Music Pedagogy - MUSCH13458

Stream Summary

Faculty: ARTSC - Faculty of Arts&Social Science

School: School of the Arts and Media


Program: 3458 - Music / Advanced Science


Bachelor of Music (Major)

Information valid for students commencing 2013.
Students who commenced prior to 2013 should go to the Handbook's Previous Editions

Stream Outline

Music Pedagogy offers extensive pre-professional training in musicianship, musicology, ensemble performance, pedagogical methods, and educational and motivational psychology specifically for studio music teaching. Students share a common first and second year with students from other BMus streams and then complete Music Pedagogy over the third and fourth years of the program. This Stream requires the study of leading pedagogical practices through lectures, seminars, workshops, observation and practice. Assignments and self-directed projects will provide opportunities for developing teacher modeling skills and best practices for the studio teaching environment.

Music Pedagogy is supported by a variety of large and small, Western and Non-Western Music ensembles as well as extensive opportunities for developing musicianship, critical skills, theoretical knowledge, and musical creativity. Music Pedagogy enables students to acquire comprehensive knowledge of music from various styles, genres and cultures while preparing them for professional work in areas as diverse as studio music teaching, music performance, practice-based research, or further study in classroom music education. Students complete courses in musicology, musicianship and performance, as well as, a Professional Practice course and prescribed stream electives and free music electives. A Directed Study course gives the student the opportunity to engage in an intensive research project or community-based project under supervision. If admitted, at the fourth-year Honours level, students will be required to complete one of two options: 1 a Faculty-wide seminar, a practice- or creative-based project or research project, and a short Thesis, or 2. a Faculty-wide seminar, a course on music research method, and a Thesis.

The Music Pedagogy Stream is one of four streams within the Bachelor of Music (UNSW BMus) four-year, full time degree. Specific performance requirements will apply for admission to this Stream.

Graduate Attributes

At the end of the stream, students should have acquired all of the following graduate attributes:
  1. The skills involved in scholarly enquiry, such as information literacy, critical analysis, and writing.
  2. An in-depth engagement with discipline-specific knowledge, such as musicological method and educational psychology, instrumental or vocal performance, score reading, inner hearing, repertoire knowledge and compositional style.
  3. Engagement with music in its interdisciplinary context through the study of music history, music ethnography/anthropology, and music technology.
  4. Capacity for analytical and critical thinking and for problem-solving through studies in music performance or composition, pedagogical methods, and academic tasks involving theoretical issues.
  5. Information literacy - the skills to locate, evaluate and use relevant information.
  6. The capacity for enterprise, initiative and creativity, developed primarily through opportunities for performing and composing, and being involved in concert organizing and musical leadership.
  7. An appreciation of, and respect for, diversity through participation in and study of diverse musical practices and thinking.
  8. High levels of oral and written communication, supported with discipline-based forms of communication such as scores, music performance and recordings.
  9. Skills required for collaboration and contribution to the international community are developed through individual instrumental or vocal performance, composition, ensemble performances and the study of diverse musical styles and practices.
  10. Respect for ethical practice and social responsibility are fostered through links with the music industry and music communities and discussions of professional practices in theory and practice alike.
  11. The skills in planning, assessing and reporting for effective studio-based learning.
  12. Demonstrate an ability to adapt performance knowledge and teaching skills in diverse contexts.
  13. Identify and formulate solutions to pedagogical problems with intellectual and artistic independence.
  14. The capacity of creating and maintaining a safe and challenging music studio environment.

Stream Structure

The Music Pedagogy Stream comprises of 144 uoc as follows:

Level 1

Level 2
  • MUSC2116 Sound, Society & Self in World Music (6 UOC)
  • MUSC2601 Advanced Studies in Music History and Culture 1 (6 UOC)
  • MUSC2602 Materials and Structures of Music 3 (6 UOC)
  • MUSC2603 Materials and Structures of Music 4 (6 UOC)
  • MUSC2701 Performance Laboratory 3 (6 UOC)
  • MUSC2702 Performance Laboratory 4 (6 UOC)

Level 3
  • MUSC3601 Advanced Studies in Music History and Culture 2 (6 UOC)
  • MUSC3701 Performance Laboratory 5 (6 UOC)
  • MUSC3702 Performance Laboratory 6 (6 UOC)
Stream gateway course:
  • MUSC3603 Music Studio Teaching (6 UOC)
  • Prescribed Stream elective (6 UOC)
  • Prescribed music elective (6 UOC)

Level 4 (Pass)
  • MUSC4701 Performance Laboratory 7 (6 UOC)
  • MUSC4702 Performance Laboratory 8 (6 UOC)
  • MUSC4601 Directed Study (6 UOC)
  • MUSC3101 Music Capstone (6 UOC)
  • Prescribed music electives (12 UOC)

Level 4 (Honours)

For practice focused candidates
  • List A Faculty-wide seminar (6 UOC)
  • Practice-based Project (composition portfolio, project or recital) 24 UOC
  • Thesis (18 UOC)

For research focused candidates
  • List A Faculty-wide seminar (6 UOC)
  • Music research seminar (12 UOC)
  • Thesis (30 UOC)
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