ED1AC3-The Arts, Children and Education 1 : Music

Module Provider: Institute of Education
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2021/2

Module Convenor: Dr Rebecca Berkley
Email: r.m.berkley@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module teaches students how to use their musical skills to lead creative music making in educational settings, with particular emphasis on vocal leadership with primary-age children. The module focuses on building students’ own musicianship skills and aural acuity alongside their pedagogical and curricular understanding. It will nurture students’ fundamental skills in the teaching of composing, performing and listening through vocal leadership. Students will learn foundation level tonic solfa pedagogy and musicianship, techniques of leading singing in the classroom, and managing creative music making in the primary classroom.


  • To introduce students to music teaching and learning in the classroom

  • To enhance a student’s individual skills as classroom practitioner in music focusing on vocal leadership

  • To use and expand their existing musical skills as a foundation on which to build their music leadership skills.

Assessable learning outcomes:

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

• Apply the skills and understanding developed as a musician to their school based practice in music;

• Demonstrate an appropriate knowledge and understanding of how musical learning is constructed through creative music making, and how this relates to current practice.

Additional outcomes:

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

• Demonstrate the ability to lead healthy and effective singing with primary aged children.

• Apply the musicianship skills developed to educational settings

• Recognise and describe effective music teaching and creative music making for the primary age range.

• Demonstrate how singing can contribute to music teaching in the National Curriculum 

Outline content:

  • Foundation level musicianship

  • Teaching with tonic solfa 

  • Vocal physiology in children

  • Development of aural acuity in children

  • Repertoire for classroom practical music making

  • Critiquing and evaluating resources for the classroom teacher

  • Questioning, assessment for learning, errors and misconceptions

  • Teaching musicianship in the Music National Curriculum

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Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Teaching and learning methods will model effective leadership in creative music making in the primary classroom. They will include a balance of tutor led instruction, discussion and some individual practical activities. Sessions will be interactive in nature building on students’ prior knowledge. Students will be expected to develop leadership skills relating to classroom musicianship through individual study and formatively assessed workshops. The module has a Blackboard site with key material for the module.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10
Tutorials 3
Practicals classes and workshops 17
Guided independent study: 170
Total hours by term 200
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 30
Practical skills assessment 70

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Students will complete a practical assessment of their musicianship and teaching skills in a 15 minute presentation of classroom pedagogy (70%) supported by a written plan (30%) supporting their practical presentation.

Formative assessment methods:

Students undertake a number of peer and self-assessment tasks and are encouraged to learn to assess the quality of their work through interaction with their year group. Formative assessment of musical leadership is given part way through the module by review led by the tutor.

Penalties for late submission:

The Support Centres will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that 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.

Assessment requirements for a pass:

Reassessment arrangements:

Reassessment by video presentation will take place during the summer resit period.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books: Sing for Pleasure (N.D.) Junior Song Book Pack, www.singforpleasure.org.uk £55.
2) Specialist equipment or materials: Tuning fork A = 440Hz – around £10
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:

Last updated: 8 April 2021


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