EDM093-Musical development: Appraisal and Assessment

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: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Mr Clive Grant

Email: c.a.grant@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module is concerned with music education as a field of study. It focuses on theories of learning and considers strategies for the development of skills and knowledge in the learner. A central focus is the creative use of music technology within the classroom to enhance pupil progress. Through a series of lectures, seminars and practical workshops, participants are introduced to theoretical perspectives on the use of music technology with a focus on musical creativity, learning and assessment and their practical application in the music.

1.To introduce students to key concepts in theories of learning in music education
2.To allow students to consider teaching strategies and approaches that stimulates different forms of musical experience, meaningful engagement, musical learning, creativity and teacher-learner interactions, monitoring and assessment.
3.To investigate how teachers and pupils voice and value their experiences in particular contexts and environments with specific software, hardware and forms of technology
4.To introduce reflective practices and research methodologies relevant to music teachers in developing their skills

Assessable learning outcomes:
To demonstrate a critical understanding of key aspects underlying theory and practice in using music technology in the secondary school music classroom

(ii) To engage with data and research methodologies related to music technology, with reference to developing methods of successfully integrating music technology schemes of work
(iii) To demonstrate an understanding of assessing children's musical progress using music technology as a tool for composing, performing and listening.
(iv) To increase proficiency in designing activities which use music technology in order to sustain rapid music progress with students

Additional outcomes:
(i) To be able to study independently and/ or collaboratively in order to communicate ideas in the field of music technology and music education more widely
(ii) To 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 relating directly to pedagogical development in the music department integrating theory and practice

Outline content:
The module requires students to engage with research relating to theories of learning in music education with a focus on using music technology in the classroom. Students are expected to develop a broad perspective on a range of music technology topics in order to engage critically with the discipline and to make inter-disciplinary connections where applicable. Students may cover such topics as:
Changing Identities
•Current research and practice in using music technology in the classroom, exploring the challenges posed by teaching composition to teenagers and some solutions the use of music technology might provide.

Researching Digital Classrooms
•Creative approaches to composing and performing, the impact of the internet and e-learning environments, and evaluating the impact of embedding collaborative music technologies in secondary schools

Strategies for Change
•Exploring pedagogical strategies for change within the digital classroom, its implications for music education and training, and learning from the work done in Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong

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
Seminars 15
Tutorials 10
Practicals classes and workshops 15
Supervised time in studio/workshop 10
Guided independent study 150
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:
One assignment equivalent of 5,000 words will be required. The topic and title will be negotiated with the module convenor

Formative assessment methods:
oral presentation, practical exercises

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:

Reassessment arrangements:
Resubmission within one calendar month of the notification of failure.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books: Finney, j., &Burnard, P. (Eds.). (2009). Music Education with Digital Technology London: Continuum International Publishing Group
ISBN-13 978-0826420718 : £21
The rest of the reading list will be available in the library.

2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification: All hardware and software applications that will be needed will be available in the University. Students will find it advantageous to have access to mobile devices such as tablets of smartphones outside of university as part of the unit.
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 21 December 2016

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