Module WXM-2270:
Music Teaching in Context

Module Facts

Run by School of Music and Media

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 1 & 2

Organiser: Dr Gwawr Ifan

Overall aims and purpose

Purpose of the module is to give a sound understanding of current teaching methodology combined with practical skills. Combined with other modules on the degree programme it adds to a well-rounded pedagogical background.

Course content

This module will introduce students to the basic concepts of instrumental and vocal teaching through lectures and practical sessions in which students work under supervision to develop teaching techniques. We will investigate different pedagogical approaches and apply them in practical sessions, some of which will include presentations by guest artists and teachers. Working in small groups, you will take a practice-based approach and independent research into instrument specific issues, and broader theoretical points relevant to current pedagogy. Continuing on from Semester 1, in Semester 2 you will carry out an independent piece of research focusing on some area of music pedagogy. This may be a practice-based piece of research, reflecting on and evaluating your own teaching practices in a specific location, or it may involve researching an aspect of teaching practices and pedagogical approaches of other established music organisations and educators. The project will follow on from skills learned in this module during semester 1. The topic will be selected by the student in consultation with a member of staff, and this selection and approval will take place during the first semester. The writing should take account of previous and current relevant research but demonstrate originality of mind in approach and argument. Credit will be given for quality of ideas, clarity and logic of argument and presentation, suitability of bibliography, and elegance of presentation.

Assessment Criteria


D- to D+ Work which displays basic, restricted knowledge of the subject with limited ability at conceptual thought, and a limited awareness of issues, but has some evidence of a generally intellectual approach, with fair expression.


Please also see the Explicit Marking Criteria for Musicology:

A- to A** Work which displays a thorough grasp of the subject, with evidence of further study, deeper thought, originality of approach and excellent written skills.

C- to C+

C- to C+ Work which displays fair knowledge of the subject, with some ability at conceptual thought (albeit inconsistent or otherwise flawed), and a general awareness of issues, with evidence of a generally intellectual approach, with good expression


B- to B+ The work should display a sound grasp of the subject, a good level of conceptual thought, awareness of the main issues, with evidence of intellectual acumen and very good expression.

Learning outcomes

  1. On successful completion of the module, students will be able to make effective use of primary and/or secondary academic material to answer specific research questions.

  2. On successful completion of the module, students will be able to explain various methodologies of teaching used within a musical context.

  3. On successful completion of the module, students will be able to demonstrate effective communication skills.

  4. On successful completion of the module, students will be able to reflect on their own experiences as practitioners and/or researchers.

  5. On successful completion of the module, students will be able to demonstrate effective use of skills and exercises that can be used in instrumental or vocal teaching.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
ESSAY Research report

Write a report which presents the main findings of your research project. Full details given in the module handbook.


To be scheduled during the assessment period of semester 1. Full details given in the module handbook.


Questions provided in the module handbook, given at the start of the module.


Teaching and Learning Strategy

Individual Project

Semester 2 project


Supervision of up to 4 hours, in individual slots or small groups as appropriate in semester 2

Private study 100

Two-hour classes for eleven weeks (semester 1)


Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Mentoring - Able to support, help, guide, inspire and/or coach others
  • Caring - Showing concern for others; caring for children, people with disabilities and/or the elderly
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
  • Leadership - Able to lead and manage, develop action plans and objectives, offer guidance and direction to others, and cope with the related pressures such authority can result in

Subject specific skills

  • Re-creative skills – interpretation, innovation, versatility, and other skills relating to performance
  • Intellectual skills specific to Music – contextual knowledge, cultural awareness, critical understanding, repertoire knowledge, curiosity, analytical demonstration
  • Intellectual skills shared with other disciplines – research and exploration, reasoning and logic, understanding, critical judgement, assimilation and application
  • Skills of communication and interaction – oral and written communication, public presentation, team-working and collaboration, awareness of professional protocols, sensitivity, ICT skills, etc.
  • Skills of personal management – self-motivation, self-critical awareness, independence, entrepreneurship and employment skills, time management and reliability, organisation, etc.
  • Enhanced powers of imagination and creativity (4.17)


Resource implications for students

If applicable (in terms of the project), the student will be responsible for arranging their own DBS check.

Talis Reading list

Reading list

Talis list to be provided once validation is complete.

Courses including this module

Optional in courses: