University of Technology Sydney

028290 Creative Arts 3: Music, Movement and Dance 2

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UTS: Education: Initial Teacher Education
Credit points: 6 cp
Result type: Grade, no marks


This subject builds upon the music and dance skills, techniques and pedagogy in 028249 Creative Arts 2: Music, Movement and Dance. Music skills in the areas of singing and choral, instrumental and ensemble, and improvising and orchestration, develop students' ability to provide a wide music culture in school-based settings. Basic dance skills aim to focus on students' ability to improvise and compose movement works, gain insight into the art of choreography and reflect on the pedagogical issues for teaching and learning in the school-based setting. In both music and dance, active learning experiences are informed by collaborative engagement with peers, tutors, professional fields and research. Professional skills in programming, scope and sequence, and assessment are applied to practice-based settings, gaining insights into the NSW K–6 Creative Arts syllabus.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

a. Apply melodic and rhythmic notation (reading and writing) skills in music (GTS 2.1)
b. Perform, improvise and compose in music and dance (GTS 2.1)
c. Identify and apply skills in leading vocal, instrumental and dance classwork and ensembles (GTS 2.1)
d. Analyse, design, scope and sequence programs for learning in music and dance (GTS 2.3)
e. Plan and teach musical and dance skills (GTS 2.1)
f. Identify and apply key components the NSW K-6 Creative Arts Syllabus to design and organise lessons (GTS 7.2)
g. Source, examine and implement appropriate repertoire, technologies, materials and resources for teaching in Music and Dance (GTS 3.4)

Teaching and learning strategies

Students engage in a range of teaching and learning activities to support the development of understanding of the practice of teaching and learning in Music and Dance. These include face-to-face and active engagement with learning activities, tools and technologies, modelling, group and individual practice-based learning, discussions, analysis of online materials and videos, and peer teaching.

Early feedback: ongoing, formative feedback will occur in each workshop as students experiment with performing, creating and micro-teaching in small workshop tasks.

Content (topics)

The focus of this subject is on the development in knowledge of central concepts, skills and structure of the Music and Dance component of the Creative Arts key learning area of the NSW Creative Arts Syllabus K-6 and the Australian Curriculum, Foundation to Year 6, to enable practitioners to develop pedagogical skills and strategies, and make informed decision and appropriate educational decisions. The topics include:

Recent theory and practice in learning music and dance.
Application of music concepts of Duration, Pitch, Dynamics, Tone Colour, Structure and Texture in speech, song, instrumental pieces using improvisation and composition.
Application of dance elements of Action, Dynamics/Energy, Time, Space, Relationships/Body, and Structure using improvisation and choreography.
Knowledge of the NSW K-6 Creative Arts Syllabus.
Planning, programming, assessment and scope and sequence in music and dance.
Extra-curricular music and dance.
Music and Dance technologies.
Music and Dance of other cultures, including Indigenous Australia.
Materials and resources.
Music and Dance literacy.
Teaching skills and strategies specific to music and dance.

Minimum requirements

Attendance at all workshops is essential in this subject as learning, knowledge and development of skills is body-based, involves collaborative composition and discussion, and there is no substitute for these activities. An attendance roll will be taken at each workshop. A maximum of one workshop only can be missed, and students should advise the tutor in a timely manner if they are unable to attend. Students who miss more than one workshop will be refused to have their final assessment marked (see Rule 3.8).


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Australian Journal of Music Education

British Journal of Music Education

Dance Education in Practice

Dance Forum

International Journal of Music Education

Journal of Dance Education

Journal of Research in Music Education

Music Education Technology

Research in Dance Education