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MUSIC 3V03 Foundation Of Music Education (C01)

Academic Year: Winter 2019

Term: Winter

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Tracy Wong


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 409

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23671

Office Hours: By appointment

Course Objectives:


This course is designed to provide an introduction to selected questions and issues in music education theory and practice. It open forum for students to explore their ideas about music teaching and learning and to situate those ideas within the broader context of music education philosophy, history and current practices and trends. Throughout the term, you will be invited, through readings, class discussions and in writing, to reflect critically on the topics outlined below.


Historical & Philosophical Viewpoints
Cross-cultural Comparisons
Theories of Learning & Pedagogical Approaches
Music Education in the Community
Effecting Change, Teaching Life
Inclusive Teaching
Truth and Reconciliation in Music Education
Music Cognition
Developing your own Philosophy of Music Education

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Intelligent Music Teaching by Robert A. Duke.

Journal articles for weekly assigned readings – posted on ATL. Please print readings for class and compile them in a ring binder.
Notebook / paper for note-taking and in-class discussions.

Method of Assessment:

Assessment Summary

Assignments – 25%
Reflections – 30%
Final Presentation – 15%
Final Paper – 20%
Attendance & Participation – 10%

Assignments - Assignments are designed to flesh out the ideas presented in the course. Details and dates for each assignment are posted in Avenue to Learn.

  • Assignment 1: Video Log, due Jan 16. (5%)
  • Assignment 2: Influential Teacher Report & Presentation, due Feb. 7. (10%)
  • Assignment 3: Teaching Observation, due Mar. 21. (10%)

Reflections – students are expected to write a reflection based on the topic by the guest speaker. Please take notes and write a summary of their talks with your own reflections and questions.

  • Reflection 1: Dr. Sarah Morrison (Oakville Children and Youth Choirs) & Dr. Deborah Bradley. Due Feb. 20. (10%)
  • Reflection 2: Dr. Lori-Anne Dolloff, due Mar. 6. (10%)
  • Reflection 3: Dr. Kate Einarson, due Mar. 20. (10%)

Final presentation & paper: My Philosophy of Teaching. Feedback from in-class presentation will help to solidify the organization and clarity of content in the final paper. The instructor is available for consultation prior to the submission of the final paper.

  • Final Presentations: Mar 21 & 28. (15%)
  • Final Paper: Due Apr. 12. (20%)

Attendance & Participation – in-class discussions encourage critical examination of the topics presented. Students are expected to reflect and engage in weekly discussions that will impact their growth as a learner and future music educator, and ultimately develop their personal philosophy of music education. (10%)

Students will have received 10% of their grade in this course by March 15, 2019.

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Due dates are organized to distribute the workload as evenly as possible over the complete course. Students are required to attend to them carefully. Late assignments, missed presentations, and incomplete projects will not be accepted unless prior arrangements have been made with the instructor.

Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Email correspondence policy

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

Modification of course outlines

The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.

Topics and Readings:

Week 1

Jan. 10

Introduction – syllabus, expectations

Who Am I?

Discuss Assignment 1: Who Am I? (Video log)

Assignment 1: Video log due Jan. 16

Read journal articles posted on ATL before next class.

Students to discuss assigned sub-topics from readings next week.

Week 2

Jan 17

Historical & Philosophical Viewpoints (McCarthy & Gobel)

Cross-Cultural Comparisons (Campbell)

Ch. 1 “The Importance of Teaching Music” (Hoffer)


Read journal articles posted on ATL before next class.

Students to discuss assigned sub-topics from readings next week.

Week 3

Jan 24

Theories of Learning

“Precision in Language and Thought” (Duke)
“What to Teach” (Duke)

Ch. 2 “The Nature of Music Teaching” (Hoffer)

Discuss Assignment 2: Influential Teacher


Read journal articles posted on ATL before next class.

Assignment 2: Influential Teacher due Feb. 7: in-class presentation and written submission.


Week 4

Jan 31

Presentation: Influential Teacher

Discuss Guest Speaker Reflections.

Discuss Teaching Observation.


Read journal article posted on ATL before next class. (Bradley)

Students to come prepared with questions for Dr. Morrison & Dr. Bradley.


Week 5

Feb 7

Music Education in the Community

Guest Speaker: Dr. Sarah Morrison, Oakville Children and Youth Choirs. (TBC)



Reflection 1: combination of Guest Speakers Dr. Morrison (Feb 7) and Dr. Bradley (Feb 14)

Week 6

Feb 14

Inclusive Teaching in Music Education

Guest Speaker: Dr. Deborah Bradley, University of Toronto (TBC)


Reflection 1: Guest Speaker Reflection due Feb. 20.


Feb 21

Mid-term recess


Week 7

Feb 28

Truth and Reconciliation in Music Education

Guest Speaker: Dr. Lori-Anne Dolloff, University of Toronto (TBC)

this class may take place online


Reflection 2: Guest Speaker Reflection due Mar. 6.

Read journal articles posted on ATL before next class.


Week 8

Mar 7

Effecting Change (Duke)
A Teaching Life (Duke)

Developing your own Philosophy of Music Education.

Discuss final paper & presentation.



Week 9

Mar 14

Music and the Mind

Guest Speaker: Dr. Kate Einarson


Reflection 3: Guest Speaker Reflection due Mar. 20.

Week 10

Mar 21

Final Presentations

Assignment 3: Teaching Observation due today.

Week 11

Mar 28

Final Presentations


Week 12

Apr 4

Consultations for final paper

Final paper: Due Apr. 12

Other Course Information:


Student membership in Ontario Music Educators’ Association (OMEA) with Canadian Music Educators’ Association.
For more information, visit
Membership benefits include:
Discounts at workshops and conferences sponsored by OMEA
A subscription to the OMEA journal, The Recorder
A subscription to journals and newsletters from CMEA
Full access to OMEA resources and supports