Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSir Zelman Cowen School of Music
OfferedClayton Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mrs Tamara Smolyar


This unit is an introduction to the main policies and practices in music education. It examines Australian curricula and the role of the music teacher in the advocacy of music education. Focusing on classroom and classical instrumental teaching, the unit examines and analyses various approaches to teaching instrumental music. Attention is paid to music education in select overseas countries to provide a comparison to the Australian context.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will:

  1. Be familiar with the main policies and debates surrounding music education in Australia
  2. Understand the main methodologies of classroom, ensemble and individual instrumental and vocal teaching.
  3. Critically evaluate the similarities and differences in music education practices internationally
  4. Be able to articulate a personal philosophy of music education.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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