MUS2196 : Teaching Music in Community Contexts

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


•       To provide students with a wider music educational perspective
•       To provide opportunities and experience for students wishing to develop their vocational pathways and practical skills,
•       Provision of theoretical knowledge and understanding of research in community music, arts and health
•       To broaden the current offer of vocationally driven modules to students in line with ICMuS’s current recruitment strategy
•       To further develop and strengthen relationships with other regional educational and cultural organisations (Sage Gateshead, local pre-school settings, charities such as Music in Hospitals, Nordorff Robbins, schools etc.)

Outline Of Syllabus

Module content will be underpinned by theoretical work on the nature of human musicality, research on musical development in childhood, theories on life-long musical learning, theories on teaching and learning such as ‘critical pedagogy’ and dialogic teaching and learning. The module will also consider theory, practice and debate within the field of community music.

The module overall would investigate the implications of research into the following areas of music teaching and learning:
•       Early Childhood Music Education (ECME) including antenatal
•       Music education with Looked After Children (LAC)
•       Informal, formal and non-formal music in primary and secondary contexts
•       Vocational music programmes with young people who are not in education, employment and training (NEET)
•       Community music- history and theory
•       Music and health –music in hospitals, music therapy (both in its formal sense and in terms of health commissioning i.e. choirs on prescription)
•       Music and ageing – life-long music learning, music and dementia programmes

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical101:0010:00on placement in the community
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching122:0024:00practical workshop techniques - on campus
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00drop in tutorials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1141:00141:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Independent study will promote IKOs 1-4 and ISOs 2-4.
Practical work/field work will develop IKOs 1-4 and ISOs 1-4.
Lectures and small group work shops will support IKOs 1-4 and ISO 1, 2 and 3.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1A301500 words
Prof skill assessmnt2A40Practical demonstration of teaching knowledge and approaches developed
Report2A30Case study of work & experiences in the field, using & applying knowledge from taught & practical elements of module. 1000 words
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Essay1M500 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Field study report and essays will sum up the student’s experience, outlining the teaching contexts and theory learned about and formulating reflective insights.

Practical / professional skills assessment will provide students with opportunities to be evaluated on how they put their theoretical knowledge and repertoire learned into practice

Reading Lists