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MUSI375 Studio Teaching Pedagogy

Explores the theoretical underpinnings of teaching and learning music in a private music teacher studio setting.

Whether an art or science, learning and teaching are inseparable. While learning to teach you will gain understanding of how you learn. By understanding the theoretical underpinnings of learning and teaching, 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; physical, technical, musical, mental, psychological, performance and interpretative aspects; the art of listening; pedagogy of practising; use of materials/repertoire; teaching methods; and theories of learning. It aims at integrating aspects of studio music 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. Be inspired - to learn, to teach, to change the world!

Paper title Studio Teaching Pedagogy
Paper code MUSI375
Subject Music
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,092.15
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,692.00

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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 Coordinator: Dr Heleen DuPlessis
Dr Tessa Romano
Paper Structure
Assessment tasks include 3-4 assignments made up of two or three written assignments and one group assessment in the form of an oral presentation.
Teaching Arrangements
Two or 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.
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 music learning and pedagogy related to studio music teaching
  • Gained knowledge and understanding of the social and educational context of studio music 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 studio teaching

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 15:00-15:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22
Tuesday 14:00-14:50 9-13, 15-22
Wednesday 16:00-16:50 9-13, 15-22