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Undergraduate Course: Music,Culture and Education (EDUA10088)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course will introduce participants to the field of Cultural Studies as a context for constructing understanding key themes within culture, heritage and diversity and demonstrate how Music is a significant contributor to shaping and influencing culture.Cultural Studies is a multi-disciplinary field, here fusing the study of culture, ethno-musicology and education. The fusion of theoretical and practical knowledge through the course will be applied systematically to a rigorous consideration of contemporary issues in curriculum and pedagogy relating to primary school stages.
Course description The weekly themes include;
Children's Culture.
The musical culture of 'self' and 'other'.
Musical Identity.
Music and Moving Image
Music and Media
Music in the Primary School
Music and Media

This course has been constructed around a range of key themes based on current and contemporary research. The course is structured to show a learner journey beginning with an introduction to definitions of culture and how music can contribute to the shaping of and reflection of culture and sub-cultures (ethno-musicology). The course progresses through investigation of our use of music in everyday life with some comparative studies with other, non-western, cultures. Making sense of arts and music of other cultures is a critical theme, especially in a society where we now use many components of ¿other¿ musics to shape that known as popular music. Finally, the concept of ¿popular¿ is explored and how our identity is shaped through this ever-changing music in a diverse society
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Qualifications required for the B.Ed. (Hons.) Primary and normally completion of years 1 and 2 of an undergraduate programme
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesContact the Course Organiser for guidance.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the main themes within the academic domain of cultural studies;
  2. Demonstrate knowledge, technical/musical skills and understanding of a selected range of western and non-western musics;
  3. Reflect, critically on their own practical experiences of engaging in the specialist area of Music Education and the extent to which performance experiences have been informed by their theoretical understanding of the themes and sub-themes of the course;
  4. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the ways in which Cultural Studies and musical experiences will inform their planning, presentation and evaluation of the teaching of Musical activities in the primary curriculum.
Reading List
Bloomfield, A. [2000] Teaching Integrated Arts in the Primary School. David Fulton Publishers
Bohlman, P.V. [2002] World Music: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford
Clayton,M. et al [2003] The Cultural Study of Music Routledge.
Shehan-Campbell, P. [1998]* Songs in their Heads: Music and its meaning in children¿ lives. O.U.P
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Research and enquiry: be able to use systematic and collaborative enquiry to develop knowledge and understanding of the key themes of the course.
Personal and intellectual autonomy: be able to use collaboration and discourse effectively to modify and strengthen their own views.
Communication: make effective use of oral, written and visual means to critique, negotiate, create and communicate understanding.
Personal effectiveness: be able to work effectively with others in both academic and professional settings.
Special Arrangements A key component of this course will be the opportunity for students to work with children in a classroom setting where the key themes of the course can be further explored and pedagogical issues evaluated. This is scheduled around Weeks 8 and 9.
Additional Class Delivery Information A series of weekly seminar/workshop activities of 3 hours duration in the Music Studios, Charteris Land. Holyrood Campus.
Keywordsmusic education,cultural studies,music teaching in the primary school
Course organiserMr Neil Houston
Tel: (0131 6)51 6007
Course secretaryMs Victoria Lindström
Tel: (0131 6)51 6012
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