Unit description

Provides students with the methodological basis for teaching music in secondary schools. It provides students with a foundation of knowledge and skills required to teach the non-elective and elective Stages 4 and 5 Music Syllabi. Students are encouraged to relate and extend their knowledge and experiences of the concepts of music through the aspects of aural, composition, musicology and performance appropriate for the secondary school context. A range of pedagogical frameworks for teaching and learning, and assessment (including the NSW Quality Teaching Framework) are explored.

Unit content

1. Knowledge of Music Years 7-10 syllabi content 
2. Knowledge of pedagogy, including linking current pedagogical theory to teaching music 
3. Knowledge of curriculum requirements for teaching music

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority, 2011, The shape of the Australian curriculum: The arts, ACARA, Sydney, NSW.
  • Peterson, N, 2009, An introduction to the concepts of music, McGraw-Hill, Sydney, NSW.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Structured online learning self paced (self paced)
Tutorial online 1 hour (7 weeks)
Workshop on-site 2 days (Twice)
Short tasksSR
Teaching resource40%
Lesson plans60%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information


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Commencing 2014 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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