Public Group active 4 years, 10 months ago
MUS654 is the first open music course to be run in the UK. It is a final year undergraduate music course that challenges students to create a year’s curriculum for a private student. This is the second year the course has run, and the students on it changed to a new 4-year BMus programme. This has meant actual student numbers are very small yet. The students on the course have already had three years of modules covering pedagogical methods and considering technical aspects of teaching their instruments. This module aims to encourage students to solidify their knowledge as they prepare to launch their own private teaching studios. In music there are no textbooks, and there is no template for one-to-one teaching. In making MUS654 openly available, students were able to look outward to the wider music community for ideas and support. The content has been a mix of text, video, dedicated interviews, and tasks that are designed to engage students in thinking outside of traditional methods. This semester has been an initial foray into a very inward looking teaching profession where the tradition is of a master and apprentice model that does not traditionally share teaching practice or invite observers. Although there have been a small number of outward signs of public engagement, at the time of submitting this abstract, the course has had over 900 visits and 48.9% of those who visited the site returned. Challenges have been in encouraging people within the profession to post openly and converse about their learning process. Plans for next year include more collaborative online ‘makes’ to encourage a community of collaboration.
Links to the course pages are under the MUS654 tab in http://www.lauraritchie.com/mus654/