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EDF6324 - European perspectives on music education

12 points, SCA Band 0, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Education

Leader: Dr R Smith


Clayton Second semester 2007 (Off-campus)


This unit focuses on investigation of principles and practices of music education in selected European countries, focusing on traditions and methodologies that have had international influence. The role of music in society and the institutions involved in music education will be considered, as well as curriculum issues and methodologies in countries such as Germany, Austria and Hungary, focusing on Kodaly, Orff and Dalcroze approaches to music education. An optional field trip is offered of approx 2-3 weeks to Europe, visiting schools and music education institutes for classes and observation (generally including: Dalcroze Inst., Geneva; Kodaly Inst., Kecskemet; and Orff Inst., Salzburg).


Upon completion of this unit students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the origin, development and principles of the Kodaly, Dalcroze and Orff approaches to music education; compare these approaches and the extent to which they are compatible; consider how the principles of each approach might apply to the student's own teaching; be aware of adaptions and developments that have occurred when these approaches have been transferred to Australian and other educational environments.


Two Essays (2 x 3000 words each): 60%
Report (4000 words) on application of pedagogy studied or reflective journal maintained during participation in European tour: 40%