Music 1 - spring MUS 102

Learning outcome

(Please refer to the course description Music 1 30 ECTS)

After completing studies in Music 1 the student will have acquired expertise in the following main areas of the subject:
A. Music theory / ear training

The student will be able to read and write simple melodies and rhythm patterns, intervals, chords and scales and use them in their own music and activities (see below Playing & Singing and Composition).

B. Playing (piano or guitar) and singing
The student has acquired a playing repertoire of 10 joint and 10 self-selected songs / tunes that include accompaniment using various techniques / genres and basic musical notation. The student will be able to carry out these activities and use them in his/her work as a teacher.

The student has mastered a song repertoire which he/she can perform and use with pupils.

C. Dance and movement

The student has learned the relationship between activities involving physical-motor movements and rhythmic-melodic motion in music.

The student has mastered a repertoire of dances, singing and dancing games that he/she is able to instruct and use with pupils.

D. Composition

Students are able to lead music composition activities with pupils. He/she has gained experience using simple melody compositions, speech choirs, sound compositions, classroom arrangements and chords.

The student has gained basic knowledge of and experience in composition / notation using ICT / MIDI technology.

E. Listening and music history

The student is familiar with the music and styles of Western music history with emphasis on the periods up to ca. 1900.

The student is able to lead methodical listening activities with pupils, and has a repertoire of music that can be used for this purpose.

F. Music pedagogical knowledge and reflection

The student is familiar with the major educational topics within music, and has reflected on these, for instance:

  • Musicality and musical ability
  • Children’s musical development
  • The role and position of music in schools

The student is familiar with literature within the area of music and education.

Through work with the group assignment in didactics, the student has gained experience and training in working systematically with practical problems in the subject, and has worked to mediate this in a way that follows formal guidelines.

Course Objectives

The course will provide students with improved skills and increased self-confidence when using music in professional contexts.

NB: “Course objectives” has been replaced by “learning outcome”.

Course Description

Emphasis will be placed on leadership and facilitating practical music activities and pedagogical reflection. The course includes instrumental training, singing, planning and implementation of school / nursery concerts and musical collaboration in various contexts.

Learning Methods

The subject, music, involves many group-dynamic processes, and student attendance is therefore important.

Most of the teaching will be organised as seminars, though some themes will be organised as compulsory courses (band instruments, percussion instruments, dance and movement). Singing and piano instruction will be given in groups.

The semester plan provides information concerning compulsory attendance, for instance, concert attendance.

Simple use of ICT/Midi technology will be a relevant working method in some contexts. Information and assignments will mainly be distributed to the students via Fronter.

Assessment Methods

Please refer to MUS 101 – autumn (see also the course description for Music 1, 30 ECTS).

1 Course requirements

  • Tests in songs and playing, and the last of the sessions in ensemble playing, percussion and dance
  • Test(s) in music theory and ear training skills
  • School concert: students in groups of 6-8 create and perform a concert (evaluated individually)

2 Presentation portfolio (40% of the grade)

  • Three assignments in composition must be submitted and approved
  • Group assignment in didactics

Assignments in composition during the year, and the group assignment in didactics will be assessed, and will constitute 40% of the grade. In assessing the portfolio, professional skill / level, and effort / development during the studies will be emphasised.

3 Final examination (counts 60% of the grade)
The final examination consists of written and practical / oral part. The written part (5 hours) may include topics from music history / listening, music education / didactics and music theory. The practical / oral part consists of a practical / methodological test (20 minutes). The final grade for the final examination is weighted practical / oral part 60%, and written part 40%. A single grade will be entered on the diploma, graded from A to F, where A is the highest and E the lowest passing grade. Each course unit must receive a passing mark in order for the course to receive a passing mark. Please refer to Telemark University College Examination Regulations.

Minor adjustments may occur during the academic year, subject to the decision of the Dean

Publisert av / forfatter Ian Hector Harkness <> - 23/06/2011