EDF5168 - Music education in the secondary years 2B - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Dr Louise Jenkins

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  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


This unit is part B of a two-part unit and must be taken in conjunction with part A (EDF5167).


This unit further develops the understandings of some major teaching and learning methods and ideas useful in contemporary music education. It expands the knowledge and understandings developed in EDF5167 (Music education in the secondary years 2A). In particular, the unit explores the knowledge and skills inherent within major music methodologies such as Kodaly, Dalcroze and Orff, and the application of these new understandings to the secondary music classroom. Students are encouraged to share their past experiences in these methodologies and, in doing so, build a better understanding and basis for future practice as educators. The practical aspects of school music programs are explored through a research-based piece which evaluates a school instrumental program, underpinned by data gathered while on practicum. The unit employs a pedagogical approach that connects theoretical and experiential learning, understanding these embedded practices to be interrelated and interdependent. This experiential learning is furthered by the students' previous or current involvement in a musical production. The skills, knowledge and capacities the students learn through their involvement in a musical production are applied to the real school musical experience when they lead their own students in the development of a school musical.


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

  1. identify and understand significant issues that surround effective teaching and learning in music and communicate these understandings as a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas to a wider audience
  2. adapt the knowledge and skills learnt throughout the unit to the planning, management and presentation of a school musical production
  3. plan and execute group project work with some independence and be responsible and accountable for their own learning
  4. expand their understanding of experiential music teaching and learning and reflect on supporting practices that can enhance school music education
  5. understand various crucial music education methodologies and apply these newly developed skills and knowledge in the secondary classroom
  6. identify the diversity of strategies, pedagogies and disciplines that will inform their work as music educators.


Evaluative research-based written piece informed by the practicum experience (2000 words, 50%)

Written reflection based on an experience of participating in a student-led class musical or community-based musical presentation (2000 words, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • 2-3 contact hours per week
  2. Additional requirements
    • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week

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