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Music, Learning and Popular Musicians (EDUC10058)

Undergraduate level 1Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 1
Subject codeEDUC10058
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Semester 1
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Many popular musicians acquire their skills and knowledge outside education institutions and traditional music teaching. Informal learning in music has become the focus of ongoing international research over the last decade and outcomes of this research have had a significant impact on music pedagogy in a growing number of schools throughout the UK, Australia (in particular, Victoria) and Canada. This subject examines the nature of rock and pop musicians' informal learning practices through practical music-making, selected readings, and research in the field that includes the analysis of music and investigation of the impact of digital technologies on these practices. Students will model these creative and artistic collaborative processes by forming their own ensembles, selecting repertoire, composing, arranging, recording, and performing. The experiential nature of the subject is supported by direct studies undertaken in music sites including community music venues.

Intended learning outcomes

Students will:

  • develop an understanding of the pedagogical theories that inform music practice,
  • develop musical knowledge and skills related to the integration of listening, composing, arranging and performing,
  • explore working collaboratively in informal music making groups,
  • learn about contemporary music technology including digital audio production and recording technology and desktop software,
  • develop an understanding of online music instruction, creation and collaboration and other web-based music resources, and
  • develop informal collaborative arts processes as a basis for learning, and creative and artistic practice.

Generic skills

This subject will assist students to acquire the following graduate attributes:

  • expand their analytical and cognitive skills through learning experiences in diverse settings
  • have excellent interpersonal and decision-making skills, including an awareness of personal strengths and limitations
  • be critical and creative thinkers, with an aptitude for continued self-directed learning
  • be adept at learning in a range of ways, including through information and communication technologies

Last updated: 24 January 2018