Music in Early Adolescence

Course Number: 332*/3.0 3L (Course Code Explanation)

Open To: B.Mus. and B.Mus./B.Ed. students, non-B.Mus. students

Area(s): Music Education

Instructor(s): Dr. Roberta Lamb

Term(s): A

Day(s) and Time(s): T: 8.30-10.00, F: 10.00-11.30

Room: GGSR

Calendar Description

An introduction to the methods, materials, and curriculum design suitable for teaching music to pupils in grades 5 through 8.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s) / Exclusion(s)

  • PREREQUISITES MUSC 273/3.0 and MUSC 274/3.0.

Additional Information

This is a skills-based course focusing on both musical skills and teaching skills.

Course Goals for Each Student

  1. Play a minimum of 5 chords on the ukulele; competently lead songs; teach basic ukulele skills.
  2. Play a minimum of an octave on each of the soprano and alto recorders, and play competently in the keys of C, F, G, D; teach basic recorder skills.
  3. Assess and evaluate classroom materials for teaching ukulele and recorders to grades 5-8.
  4. Demonstrate competency in organising instruction and materials for using these instruments with grades 5-8.
  5. Become familiar with educational research about early adolescent learners.

Required Textbooks

  • Ukulele in the Classroom, Book 1 (D6) Teacher's Edition James Hill & Chalmers Doane
  • Windsongs Book 5 A la claire fontaine Joe Berarducci
  • Windsongs Book 6 Alto Odyssey Joe Berarducci
  • Journal articles about early adolescent learners will be available through the library and on-line.

Required Instruments

  • Empire Music E765M Soprano ukulele (deluxe machine heads, low A tuning)
  • Yamaha YRA302B Alto recorder, Rottenburgh, Baroque fingering
  • Yamaha YRS302B Soprano recorder, Rottenburgh, Baroque fingering


  • Ukulele in the Classroom, Book 1 (D6) CD James Hill & Chalmers Doan
  • Windsongs, Teachers Guide for Books 1, 2, 3, & 4 Joe Berarducci
  • Windsongs CD, accompanies Teachers Guide for Books 1, 2, 3, & 4 Joe Berarducci

All books and instruments have been ordered through the Campus Bookstore. It is not acceptable to substitute “toys” for quality instruments.


  1. In-class participation / assignments = 20%
  2. Ukulele Skills = 15
  3. Recorder Skills = 15
  4. Micro-Teaching = 25
  5. Lesson Plans = 25