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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Special Methods Music
Module Code ES474A
School 71
Module TeachersMajella McSharry
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

To equip student teachers with the ability to define, create and maintain an effective learning environment. To introduce students to contemporary approaches in a range of teaching & learning skills. To develop confidence in a range of initial teaching skills through reviews, analysis, demonstration, peer coaching and guided feedback To provide students with a detailed knowledge and understanding of the content and assessment methodology of the Junior Cycle and Senior Cycle curricula in Music in second-level schools.

Learning Outcomes

1. Describe the content, methodology and assessment techniques of the Junior Cycle and Senior Cycle syllabus in Music as taught in second-level schools.
2. Map an appropriate teaching scheme for the Junior Cycle and Senior Cycle Syllabus in Music as taught in second-level schools.
3. Articulate and relate the appropriate teaching methods and specific challenges in delivering Music as taught in second-level schools.
4. Design a range of resources appropriate for use in the teaching Music as taught in second-level schools.
5. Work in collegiality with colleagues in the interests of sharing, promoting, developing and supporting best professional practice in the teaching of Science in second level schools.
6. Explore ways to best develop the integration of Music Education across the curriculum in second level schools.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture36Input and reflective
Lecture24Research and Emerging Pedagogy
Independent Study65Reflection Related to Experience
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Music Curriculum in Second Level Schools

Teaching and Learning
Subject Specific Teaching Methodologies

Teaching and Learning
Modes of Assessment for Learning in Music Education

Teaching and Learning
Integrating Music Education across the school curriculum

Teaching and Learning
Technologies and Music Classroom

Teaching and Learning
Cultural Compentencies in Music Classroom

Teaching and Learning
Teaching for Vocal and Instrumental Work

Special Educational Needs
Promoting an inclusive Music Classroom

Teaching and Learning
Music improvisation, appropriate methodologies

Teaching and Learning
Lesson planning, short term and long term

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Assignmentn/a100%Sem 1 End
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Bray, D.: 2000, Teaching Music in the Secondary School, Heinemann, Oxford,
  • Fautley, M.: 2010, Assessment in Music Education, OUP, Buckinghamshire,
  • Philpott, C and Spruce, G.: 2006, Learning to Teach Music in the Secondary School: A Companion to School Experience, Routledge Falmer, London,
Other Resources

This module will be delivered at in the Deparment of Music at the Mater Dei Institute of Education, a College of Dublin City University. As such the timing of the delivery of the module may differ from the normal hours associated with lectures on the GDEd programme.
Programme or List of Programmes
PDEProfessional Diploma in Education

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