The key elements for the music curriculum are singing, playing instruments, moving, composing and listening.

The key elements for the music curriculum are singing, playing instruments, moving, composing and listening. Write about one page (approx 400-600 words) that outlines why you think teaching these key elements is important both for developing music skills and knowledge and contributing to education more broadly. What you would hope to achieve in the classroom. You could highlight any possible difficulties by using dot points. I would prefer your own ideas rather than quotations from curriculum documents. Assessment will be based on expressing main issues; having imaginative but realistic ideas; recognition of the classroom context. Integrating Music into the Curriculum (25%). Choose THREE HSIE or other KLA existing units of work (each from a different stage level) or if you like another curriculum area, such as, mathematics. For each, briefly outline at least two music or dance activities (TWO different types and not extensions of each other ie for assignment purposes don`t teach a song and then add instruments to it as two activities) that would relate to the unit or area. Provide as much detail as possible (eg names of songs, etc.) At least two of your six activities should have a movement or dance component. (approx 500 words) Provide one lesson plan for one of the musical activities taught in each unit (ie three lessons plans all up). You only need to include the music part of the lesson and this could be quite short, eg a 10 minute exercise. For the lesson plans  we are interested in learning what you plan to do with the children. Use a format that works for you and don`t be too hung up on bureaucratic jargon. The point of this exercise is for you to think about how music can be integrated into other curriculum areas. Be imaginative about how you can learn songs or listen to music that relates to the HSIE unit or create soundscapes or music/movement activities. At least One of your three lesson plans should have a movement or dance component. (approx 1000 words) Assessment is based on both the quality and originality of ideas and the clear expression of them in your outline and lesson plans. Try to include different types of activity – e.g. I don’t want three lesson plans for songs, even if you do identify a song for each unit (which is quite possible). Participation in on-line forums (10%). Choose Three of your best contributions to the on-line forums and include copies with your assignment. These contributions need to put forward some new original ideas or material. Asking a question or saying "I agree with that" doesn`t cut the mustard. But description of your own experience, or response to readings or videos or suggesting a good relevant website or other resource would all be fine. This part of the assignment is marked on a pass fail basis - if your contributions are fine you get the 10%. Assessment criteria: Demonstration of importance of each musical element to music and general education. HD: Good discussion of each musical element with several arguments. P: Sketchy discussion with only one argument per element. F: Incomplete coverage with poor or absent arguments Creative ideas for implementation. HD: Imaginative use of music and use of several different approaches or types of activities. P: Predictable use of music and/or only using one type of activity. F: Incomplete. Realistic recognition of potential problems. HD: Identification of realistic problems and possible solutions P: identifying unrealistic problems or ignoring obvious ones. F: Incomplete or absent. Creative ideas for links to HSIE units. HD: Imaginative ideas that enhance the other KLA unit. P: Ideas that are a bit irrelevant or tangential or boring. F: Incomplete. Clear expression of teaching procedure in lesson plans. HD: Good structure of lesson with realistic activities and contingencies. P: Poor lesson structure and dull content F: Poorly thought out and impractical lesson structure and content. Inclusion of sufficient details of materials and resources. HD: All materials and resources included P: Incomplete list of resources. F: No resources listed.

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