Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Curriculum Design, Development and Evaluation

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Arts, Open Communities and Adult Education

DESCRIPTION This study-unit introduces students to the most eminent music philosophers and the curriculum. This study-unit is an overview of Music Education in school settings. Students learn concepts and approaches to the development and organisation of the music curriculum for general music and special subject option. This study-unit provides a structured opportunity for students to develop innovative and original curriculum resources. The position of music within the curriculum will also be explored.

There is an emphasis on practical engagement whilst developing understranding of theoretical perspectives. The student's teaching and learning will be extended to subject matter, use of particular strategies and use of equipment in relation to current educational initiatives.

Study-Unit Aims:

This study-unit aims to:
- Provide students with an in-depth grounding in all fields of the music curriculum.
- Introduce student teachers to the music curriculum so that they will be able to apply it within the general teaching situations and settings.
- Prepare students to be the music educators of today and tomorrow.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Discuss the philosophical and social foundations underlying music education
- Review and identify current methods and materials available in all fields levels Music Education
- Consolidate the process involved in becoming a successful music teacher through the acquisition of a basic traditional and contemporary knowledge of practical teaching techniques and the opportunity to observe and work under successful members of the music teaching profession. Music student teachers will be expected to:
    - Plan curriculum and instruction.
    - Deliver effective instruction.
    - Manage classroom environment.
    - Promote equity
    - Meet professional responsibilities.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to implement the music curriculum through actual school experience.

This enables the student to:
- Plan sequential schemes of work, lesson plans and learning activities.
- Draw results of assessments to identify teaching strategies.
- Identify appropriate reading materials and resources for promoting further learning.
- Identify concepts and skills needed for the learning activities.
- Plan lessons effectively.
- Use technology appropriately.
- Plan strategies for integrating students with disabilities in the music classroom.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts:

- Elliott, D. J. (1995). Music Matters: A New Philosophy of Music Education. OUP.
- Swanwick, K. (1996). A Basis for Music Education. Routledge.
- Philpott, C. and Plummeridge, C. (2001). Issues in Music Teaching. Routledge - Falmer.
- Pitts, S. (2012). Chances and Choices: Exploring the Impact of Music Education. OUP.
- Jorgensen, E. R. (2011). Pictures of Music Education. Indiana University Press.

Supplementary Readings:

- Philpott, C. and Spruce, G. (2012). Debates in Music Teaching. Routledge.
- Colwell, R. and Webster, P. R. (2011). Menc. Handbook of Research on Music Learning. Vol.I: Strategies. OUP.
- Colwell, R. and Webster, P. R. (2011). Menc. Handbook of Research on Music Learning. Vol.II: Applications. OUP.
- Finney, J. and Lawrence, F. (2013). MasterClass in Music Education. Transforming Teaching and Learning. Bloomsbury Academic.
- Ashworth, D. (2014). Teaching Music: Practical Strategies for KS 3. Music Sales Ltd.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Performance and Placement

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Practical SEM2 Yes 10%
Placement SEM2 Yes 10%
Assignment SEM2 Yes 80%

LECTURER/S Moira Azzopardi Barbieri

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