Course Description

On the back cover of the 2002 seminal work “How Popular Musicians Learn: a way ahead for music education”, Keith Swanick argues that “By looking at how popular musicians acquire their skills and knowledge, Lucy Green reveals important truths about music teaching and learning”. 

This course re-examines these truths through the lenses of popular music pedagogies and provokes participants to explore the affordances of these pedagogies for the reimagining or reinvigoration of their classroom music programs.

In addition to Green’s “How Popular Musicians Learn” and “Music, Informal Learning and the School: A New Classroom Pedagogy”, the course also covers recent developments in the field such as “Punk Pedagogies” and “Hip Hop Pedagogies”.

Target Audience

For music teachers and music tutors


Teaching Standards

1.2.2 Proficient Level - Know students and how they learn - Understand how students learn: Structure teaching programs using research and collegial advice about how students learn.

2.1.2 Proficient Level - Know the content and how to teach it - Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area: Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities.

3.2.2 Proficient Level - Plan for and implement Effective Teaching and Learning - Plan, structure and sequence learning programs: Plan and implement well-structured learning and teaching programs or lesson sequences that engage students and promote learning.

6.3.2 Proficient Level - Engage in Professional Learning - Engage with colleagues and improve practice: Contribute to collegial discussions and apply constructive feedback from colleagues to improve professional knowledge and practice

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This course may contribute towards Elective PD hours. Visit for more details.


Via Zoom

This course will run via Zoom.  You will be sent the details of how to join this PD the day before the course runs.


Gig Based Learning  (GBL)

Gig Based Learning (GBL)

Gig Based Learning is a musically informed, philosophically driven learning design and facilitation process. It gives teachers tools to provide students with opportunities for active, engaging, real-world music(k)ing with/for an authentic audience. Building on the integrated learning experiences model - performance, composition, musicology, aural, GBL puts all of these experiences to work for the benefit of producing a great gig, contextualising the learning for the student so that it’s ‘just in time’ not ‘just in case’