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Professional Practice 1 (MUSI90154)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 6.25On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeMUSI90154
Semester 1
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Professional Practice 1 comprises a 6-day (or equivalent) work experience, three 2-hour seminars and additional professional development workshops/excursions. This subject will introduce students to an overview of the current structure and practice of instrumental teaching within a variety of Australian music education settings, including private music studios and group teaching situations in commercial music schools (for example Yamaha Music School) and community music education settings (for example Melbourne Youth Music Council ensembles, Dandenong Ranges Music Council ensembles, Malvern City Band, Australian Boys Choir). There will be a focus on current curriculum, observation techniques and teaching strategies, tools and resources including ICT.

Students will initially observe a wide range of teaching and instruction in a variety of music educational contexts. These placements will be under the supervision both of experienced teachers/musical directors/tutors and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music academic staff.

Students will create a multimedia presentation focused on specific teaching strategies and will produce written accounts of their observations throughout the placement.

In addition, students will attend three 2-hour seminars and professional development excursions/workshops to provide an introduction to and reflections on these music performance teaching settings and relevant learning objectives.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • observe the design and implementation of instrumental/vocal teaching and learning programs in a variety of contexts;
  • demonstrate a developing knowledge of teaching and learning strategies, techniques, tools and resources (including ICT), used in individual and/or group teaching;
  • demonstrate a high level of personal communication skills;
  • competently demonstrate appropriate repertoire in teaching situations on their instrument or voice; and
  • present evidence through their presentation and written work to demonstrate their emerging professional practice.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • demonstrate skills in cooperation and communication that allow for effective working in groups;
  • demonstrate the capacity for critical and independent thought and reflection;
  • plan effectively to meet preparation deadlines;
  • demonstrate skills in evaluative thinking, and in the application of theoretical criteria to practical outcomes; and
  • demonstrate analytical skills in the context of verbal and non-verbal communication.

Last updated: 3 April 2019