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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton First semester 2011 (Flexible)
Coordinator(s)Dr Peter De Vries


In this unit there will be an investigation of selected topics from recent research relating to learning music. Students may consider : learning theories and their application to music education; the nature of creativity in music and its educational implications; issues of giftedness and talent in music education; critiques of recent arguments for transfer effects between music learning and other fields; and other current research issues.


Upon completion of this unit students should be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of selected issues in recent research in music education;
  • evaluate different theories of learning and their application to music education; and
  • review current writings on the issues studied.


Two essays (2 x 4000 words = 8000 words): 50% each

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Peter De Vries

Off-campus attendance requirements

Distance education workload requirement. 24 hours per week for reading distance education materials, web-based research, completion of exercises and assessment tasks.