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    Explores the theory and practice of teaching music performance successfully.

    Whether an art or science, learning and teaching are inseparable. While learning to teach music performance you will gain understanding of how you learn to perform. By understanding the theoretical underpinnings of learning and teaching music performance, with specific emphasis on the practical application in a studio setting, you will gain knowledge of why we teach, how we teach, where and whom we teach. Topics include the learning environment; teacher-learner rapport; aspects related to music performance such as: physical, technical, musical, mental, psychological, performance and interpretative aspects; physical and auditory awareness and how to teach/learn it; theories of learning; teaching methods; pedagogy of practising; and teaching materials related to own instrument/voice. It aims at integrating aspects of music performance teaching with the wider aims of human development, as well as vocational education of teaching specific skills. The content and evaluations are designed to aid each individual student in their prospective teaching.

    The most empowering skill is the ability to learn - if you learn how to learn you can know whatever you want, including how to teach and how to perform.

    About this paper

    Paper title Music Performance Pedagogy
    Subject Music
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,173.30
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    18 200-level MUSI points
    MUSI 475
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music
    Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be admitted with approval from the Head of Department.

    Teaching staff

    Paper Co-ordinator: Dr Heleen DuPlessis
    Dr Tessa Romano

    Paper Structure

    Assessment tasks include three to four assignments made up of two or three written assignments and one group assessment in the form of an oral presentation.

    Teaching Arrangements

    Three 50-minute lectures each week, apart from 2-week practical observations of studio teaching lessons and 1-week oral presentations.

    The paper will be supported through Blackboard. Reading materials will be posted there, handed out in class where appropriate, or otherwise available in the Central Library.
    Course outline

    Contact the School of Performing Arts for a copy of the most recent course outline.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete the paper will have:

    • Gained knowledge and understanding of contemporary theories of learning and teaching as applied to music performance and related to studio music teaching
    • Gained knowledge and understanding of the social and educational context of music performance teaching
    • Developed critical thinking about music pedagogical theory by integrating it with own experience and conclusions from observations
    • Learn the practical implementation of learning and teaching theories and develop a personal philosophy or approach to music performance teaching


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 09:00-09:50 29-35, 37-42
    Monday 10:00-10:50 29-35, 37-42
    Friday 09:00-09:50 29-35, 37-42
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