Fall 2019 - EDUC 469 E100

Music Education as Thinking in Sound (4)

Class Number: 5845

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 3 – Dec 2, 2019: Thu, 4:30–8:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    60 units.



Understanding the language of music, both historical and contemporary, and use of electronic and acoustic instruments in the general music classroom.


This course is designed for all students who are interested in music, and who wish to gain reflexive and critical perspectives about music from diverse contexts (classical, popular, traditional, etc.) The course is based on readings, musical and audiovisual materials that discuss the nature of human musical engagement and development through a broad range of fields. Musical, educational, sociological, and psychological perspectives will inform the discussions in which you will be encouraged to share your musical memories and experiences.

It is not a performance course. As such, it is intended for any student who has a general or specific interest in the musical arts. In no way it is required or necessary to be able to play an instrument or read musical notation.

The course is designed to be participatory; it is not a lecture-based course. You are expected to come to class prepared, having completed the necessary readings and willing to participate in discussions and in-class activities (inside and outside the classroom). You are invited to contribute with your knowledge and understanding of the topics that will be explored through your experiences, readings, musical examples and other material connected to the topics and themes we are studying.


During the course you will be able to:

  • Amplify your definition of music and sound considering diverse traditions and social locations;
  • Articulate the relations between sound, music, place, and lived experiences;
  • Reflect on the impact of music and musical experiences in our daily lives;
  • Understand the musical development in different stages of life (childhood, adolescent, adulthood, aging)
  • Analyze musical content in relation to historical and social issues;
  • Explore educational, sociological, and psychological perspectives in Music.


  • Participation (attendance + in-class and Canvas activities) 15%
  • Digital Musical Portfolio + Presentation 40%
  • Group Listening Activity 10%
  • Critical Reflection Paper 35%



Required articles and book chapters will be provided via Canvas and SFU library.

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