Module Catalogue 2020/21

MUS3111 : Teaching Music in Schools - socio-cultural contexts and approaches to practice

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Jane Todd
  • Owning School: Arts & Cultures
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

This module may not be taken if students have previously taken MUS2111

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment

N/A

Aims

To develop students’ ability to understand and reflect critically upon the processes of teaching music in schools. To enable students to gain understanding of current and historical issues, debates, theories and practice in the field of school music education. To develop student’s knowledge of how political ideology affects the teaching of music.

The module will include lectures, seminars, group work and practical workshops. A critical perspective of school music education will be developed together with relevant understanding of key issues in the classroom. By the conclusion of this module, students will have a good understanding of the current state, debates, developments and initiatives within the field of school music education at both primary and secondary levels, with a knowledge of the historical background of these. They will have reflected on big questions such as what does musical learning look like? and what is the purpose of music education?. They will also have gained practical knowledge in the fields of singing with children, and of ways of preparing to enter the music teaching profession.

Outline Of Syllabus

Introduction to recent history and developments in school music education in the UK, and the socio-political contexts influencing this history and current debates. The importance of music in the Early Years. Current issues within primary music school music education: for example, generalist teacher musical confidence and identity; role of music within the primary school in the light of recent Government initiatives; primary pupils’ access to music education in the school. Current issues within secondary music school music education: student musical identity in and out of school: the role of music within the secondary school in the light of recent Government initiatives. Growing areas of interest in the general school music educational field, including questions of pedagogy, student voice, and dialogic and informal approaches to teaching music. Preparing for application to PGCE. Pedagogical approaches to teaching music, with a particular emphasis upon a pedagogy of singing.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

By the end of the module students should have a critical and enquiring perspective on school music education, and knowledge and understanding of:
• the most important current issues in primary and secondary school music education in the UK (often also with international perspectives)
• fundamental concepts within music education, including basic tenets of the music educational philosophies underpinning music educational practice in schools
• how to prepare to enter the teaching profession in terms of applying for postgraduate teaching courses
• techniques of pedagogy in music
• practical knowledge of singing with children and young people

Intended Skill Outcomes

By the end of the module students should have practised and further developed skills in:
• Critical reflection
• Summarising and presenting information
• Singing in a school music educational context
•Working creatively and co-operatively within a group
• Explaining and articulating ideas in discussion and presentation
• Writing and representing a reasoned and informed line of argument
• Careful and critical reading of relevant literature

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials112:0022:00Non-synchronous online lecture materials
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading150:0050:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00Synchronous online seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops31:003:00Synchronous online pedagogy workshops
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery22:004:00Scheduled online tutorial surgeries
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study170:0070:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lecture materials explore contexts, issues and methodologies related to the teaching of music, particularly focusing on different approaches to music education, and how the political agenda has shaped these. Synchronous seminars give students a chance to critically engage with the work of various scholars, bring their experiences, challenge and debate, and to deepen understandings of complex issues discussed during the lectures. Practical group work and workshops give opportunities to experience pedagogical approaches discussed in theory.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2A100Essay of 3500 words on one of a number of set questions
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise2MFormative assessment in Semester 1. Students asked to write 1000 words on 'what is musical learning?'.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The essay will reflect overall engagement with the course and give students the opportunity to demonstrate both that they have acquired general and relevant understandings of the issues and practices of school music education as covered in the module, and that they are now able to explore their chosen topic to a deeper level, bringing in their reading from their independent study.

There are also opportunities for formative feedback whereby students are set small tasks that they have to present or feed back to the group.

SEMESTER ONE ONLY STUDY ABROAD: The coursework assessment needs an earlier submission date but otherwise remains unchanged.

Timetable

Past Exam Papers

General Notes

N/A

Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2020/21 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2021/22 entry will be published here in early-April 2021. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.