Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Creative Opportunities and Performances in Music Education

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Arts, Open Communities and Adult Education

DESCRIPTION This study-unit introduces students to the field of teaching music in a school setting. Lectures will focus on basic concepts in music education and the nature of learning whilst giving special importance to the music teacher's own practical skills and musicianship in the classroom. Students will be exposed to the following music theorists and educators, their objectives, methodologies and resources: Orff, Kodaly, Suzuki, Edwin Gordon and Dalcroze.

Students are required to learn the principles of designing creative lessons that develop children's skills in Recorder Playing, Movement, Singing, Listening and Ensemble Playing.

Study-Unit Aims:

- To engage students in musical and pedagogical practices that are relevant, contemporary and innovative, focussing on singing, movement, listening, ensemble techniques and creativity.
- To identify educational philosophies, classroom methods and materials associated with the predominant techniques of the leading music theorists and educators.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- discuss teaching skills related to music education that have influences in current practice.
- illustrate a number of internationally recognised approaches to teaching music especially those developed by Orff and Kodaly.
- review recent approaches reflected in informal learning, multiculturalism and musical creativity evident in children's musical spheres.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to demonstrate the correct technique in planning instrumental and vocalteaching in general music activities through:
- Listening.
- Identify by sight and sound the instrument.
- Identify AB, ABA, Rondo and Theme & Variations form.
- Listen and perform music to tempo and dynamics.
- Describe sounds heard with attention to tone colour.
- Distinguish between major/minor modes.
- Identify instruments and music from other cultures.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts:

- Burnard, P. and Murphy, R. (2013). Teaching Music Creatively. Routledge.
- Various. (2013). Classroom Projects - Incredible Music made by children in schools. Format: CD album JBH049CD. Label: Trunk Records UK.
- Stewart, J. (2012). Rhythmic Kinestetics. Alfred Publishing Co., Inc.
- Davies, N. (2012). The Niki Davies Book of Everyday Songs. Out of the Ark Publisher.
- Hickey, M. (2012). Music Outside the Lines. OUP.

Supplementary Readings:

- Macgregor, H. (2011). Singing Maths. A&C Black.
- Macgregor, H. (2011). Singing Spelling. A&C Black.
- Branscome, E. (2010). Music Board Game Workshop. Alfred Publishing Co., Inc.
- Eisenhauer, J. (2014). Classroom Music Games and Activities. Lorenz Educational Press.
- Goodkin, D. (2002). Play, Sing and Dance: An Introduction to Orff Schulwerk. Publisher: SCHOTT - EAMC.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Fieldwork

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM2 Yes 50%
Practical SEM2 Yes 50%


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