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Professional Practice 3 is a 14-day (or equivalent) work experience subject for students to continue observations and gain further experience of music performance teaching.
Observations of teaching practice will continue in a wide variety of music education contexts including community music education organisations, for example the MSO Pizzicato effect, Young Voices of Melbourne choirs, as well as schools and tertiary institutions. In these settings students will also participate in teaching individual students or groups under the supervision of an experienced teacher and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music academic staff. Students will continue to develop knowledge and skills as instrumental/vocal music practitioners. They will participate in detailed sequential planning of lessons / rehearsals and related activities, extensive supervised teaching of groups and individuals using appropriate curriculum and methodology, with a focus on effective learning and teaching in contemporary learning contexts.
Students will receive regular feed back from their supervisors and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music staff will be present to grade some of this teaching. Students will also be assessed on an extensive personal-professional portfolio that will include detailed planning, implementation, assessment and post-implementation documentation of their teaching experiences.
Prior to and immediately after the placement, students will attend a 3-hour seminar to provide an introduction to and reflections on these music performance teaching settings and relevant learning objectives.
This subject encourages studenst who are preparing for a career in instrumental/vocal performance teaching to further consider best practice in instrumental music teaching and learning, to implement a range of differentiated teaching strategies, tools and resources and to become proficient reflective practitioners.
Intended learning outcomes
- Plan, implement and evaluate appropriate lesson plan sequences and curriculum units with no guidance;
- Develop resources and appropriate teaching strategies to meet students' abilities, learning styles, needs and interests including the effective use of ICT;
- Evaluate, document and report students' music skills development and progress;
- Evaluate own teaching skills in critical analysis and reflective practice;
- Demonstrate a high level of interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to work collegiately within the profession;
- Competently demonstrate appropriate repertoire in teaching situations on instrument or voice; and
- Present evidence through a personal-professional portfolio that demonstrates consolidating professional practice.
On completion of this subject, students should be ale to:
- demonstrate skills in cooperation and communication that allow for effective working in groups;
- demonstrate the capacity for critical and independent thougt 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 November 2022