Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Innovation in Music Education

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Arts, Open Communities and Adult Education

DESCRIPTION This study-unit provides student teachers with the proper techniques needed to compose and perform music using new studio technologies. Also, it examines the pedagogical fundamentals of solo, small group, pop, jazz and large group ensemble. This study-unit focuses on ideas and concepts for individual and group composition projects. Students explore instructional software to create appropriate composition techniques.

The jazz improvisation workshop explores the basic techniques and procedures for improvising in jazz and other musical contexts. This study-unit analyses orchestration for wind, string and percussion groups as used in the primary and secondary schools.

Study-Unit Aims:

This study-unit aims to:
- incorporate technology into students' pedagogical practice.
- introduce students to jazz workshops, ensembles and performances.
- explore principles of Arranging for primary, middle and secondary school orchestra.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- describe basic concepts for developing effective curriculum activities and resources using music technology.
- review music literature for different combinations.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- perform in jazz workshops.
- explore a variety of digital media and technology assisted teaching and learning tools. These include: electronic and digital instruments, digital audiowork stations, audio recordings, audio recording software, auto-accompaniment software, mobile apps, music notation software, digital audio software, music production software, software and hardware audio mixers, audio recording hardware, audio recordings metronomes, audio/video recorders, websites, video sharing sites, podcasts and interactive whiteboards.
- design music arrangements for the following different ensembles:
    - Instrumental ensembles for secondary schools.
    - Vocal ensembles for secondary schools.
    - Jazz ensembles for secondary schools.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts:

- Freedman, B. (2013). Teaching Music Through Composition. Oxford University Press.
- Ventura, D. (2012). Understanding Popular Music. Rhinegold Publication.
- Winterson, J., NIckol, P., Bricheno, T. and Kaye, B. (2013). Pop Music: The Textbook. Peters.
- Martin, J. (2011). Music Technology Study Guide. Rhinegold Publication.

Supplementary Readings:

- Rhind-Tutt, M. (2009). Music Technology from Scratch. Rhinegold Publication.
- Hodson, R., Frankel, J., McCready, R. and Fein, Michael. (2010). Making Music with Garage Band and Mixcraft. Cengage Learning PTR.
- Davis, J. A. (ed). (2012). The Music History Classroom. Ashgate.
- Brincman, D. (2009). How to Orchestrate and Arrange Music. Pepe Perico.
- Sussman, R. and Abene, M. (2012). Jazz Composition and Arranging in the Digital Age.
- Watson, S. (2011). Using Technology to Unlock Musical Creativity. Oxford University Press.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Practical and Workshop

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM2 Yes 20%
Project SEM2 Yes 40%
Workshop SEM2 Yes 40%

LECTURER/S Moira Azzopardi Barbieri
Joseph Debono
Rene Mamo

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