Summer 2021 - EDUC 478 E100

Designs for Learning: Music (4)

Class Number: 2424

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 5:30 PM – 9:20 PM

  • 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 will be offered remotely and synchronously. Students are expected to be online and available during scheduled class time.

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. Through understanding the social constructs of musical engagement and development, the course will focus on how children and adolescents learn, perform, create, and make meaning with/through music. The pedagogical intent of the course includes building teaching competencies to foster critically inclusive and culturally responsive music classrooms.

It is not a performance course; however, students must join 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 place, lived experiences, theoretical perspectives and multiple 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., remote music teaching and learning, basic conducting, active listening, among others)
  • Develop a music unit/project and lesson plans making sense of course content and encouraging critical, multimodal and multidisciplinary perspectives


  • Critical Reading Responses 30%
  • Music Pedagogies 20%
  • Musical Practices 20%
  • Music Unit: Planning for Practice 30%


  • 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 in synchronous and asynchronous ways. 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.
  • All students are expected to attend virtual meetings through Zoom, as well as engaging virtually with course proposals through diverse technological resources, including Canvas.
  • Being respectful and using inclusive language while demonstrating professionalism and ethical practices is mandatory.
  • There is no final exam for this course.



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

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in summer 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods, but we will continue to have in-person experiential activities for a selection of courses.  Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning ( or 778-782-3112).