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MUI2042 Music Teaching 2

Semester 2, 2013 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Arts
School or Department : School of Creative Arts

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Examiner: Phillip Gearing
Moderator: Melissa Forbes


Pre-requisite: MUI2041

Other requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.


Music Teaching courses are designed to provide students with a knowledge and understanding of teaching principles, together with practical experience in teaching pupils. This course is the second of two that assist students in developing an understanding of, and ability in, music teaching from beginner to advanced level. Specific attention is given to extending the fundamental teaching principles and practices to a more advanced level and mentored teaching at, at least two different levels i.e. either beginner and intermediate OR beginner and advanced OR intermediate and advanced.


This course will provide studies in Teaching Pedagogy relating to a particular instrument or voice. Topics include human and musical development, the lesson environment, practice of music teaching, aspects of fundamental tone and technique, and mentored teaching. As this course follows from course MUI 2041, students will be required to develop their expertise in each of the designated areas to a more advanced level.


On successful completion of this course students will have achieved

  1. a further understanding of teaching methods related to the student?s solo instrument;
  2. demonstrated application of the pedagogical principles and practices at a higher level;
  3. an understanding and reflective analysis of practical teaching methods related to the student?s voice or instrument through mentored teaching at, at least two different levels i.e. either beginner and intermediate OR beginner and advanced OR intermediate and advanced.


Description Weighting(%)
1. HUMAN AND MUSICAL DEVELOPMENT: Cognitive Development. Information Processing. Language Development. Learning and Motivation. Social Competence and Sense of Identity. Intelligence. 20.00
2. THE LESSON ENVIRONMENT: Firing the Imagination. Group Teaching. Evaluation and Assessment. 10.00
3. PRACTICE OF MUSIC TEACHING: Practising. Scales. Identifying Keys. Sight Reading. Memorisation. Examinations, Competitions and Concerts 20.00
4. TONE AND TECHNIQUE: Fundamental Instrument Specific Issues 20.00
5. Practical teaching. 30.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Access to other materials may be required and, if applicable, will be specified in a course addendum to be placed on Study Desk.
  • Dependent on the student?s solo instrument, access to the following will be required as applicable: Agay, D 1981, Teaching piano, Yorktown Music Press Inc, New York. (Required by piano students.) Fischer, S 1997, Basics: 300 exercises and practice routines for the violin, Peters, London. (Required by violin students.) Lamb, N 2002, Guide to teaching strings, 7th edn, Wm C Brown, Dubuque. (Required by cello students.) McKinney, James C 1994, The Diagnosis and correction of vocal faults: a manual for teachers of singing and for choir directors, Genevox Music Group, Nashville. (Required by singing students.) Westphal, F W 1990, Guide to teaching woodwinds, 5th edn, Wm C Brown, Indiana. (Required by clarinet students.) Hill, V 1995, The flute player?s book, 1st edn, Vernon Hill, Canberra. (Required by flute students).
  • In order to complete the requirements of this course, students will require access to: (i) an internet connection to maintain ePortfolio and StudyDesk; (ii) a video recording device such as the Zoom Q3 HD video recorder to record repertoire presentations and, where applicable, mentored lessons.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Bonetti, R 2001, Practice is a dirty word, how to clean up your act, 4th edn, Albatross Books, Sutherland, NSW.
  • Bonetti, R 2003, Taking centre stage series, confident music performance, fix the fear of facing an audience, Words and Music, The Gap, Queensland.
  • Crozier, PH 2000, The Music Teacher's Companion, A Practical Guide, The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, London.
  • Mills, J 2007, Instrumental Teaching, Oxford Univeristy Press, England.
  • Access to other materials may be recommended and, if applicable, will be specified in a course addendum to be placed on Study Desk.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 78.00
Private Study and Assignments 87.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ONLINE TEST 100 20 06 Sep 2013 (see note 1)
ePORTFOLIO PART A 100 40 11 Oct 2013
ePORTFOLIO PART B 100 30 25 Oct 2013 (see note 2)

  1. Students are required to complete the online test by the due date. The online test will be available from the UConnect Study Desk. Students will not be permitted to attempt the online test after its respective due date. Failure to submit the online test does not result in an automatic failure for the course but does result in the loss of marks for that item.
  2. Incremental assessment toward a collective result. Further detail will be provided in a course addendum

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of a passing grade, students must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination for this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    As there are no examinations in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if required by the Examiner.

  3. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. If electronic submission of assessments is specified for the course, students will be notified of this in the course Introductory Book and on the USQ Study Desk. All required electronic submission must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ Study Desk for the course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  5. If the method of assessment submission is by written, typed or printed paper-based media students should (i) submit to the Faculty Office for students enrolled in the course in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail to the USQ for students enrolled in the course in the external mode. The due date for the assessment is the date by which a student must (i) submit the assessment for students enrolled in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail the assessment for students enrolled in the external mode.

  6. The Faculty will NOT normally accept submission of assessments by facsimile or email.

  7. Students who do not have regular access to postal services for the submission of paper-based assessments, or regular access to Internet services for electronic submission, or are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements prior to the submission date.

  8. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded one of the temporary grades: IM (Incomplete - Make up), IS (Incomplete - Supplementary Examination) or ISM (Incomplete -Supplementary Examination and Make up). A temporary grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non directed personal study.

  9. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  10. Students may be assigned an "Incomplete" grade to signify that all the requirements of the course have not yet been met. Students who are graded "I" can pass the course by successfully completing such additional work as prescribed by the examiner by a given date. Students who have been awarded an IM, ISM, IDM or IDB grade must access information regarding further work to be completed, in the Student Centre of U Connect. The Grades Page in the Student Centre contains information about further work to be completed. Students who have not completed the additional work to the satisfaction of the examiner by the given date will receive the appropriate Failing grade.

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.

  2. IMPORTANT NOTE: DO NOT PARTICIPATE IN ANY PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE WITHIN CHILDREN UNDER 18 UNLESS YOU POSSESS A CURRENT 'BLUE CARD'. State law is Queensland requires that ALL adults (including university students, pre-service educators, trainers, vocational teachers, industry educators) working with children under the age of 18 in the state of Queensland* obtain approval before commencing such work. Many education courses include a practical component (professional experience, project work, research, assessment etc) that may require engagement with children under the age of 18. It is your responsibility to ensure that you possess a current suitability card (Blue Card) before commencing any practical components of this course. For further information see: <> *If you are undertaking practical experience outside the State of Queensland, Australia, you should check local requirements.