ED3SM1-Subject Specialism 3 : Music

Module Provider: Institute of Education
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Summer term module
Pre-requisites: ED2SM1 Subject Specialism 2 : Music
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:

This module builds on ED2SM1: Subject Specialism 2 and enables students to develop their musicianship skills through contextual study of chosen musical styles and genres, and develop a portfolio of classroom resources and training materials analysing one example of a significant work or movement from a longer work from the Western Classical canon.


  • To develop research and analysis skills in historical musicology

  • To develop practical skills in contextually specific analysis, pedagogical development and resource design

Assessable learning outcomes:

On successful completion, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of how music fits into a wider social, historical and stylistic context

  • Critically analyse music from different historical periods reflecting on the aesthetic and technical content of the music

  • Demonstrate their musicianship and leadership skills in presenting to an audience the importance of their chosen work within the Western canon, and how this could be used within the classroom at KS2

Additional outcomes:

Students will be able to:

  • Present their ideas using a range of music technology and multi-media resources

  • Work independently and meet interim deadlines

  • Demonstrate independence of judgement 

Outline content:

This module builds on the skills developed in ED2SM1. Students will investigate a selected piece in music history lasting between 30-40 minutes, and present a multi-media resource drawing together historical research, music analysis, listening examples and creative responses to the chosen focus and how this could be presented to KS2 children in the classroom. Students will produce in addition an annotated and critiqued bibliography of resources, including online and digital media.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Group workshops on the effective use of digital media, seminars and lectures on music history and analysis, independent study on guided tasks. 

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
Portfolio 50
Oral assessment and presentation 50

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Student will present a 15 minute Lecture on their chosen work showing an ability to analyse the music in detail, relate the work to its historical and social context, and explain how this could be presented appropriately to KS2 children, and produce some resources that could be shared with colleagues to allow them to teach the topic. The written resource will be approximately 1500 words, and the annotated bibliography and critique should include between 10-12 references.

Each of the two elements (Lecture and Annotated Bibliography/Critique) account for 50% of the final mark.

Formative assessment methods:

Informal group and individual tutorials on progress, and support in the analysis and write up of final drafts of work.

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:
40% for each piece of work

Reassessment arrangements:
Reassessment during the summer resit period.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

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

ROBINSON, J. (2005) Deeper than reason: emotion and its role in literature, music, and art. [electronic resource] Oxford: Clarendon.

GROAK, J (2013) Canon Vs. Culture: Reflections on the Current Debate [electronic resource]. Hoboken: Taylor and Francis.

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: 26 October 2021


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