HSC Music Course 1

Jim Coyle
Inspiring Music Educator
Educator & composer Jim Coyle offers insights in improving teaching practice, emphasising on improving students' technical vocabulary & listening skills.
Target Audience
This course is suitable for any teacher who has a Music 1 class, but is particularly aimed at early career teachers and those who have not taught stage 6 music for some time.
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Learning Areas

Teaching Standards

General Description

This course covers essential aspects of HSC Music Course 1, with a particular focus on listening/responding and vocabulary skills. Other areas covered include composition (especially song composition), viva voce and advice and guidance to help students with their performances.

Audience

This course is suitable for any teacher who has a Music 1 class, but is particularly aimed at early career teachers and those who have not taught stage 6 music for some time.

Available Delivery Formats

This course contributes to 5.0 professional development hours.

Occurrences

There are no occurrences of Face to Face in Australia (NSW) at this time.

Sessions

Listening and Responding

2 hours and 20 minutes

In this session, a full analysis of HSC questions is presented. Strategies to answer questions relating to various elements of music (pitch, duration, dynamics and expressive techniques, texture, structure, tone colour) are proposed, tried and discussed.

This is often the most problematic area of teaching Music 1, so a variety of approaches to teaching are examined with a number of hands-on activities.

Composition

1 hour

This session will focus particularly on song composition – the genre of choice for most Music 1 composition electives. It will show, in an practical way, how to structure a song successfully and how to employ musical elements to produce a work of high quality.

Viva voce

50 minutes

This session will show how methodical preparation can help turn a student’s passion for something in music into and articulate and thoughtful presentation.

Performance

50 minutes

This session will focus on helping students choose repertoire, helping them improve their performance (when the teacher is not a specialist in their instrument) and on accurate assessment and constructive feedback.

What To Bring

Laptop with music notation software enabled (freeware like Noteflight is fine, as are applications like Sibelius).

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About the team


Jim Coyle

Creator

Jim Coyle is a music educator with over twenty years teaching experience. His aim is to engage and inspire students from kindergarten through HSC and into tertiary studies.

Jim is a well-known figure in New South Wales music education; he is a regular keynote presenter at Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s Meet the Music seminars. Jim is also the author of a large number of published classroom resources for students from primary school to year twelve and in 2015 began doctoral research at Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

www.jimcoylemusic.com