Fall 2021 - EDUC 469 E100

Music Education as Thinking in Sound (4)

Class Number: 5288

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 8 – Dec 7, 2021: 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 interested in music, especially those who wish to gain reflexive, critical, and practical perspectives about music and music education, particularly in general music education.

The course is based on readings, musical and audiovisual materials that discuss multiple forms of musical engagement, development, and pedagogy. Diverse theoretical perspectives will inform the discussions in which students are encouraged to share the meaning-making of course materials and their 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 musical arts. Previous musical experience is not required or necessary; students do not need to know how to play an instrument or read musical notation. However, students will be required to engage with musical practices continuously (inside and outside the classroom). The course is participatory; it is not a lecture-based course.


During the course, students 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;
  • Practice/Engage with informal ways of learning music;
  • Analyze musical content in relation to historical and social issues;
  • Explore educational, sociological, and psychological perspectives in music.


  • Participation 10%
  • Visual-Sonic Journal 20%
  • Musical Practice
  • --Proposal 5%
  • --Reflection & Video 25%
  • Group Listening Inquiry 20%
  • Group Musical Pedagogies Inquiry 20%


There is no final exam for this course.



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

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Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

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Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.