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MUSI6043 Music Education Final Project

Module Overview

The Music Education Final Project is the final stage of the MMus in Education, completing work started in the Preparation for Final Project module. The aim of this module is to complete a portfolio of 8000-10000 words or equivalent on a topic of your choice. Your supervisor will guide your independent research design, observation, data collection and write up, according to accepted academic standards. You will be able to write an extended essay or a portfolio of recorded lessons accompanied by a written commentary.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• Provide you with an opportunity to undertake sustained research and/or observation into a Music education subject of your own choosing. • Contribute to your understanding of the processes of researching, elaborating and writing your own ideas. • Encourage you to undertake, with appropriate supervision, independent work, including identifying and using appropriate resources for the study of music education • Provide your with an opportunity to practice techniques and strategies in music education and reflect upon your observations

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • understand the methods and challenges of music education and how they can be applied to your own teaching
  • assess the needs and challenges of individual students and know how to best address these issues
  • know the historical developments in music education and be able to relate them to their social context
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • conduct research and observations on methods and strategies in music education
  • demonstrate appropriate analysis, evaluation, synthesis and criticality on a focussed topic within education.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • construct clear, detailed and logical line of reasoning
  • present and articulate findings in a coherent, well-structured and sustained manner.
  • produce and present a substantial, independent piece of work within an allocated time and word limit.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • apply critical judgement to advance your research and educational skills
  • communicate your ideas clearly and effectively to a range of students of music
  • recognise and be able to address special needs and learning differences in students from a variety of contexts, backgrounds and age groups

Syllabus

The Music Education Project is the final stage of the MMus in Education, completing work started in the Preparation for Final Project module. Most of this work takes place over the summer, and should be largely independent; you should, however, meet with your supervisor/s over the summer for supervision or exchange drafts and comments via emails. You may submit a complete draft of your work to the supervisor for comments, by a date mutually agreed with the supervisor/s. Supervisors’ comments will primarily address questions of organisation, emphasis and argument. In addition, supervisor/s may supply detailed commentary on prose style for a short section of the draft to act as a model for prose revision in the remainder of the work. (Supervisor/s will not, however, edit prose style for the entire dissertation, principal responsibility for which remains with you.)

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • observations • Individual tutorials/supervisions • exchange of draft materials with supervisor for feedback Learning activities include • independent study and writing Individual tutorials provide regular intensive sessions that are designed around the student's needs and demands. Independent study and writing develops the ability to make autonomous decisions about research questions and priorities, aiding the development of an original approach to the chosen project.

TypeHours
Independent Study592
Practical classes and workshops8
Total study time600

Resources & Reading list

The New Handbook of Research on Music Teaching and Learning: A Project of the Music Educators National Conference. 

Master Class in Music Education: Transforming Teaching and Learning. 

Handbook of Research on Music Teaching and Learning. 1995

Matt O'Leary ed. (2017). Reclaiming Lesson Observation: Supporting excellence in teacher learning. 

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

Assessment will comprise a final project: this will entail either an extended essay on a topic related to music education or a portfolio of recorded lessons accompanied by a written commentary. You'll receive tutorial support to help you develop your writing skills and your evaluative and reflective capacities.

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio  (10000 words) 100%

Repeat

MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio  (10000 words) 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio  (1000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Costs

Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Printing and Photocopying Costs

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of producing such essays, assignments and dissertations (https://www.southampton.ac.uk/printcentre) as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study. Students will also cover the costs of any photocopying (approximately £0.04 per A4 b&w single page)

Recording Equipment

Students who decide to record their teaching demonstrations will be able to borrow the necessary equipment from the Music department for free. They will be responsible for the appropriate use of said equipment

Textbooks

Where a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

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