Course Description

EDCP 308 110

Curriculum & Instruction in Music: Elementary

2 credits (Elementary) Pass/Fail

Instructor: Daniel (Danny) BakanOffice: Scarfe 2129Office hours by appointment before and after class


Course Coordinator: Peter Gouzouasis, Ph.D.Office: Scarfe 2101

Phone: 604-822-4460 (office)


Course description

EDCP 308 is an introduction to curriculum and instruction in music education in elementary schools. The course focus is on the exploration of basic principles of music, as well as traditional and contemporary approaches to music instruction for kindergarten through grade seven classrooms. No prior special knowledge of music is required. Emphasis is placed on the aural-oral aspects of music making that are foundational across world cultures. Due to time constraints, the development of music fluency is the main learning outcome, not music literacy. Creative tactics, strategies, and various forms of graphic representation are used to complement traditional techniques in music teaching and learning. We hope that after this introductory experience, teachers will seek out 1) elective music courses, 2) music workshops, and 3) certification and degree programs that will aid in personal music development and personal transformations beyond this course.

Overall, music making—also known as musicing (Elliott, 1995) and musicking (Small, 1999)—will inform all of our foundational experiences. Based on music making, there are three basic focal aspects of this course.

    Experiential music learning through listening, singing, chanting, moving, improvising, composing, and playing instruments with an emphasis on guitar—learning basic chords, learning to sing and play guitar, teaching and learning music together in a variety of ways

•    Activities that include analyzing/describing, composing/arranging, improvising, reading/notating, and performing in both traditional (kinesthetic-whole human) and new media contexts (digital software and digital hardware)

•    Learning about the elements of music and how music elements enable us to understand and assist in the embodiment of thoughts, feelings, and images in relation to experiential music activities, such as playing guitar, playing a variety of K—7 classroom and professional level instruments, and playing with digital technologies.

In less than 24 hours (actually, 22), this course will scratch the surface in introducing pre-service teachers to a wide range of music experiences, with an attempt to blend teacher-directed and student-led teaching and learning experiences.