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VSAO5022: Principles of Studio Pedagogy

2023 unit information

The unit promotes dialogue across teaching specialisations and focuses on three broad areas related to studio pedagogy. First, aspects of educational psychology, such as the cognition, motivation, and self-regulation will be examined within a developmental context. Second, the psychology of music learning and teaching will be applied to the development of musical performance and perceptual skills. Third, research on effective teaching within and beyond the music studio will be addressed, including aspects of cultural context, curriculum, and assessment. A critical engagement in a range of research literature and scholarly writing skills are developed throughout the unit of study. Online reading and research tasks through the LMS will be a part of this unit in preparation for students creating an electronic portfolio development which may include enhancing an existing website. A practical implementation of pedagogical principles is practised through peer-teaching. Expert studio pedagogues from a variety of instrumental disciplines share their principles and practices in seminar classes.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Music Education

Code VSAO5022
Academic unit Music Education
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. explain the role and identify the relationship between the studio teacher and the learner
  • LO2. identify professional and ethical issues relevant to the learning environment (including child protection, social inclusion and community engagement).
  • LO3. recognise, discuss and demonstrate a variety of teaching strategies to develop appropriate teaching and learning experiences to motivate music students with a range of interests and abilities
  • LO4. understand introductory theory of child growth and development (cognition and educational psychology)
  • LO5. recognise, discuss and apply instructional strategies to create a positive and reflective learning environment supporting the musical development for all students
  • LO6. discuss principles underlying theoretical models of pedagogy, explain, compare and evaluate the practices of theoretical models for effective studio teaching and learning
  • LO7. demonstrate practical strategies for developing curriculum, programs, assessments, lessons for individual students
  • LO8. summarise and explain the concept of teaching as reflective practice and apply strategies of reflection to improving classroom practices (focusing on research enhanced learning and teaching)
  • LO9. use technology for the benefit of all learners in a meaningful way

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Remote
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Sydney
Semester 2 2023
Normal day Sydney

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