MU4005 - Introduction to Music Education

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What will I learn on this module?

All musicians are music teachers of their instrument or voice at some point, and it is vital that their experience of teaching is based on a solid foundation of pedagogical research and a knowledge of the context in which their work is taking place.

This module offers an introduction to music education, covering early years, primary, secondary and special schools, so that your music teaching will be informed by your knowledge of pupils’ broader educational experience. This will also open up other possible career paths in music education.

You will also begin to gain experience in music teaching by giving lessons to one of your peers in your instrument while reflecting on your own experience of learning a new instrument taught by a fellow classmate.

How will I learn on this module?

You will be introduced to music education in a series of lectures and workshops. You will have the opportunity to observe classroom music teaching in settings such as nursery, primary school and special school.

You will learn how to teach through doing it, experiencing both the roles of teacher and pupil as you teach your instrument/voice to one of your peers at the same time as receiving lessons in an instrument you do not play from one of them. Your effectiveness as a teacher will be measured in regular public, workshopped lessons where you will receive feedback from staff and from your peers.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be given considerable support and encouragement by those teaching on the course. The programme leader and Course Tutors will be on hand to offer help and guidance, either in person during the advertised office hours or via email, and you will be working in an environment where you and your peers will offer one another mutual support and honest critical appraisal. You will be given appropriate material both in class and via the eLearning environment. You will be expertly guided during the external visits to observe teaching in various educational establishments.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. You will develop an understanding of how to teach your instrument or voice to a beginner.

2. You demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the key concepts, principles and approaches to teaching and learning music.

3. You will know and understand how music education fits into a broader curriculum in schools.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
4. You will develop skills in teaching your instrument/voice.
Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. You will demonstrate a capacity for independent, self-motivated learning and time management through regular practice.

How will I be assessed?

1. FORMATIVE: Practical assessment – observed lesson masterclass
2. Practical assessment – observed lesson masterclass of 10 minutes (50%). MLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
3. Essay of 2,000 words on a topic related to the Education lecture input and teaching observation days (50%). 2, 3, 5

You will receive oral and written feedback on the practical assessment, as well as oral feedback in class.

You will receive written feedback on your essay, comprising annotations to your script and a short report.

There will be regular opportunities to prepare for the practical assessment through participation in workshopped lessons in front of your peers and staff.


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Module abstract

All musicians teach at some point in their careers, so this module introduces you to the world of Music Education. In practical terms, you will learn from teaching your instrument to one of your peers, and from having lessons in an instrument you don’t already play from one of them. However, instrumental and vocal tuition does not happen in a vaccum, and when it comes to teaching children it is important to understand the broader context of music within education. This module introduces you to music in schools of various kinds, and music education from nursery to teenage, including some external visits to observe music teachers in action.

Course info

UCAS Code W320

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Humanities

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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