ATS2060 - The art of teaching music performance - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Lisa Grosman


Ms Lisa Grosman

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


Twelve credit points of first-year Arts units.


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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