Professional Master of Education (Music)

Programme Outline

Year One Autumn Semester

EN6151: Becoming a Teacher: Identity and Agency

This module aims to help student teachers to identify and critically analyse influences which shape the individual in becoming a teacher and to also focus on the key concepts of communication and reflection as significant processes in professional identity formation.

EN6161: Understanding Learning

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to different theoretical views of how people learn and the factors influencing this learning. Employing an evidence-based perspective, it aims to challenge the lay theories often associated with learning as a result of formal educational practices.

EN6171:

The purpose of this module is to prepare students for their first teaching placement by introducing key aspects associated with planning, preparation and classroom practice. Employing an evidence-based perspective, it aims to explore different approaches to planning, pedagogical techniques and classroom management.

MU6031: Practical Skills of Music 1

The purpose of this module is to provide practical guidance in the area of classroom music. Skills will be developed specifically related to the facilitation of music learning, teaching and performance. An awareness will be developed in the student of his/her position as a music facilitator in the school at large. Competency will be facilitated in essential aural, compositional and performance skills.

MU6041: Music Pedagogy

Topics of pedagogy will be considered from the perspectives of specific teaching of music so as to enhance the quality of teaching practice experience. Students will be enabled to undertake structured observation in the classroom. Students will develop the ability to reflect critically on their own teaching and their role within the school. Aspects of curriculum, methodology and assessment will be examined as they relate to music education. Current research will be applied to practice.

Year One Spring Semester

EN6152: Understanding Teaching and Learning

The student will be enabled to develop further the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for the planning, preparation, management, reflection and evaluation cycle associated with their teaching and the learning experience while on their first school placement. Students will be enabled to engage in a productive way with their school placement experience.

EN6162: School Placement 1

EN6010: Research Methods 1

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to educational research and its contribution to policy and practice. The module will outline the different paradigms of research and provide examples of significant research studies that have emerged from these different perspectives. The module will also introduce students to a range of different research methodologies and provide examples of educational research that have employed these various methodologies. During this module students will also begin to plan their overall research design so issues of appropriate methodological design will be emphasised along with ethical and practical considerations.

MU6012: Practical Skills of Music 2

Practical guidance will be provided in the area of school and classroom music. Skills will be developed specifically related to the facilitation of music learning, teaching, direction and performance. Awareness will be developed in the student of his/her position as a music educator and as a community musician within the entire school community. Competency will be facilitated in essential aural, compositional and performance skills.

Year Two Autumn Semester

EN6153: Understanding Schools

EN6163: School Placement 2

EN6210: Research Methods 2

The purpose of this module is to further develop students’ understanding of educational research. The module will build on the content of EN6010 and develop students’ research capacity. The module will support the student as they engage in the research process by introducing students to a range of different research tools including interviewing, observation, documentary analysis, questionnaire design. The module will also introduce students to data analysis.

MU6003: Practical Skills of Music 3

In this module students will be provided with further practical guidance in the area of school and classroom music. Further skills will be developed specifically related to the facilitation of music learning, teaching, direction and performance. The student will continue to develop an awareness of his/her position as a music educator and as a community musician within the entire school community. Competency will continue to be enabled in essential aural, compositional and performance skills.

Year Two Spring Semester

EN6054: Curriculum Policy and Reform

EN6064: History, Policy & Contemporary Issues in Education

The objective of this module is to allow student teachers to examine educational policy and institutions in their historical context. The module is also designed to reflect changes and current trends in modern Irish society and locate professional practice in its broader context. In particular, the module will outline the relationship between the social, economic and political structures of modern Ireland and the education system. It will enhance students’ understanding of the historical sociology of the Irish education system and enable them to think critically about it.

EN6084: Teacher as Professional Practitioner

This module follows school placement and affords students the opportunity to critically reflect on their experiences to identify and question assumptions they hold about the nature of teaching, learning and schooling in cooperative groups that model collegial learning and cultivate research capacity. This context is explored in a conceptual framework of teacher professionalism that emphasises action, change and lifelong learning.

EN6074: Research and Practice Portfolio

Prospective teachers will be assisted in selecting, reflecting on and linking evidence of their achievement of the Teaching Council learning outcomes to best practice, recognising theories and assumptions from the research that guide their practice and collaborative dialogue about teaching and learning.

EN6094: Reporting Educational Research

The purpose of this module is to assist pupils in completing their research paper associated with the research project they have engaged in during their teaching practice placements. It also aims to assist the students in analysing and interpreting the research data collected and presenting the findings to their peers.

MU6004: Music Education Independent Study

To initiate self-directed study as a means of (1) deepening one’s knowledge / expertise within a primary specialisation, music education (2) developing skills and knowledge in a relevant secondary area of specialisation (3) engaging in creative, cross-platform study / performance through a combination of a variety of areas (4) developing an understanding of local and global issues as they pertain to musical interpretation, performance and composition. – To allow a variety of project presentation and negotiable assessment weighting, encouraging the student to propose a form of presentation most suitable to the project and the educational journey, as well as a form of assessment capable of accurately evaluating the outcomes.

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