ED2SM1-Subject Specialism 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:
Current from: 2021/2

Module Convenor: Mr Mark Aitchison
Email: mark.aitchison@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

The module builds on ED1SM1: Subject Specialism 1 to further develop students knowledge and expertise in musicianship for primary education.


• To promote practical knowledge and understanding of music in a diverse range of styles and media

• To enhance each student's capability as  a creative composer and/or arranger.

• To develop in students a critical awareness of musicological thought and practice, past and present

• To develop composing or arranging skills when working with primary aged children in a wide range of styles and in response to composing briefs

Assessable learning outcomes:

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

• Demonstrate an appropriate level in their own instrumental and vocal understanding, and the creative use of music technology

• Demonstrate an appropriate level of understanding of a diverse range of musical styles through composition and improvisation

• Demonstrate critical awareness of musicological thought and practice

Additional outcomes:

Additionally, on successful completion of the module, students will:

• Be able to engage and enthuse  primary aged children in creative music making  

• Be able to engage critically and reflectively with stylistic awareness in its historical and social context, and develop appropriate technical skills in working with whole class choral work.

• Be able to structure their own learning and work effectively

Outline content:

This module builds on skills developed in ED1SM1. Students progress through a range of skill-enhancing and progressive practical sessions. In addition, they are introduced to key concepts in  the effective use of music technology in the primary classroom. 

Global context:
An international context will be considered. Students investigate the cultural context of a range of musical styles and genres, and their development and reconstruction as the music transfers between cultures.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Students continue to develop their skills in improvising, composing, arranging and analysis through individual and group music making. The module employs a range of teaching and learning environments, including individual and group tuition, workshops and seminars.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10
Seminars 5
Tutorials 5
Practicals classes and workshops 10
Guided independent study: 170
Total hours by term 200
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 50
Set exercise 50

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Composition/Arrangement for a school choir with 500 word reflective journal

1000 word appraisal of a seminal jazz genre/artist/composer with 2 listening guides forming the basis of the musical exemplars.

Formative assessment methods:

Ongoing formative feedback is given through:

  • Structured peer assessment of leading workshops in schools • Rehearsal and demonstration of musicianship skills in workshops

  • Guided research tasks

  • Students submit a group presentation on a given topic

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:
Resubmission during the summer resit period.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

1) Required text books: All required texts are available in the Library.

2) Specialist equipment or materials: Students supply their own musical instruments, other than piano, organ and orchestral percussion. Students insure their instruments. Students may also supply additional sheet music, costs will vary depending on the needs of their instrument.

3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear: No specific clothing is required for this module

4) Printing and binding: Occasional printing of materials, although photocopies of materials will be provided in the teaching sessions.Students will need to provide a printed copy of their assessment.

5) Computers and devices with a particular specification: Music technology software and hardware is made available for student use.

6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence: No specific costs for additional travel and subsistence for this module.



Last updated: 16 September 2021


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