Module WXM-3270:
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.

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.


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.


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. Refined their skills in academic argument and writing.
    1. Reflect on, and evaluate their own experiences as practitioners and/or researchers.
    1. Developed teaching competence
    1. Developed communication and presentation skills, especially in a teaching context
    1. Established a methodological approach to instrumental or vocal teaching
    1. Investigated various methodologies of teaching
    1. Enhanced their research skills and ability to use of primary and/or secondary academic material
    1. Work effectively and independently alongside established organisations/educators

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight

Due Monday of week 13 of semester 1, not later than noon. Topics will be given in week 1.


Presentation of a sample lesson session of approximately 15 minutes’ duration, given during the semester and followed by questions.

REPORT Research report

To be submitted by Monday of Week 13, semester 2 by noon.

WRITTEN PLAN Project proposal

Task: Present an outline of your proposed research project. As your research ideas are currently work-in-progress, the staff will understand that the research questions and/or methods may be adapted or modified during the course of your research. The proposal should include all or some of the following: o What are you trying to find out? o How are you going about it? (Where will the research take place? Who will the participants be? Will you focus on self-reflection, or will you be observing others? How will you collect your data?) o An overview of any relevant information you have discovered so far. o Any problems you are likely to experience along the way and how you hope to deal with them. o Ethical considerations o Hypotheses about what you may expect your eventual conclusions to be.


Teaching and Learning Strategy


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

Individual Project

Semester 2 project.

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


Reading list

Talis list to be provided once validation is complete.

Pre- and Co-requisite Modules

Courses including this module

Optional in courses: