school level. It covers: aural skills, creativity, assessment, planning, repertoire, music analysis, musical understanding, resources and curriculum development. Musical content in this unit of study concentrates on music of the last 25 years with and Australian focus.
MUED4603 Cultural Diversity in Music Education

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Professor Kathryn Marsh Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1 hr lecture, 2 hours seminar Assessment: Personal rationale, fieldwork assignment and seminar presentation (100%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study prepares students to teach music in a culturally diverse society. Music of a range of cultures is investigated in relation to its structure and cultural context and varied approaches to teaching this music in a classroom context are explored. Provision is made for the collection, evaluation and development of music resources appropriate for teaching in culturally diverse educational settings.
MUED4632 Professional Issues in Music Education

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Professor Jennifer Rowley Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1 x 1 hr lecture and 1x 4 hr seminar/week Prerequisites: MUED4602 Corequisites: MUED4633 Assessment: Action research project proposal (20%) and presentation (20%), Seminar presentation (20%), Case Study (30%), ePortfolio task on professional identity development (10%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study assists students in making the transition to music teaching professional. It draws on knowledge and skills derived from previous units of study, and provides students with a broader view of the social and professional contexts of teaching with reference to local, national and international educational settings. It focuses on special education, educational sociology and gender issues to explore aspects of individual difference (cognitive, social, emotional and physical). In combination with the practical teaching experience in the associated unit of study, Professional Experience 3 (MUED 4633), this unit provides a foundation and opportunity for students to become reflective practitioners in the field of music education. The focus on individual needs of school students provides a specific perspective on special education required for teaching in NSW schools.
MUED4633 Professional Experience 3

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Professor Jennifer Rowley Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 36-40 days placement in a school. Prerequisites: MUED4602 Corequisites: MUED4632 Assessment: Professional Experience Report (100%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study provides the final professional experience for music education students. The program consists of a nine-week teaching block (4 days a week) in a New South Wales secondary school. Students will be required to teach both junior and senior secondary school music classes (Years 7-12) and undertake the daily responsibilities and activities of a music teacher. It is envisaged that in the final weeks of this unit students will be responsible for a music teacher's full day teaching program. This last practice teaching experience enables the student music teacher to put into practice theoretical and practical content of all previous music education courses completed in their four year degree. It provides experiences, through which student teachers further develop an understanding of the ethical and professional requirements of being a teacher, successfully communicate with their students and fellow teaching colleagues and become independent, self-motivated practicing music teachers.