SF/0006 - FUNDAMENTALS OF MUSIC AND MUSIC EDUCATION
Academic Year 2021/2022
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PAOLO DAL MOLIN (Tit.)
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- Lingua Insegnamento
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1. Knowledge and understanding
At the end of the course students will have gained a knowledge of:
a) the child’s psychological-musical development, the functions and goals of musical education in the Italian school curriculum;
b) the current means and contexts of musical production and enjoyment and the relationship between the two;
c) authoritative bibliographic and webliographic tools to locate repertoires and musical practices in cultures and in their history;
d) the lexicon and disciplinary categories useful for the didactic transposition.
2. Applying knowledge and understanding
The following objectives will be considered, aimed at the teaching transposition in Kindergarten and primary school.
At the end of the course students will have learnt how to:
a) recognise and provide an analogical description and formal analysis of sounds, soundscapes and music;
b) read extracts of music scores comprehensively;
c) read analytically and understand simple extracts from music scores in standard notation;
d) reproduce sounds and musical sequences, both vocally and with instruments;
e) create short vocal and instrumental musical sequences proficiently;
f) transcribe simple sound and music sequences using graphic symbols and music notation;
g) understand and conduct individual activities or entire teaching units designed by others, including the productive parts.
3. Making judgements
At the end of the course, students will be able to:
a) recognise the type and evaluate the characteristics of other didactic proposals for music;
b) successfully adapt teaching activities or units designed by others, in line with their own abilities and skills and the operational context;
c) identify and implement the interdisciplinary potential of teaching activities and units;
d) evaluate the realisation of activities and teaching units;
e) carry out teaching transpositions and discipline transfers.
4. Communication skills
At the end of the course, students will know how to:
a) clearly illustrate the contents of a teaching unit and to pursue its objectives in a captivating manner;
b) use appropriate forms of non-verbal communication, especially graphic elements and gestures, in the listening and practice of music and when conducting activities.
5. Learning skills
At the end of the course, students will have learnt how to:
a) use authoritative bibliographic and webliographic tools to locate repertoires and music practices in cultures and in their history;
b) acquire tools for their own research and continued professional training.
To follow the course and achieve its goals, students should have sufficient knowledge and understanding in developmental psychology, pedagogy and educational theories and strategies for teaching. Previous knowledge, abilities and skills in music are useful but not essential.
The course aims to provide knowledge, models and strategies for teaching music education in Kindergartens and primary schools. The teaching contents are divided into three parts.
1) The first part deals with:
- the educational potentialities of music and the functions of educating children in sound and music in the early stages of the Italian school curriculum,
- the teaching of listening, music production (performance, improvisation, composition), the history of music, their premises, objectives, methods and techniques.
2) The second part and the course workshop deal with:
- sound, with particular reference to the group experience of sound environments (soundscapes),
- music, with particular reference to Western art music.
Starting from listening and informal description, students will be taught:
- formal understanding guided by sounds, soundscapes and music productions (short works or extracts)
- competence in the production of short musical sequences.
With the same purposes in mind, a global approach to the reading of music score extracts will provide experience allowing the student to improve his/her skills in identifying the perceived musical structures and forming a repertoire of figures/gestures to be used in simple improvisations and compositions.
At the same time, students will be taught the essential elements of theory and musical semiology.
3) In the third part of the course, attending students will be required to design and discuss a teaching unit or a series of didactic activities. Non-attending students will be required to demonstrate their knowledge of the objectives and contents of pre-established teaching units.
Lectures with class discussions and practical exercises; individual and group work (60 hours).
Course workshop (10 hours).
Verification of learning
Attending students: practical exercises during the course on part 3 and a 90-minute final written exam with open and closed questions.
Non-attending students: 90-minute written test with open and closed questions.
Marks are awarded out of thirty.
The written test is worth up to 30 out of 30 points.
To be admitted to the written exam, students will have passed the “idoneità di laboratorio" [workshop proficiency test].
The following elements will be taken into account in the evaluation of the open answers in the written test:
- knowledge of the subject and mastery of concepts and definitions;
- clarity and ease of expression;
- ability to apply acquired knowledge;
- synthesis, processing and modelling skills.
The final mark is the sum of the marks awarded for each element: insufficient (0%), sufficient (25%), fair (50%), good (75%), excellent (100%).
However, the final mark will be given as a result of a comprehensive assessment of all the available material concerning each student.
a) Michele Biasutti, Elementi di didattica della musica, Rome, Carocci, 2015 (pp. 30-66 and 81-195)
b) Teacher’s handouts (cfr. §More informations).
Ottó Károlyi, La grammatica della musica. La teoria, le forme e gli strumenti musicali, Torino, Einaudi, © 1969 e 2000 (pages indicated by the teacher).
Stefania Lucchetti, Franca Ferrari, Anna Maria Freschi, Insegnare la musica, Roma, Carocci Faber, 2012, chapters 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 (including the worksheets). N.B.: The appendix can be found at: http://www.carocci.it/ → Catalogo → Titolo: Insegnare la musica → Allegati. (Registration is free). If any of the YouTube links are no longer available, students can use another file with the same name.
- handouts provided during the course
- Insegnare il melodramma. Saperi essenziali proposte didattiche, a cura di Giorgio Pagannone, Lecce, Pensa Multimedia, 2010, pp. 15-55 and 99-144.
Other recommended texts:
Carla Cuomo, Dall’ascolto all’esecuzione. Orientamenti per la Pedagogia e la Didattica della musica, Milano, FrancoAngeli, 2018 (in part. pp. 1-135).
- Breve lessico musicale, a cura di Fabrizio Della Seta e del Dottorato di ricerca in musicologia dell’Università di Pavia, Roma: Carocci, 2009
- Lorenzo Bianconi, Giorgio Pagannone, Piccolo glossario di drammaturgia musicale, in: Insegnare il melodramma: saperi essenziali, proposte didattiche, a cura di Giorgio Pagannone, Lecce-Iseo: Pensa Multimedia, 2010, pp. 201-263. [La digitalizzazione è gratuitamente accessibile da questa pagina web:
Syllabus for the academic year 2021-22.
- Dates for the course workshop to be arranged during the semester.
- The teachers office hours are indicated on https://www.unica.it/unica/it/ateneo_s07_ss01.page?contentId=SHD30295.
- Students will be able to find the handouts (see Testi 1b) before the end of the course in the 3effe photocopy shop, via Basilicata.
- Erasmus students can contact the teacher for any further clarification.
- Students with disabilities and DSA certificates can contact the SIA office (Servizi per l'Inclusione e l'Apprendimento Ufficio Disabilità e DSA [Inclusion and Disability Office] https://www.unica.it/unica/it/ateneo_s01_ss02_sss06_02.page) to arrange a meeting with the teacher and fix the learning assessment.