EDF5166 - Music education in the secondary years 1B - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Chief examiner(s)

Renee Crawford


Renee Crawford

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)




Enrolment in D3001 BEd(Hons), D3002 to D3009 BEd(Hons)(Secondary doubles), D6001 MTeach




This unit is part B of a two-part unit and must be taken in conjunction with part A (EDF5165).


This unit builds on the key ideas and methods in teaching and learning music introduced in EDF5165 (Music education in the secondary years 1A). Further, this unit supports all music teaching and learning including that offered by instrumental specialist teachers. It provides students with opportunities to develop their subject matter knowledge and skills relevant to teaching in secondary schools. This unit focuses primarily on senior secondary school music. Students are encouraged to further refine their attitudes and approaches to music education through critical reflection, research, analysis and evaluation as part of their professional work. In turn, students further develop the required research skills considered necessary for contemporary educators. This is particularly pertinent for class music educators, many of whom are already experienced instrumental teachers and music professionals.

The unit employs a pedagogical approach that connects theoretical and experiential learning, understanding these embedded practices to be interrelated and interdependent. As part of this cycle of learning, students are expected to engage in planning, presenting and evaluating teaching sequences through critical reflection, research and analysis of pedagogical reasoning. Furthermore, the unit reinforces a view of learning about teaching as an ongoing, collaborative process.


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

  1. acquire a sound understanding of key theoretical and pedagogical perspectives and issues in the teaching of music through professional experience, research and analysis
  2. translate conceptual ideas and practical processes about music and music engagement into classroom learning activities for students
  3. develop an understanding of a performative, experiential perspective on learning and its implications and a variety of assessment techniques available for use in diverse music education situations
  4. develop an understanding of senior secondary curriculum and assessment in music education
  5. develop competence in planning and implementing lessons and units of work
  6. expand their understanding of the diversity of learnings and musics experienced by their students, colleagues and peers to inform their presentation of meaningful and engaging learning experiences
  7. acquire an understanding of holistic learning and teaching including the wide variety of learning and teaching strategies that support the connections between music theory and practice in developing a personal approach to teaching music.


Collaboratively designed unit of work and presentation (2000 words equivalent, 50%)

Research and analysis of a learning context - linking educational theory and music education pedagogy to practice (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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