Music is both an art form in its own right and also a highly effective teaching and learning methodology, which has been shown to operate successfully in formal and non-formal educational settings. Students will be introduced to the philosophies underpinning this creative educational approach, to its history, and to a wide range of music in education and performance techniques and to their use in diverse educational contexts.
Course Strand Leader: Dr Susan McCormick
Music Education Lecturers | Dr. Aidan Seery; Blanaid Murphy; Dr. Susan McCormick; Dr. Robert Harvey; Professor Carmel O'Sullivan
Summer School 3rd July to 15th July 2023
Who is this course for?
This is a new course offered by Trinity College Dublin in association with the Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM). It is provided for recognized teachers in primary, secondary and tertiary education, youth leaders, music in education practitioners, performers and others with a professional interest in music and arts in education.
As this is a blended delivery modular programme designed specifically to support distance learners and international students, prospective applicants may choose one of the following study modes.
Option 1: Full-time*
4 specialist modules, 1 common M.Ed. Academic Literacy and Research Methods module, and a 20,000 word dissertation completed in one year. Most of the taught component is completed through attendance at the summer school.
Option 2: Part-time
4 specialist modules, 1 common M.Ed. Academic Literacy and Research Methods module, and a 20,000 word dissertation completed over two years. The taught component is completed in year 1 through attendance at the summer school and supported with tutorials throughout the year, and the dissertation is completed during the second academic year.
Option 3: Part-time
4 specialist modules, 1 common M.Ed. Academic Literacy and Research Methods module, and a 20,000 word dissertation completed over three years. The taught component is completed in year 1 (2 specialist modules and the academic literacy module studied) and year 2 (2 specialist modules studied) through attendance at two summer schools and tutorials throughout the year. The dissertation is completed during the during the third year.
*Note: full time students are required to be based in Dublin during their academic year of study.
This stimulating programme offers a world-class education in Music in Education.
Aims of the Programme
Music is both an art form in its own right and also a highly effective teaching and learning methodology, which has been shown to operate successfully in formal and non-formal educational settings. Students will be introduced to the philosophies underpinning music education and to a wide range of music in education techniques and to their use in diverse educational contexts.
The taught component contains five modules, four of which are specialist modules in music education, with each module containing approximately 20-25 hours of contact time. The modules will be taught through an intensive summer school in July 2023. Online support is provided during the academic year through regular scheduled tutorials. The common M.Ed. Academic Literacy and Research Methods module is delivered using a blended learning model.
Typically, students register for Option 2. This involves completing assignments in the four modules in year one and completing the related assessments from home. Students who have passed their module assignments and are eligible to progress to the dissertation year, attend a second, week-long Summer School the following July in preparation for their dissertation. Year 2 is a research year during which students write a 20,000 word dissertation under the guidance of an assigned supervisor with additional scheduled online group tutorials. Students are required to submit their dissertation at the end of June the following year. Students who for any reason do not wish to continue to the dissertation on the M.Ed. programme may, after satisfactorily completing the modules, apply to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Studies. They have up to 5 years from the date of leaving the programme to rescind the Diploma and return to complete the masters dissertation if they choose.
Taught component (please note these modules are subject to change)
Module One: Philosophies in the Arts and Music Education (I)
Module Two: Irish Music and Culture
Module Three: Performance Pedagogy
Module Four: Creative Reading
Module Five: Academic Literacy and Research Methods
Teaching and learning strategies
Each module is individually assessed through projects, case studies, portfolios, reports and essays. Integration of theory and practice is stressed in the content of modules and in assessments. Music based, experiential and active teaching and learning strategies are used in the presentation of modules.