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MUSC7015 - Introduction to MusicEducation

Title:Introduction to MusicEducation
Long Title:Introduction to MusicEducation
Module Code:MUSC7015
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Intermediate
Field of Study: Music & Performing Arts
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2016/17 ( September 2016 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: MARIA JUDGE
Module Author: SUSAN O REGAN
Module Description: This module provides an introduction to music education through an exploration of current theoretical and practical approaches.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Demonstrate awareness of current approaches to music teaching and learning
LO2 Develop the ability to plan and deliver elements of musical learning in a classroom setting
LO3 Plan and deliver an instrumental lesson
LO4 Demonstrate knowledge of key concepts, principles and theories within developmental Psychology, as applicable to music teaching
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Music in the classroom
Introduction to musical learning in the elementary classroom using games, songs, movement and visual stimuli. Exploring aural awareness of pulse and pitch, and response to narrative, mood, dynamics and tempo. Classroom management and its relationship to effective learning. An introduction to the philosophies and pedagogies of Kodály, Orff and Dalcroze.
Instrumental teaching
Motivation strategies, establishing an instrumental teaching practice, exploration of the role of the teacher and elements of individual tuition common to all instrumental study.
Developmental Psychology
Contemporary models of Education and the role played by Developmental Psychology within these; Piaget's approach to cognitive development and its applicability to music teaching; Socio-cultural factors in the development of cognition and learning. Information processing approaches: Theories of Personality, including Freud and Erikson; Multiple Intelligences and their application in the classroom.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Reflective Journal Class teaching: Microteaching, analysis of teaching elements, building a collection of class teaching resources. 1,2 35.0 Every Second Week
Reflective Journal Instrumental teaching: analysis and demonstration of teaching elements 3 35.0 Every Second Week
Project Psychology - written project 4 30.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Music in the classroom 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Lecture Introduction to instrumental pedagogy 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Lecture Developmental Psychology 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Study, research 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Micheál Houlahan 2008, Kodály Today: A Cognitive Approach to Elementary Music Education, Oxford University Press [ISBN: 9780195314090]
  • Choksy, Lois 1988, The Kodaly Method, Prentice Hall Englewood Cliffs, N.J. [ISBN: 0 13 516873 2 01]
  • Taka, Philip and Micheal Houlahan 1995, Sound Thinking: Developing Musical Literacy, Boosey and Hawkes [ISBN: 0-91 13932-53-1]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Bean, John and Oldfield, Amelia 1991, Pied Piper: Musical Activities to Develop Basic Skills, Jessica Kingsley Publishers London [ISBN: 1853029947]
  • Choksy, Lois 1981, The Kodály Context, Prentice Hall Englewood Cliffs, N.J. [ISBN: 978-013516666]
  • Deliege, I. and Sloboda, J. (editors) 1996, Musical Beginnings: Origins and Development of Musical Competence, OUP [ISBN: 978-0198523321]
  • Forrai, Katalin 1998, Music in the Preschool, Revised Ed., Kultura Foreign Trading Co. Budapest [ISBN: 0958629706]
  • Frazee, J and Kreuter, K 1987, Discovering Orff, Schott New York [ISBN: 0930448995]
  • Humphreys, Tony 1996, A Different Kind of Teacher, Newleaf Dublin [ISBN: 978-071712489]
  • Simpson, K. 1981, Some Great Music Educators, 2nd Ed., Stanley Thornes UK [ISBN: 0853600651]
  • Department of Education and Science 1999, Primary Music Curriculum, Dublin
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • Website: American Association for Music Educationwww.menc.org
  • Website: The Educational CyberPlaygroundwww.edu-cyberpg.com

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_GMUSC_8 Bachelor of Music (Honours) 3 Elective

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