Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Methods and Materials for Teaching Instrumental Music

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Arts, Open Communities and Adult Education

DESCRIPTION This study-unit is an overview of musical content and innovative pedagogical practices of instrumental techniques and musical skills. Student teachers reflect upon, discuss and develop knowledge of the issues relevant to instrumental music education. Participants are also introduced to the techniques of conducting.

Study-Unit Aims:

- To assist students in planning and deliver vocal and instrumental techniques, pedagogy and literature related to individual or group performance.
- To assist students in how to prepare pupils for performances and examinations whilst developing an in depth understanding of individual, group and ensemble skills.
- To foster skilled musicians capable of positive attitudes towards teaching and are able to impart a love of music to their pupils.
- To assist students in how to prepare young musicians for performances, rehearsals, stage presence, sectional and private practice routines.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- list and select teaching strategies drawn from a variety of different styles.
- recall and reproduce a high level of originality when presenting musical concepts.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- perform on an instrument with a high degree of professionalism.
- communicate basic principles of technique, intonation, tone, sight-reading, interpretation, practice, improvisation, memorization and repertoire.
- prepare pupils for public performances, school concerts, recitals, playing in community events, festivals and holiday courses.
- direct a musical performance such as an orchestral or choral concert.
- choose works to be performed and study of scores.
- attend to organizational matters.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts:

- Harris, P. (2014). Simultaneous Learning: The Definitive Guide. Faber Music Ltd.
- Harris, P. (2012). The Virtuoso Teacher. faber Music Ltd.
- Burwell, K. (2012). Studio Based Instrumental Learning. Ashgate.

Supplementary Readings:

- Mills, J. (2008). Instrumental Teaching. Oxford University Press.
- Harris, P. (2006). Improve Your Teaching: An Essential Handbook for Instrumental and Singing Teacher. Faber Music Ltd.
- Burton, S. L. (2012). Engaging Musicalo Practices: A Source Book for Instrumental Music. R&L Education.
- Mixon, K. (2011). Reaching and Teaching All Instrumental Music Students. R&L Education.
- Kohut, D. L. (1996). Instrumental Music Pedagogy: Teaching Techniques for Schools. Stipes Publishing L.L.C.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Performance

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM2 Yes 20%
Presentation SEM2 Yes 30%
Practical SEM2 Yes 50%

LECTURER/S Jesmond Grixti

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