Faculty of Education

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedNot offered in 2013
Coordinator(s)Dr Peter De Vries


This unit deals with the research that informs the formulation of policy and practice in music education. Module 1 examines the historical development and philosophical bases of school music education and current trends in arts and music education policy. In Module 2 students will consider the implications of sociological understandings of music education policy and practice.


Upon completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of current arts education policy and the position of music education in Australian schools;
  • appreciate the historical and philosophical influences that have shaped music education policy and practice in Australia; and
  • compare and evaluate alternative approaches to school music education from systems outside Australia.


Module 1: Essay 4,000 words 50%. Module 2: Essay 4,000 words 50%.

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Off-campus attendance requirements

24 hours per week, covering reading of distance materials, undertaking web-based research, completion of exercises, and preparation of assessment tasks.