Course Title: Performing Arts

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Performing Arts

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007


Brunswick Campus


360H Education


Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013

Course Coordinator: Maree Macmillan

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7809

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This is a core course that focuses on developing students’ confidence in music, within a performing arts context. Students will engage in performance, improvisation and movement, musical composition, active listening and use of appropriate music technologies. They will develop the philosophical and pedagogical skills, knowledge and understandings that will enable them to inspire best-practice musical/performing arts engagement in their future students.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course is designed to assist students to:
• Develop a philosophy of music education informed by current educational thinking and research, demonstrating an awareness of the nature of performing arts not only as a unique symbolic language, but also as a vital contributor to the wider social and cultural world.
• Understand and articulate the benefits and attributes of music/arts-based learning.
• Gain a working knowledge of key music concepts, performing arts skills and techniques, and develop personal confidence in performance, movement, musical composition and critical listening, regardless of prior experience.
• Engage in the creative risk-taking and personal expansion of boundaries that can be transferred to their future students.
• Design and implement programs to introduce basic music, movement, improvisation and performance skills and knowledge to primary-school age students, with reference to best-practice music education pedagogy and current resources and curriculum documents.
• Begin to develop teaching strategies and resources that demonstrate links between music, performance and creativity across the curriculum.
• Acquire a working knowledge of current music technology appropriate for use with primary-school age students.

Upon completion of this course students will be able to:
• Articulate a personal philosophy of performance arts teaching and learning informed by current educational thinking and research.
• Create curriculum that actively engages primary-school age students in the development of specific music, movement, improvisation and performance skills and knowledge, critical listening, and music composition.
• Plan, implement and evaluate group music-making, performances, improvisation and creative exploration, both as part of units of work in music and arts, and as an integral part of learning across the curriculum.
• Evaluate relevant methodologies and current resources and curriculum documents
• Engage in independent research, group learning, improvisation and performance, and team teaching in music, incorporating links to other learning areas.
• Select and use appropriate music technologies.

ICT Outcomes
At the conclusion of this course, students will have demonstrated and/or acquired the following ICT capabilities:
• Understandings of the role of ICT in learning and implications for the classroom.
• Awareness of a range of contemporary ICT resources suitable for the classroom.
• Understanding of how ICT resources can be integrated in meaningful ways that take into account students’ existing and diverse technological skills and to produce engaging and challenging curriculum.

VIT Standards
This course is aligned with the following standards:
• Teachers know the content they teach.
• Teachers know how students learn and how to teach them effectively.
• Teachers create and maintain safe and challenging learning environments

Overview of Learning Activities

Students’ learning in this course will involve a range of activities delivered through face-to-face and online mode, with an emphasis on hands-on small-group work. Learning activities will include practical workshops, small-group improvisation, performance and composition, group micro-teaching, development and critique of teaching materials and strategies, creative problem-setting and problem-solving tasks, individual and group research, critical analysis, ICT skills development; arts site visits, in-the-field observation and reflection.

Overview of Learning Resources

See Part B

Overview of Assessment

Assessment tasks are directly linked to the stated objectives and outcomes. Assessment in the course will be both theoretical and practical in nature. A range of formative and summative assessment types will be incorporated into the course (for example, development of curriculum, reflection, research and performance based assessment).

Students should refer to Part B of the course guide for further information on assessment.