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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2015 - 2016

Module Title Teaching and Learning in Music Education
Module Code ES574
School School of Education Studies

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NFQ level 9 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. Critically evaluate and critique a range of teaching methods relevant in Music Education for post-primary schools
2. Generate student centred lessons which promote effective learning
3. Critically analyse how students learn and compare and contrast effective teaching methods to support and scaffold this learning
4. Articulate a critical awareness of a variety of pedagogical theories and practices that enable and enhance classroom management
5. Formulate pedagogically proficient lessons in Music Education for delivery in post primary schools
6. Integrate ICT appropriately and effectively into the delivery of Music Education in schools
7. Utilise a variety of differentiation strategies in lesson planning to devise effective and inclusive lessons for Music Education
8. Critically evaluate the theoretical and practical implications of choosing and applying a particular research method such as action research or observation in the classroom setting
9. Evaluate empirical and theoretical research in this domain
10. Demonstrate a capacity to promote numeracy and literacy in relation to subject discipline.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24Input and Group Reflection
Directed learning24Reflection on Practice
Independent Study65Study, assignmemnt and research
Laboratory12Practising Pedagogical Music Skills
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
Reassessment Requirement
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
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, Routledge Falmer, London,
  • Alfred Publishing Staff,: 0, Improve Your Teaching!: A new approach for instrumental and singing teachers, 0571525342
  • Janet Mills: 0, Music in the school, 0193223031
Other Resources

8343, Website, Post-Primary Music Teachers Association of Ireland, 2013, Post-Primary Music Teachers Association of Ireland, www.ppmta.ie, 8344, Website, NCCA, 2013, www.ncca.ie,
Programme or List of Programmes
PMEProfessional Master of Education