Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Issues and Trends in Teaching and Learning

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Arts, Open Communities and Adult Education

DESCRIPTION This study-unit will help students to develop their teaching in a stimulating way using different methodologies to engage and inspire students in middle and secondary schools. this course promotes activity, creation and discovery; it will approach composition through listening, playing and improvisation. Vocal and choral techniques, literature and organisational practice appropriate to vocal ensemble will be explored.

The general focus will be on developing the most creative and effective teaching to ensure that the pupils are motivated, inspired and engaged.

Study-Unit Aims:

This study-unit is intended to:
- provide concepts and approaches to the organisation and development of music education as these apply to general music teaching.
- develop listening and performing skills alongside those of composing.
- introduce students to strategies and skills required for reflective classroom music teaching.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- establish the appropriate techniques required in vocal teaching.
- identify methodologies for teaching individual and group composition.
- define evaluative techniques for assessing their own teaching and learning experiences.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- apply vocal techniques (breathing, tone production, articulation and diction) as part of their music teaching and practice for school performances.
- compose music for individual and ensemble using instructional software, thus enhancing the music composition process.
- evaluate students' compositions and performances.

Evaluation of Compositions
The following characteristics will be analysed and assessed:
- Musical concepts and originality
- Notation
- Structure
- Use of technologies
- Use of variety of styles, periods and genres

Evaluation of Performances
- Performance as a solo player or as a member of a chamber group.
- Improvisation skills.
- Interpretation of a range of repertoire of different styles, periods and genres during live performances.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts:

- Price, J. (2011). Teaching Secondary Music. Sage Publications Ltd.
- Herbert, R. (2011). Everyday Music Listening: Absorption, Dissociation and Trancing. Ashgate Publishing Ltd.
- Knight, T. (2011). The Survival of your Choir. Spartan Press.

Supplementary Readings:

- Spruce, G. (2002). Aspects of Teaching Secondary Music: Perspectives on Practice. Routledge Farmer.
- Hobbs, L. and Campbell, V. V. (2012). Changing Voices: Songs within an octave for Teenage Male Singers. Peters / C.F. Musikverlag.
- Philpott, C. (2006). Learning to Teach Music in the Secondary School. A companion to School Experience. Routledge.
- Ashley, M. (2015). Singing in the Lower Secondary School. Oxford University Press.
- Alan, C. (2008). GCSE Music Composition Workbook. Rhinegold publishing.
- Hoffer, C. R. (2000). Teaching Music in the Secondary School. Schirmer.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Project

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Project SEM1 Yes 10%
Assignment SEM1 Yes 40%
Aural SEM1 Yes 50%

LECTURER/S Mariella Cassar

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