Faculty of Arts

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music


Mrs Tamara Smolyar



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


This unit introduces students to the art of teaching music performance, examining Australian curricula and the role of the music teacher in the advocacy of music education. Focusing on classroom and instrumental teaching, the unit examines and analyses various approaches to teaching instrumental music, both traditionally and creatively focused. In addition, the unit examines music education in select overseas countries to provide a comparison to the Australian context.


Upon completion of this unit, students are able to:

  1. Understand the main policies and debates surrounding music education in Australia.
  2. Articulate 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. 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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Twelve credit points of first-year Arts units.