Music Education Core Units
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.
MUED1004 Non Western Music
Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Chair of Unit Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 2hr workshop/wk Assessment: Participation; performance; regular submission of written reports; major assignment. (100%)
An important expectation of all music educators is the ability to teach from a perspective which acknowledges the cultural dimensions of music. To encourage the development of this perspective, this unit provides students with the opportunity to study a musical culture through direct experience of it, and to analyse the implications for teaching and learning that this presents. Issues dealing with methodologies of teaching, learning and research; ethical considerations; and the availability and applications of resources are covered in the unit.
MUED1006 Significant Methods
Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Chair of Unit Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2 hr workshop/wk Assessment: Written assignment; design of learning experiences which demonstrate an understanding of relevant method(s) (100%)
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit will provide students with an opportunity to develop knowledge of, and teaching skills relating to significant music education methods. Students will focus on a number of internationally recognised approaches to teaching music, for example those developed by Kodaly and Orff, as well as more recent innovations from the 20th and 21st centuries. Students will participate in learning experiences which develop their musical knowledge and are suitable for application to a variety of teaching situations, especially classroom teaching.
MUED1008 Fundamentals of Teaching
Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Jennifer Rowley Session: Semester 1 Classes: One 2 hr workshop/week Prohibitions: GENS1000 Assessment: Research Activity Report 1000 wds (30%), Essay 1000 wds (30%), Electronic Group poster & presentation (30%), ePortfolio task (10%)
Examining the theory and practice of how to teach and how students learn music is important for intending teachers of music. 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 understanding of and effective use of pedagogy. The goal of this unit of study is the development of reflective classroom music teachers, who can design, implement and evaluate effective teaching and learning experiences. This unit of study covers: the roles of schools; relationships between schools, teachers and learners; recognition, discussion and demonstration of a variety of appropriate teaching strategies for music; methods for creating positive and reflective learning environments supporting learning for all students; principles underlying theoretical models of pedagogy; practices of theoretical models for effective teaching and learning; understanding of relationships between teaching and learning.
MUED1009 Psychology of Learning and Instruction
Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Chair of Unit Session: Semester 2 Classes: One 2 hr workshop/week Prohibitions: GENS1001 Assessment: Two eLearning discussion postings (20%), Essay 1000-15000 wds (30%), Group tut presentation (10%), Lesson plan and analysis (30%), Class preparation and participation (10%)
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 empirical research and understandings of psychology relevant to educational settings.
MUED2000 Adolescent Development
Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Jennifer Rowley Session: Semester 1 Classes: One 2 hr workshop/week Prerequisites: MUED1009 or GENS1001 and MUED1008 or GENS1000 Prohibitions: GENS2000 Assessment: Case study (30%), Seminar presentation (20%), Essay 1500 wds (40%), ePortfolio (10%)
This unit of study explores the study of developmental psychology with a major emphasis on the change and development unique to adolescence. The impetus of the unit of study is the question "What is developmental psychology?", and this is examined through different approaches to the study of human development through cognitive, social, emotional and biological influences. A summary of the milestones in human development from infancy throughout childhood is undertaken through a review of Piaget's Theory from the unit of study, Psychology of Learning and Instruction. The transition from the concrete operational stage (childhood) to formal operations (adolescence) in a school music classroom is the focus of study. The major emphasis of this unit of study is on adolescence; adolescence and family, peer and personal relationships; development of identity; exploration of issues in adolescence such as moral dilemmas, rebellion and peer influence; research and theories related to these topics and their implications for secondary school classroom teaching and music education are discussed. Aspects of social cognition are discussed through various scenarios that adolescence presents to teachers in secondary school classrooms.
MUED2605 Children, Music and Educational Settings
Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Assoc Prof Kathy Marsh Session: Semester 2 Classes: A combination of classes (3 hrs x 5 weeks plus 2 hrs x 4 weeks) and professional experience (practice teaching) in schools Prerequisites: MUED1006 and MUED1008 Assessment: Annotated bibliography and syllabus discussion; planning, teaching and evaluating of music experiences; assessment of teaching competence in relation to stipulated criteria (100%).
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.
MUED2301 Music Learning Through Community Service
Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Jennifer Rowley Session: Semester 1 Classes: 4 x 1 hr lectures plus 2 hours/week in schools Assessment: Written Report 1,500 words (50%), Presentation 1,500 words (50%)
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit of study allows students to apply their musical knowledge to the broader NSW community as they engage in specifically designed music programs for low socioeconomic and disadvantaged students in schools and other community based settings in Sydney. Students will choose a project that will involve providing music education services to identified schools and community-based organisations in the local community.
MUED3031 Survey of Jazz History
Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Chair of Unit Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1 hr lecture, 1 hour workshop/wk Assessment: live gig report (10%), teaching sequence and tut presentation (60%), exam (30%)
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 an overview of the development of jazz from its earliest stages to the present. The approach will be one of analysis of stylistic characteristics of the different types of jazz. It is especially designed for students in the BMus(MusEd) degree program for whom it is a core requirement, but is also available to students in other degree programs (apart from Jazz Performance students). Lecture material will be supplemented by practical workshops involving performance and introduction to improvisation, and soloing techniques.
MUED3602 Teaching Music: Junior Secondary School
Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Michael Webb Session: Semester 2 Classes: A combination of classes (6 hrs x 6 weeks) and professional experience in schools Prerequisites: MUED2605, MUED1008, MUED1009 and MUED2000 Assessment: Written discussion of set readings and ideas and principles covered in Unit of Study sessions; development of a classroom management plan; the design and submission of a junior secondary music teaching and learning sequence incorporating the use of technology; and the delivery before peers of a lesson developed according to prescribed teaching and learning principles (100%)
This Unit of Study prepares students for careers in secondary music teaching. Current junior secondary syllabus documents are analysed, pedagogical theories are examined and practical strategies for teaching group listening, performance, creative and musicological skills and understandings are explored. Areas addressed include lesson planning, programming, classroom management, and resource selection and development. Technology and media issues related to music education are also considered. All of these components are studied in the broader context of creating and sustaining a challenging classroom learning environment. This unit of study includes the second Professional Experience (practice teaching) session of the Music Education degree program.
MUED3603 Composition in Music Education
Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Chair of Unit Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2 hour workshop/week Prerequisites: MUED1002 or MUED4002 Assessment: Composition (50%), design of composition task (50%).
This unit of study will examine the teaching and learning of composition in schools. Through the completion of small composition exercises, particularly using recent Australian compositions as a model, students will develop strategies to successfully integrate composition in 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%).
Note: Note: 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.
MUED4002 Technology in Music Education
Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Chair of Unit Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2 hour seminar/week Prohibitions: MUED1002 Assessment: PA setup (30%), Preparation of teaching kit (70%)
This unit will explore the possibilities offered by technology in music teaching and learning. Representative software packages for sequencing, aural training and computer-aided notation will be examined. Students will explore the potential of sound recording and the manipulation of sound files on a computer in a software environment such as GarageBand and Logic, and the associated copyright issues. Management of students within the computer and keyboard labs will be considered. The primary assessments will be the development of a small website that integrates audiovisual content, and an exercise in setting up/running a PA system.
MUED4006 Popular Music Studies
Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Michael Webb Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2hr workshop/wk Assessment: Presentation (30%), reports (25%), assignment (45%).
The purpose of this unit is to examine methods for teaching popular music. This includes study of relevant literature, investigation of the place of popular music in music education, analysis methods suitable for popular music, composition and performance of popular music, and technology aspects of popular music studies.
MUED4602 Senior Secondary Music Education
Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Michael Webb Session: Semester 1 Classes: 3 hour seminar/week Prerequisites: MUED3602 Assessment: Student presentation/s; reading assignments; major assignment (100%)
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: Assoc Prof Kathy Marsh Session: Semester 1 Classes: 3 hours seminar/week Assumed knowledge: It is strongly recommended that students have completed MUED2605 Children, Music & Educational Settings, and MUED3602 Teaching Music in the Junior Secondary School Assessment: reading assignment, fieldwork assignment and seminar presentation (100%)
This unit 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: Dr Jennifer Rowley Session: Semester 2 Classes: One 1 hr lecture and 3 hr seminar/week Prerequisites: MUED3602 and MUED4602 Corequisites: MUED4633 Assessment: Action research project related to reflective evaluation of teaching which involves a proposal (20%) and a presentation of project findings (20%), Seminar presentation (20%), Essay or Case Study (30%), ePortfolio (web folio) (10%)
This unit of study assists students in making their final transition into music teaching professionals. 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 and gender issues to explore of aspects of individual difference (cognitive, social, emotional and physical). In combination with the practical teaching experience in the associated unit of study, Professional Experience, this unit provides a foundation and opportunities 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: Dr Jennifer Rowley Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 36-40 days placement in a school. Prerequisites: MUED3602 and MUED4602 Corequisites: MUED4632 Assessment: Professional Experience Report (100%)
This unit of study provides the final professional experience for music education students. The program consists of a nine-week teaching block in a New South Wales secondary school. Students will be required to teach both junior and senior secondary school music classes 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.