ED2AC3-The Arts, Children and Education 2 : Music

Module Provider: Institute of Education
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Rebecca Berkley

Email: r.m.berkley@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module is concerned with music education as a field of study. A central focus is the development of student as researcher. Through a series of lectures, seminars and practical workshops, participants are introduced to theoretical perspectives on music psychology with a focus on musical learning and assessment and their practical application in the primary classroom.

1.To introduce students to key concepts in music psychology relating to pupil progress and assessment
2.To develop the musician as researcher
3.To enable students to develop modes of assessment and appraisal of their own musical learning and that of the young musician
4.To develop leadership skills in leading ensembles appropriate to the primary school

Assessable learning outcomes:
On successful completion of the module students will be able:
(i) To demonstrate a critical understanding of key aspects underlying theory and practice in music psychology
(ii) To review and assess data collection and research methodologies from music psychology, especially focusing on learning through composing and performing, the development of aural acuity in children, and the ways musical learning contributes to the development of the whole child during primary education
(iii) To demonstrate an ability to evaluate different ways of assessing children's musical progress
(iv) To demonstrate Musical leadership skills in conducting and directing instrumental ensembles

Additional outcomes:
Additionally, on successful completion of the module students will:
(i) be able to study independently and/ or collaboratively in order to communicate ideas in the field of music psychology and music education
(ii) create a literature review drawing on a range of academic and professional sources
(iii) To write a critical review of key ideas in the area of study

Outline content:
The module requires students to engage with research in music psychology and apply it to music education in theory and practice. Students are expected to develop a broad perspective on a range of music psychology topics in order to engage critically with the discipline and to make inter-disciplinary connections where applicable. Students will focus on:
•Age related development in music perceptions
•Musical aptitude and musical abilities
•Cognition in composing and improvising
•Cognition in performing
•How children learn to write and talk about music
•What we can assess in musical progress
•Enabling musical pedagogies
•Intermediate level instrumental conducting
•Competence in playing classroom instruments

Global context:
The global context of music education will be considered. There will be some research into conceptions of music education and music education practices internationally.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
This module will be delivered using a range of blended learning techniques and will incorporate lectures and student-led contributions to seminars.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Practicals classes and workshops 30
Work-based learning 10
Guided independent study 140
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:
2500 word written assignment

Formative assessment methods:
Group tutorials and seminar based discussions
Guided research tasks
Student led workshops directing instrumental ensembles

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Reassessment by written assessment will take place during the summer resit period.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books: No purchases required - texts available in the Library.
    Hallam, S., Cross, I., &Thaut, M. (2009). The Oxford Handbook of music psychology. Oxford: Oxford University Press
    Hargreaves, D.J. &North, A.C. (Eds.) (2008) The social and Applied Psychology of Music. Oxford: Oxford University Press

    2) Specialist equipment or materials: Conducting baton. Prices range from £7 - £20
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding: Most material is available on Blackboard. If paper handouts are required, these are supplied.
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence: There will be some visits to schools, usually within walking distance of the campus. No cost if travelling on foot. Students responsible for costs if they choose to travel by bus or car.

    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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