MUSC5003 Foundations in Music Pedagogy

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
This unit is designed to develop and enhance the student's knowledge and understanding of the elements of music as required for teaching music from the elementary level to secondary and tertiary levels. Philosophical, psychological, and pedagogical perspectives are the foundation from which the students pursue their research. This is accomplished by considering historically accepted practice and current modes of teaching across international programs. Each student sets personal goals for developing new curricular and practical applications based on their own research. This unit is a compulsory unit in the Master of Music International Pedagogy (coursework and dissertation) (12550) and Master of Music International Pedagogy (coursework) (12570). It is also open to students enrolled in other majors and degree pathways who fulfil the prerequisites and who have an interest in teaching music.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an awareness of best practice in music pedagogy; (2) demonstrate the ability to develop a spiral curriculum which addresses the teaching of all elements of music; (3) demonstrate the ability to efficiently diagnose performance problems in rehearsal and in the classroom; (4) acquire a well grounded philosophy of music which demonstrates global awareness and embraces student-centered learning; (5) demonstrate the ability to apply the tenets of educational psychology to ensure student-centred learning; and (6) demonstrate the ability to adjust teaching modes based on the knowledge and understanding of the variety of styles in which people learn.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) in-class/online individual presentation; (2) in-class/online cohort presentation; and (3) written submissions. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Alan Lourens
Contact hours
This is an on-campus residency unit. Pre-residency synchronous online class: 4 hours; on-campus residency face-to-face classes: 24 hours; post-residency asynchronous online cohort sessions: 8 hours
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
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  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.