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Independent Study Module (Instrumental & Vocal Teaching) - MUS00078M

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  • Department: Music
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Richard Powell
  • Credit value: 60 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2023-24
  • Notes: This is an independent study module

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 2 2023-24

Module aims

The module provides the opportunity for you to focus on either research or practice-based skills, and builds on previous learning experience. The module provides a platform for supported independent learning in which you will focus in depth on one area.

Module learning outcomes

Subject content

  • Either: extended research skills demonstrated through substantial essay, or: Practical instrumental/vocal teaching skills demonstrated through lesson portfolio and reflective practice

Academic and graduate skills:

  • Apply skills by demonstrating understanding of pedagogical ideas in an extended essay or in a portfolio of one-to-one lessons, demonstrating the ability to articulate, structure, synthesise and explore ideas in a piece of work demonstrating high standards of presentation.
  • Articulate subject understanding in written and/or spoken form and extend this creatively to engage with the material being explored by the learner
  • Demonstrate critical awareness, in-depth understanding of recent research in the subject and the capacity to draw on pedagogical strategies considered during the previous modules, including critical awareness of teaching for those presenting a portfolio.
  • For those providing a portfolio: Reflect on the success of the transmission of these strategies and skills through assessing the transmission and application of this knowledge and the ability to conceptualise observation of working practices, self-development and pupil reception

Other learning outcomes (if applicable):

  • Communicate clearly and concisely
  • Improve the quality of written academic work and practical teaching
  • Enhance capabilities which relate to employability.


Task Length % of module mark Group
N/A 100 A
Portfolio of lessons & comment : Recorded lessons (3x 15–20-minute lessons OR 2x 25–30-minute lessons)
N/A 100 B

Special assessment rules


Additional assessment information

You will either write a dissertation or record lessons and write a commentary. Both assessments are worth 100% of the module and you will choose one. If a reassessment is necessary, the reassessment task will be the same one you have chosen for your original assessment.



Module feedback

You will receive written feedback in line with standard University turnaround times.

Indicative reading

You will receive recommendations for reading based on your individual subjects for the module.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.