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Unit Overview


Theory and practice in music education is the focus of this unit. It aims to develop an understanding of the principal historical, psychological, developmental and cultural influences on music teaching and learning, including the teaching of instruments and voice, classroom practice, choirs and ensembles. It examines the philosophical foundations of music and aesthetics in education; the role of music in society and in today's schools and private music studios; the personal and professional dimensions of music teaching; and provides an introduction to learning theories as applied to music teaching and learning.

This is a compulsory unit in the Specialist Music Studies major in the Bachelor of Arts degree. It is also open to students enrolled in other majors and degree pathways who fulfil the prerequisites and who have an interest in music.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) articulate a basis for music education that takes account of key principles and themes in the philosophies and practice of music education; (2) illustrate how learning theories relate to music teaching and learning across a range of contexts (e.g. early learning, primary school, high school, studio, instrument/vocal, lifelong learning, formal/informal); (3) demonstrate a critical awareness of key music education issues through observation, analysis and reflection in real-life music teaching/learning situations, and written accounts of selected music education themes; (4) apply music performance skills, musical leadership and related knowledge of key music education issues to the design, delivery and evaluation of a performance-based interactive 'artist in schools' project; and (5) explain the role of policy, planning and assessment as they relate to formal music teaching and learning in general and to local institutions and contexts in particular.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a pedagogy project plan and practical teaching reflection; (2) an observation journal; and (3) a peer teaching presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Mr Dale Pointon
Unit rules
any Level 2 Music (MUSC) unit
MUSC2610 Introduction to Music Teaching
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week
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