Graduate Diploma in Music (Performance and Pedagogy) (GDipMus(PerfPed))

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This program develops expertise in pedagogy (learning, teaching and related processes) and performance while developing a thorough understanding of their relationship. It forms the first year of the two year Master of Music (Performance and Pedagogy). Two minor recitals, with pedagogy related themes, are undertaken with the support of individual tuition. Pedagogy courses are taught in seminars and workshops with off-campus teaching practice in selected schools and colleges.

The Graduate Diploma in Music (Performance and Pedagogy) is an AQF Level 8 qualification with a standard full-time duration of 1 year.

Program Learning Outcome
1. Understand the range of contexts that underlie the creation and/or performance of music and its theoretical underpinnings. Develop sound pedagogical principles that enable insightful verbal commentary to be made concerning the purposes and contexts of repertoire.
2. Identify and solve problems in performing, analysing, evaluating, and/or generating ideas about music and music literature, by means of research involving primary and secondary source material, and appropriate research methodologies. Demonstrate effective teaching and pedagogical analysis based on understanding of best practice in instrumental and vocal pedagogy.
3. Communicate effectively and present ideas about a range of music and music-making activities in various spoken and written formats. Fluent use of spoken language that adequately underpins and communicates ideas and concepts being outlined during a lecture/recital.
4. Work with others to explore, create and present music, ideas and information, and to collectively negotiate solutions to problems as they arise.
5. Demonstrate career readiness and leadership skills appropriate for beginning professional practice, including proficiency in information technology (to facilitate access, management and analysis of relevant material, and to disseminate and communicate effectively with others), time management, organisational skills and decision-making processes.
6. Recognise and reflect on social, cultural and ethical issues in music and music-making and operate with an ethical awareness and professional integrity in a range of social, cultural and linguistic contexts.
7. Capacity for self-appraisal and reflective thinking as well as respect and responsibility for sustained and productive relationships as appropriate for professional practice.

Condition of admission: Students will be required to audition.

Program Maximum Duration: As specified in Table 1 of the Coursework Academic Programs Policy, this program must be completed within a Maximum Duration which includes any periods of non-enrolment, leave of absence or approved study at other institutions for credit towards a Program.
Interruption of program:
Students must apply for permission from the Executive Dean or delegate before taking a Leave of Absence. Any extension of the leave without approval will result in the loss of place in the program but an application may be made to be re-admitted to the program subject to the admission procedures in place at the time.

Academic Program Rules for Graduate Diploma in Music (Performance and Pedagogy)

There shall be a Graduate Diploma in Music (Performance and Pedagogy).

Qualification Requirements
Academic Program: 

To qualify for the Graduate Diploma in Music (Performance and Pedagogy), the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 24 units, comprising:

  1. Core courses to the value of 24 units
Core Courses

To satisfy the requirements for Core Courses students must complete courses to the value of 24 units.

All of the following courses must be completed:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
MUSEP 7001 Pedagogy Research Seminar IV 6
MUSEP 7002 Pedagogy Practicum IV 6
MUSEP 7003 Performance and Pedagogy IV A 6
MUSEP 7004 Performance and Pedagogy IV B 6