Course Case Study: New MusM Music Performance Studies o Professional and Pedagogical Skills

"What is learned and how it is learned are interconnected." - (Folkestad, 2006, 142)

The figure of the instrumental or vocal teacher is one of the most significant influences in the education of a music performance student. As part of the "Professional and Pedagogical Skills" course within our new Master’s pathway in Music Performance Studies, you will acquire knowledge and understanding about how to impart expertise and artistry to performance students effectively, and develop as an inspiring and wise instrumental or vocal teacher. You will also develop pedagogical skills to guide performance students as they cultivate technical, expressive and communicative excellence.

The course will introduce historical and current theories of instrumental and vocal pedagogy to develop a critical understanding of different approaches to teaching and learning music performance. You will discover the role tradition, discourses and institutions play in instrumental and vocal pedagogies and critically evaluate their impact on music performance students. In addition to the idiosyncrasies of musical instruments, the course will also advance your knowledge in instrumental and vocal concert repertoire.

Moving beyond the master-apprentice model, the unit will present instrumental and vocal teaching and learning as a highly complex, multidimensional and thoroughly collaborative and reflective practice. This course unit will also develop an understanding of the personal qualities that are essential for effective teaching of the science and art of instrumental and vocal performance.

Folkestad, Göran. (2006). Formal and informal learning situations or practices vs formal and informal ways of learning. British Journal of Music Education 23/2: 135’145 .