Course Title: Music and Movement for Young Children

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Music and Movement for Young Children

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Aleksandra Acker

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7830

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 220.02.41

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course is one of a sequence of professional experience courses designed to develop your teaching practice. Music is a vibrant part of human culture and has always played a prominent role in early childhood programs. In this course you will build your knowledge and skills in pedagogical concepts related to music and movement and explore the enriching role of music and movement in the life of the developing child. You will experience and evaluate a wide range of music activities and resources utilising speech, singing, movement and instruments. You will be able to support active learning approaches to early childhood music education and plan formal and informal music and movement experiences for children. Emphasis will be on music across the day and as a support for children to develop language and physical competence and extend their understanding of a variety of cultures and styles of communication.

This course includes a work integrated learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/ or community is integral to your experience.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of children’s musical development and the elements of music to your pedagogical practice. 
  • Identify, evaluate and utilise a range of teaching strategies and resources in authentic arts education.
  • use effective skills in music making; including the use of basic sight-reading, composition, voice, singing, movement and instruments.
  • Critically reflect on the complexities and diversity of music across cultural and contemporary contexts and apply culturally diverse music and movement experiences into the curriculum.
  • Plan, implement and evaluate scaffolded and enjoyable music, dance and drama experiences that enable children to build confidence and gain knowledge and skills in music and integrated areas.

You will be assessed on your development of the following program learning outcomes in this course:

  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on complex theories and recent developments both local and international contexts
  • Engage with diverse learners in a range of educational contexts in order to develop skills and knowledge for flexible and adaptable participation in professional communities of practice.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities: Theory lectures, workshops to explore use of materials, practice in designing high quality music education environments in tutorials, discussion on experiences encountered in professional practice, linking the National Framework Communication Learning Outcome to activities presented in workshops and tutorials.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities.

Assessment may include reports, projects and presentations, individually and in groups. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

A Student Charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: