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2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

MUSS2925 Music Students into Schools

20 creditsClass Size: 11

Module manager: Dr Clive McClelland

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

- An average mark of 60 in the previous year of study.
- Attendance at awareness raising meeting.
- Application form to module tutor outlining reason for interest in module.
- Satisfactory completion of Criminal Records Bureau disclosure checks (arranged by the Access Academy) or equivalent. CRB must be done in person at Access Academy by mid-term. If this does not happen, the student cannot take the module.

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Are you enthusiastic about the value of studying music? Would you like to share your enthusiasm whilst developing your own academic skills and employability? If so, you should consider taking the module, Music Students into Schools. The module will give you the opportunity to help Music students in secondary schools in Leeds and the surrounding area whilst developing your skills as a researcher and communicator within the discipline. As you progress through the course, you will get the chance to refine academic skills valuable to your progress within your degree, such as primary source research, textual analysis and oral presentation, whilst reflecting more broadly on developments in your ability to communicate complex ideas in Music education to different audiences and age-groups.Students on the module get full training and support from the School of Music and the Access Academy. The module will provide valuable work experience for students as well as being of particular interest to students considering a career in teaching. Students should be aware that the time allocated to this module does not include the time it may take to commute to your assigned School. The maximum commute that you can expect is one hour.


On completion of the module, which includes a 30-hour placement in a school in the region (both observing and assisting with teaching), students should be able to demonstrate:

1. The ability to search and select relevant material and present it at an appropriate level and in an appropriate format for a non-academic audience
2. That they have developed their understanding of Music through the adaptation of academic resources to classroom teaching.
3. That, as part of their teaching and reflection, they have developed skills in musical research, presentation and explanation valuable to their academic progress in the subject.
4. That they have knowledge and understanding of current issues relating to the teaching of Music in secondary education and that they have acquired and developed vocabulary relating to this field.
5. That they can design, record and manage their work in cooperation with an academic supervisor and a member of staff from the outside organisation.
6. That they are capable of preparing, utilising and evaluating methods for the support of the teaching of Music in schools.
7. That they have had the opportunity to discuss related pedagogical issues in Music education.
8. That they can work in collaboration with an organisation (school) outside the University on a project relevant to the needs of the school and to academic study for a degree in Music.
9. That they have had an opportunity to tackle problem solving of real concern to the outside organisation (school).
10. That they have an understanding of the role of the student tutor in the classroom.
11. That they are able to critically analyse their own experience of tutoring in the classroom.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students will have applied their musical knowledge and skills to the classroom. They will have shown that they can achieve what they set out to do. This will involve negotiating, planning, managing their work, reflecting on its merits and shortcomings, assessing results and drawing conclusions. They will write reports, keep a journal or reflective logbook, create and evaluate resources and give a presentation to a supervisor and peers on their work.

Skills outcomes
On completion of the module students will have developed the following skills:
- Ability to use own initiative
- Communication skills - teaching, working in a school setting
- Creativity - developing and evaluating innovative teaching materials
- Networking - working in the placement environment
- Negotiating - developing the placement working practices
- Problem-solving skills
- Reflective learning skills
- Resource management - planning, developing and delivering learning materials
- Team-working skills
- Time management and ability to prioritise own workload


The module will consist of a series of training sessions and workshops, including:
- Searching for relevant material
- Lesson planning for the compulsory education sector
- Relevant policies and procedures in Schools
- Group 'supervision' workshops
- Post-placement debrief
- Final presentation

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours20.00
Private study hours126.00
Total Contact hours54.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

The tutorials include introductory training sessions and ongoing optional drop-in tutorials. The visits are work in schools.

Students will work independently on their reflective learning log, lesson plans and placement. Guidance and support will be available from the Module Leader and in workshops and classes.
- Research - 30 hours
- Preparation of resources - 40 hours
- Preparation of classes - 40 hours
- Preparation of oral presentation - 16 hours
- Completion of online reflective log throughout the project - 20 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress is monitored by:
1. Meetings with a supervisor who will discuss and monitor progress with a student
2. Workshops
3. Classroom observations
4. Reflective learning log
5. Support from the organisation (outside the School of Music) hosting the placement

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Presentation15 minutes including 5 minutes Q&A Presentation assessment will include submission of a hardcopy (text & any other materials) via the VLE.20.00
PortfolioPortfolio of work (consisting of reports from link tutors, reflective summary (based on online diary/log), teaching portfolio)80.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 13/11/2018 09:25:42


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