EDF5654 - Teaching music: Theory and practice - 2017

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Dr Renee Crawford

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Flexible)


In this unit students investigate current theoretical understandings and practical approaches to music education. They learn about current developments in music education in formal and informal settings and across the lifespan. Students become familiar with the historical and philosophical influences that have shaped music education policy and practice and relate this to their own educational contexts. This includes considerations of both established and emerging teaching practices in music education.


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

  1. demonstrate an understanding of current approaches to teaching music
  2. understand how music education can be successfully employed across the lifespan
  3. critique current teaching policy and practice in music education
  4. explore a selected music teaching and learning approach and apply it to a particular music education setting.


Essay (4000 words, 50%)

Music teaching and learning study (4000 words, 50%)

Workload requirements

Flexible mode offers a stand-alone online offering that allows students to learn and engage in content and assessment in a supported way. It also provides a face-to-face component of 12 hours over the semester to engage students with the online learning content, which students can attend if they are able and interested.

Minimum total expected workload equals 288 hours per semester comprising:

  1. Contact hours for flexible students:
    • 12 contact hours and 24 hours equivalent of online activities over the semester or
    • 36 hours equivalent of online activities over the semester
  2. Additional requirements (all students):
    • independent study to meet the minimum required hours per semester

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Option for Master of Education in:

Expert teaching practice

General education studies

Elective for Master of Teaching in:

Early years education

Primary education

Secondary education

Elective for Honours research in: