Summer 2019 - EDUC 478 E100

Designs for Learning: Music (4)

Class Number: 4210

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 5:30 PM – 9:20 PM
    EDB 7610, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    EDUC 401/402 or corequisite EDUC 403.



Designed for in-service and pre-service teachers who would like to acquire the skills that will allow them to teach music competently and creatively. They will learn basic conducting techniques, design their own curriculums and have an opportunity to prepare and teach their own lesson plans. Previous musical experience is welcome, but not required.


This course is designed for in-service and pre-service teachers who would like to acquire practical, reflexive and critical perspectives in primary and secondary music education settings. Understanding the social constructs of musical engagement and development, the course will focus on how children and adolescents learn, perform, create, and make meaning through music, while also building teaching knowledge and competencies to foster critically inclusive and culturally responsive music classrooms.

It is not a performance course; however, students must join in-class musical practices and exercises. Previous musical experience is welcome, but not required.


During the course process you will be better able to:

  • Amplify your definition of music education considering the social constructs of music and the arts in articulation with places, lived experiences, theoretical understandings and ways of knowing;
  • Reflect on situated musical teaching-learning processes and its role in the active construction of critically inclusive and culturally responsive music classrooms;
  • Explore diverse musical practices, building teaching skills and competencies necessary in elementary and secondary settings (i.e., basic conducting, active listening, rhythmics, among others)
  • Develop a music unit/project and lesson plans making sense of course content and encouraging critical, multimodal and multidisciplinary perspectives


  • Participation and Professionalism 10%
  • Musical Practices (Autobiography, Listening, Rhythm/Conducting, Hands-On Teaching) 45%
  • Music Unit/Project Poster + Lesson Plans 45%


Specific guidelines for each assignment will be posted on Canvas and discussed in class.

There will be no final exam.


The course is designed to be participatory and co-constructed; it is not a lecture-based course. You are expected to come to class prepared, having completed the necessary readings and ready to participate in discussions and musical practices (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 practices and other materials connected to the course topics.



Required papers and book chapters will be accessible online via Canvas and/or at the SFU library.

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