MU4005 - Introduction to Music Education

What will I learn on this module?

All musicians are music teachers of their instrument or voice at some point, and it is vital that their experience of teaching is based on a solid foundation of pedagogical research and a knowledge of the context in which their work is taking place.

This module offers an introduction to music education, covering early years, primary, secondary and special schools, so that your music teaching will be informed by your knowledge of pupils’ broader educational experience. This will also open up other possible career paths in music education.

How will I learn on this module?

You will be introduced to music education in a series of lectures, exploring the theories which underpin music education in the UK, and via placement visits to observe music teaching where you will benefit from conversing with professionals from different education organisations.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be given considerable support and encouragement by those teaching on the course. The programme leader and Course Tutors will be on hand to offer help and guidance, either in person during the advertised office hours or via email, and you will be working in an environment where you and your peers will offer one another mutual support and honest critical appraisal. You will be given appropriate material both in class and via the eLearning environment. You will be expertly guided during the external visits to observe teaching in various educational establishments.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. You will develop an understanding of how to teach your instrument or voice to a beginner.

2. You will demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the key concepts, principles and approaches to teaching and learning music.

3. You will know and understand how music education fits into a broader curriculum in schools.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
4. You will develop skills in teaching your instrument/voice.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. You will demonstrate a capacity for independent, self-motivated learning and time management through regular practice.

How will I be assessed?

1. Lesson plan of 1,000 words for teaching a beginner over 7 lessons (20%). MLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
2. Presentation of 10mins focussing on your approach to teaching your instrument/voice (30%). MLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
3. Essay of 1,500 words on a topic related to the Education lecture input and teaching observation days (50%). 1, 2, 3, 5

You will receive written feedback on your lesson plan in preparation for your completion of the presentation.

You will receive written feedback on your presentation.

You will receive written feedback on your essay, comprising annotations to your script and a short report.


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Module abstract

All musicians teach at some point in their careers, so this module introduces you to the world of Music Education. Music teaching, whether classroom or specialist instrumental/vocal lessons in groups or 1-to-1, is interconnected, sharing a key set of skills and underpinned by broader music and universal pedagogical theories and techniques. Music education therefore does not take place within a vacuum, and when it comes to teaching children or adults it is important to understand the context of music within education. This module introduces you to the fundamentals of music education, equipping you with the skills to take your first steps into teaching your instrument/voice, and familiarising you with the basics of teaching a class. The module is delivered as a blend of theory with practical discussions, and includes external visits to schools to observe music teachers in action.

Course info

UCAS Code W320

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years Full Time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Humanities

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or September 2025

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