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MUSI6029 Performance Teaching

Module Overview

This module introduces the student to the use of reflective practice in professional development, enhancing their experience of performance teaching and providing them with a foundation for future learning and progress. Students attend practically-oriented seminars, discuss teaching techniques and methods observed in workshops, practise teaching demonstration lessons.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Instrumental and vocal teaching techniques.
  • General teaching and learning styles and their application to music teaching
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Decide the appropriate teaching materials and teaching style for a wide (age and ability) range of students.
  • Assess the potential and monitor the progress of the students you teach.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Transfer your teaching skills to subjects other than music.
  • Effectively manage and support your own professional practice
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Effectively deliver instrumental or vocal tuition.
  • Provide support and advice for colleagues in the field of instrumental and vocal tuition when working together in an educational institution.


This module introduces you to the use of reflective practice in professional development, enhancing your experience of performance teaching and providing you with a foundation for future learning and progress. Practically-oriented seminars are arranged, demonstration lessons are observed and discussed, and tutorial support is available should you wish to discuss work in draft before handing it in.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: Seminars led by the course tutor on subjects such as identifying types of learners, coordinating with parents and schools, motivating students, preparing lesson materials, assessing lesson outcomes. Group and course tutor feedback on demonstration instrumental or vocal lessons given by students. Learning activities include Peer/tutor observation programme: sitting in on instrumental or vocal lessons given by peers and a range of professional tutors. Reflecting and reporting on these observations with reference to educational materials and methods on the course reading list or from your own research. Developing a personal “Teaching philosophy” and setting it down in writing. Investigating different traditions of teaching in your particular specialist field.

Independent Study276
Practical classes and workshops12
Total study time300

Resources & Reading list

Petty, G. (2009). Evidence-based teaching: a practical approach. 

Csíkszentmihályi, Mihály and Rathunde, Kevin and Whalen, Samuel (1993). Talented Teenagers: The Roots of Success and Failure. 

Swanwick, K (1999). Teaching Music Musically. 

Hallam, S. (1998). Instrumental Teaching: A Practical Guide to better Teaching and Learning. 

Benjamin Bloom M. D. Englehart, E. J. Furst, W. H. Hill (1956). The Taxonomy of Educational Objectives, The Classification of Educational Goals, Handbook I: Cognitive Domain. Handbook 2 Affective domain. 

Harris, P. (2008). Improve Your Teaching. 

Ben Tovin, A. and Boyd, D. (2007). The Right Instrument for your Child. 

Green, Lucy (1997). Music, Gender, Education. 

Nelson, Sheila (1998). Flip a Rhythm books 1-2 and 3-4. 


Assessment Strategy

A portfolio worth 40% of your mark consisting of: Research essay. This essay will provide you with an opportunity to discuss and critically engage with selected literature on music education techniques and methods Essay. This essay will allow you to reflect on and develop your own teaching philosophy A practical examination worth 60% of your mark: Lesson (20 minutes) You will have an opportunity to practice your teaching techniques and methods in a constructive environment, receiving feedback on the practical aspects of this professional skill


MethodPercentage contribution
Lesson  (20 minutes) 60%
Portfolio  (2000 words) 40%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

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