Studies in Music Education: Creativity

Course Number: 439*/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: 1.00-2.30, Th: 11.30-1.00

Room: HLH 120

Calendar Description

An exploration of creativity in music education broadly defined, e.g., classroom, applied studio, religious or community organizations. The focus is on research, theories, and practices of musical creativity, including improvisation and aspects of composition.

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

  • PREREQUISITE: One of MUSC 153, MUSC 255, MUSC 320, MUSC 321, MUSC 324, MUSC 328*, MUSC 393*, or (MUSC 273* and MUSC 274*)

Additional Information

An exploration of creativity in music education broadly defined, e.g., classroom, applied studio, religious or community organizations. The focus is on research, theories, and practices of musical creativity, including improvisation and aspects of composition.

This course provides anyone who is teaching or facilitating music experiences in classrooms, applied studios, religious or community organizations with opportunities to develop his/her skills in the practices of musical creativity, both for individual growth and as a leader, teacher or facilitator.

The course is organised as a seminar with practical applications. Examples of such applications include, but are not limited to:

written/visual/kinetic responses to musical excerpts; written summaries or comments on assigned readings; participation in small and large group discussion; improvisation and/or performance of a musical excerpt; experiential learning as a learner; experiential learning as a facilitator.

Be prepared to read, write, sing, play and laugh!

Required Textbooks
Landy, L. (2012). Making Music with Sounds.  New York: Routledge. Library readings will be required, also.

Course Requirements
Objectives for students in this course include:

  1. Describe, compare and analyse issues of creativity represented in selected music, education, psychology, and philosophy research literature.
  2. Improve individual creativity and critical thinking skills in music, with emphasis on then facilitating creativity in others.
  3. Demonstrate educational and creative leadership while a participant in the class through individual and cooperative contributions to the direction and progress of the course through the semester.
  4. Each student individually identifies, describes and completes a project of specific interest to him/herself, developing it as a topic on creativity in music.

Course Expectations

    Participation

    24 (2% for each class)

    Test 1: readings (week 3)

    10%

    Test 2: readings (week 6)

    10 %

    Group (Improvisation or Composition)

    15%

    Test 3: readings (week 9)

    10%

    Individual Project (due at end of term)

    21%