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  • Avondale College of Higher Education offers holistic education, educating mentally, spiritually and socially.
  • Established in 1897.
  • A nurturing, Christian environment.
  • Avondale's Certificate IV in Music Studio Teaching is uniquely designed to develop industry-recognised music teaching skills, raise professional standards for participants already engaged in music teaching and assist with further employability in both professional teaching institutions and private practice.


About


Avondale’s Certificate IV in Music Studio Teaching is uniquely designed to develop industry-recognised music teaching skills, raise professional standards for participants already engaged in music teaching and assist with further employability in both professional teaching institutions and private practice.

Purpose of the Course

  • To equip self-employed, freelance music teachers with the musical, theoretical and pedagogical skills to teach beginner-level instrumental/vocal learners
  • To provide self-employed, freelance music teachers with formal recognition of their vocational role
  • To train freelance music teachers to deliver one-to-one music lessons to beginner-level instrumental/vocal learners
  • To prepare freelance music teachers to facilitate beginner-level music learners to sit examinations
  • To develop freelance music teachers’ skills to improve the musicianship, creativity & technical capabilities of beginner-level music learners
  • The outcomes of this course meet the music teaching industry need to better equip private music teachers to train and prepare beginner-level instrumental or vocal learners. There is no other specific training currently available in either a training package or an accredited course to meet this need.

Qualification Level

  • Certificate IV AQF level 4
  • Graduates at this level will have theoretical and practical knowledge and skills for specialised, skilled work as an instrumental or vocal music teacher for learners at beginner levels.
  • Graduates at this level will have broad factual, technical and some theoretical knowledge of teaching beginner-level music learners.
  • Graduates at this level will have a broad range of cognitive, technical and communication skills to select and apply a range of methods, tools, materials and information to:
    • Complete routine and non-routine activities within a music instructional context
    • Provide and transmit solutions to a variety of predictable and sometimes unpredictable elements within the context of a one-to-one instrumental or vocal music lesson at beginner level
  • Graduates at this level will apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, judgement and limited responsibility in known or changing contexts and within established parameters.
  • To achieve this, graduates need to have a broad factual and theoretical knowledge of: administrative skills to manage a music studio; a variety of music instructional strategies; a working knowledge of educational applications of music technology; the ability to transfer skills and knowledge of instrumental and vocal performance and musicianship; a thorough knowledge of beginner music teaching literature and different learner characteristics.

Admission Criteria


Entry Requirements

Entrants to the Certificate IV in Music Studio Teaching must:
  • Be over 18 years of age; and
  • Have attained a minimum of a B/Credit at 7th grade practical exam level (Australian Music Examinations Board or equivalent) on the relevant instrument or voice; and
  • Have attained a minimum of a Pass at 4th grade exam level in music theory, musicianship or music craft (Australian Music Examinations Board or equivalent); and
  • Meet the requirements for working with children and in the relevant Australian State/Territory. i.e. Current WWC

Entrants should have:

  • A high level of music literacy levels – sufficient to interpret music scores, chord sheets and prepare written reports and assignments
  • Numeracy and literacy skills at least equivalent to those specified by Level 3 of the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF). For example:
    Reading and writing - The student should be able to:
    • Read and comprehend information presented in fairly complex texts; and
    • Select and apply the procedures and strategies needed to perform a range of tasks after reading appropriate texts.
    Oral communication - The student should be able to:
    • Use and respond to language around music as a subject matter; and
    • Give clear sequenced instructions and information relating to music skill acquisition
    Numeracy and mathematics - The student should be able to:
    • Deal easily with simple and compound music time signatures Students seeking entry to this course will be subject to a music audition and interview process to determine their suitability. Music auditions on the relevant instrument or voice may be submitted via CD/DVD, or may take place on campus at Avondale College of Higher Education. Instrumental and voice auditions will need to demonstrate a minimum standard of 7th grade practical exam level (Australian Music Examinations Board or equivalent). Two pieces of contrasting styles will be required.

Course Structure


Units of competency

Enterprise units of competency

Unit Code Unit Title
MUSDBL001 Develop beginner music lessons
MUSCTM002 Collate teaching materials for beginner music lessons
MUSTBT003 Teach beginner instrumental or vocal techniques
MUSDLC006 Develop beginner learner creativity
MUSAMI005 Adapt music instruction to learner
MUSDML007 Deliver beginner music lessons
MUSTBM004 Teach beginner musicianship

Training Package units of competency

Unit Code Unit Title
CUAIND402 Provide freelance services
CUAIND303 Work effectively in the music industry
CUACMP301 Implement copyright arrangements
CUSIND401A Develop specialist expertise in the music industry
CUAWHS302 Apply work health and safety practices

MUSDBL001 — Develop beginner music lessons
This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge for teachers planning and developing instrumental or vocal music lessons for beginner music learners of any age in a one-to-one studio setting. The unit explores the application of knowledge around current professional practice, curriculum design, application of learning principles and strategies, principles of lesson design and assignment writing.

MUSCTM002 — Collate teaching materials for beginner music lessons
This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge of teachers delivering instrumental or vocal music lessons to evaluate and collate the instrumental/vocal material for use in their instructional activities. Participants will apply knowledge about sourcing teaching materials, evaluating their contents for teaching purposes, select and incorporate the material into a personalised program of instrumental study.

MUSTBT003 — Teach beginner instrumental or vocal techniques
This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge necessary for teachers delivering instrumental or vocal music lessons to effectively teach instrumental/vocal technical concepts, evaluate technical performance, solve technical problems and sequence technical concepts. The focus of the unit is on the strategies for teaching motor skills not on the actual specialised motor skills. Participants will apply their own technical knowledge as applied to their instrument.

MUSDLC006 — Develop beginner learner creativity
This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to incorporate creative activities in music lessons for instrumental/vocal teachers who provide beginner instrumental or vocal music instruction to learners of all ages in a one-to-one setting.

MUSAMI005 — Adapt music instruction to learner
This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required for adapting the design and delivery of instrumental or vocal music instruction to individual learner characteristics. The unit explores the relevant characteristics of the stages of human development, learning modalities, special needs and cultural and musical background of learners.

MUSDML007 — Deliver beginner music lessons
This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to deliver beginner instrumental/vocal lessons which incorporate educational principles and strategies used for facilitating development of all facets of musical performance, lesson planning and time management skills

MUSTBM004 — Teach beginner musicianship
This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to incorporate elementary musicianship training in beginning instrumental or voice lessons. Participants will learn how to guide their learners in developing music reading and musicianship skills, create beginning musicianship/theory programs of study, and apply effective instructional strategies.

CUAIND402 — Provide freelance services
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work as an independent operator within the creative arts industry. It applies to individuals who use a high level of self-motivation and discipline, and an entrepreneurial attitude when pursuing work opportunities. They are engaged for specific projects and are responsible for promoting themselves to potential clients, negotiating their own contracts and managing their business affairs.

CUAIND303 — Work effectively in the music industry
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work in the music industry. It applies to individuals, including musicians, composers, administrators, sound mixers, editors and recordists.

CUACMP301 — Implement copyright arrangements
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to implement individual or collaborative copyright arrangements including sourcing copyright information, gaining clearance to use other people’s material, protecting material from unauthorised use and applying copyright notices for creative works. It applies to individuals who work under supervision with some responsibility regarding the planning and completion of work tasks.

CUSIND401A — Develop specialist expertise in the music industry
This unit applies to people working in a wide range of areas in the music industry, including music performance, composition, private music teaching, music business and sound production. It is particularly applicable in contexts where people need to incorporate new business models and emergent trends and technologies into their work practice. This level of specialist work is usually undertaken with limited guidance and specialists could also be responsible for mentoring others on the job. In this unit focuses on Music Technology as applied to Music Studio Teaching including music notation applications, aural development applications and music sight-reading applications. Online music studio management software will be included.

CUAWHS302 — Apply work health and safety practices
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to follow work health and safety (WHS) requirements in the creative industries. It applies to those who are required to identify their individual WHS responsibilities and implement procedures to work safely in various creative industry work contexts.

NB CUAIND402, CUAIND303, CUACMP301 and CUAWHS302
No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to these units at the time of publication.

Course Structure: 10658NAT Certificate IV in Music Studio Teaching
Full Time
Sem 1 MUSDBL001
Develop beginner music lessons
120 nominal hours
MUSCTM002
Collate teaching materials for beginner music lessons
40 nominal hours
MUSAMI005
Adapt music instruction to learner
40 nominal hours
MUSTBT003
Teach beginner instrumental or vocal techniques
60 nominal hours
CUAIND303
Work effectively in the music industry
30 nominal hours
CUACMP301
Implement copyright arrangements
20 nominal hours
Sem 2 MUSDLC006
Develop beginner learner creativity
40 nominal hours
MUSDML007
Deliver beginner music lessons
120 nominal hours
MUSTBM004
Teach beginner musicianship
60 nominal hours
CUAIND402
Provide freelance services
30 nominal hours
CUAWHS302
Apply work health & safety practices
10 nominal hours
CUSIND401A
Develop specialist expertise in the music industry
40 nominal hours

Course Structure: Certificate IV Music Studio Teaching - Part Time
Sem 1 MUSDBL001
Develop beginner music lessons
120 nominal hours
CUAWHS302
Apply work health & safety practicesv 10 nominal hours
MUSCTM002
Collate teaching materials for beginner music lessons
40 nominal hours
170 hours
Sem 2 MUSAMI005
Adapt music instruction to learner
40 nominal hours
MUSTBT003
Teach beginner instrumental or vocal techniques
60 nominal hours
CUAIND303
Work effectively in the music industry
30 nominal hours
130 hours
Sem 3 MUSDML007
Deliver beginner music lessons
120 nominal hours
CUAIND402
Provide freelance services
30 nominal hours
CUACMP301
Implement copyright arrangements
20 nominal hours
170 hours
Sem 4 MUSDLC006
Develop beginner learner creativity
40 nominal hours
CUSIND401A
Develop specialist expertise in the music industry
40 nominal hours
MUSTBM004
Teach beginner musicianship
60 nominal hours
140 hours


Financial


Financial Information

For detailed information about the tuition fee for units being offered in the Certificate IV in Music Studio Teaching click on the relevant fee schedule below:

Semester 2, 2018

10658NAT Certificate IV in Music Studio Teaching Fee Schedule

Frequently Asked Questions


Q. Can I do this while attending high school?
A. No. The course is primarily is for teachers currently teaching with no qualification/accreditation or music graduates who have not undertaken pedagogy studies in their degree but wanting to undertake a comprehensive study into pedagogy for music studio teaching.
 
Q. What would qualify for ‘equivalent’ in the pre-requisite?
A. There are number of options that would satisfy. They include
  1. A credit attainment in the equivalent Trinity or ABRSM practical exams
  2. A demonstrated successful teaching result over a period of time where the applicant has covered a wide range of styles and grades.
It is best that at the time of application the candidate includes on the Application Form as much details as they see fit to demonstrate their expertise in performance. This is also applicable to the theory component.
 
Q. Do I need a Working with Children (WWC) or equivalent?
A. Yes. It is now law that music teachers require a working with children check when teaching music lessons. During the course some of the submitted videos for assessment will undoubtedly include children and therefore it is mandatory that you are compliant with the statutory requirements of your state. Proof will be required at the time of application.
 
Q. Can I apply online for this course?
A. Yes, however the music audition has to be submitted via YouTube or a downloadable link to the file on a cloud based server.
 
Q. Where is Avondale College of Higher Education?
A. Avondale College of Higher Education is situated on Freemans Drive Cooranbong. It is a 5 minute drive off the M1 at the Morisset exit.
 
Q. Is the course totally online or will there be some residential component?
A. The whole course will be delivered online by Dr Gian-Franco Ricci. There is no requirement for you to attend a residential component of the course. You will have the opportunity to ‘meet’ other students through Discussion groups and Forums using Moodle the College learning management system.
 
Q. What will be the expectation of additional course materials?
A. Links will be provided for much of the reading material. Opportunities will be available to borrow E Books from the College Library.
 
Q. Will I need a computer?
A. Yes. A computer is an integral part of any online course. Students will be expected to know how to use web browser, word processing software, and video recording apps from mobile devices or computer and simple audio recording software. At one point the student will be looking at music notation software (Finale/Sibelius/Notion/Dorico).
 
Q. Will I need a student or students to undertake this course?
A. Essentially yes. Not all units require students however, submissions that require video submissions of lessons or part thereof, students will be essential to complete the required task.
 
Q. Is it possible to access a VET Student Loan for this course?
A. No, at Certificate IV level it does not qualify.
 
Q. Is it possible to complete the Certificate IV part-time?
A. Yes. A recommended course plan is available for applicants wishing to spread the course over 2 years P/T.
 
Q. If I need to extend a P/T enrolment to beyond 2 years is it possible?
A. This will require permission from the College and the course coordinator.
 
Q. What is the main difference between a VET qualification and a Higher Education award?
A. In simple terms a VET certificate/diploma is a competency-based course focusing on workplace tasks and the knowledge required to accomplish them. The outcome for the applicant will be either ‘competent’, or ‘not yet competent’. This is different when compared to Higher Education awards where graduates will receive a graded outcome i.e. pass/credit/distinction/high distinction.
 
Q. Are there opportunities to be granted credit through Recognised Prior Learning (RPL)?
A. In simple terms there is an opportunity to explore credit through RPL however it will be on a case by case basis and will be at the discretion at the Course Coordinator. (Need to get WM help)
 
Q. How will the course be delivered?
A. Modules will be made available and organised on a weekly basis, however delivery will be asynchronous. i.e there will not be live online discussion or delivery. This is crucial when applicants have such diverse working hours in their private studios or similar. You will have the luxury of working in your own time but able to participate in online discussion groups.
 
Q. If enrolled part-time can I do the units in any order?
A. No. This is because there is a sequence as some units are dependent on knowledge acquired from a previous unit. A prescribed pathway is available for applicants to follow as it also keeps in consideration the workload across 4 semesters.
 
Q. How do I work out my commitment re hours required per semester?
A. The duration of each Unit has a suggested nominal number of hours that would be needed to successfully complete that Unit. Some of the units have less hours than others by the very nature of content of respective units. For example if you choose 3 units and the expected commitment is 140 hours for the semester then to estimate a weekly expectation take the total hours and divide by 13 (each semester is 13 weeks long). A realistic expectation is 10.75 hours per week

Where to get further information


Course Enquiries

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