EDM191-Classroom Musicianship

Module Provider: Institute of Education
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites: Pre-requisites: •Students must hold a certificate in Graded Examination in Music performance (any instrument or voice) to at least grade 5 level or equivalent and ideally to grade 8 level or equivalent; and have intermediate keyboard skills •Students must have at least a grade B or above in GCSE Music or the international equivalent or a good pass at grade 5 Music Theory and ideally a grade C or above in Music A level, or level 3 BTEC with Music focus •Students must be confident readers
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Rebecca Berkley

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

Type of module:

Summary module description:

In this module students will explore concepts of audiation and mastery learning in music, and appraise and evaluate research and scholarship concerned with ways to facilitate children’s inner ear and musical hearing in practical classroom music making with school aged children. This module provides training in classroom musicianship skills for classroom and instrumental teachers of music. Students will develop their skills in singing, extemporisation and arranging on instruments, contextual analysis of different styles of music, and aural analysis demonstrated thorough written and verbal analysis of music appropriate to classroom music teaching. This module will teach practical pedagogical techniques for leading practical music making in the classroom, and is of use to any student wishing to refine and develop their music teaching skills at masters level.


• To develop fluency and confidence in advanced practical musicianship skills for classroom music teaching 

• To develop skills of communication and leadership in classroom music practitioners 

• To explore pedagogical techniques, theories and concepts in music that facilitate the development of inner hearing

Assessable learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate fluency in classroom musicianship skills including modelling and extemporising on voice and instruments, aural analysis, music dictation and transcribing, and arranging.

  • Demonstrate an awareness of the relationship between theories of audiation and pedagogical practice

  • Demonstrate awareness of the role of music making in the promotion of musical learning among children

Additional outcomes:

The modules aims to encourage students to develop communication and presentation skills and to become independent in their thinking and analysis. Students will learn by active participation in workshops and seminars, and although these are will not be assessed, each student is expected to demonstrate their progress on prepared tasks in taught sessions and engage in structured peer and self-review. Students will develop confidence as classroom practitioners. 

Outline content:

The module has five strands:

  • Learning practical classroom musicianship skills including: sight singing, dictation, tonic solfa, keyboards skills and rhythm work.

  • Application of classroom musicianship skills for pedagogy to demonstrate knowledge of music theory, including score reading, transposition, orchestration, creating harmonisations and accompaniments

  • Contextual analysis of selected pieces as teaching material across a range of educational settings

  • Creative responses improvising, extemporising, and arranging

  • Critical review of theories of audiation and pedagogical practice in music

Global context:

The module will draw on music from a range of styles and genres, including traditional musics. Students are encouraged to reflect on their own professional practice including, where appropriate, the applications in other international contexts.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Tutor led practical workshops and seminars where students practise musicianship skills in groups and paired work, supported by directed and independent study. Students make informal presentations of practice work for formative tutor and peer assessment in workshops.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 6
Practicals classes and workshops 16
Guided independent study 178
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 40
Practical skills assessment 60

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

An individual practical musicianship skills assessment in week 10 or 11 of the Autumn term, administered in class time (20 minutes)

A written assignment due in week 1 of the Spring term (2000 words)

Formative assessment methods:

Students will complete a cumulative sequence of graded tasks to demonstrate progress in learning key musicianship skills and knowledge which will be presented at each taught session. These tasks are based on a chosen set of prescribed works which students will study in detail before sessions. These prescribed scores are the source material for creative tasks undertaken in class to demonstrate the application of their musicianship skills and knowledge of contextual analysis. Students will engage in peer and self review to determine their progress against their own learning targets in response to these tasks, and will also receive feedback from the tutor.

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

Assessment requirements for a pass:


Reassessment arrangements:

Resubmissions must be submitted within one calendar month of the notification of failure

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):



  1. Required text books

All course texts will available in the library, online or on Blackboard

  1. Specialist equipment or materials

Tuning Fork A = 440 Hz, approx. £10

Where students choose to play their own musical instrument, they are responsible for the purchase and maintenance of the instrument

Last updated: 20 April 2018


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