Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Composition in the Classroom MUSIC4063

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Full Year
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This is a bespoke mentoring scheme designed to equip students at the University of Glasgow with specialist skills and knowledge about teaching composition at secondary level. Our students will work with a small group of secondary students selected from schools throughout Glasgow. Sessions will be overseen by the course coordinator. As well as fostering the development of teaching skills, our students will reflect critically on teaching and learning approaches within the context of current policies on music education.


NB: This course will be offered from 2017-18.


Six two-hour supervised mentor sessions fortnightly over 20 weeks, as scheduled in MyCampus. Five one-hour seminars, as scheduled in MyCampus. Attendance at 3 hour workshops as scheduled in MyCampus. This is one of the Honours options in Music and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

Successful completion of junior honours (single or joint) Music. Grade C3 or above in Composition Higher Music 4009.

Excluded Courses





Essay (2,500 words) - 35%

Reflective Learning Diary (2,500 words) - 35%

Portfolio of teaching materials - 30%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ Foster graduate attributes including confidence, communication, and leadership.

■ Develop a critical awareness of current music education policy in Scotland.

■ Develop practical experience of communicating and interacting with students at secondary level.

■ Apply knowledge of a specialist discipline to the design of bespoke lesson plans.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Formulate effective lesson plans and activities that are informed by each student's personalised compositional practice.

■ Critically evaluate current educational policy on teaching and assessing music composition.

■ Reflect critically on own learning.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.