42559 - Musical Pedagogy

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  • Teacher Carla Cuomo

  • Credits 12

  • SSD L-ART/07

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Bologna

  • Degree Programme First cycle degree programme (L) in Drama, Art and Music Studies (cod. 0956)

  • Teaching resources on Virtuale


This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education Gender equality Reduced inequalities Peace, justice and strong institutions

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course students will:

- know objects, languages and methods of Musical Pedagogy;

- understand the connection between Musical Pedagogy and Sciences of Education and Musicology, scientific disciplines, as well as with Music, School Discipline (so called in the Italian National Curriculum);

- know and understand the model of school educational music based on the Musical Pedagogy treated in this course and aimed at understanding music in history and culture;

- acquire skills concerning school planning in relation to the latest ministerial provisions;

- learn the fundamentals of the listening educational methodology and be able to apply them to school planning.

Course contents

This course aims to provide students with the fundamentals of Musical Pedagogy, to develop competences in the didactic-musical field. The course is divided into two parts: the first has a predominantly theoretical and methodological character; the second has a more practic and operational character (laboratory).

More specifically, the topics for each parts are as follows:

PART I (4th February - 9th March 2020)

- fundamental concepts of Music Pedagogy and Didactic of Music, related to the basic themes of general Pedagogy and Didactics, as well as Psychology of Learning;

- the thought of some important scholars, declined in the field of Music Education: Dewey, Piaget, Vygotsky, Bruner;

- the model of Music Education to understand music in history and culture;

- school planning and Italian National Curriculum (Indicazioni Nazionali per il Curricolo)

PART II (11th March -22nd April 2020)

- theory and practice of Listening Didactics and Music Appreciation;

- outline of Didactics of Musical Production (performance, composition and improvvisation) and Didactics of Music History;

- outline on a training project for learning Music together with Mathematics (Doremat), with practical exercises;

- conception, planning and realization of a learning unit on a piece of music, with practical exercises.

N.B. All the exercises will take place under the guide of tutors.


1. M. Baldacci, Saperi scolastici e formazione democratica, in "Musica Docta", vol. 3, 2013, pp. 7-12. On line:


2. G. La Face Bianconi - L. Bianconi, Il mandato intellettuale dei musicologi nella costruzione della cittadinanza europea, «Musica Docta. Rivista digitale di Pedagogia e Didattica della Musica», III, 2013, pp. 1-5. On line:


3. L. Bianconi, La musica al plurale, in Musica, ricerca e didattica. Profili culturali e competenza musicale, a cura di A. Nuzzaci e G. Pagannone, Lecce, Pensa Multimedia, 2008, pp. 23-32 (anche in C’è musica e musica. Scuole e cultura musicale, a cura di L. Zoffoli, Napoli, Tecnodid, 2006, pp. 71-76). On line:


4. G. La Face Bianconi, Il cammino dell'Educazione musicale: vicoli chiusi e strade maestre, in Educazione musicale e Formazione, Atti del convegno (Bologna, 12-14 maggio 2005), Milano, FrancoAngeli, 2008, pp. 13‑25; anche in rete, punto A della “Biblioteca elettronica” del “Saggiatore musicale”:


5. C. Cuomo, Dall’ascolto all’esecuzione. Orientamenti per la Pedagogia e la Didattica della musica, Milano, FrancoAngeli, 2018.

6. B. Martini, La didattica dell'ascolto. Una lettura didattico-disciplinare, in La musica tra conoscere e fare, Atti del convegno (Bologna, 16-17 maggio 2008), Milano, Angeli, 2011, pp. 157-166.

7. G. La Face Bianconi, Le Pedate di Pierrot – Comprensione musicale e didattica dell'ascolto, in Musikerziehung. Erfahrungen und Reflexionen, Brixen, Weger, 2005, pp. 40-60. On line:

http://www.saggiatoremusicale.it/1/home/biblioteca-elettronica/testi-di-pedagogia-musicale/e-didattica-dellascolto/ .

8. C. Cuomo, Didattica dell'ascolto e didattica della produzione musicale: ipotesi di continuità, in Musikerziehung. Erfahrungen und Reflexionen, a cura di F. Comploi, Bressanone/Brixen, Weger, 2005, pp. 61-74. On line:

http://www.saggiatoremusicale.it/1/home/biblioteca-elettronica/testi-di-pedagogia-musicale/f-dallascolto-alla-produzione-musicale-e-alla-didattica-del-laboratorio/ .

9. B. Martini, C. Cuomo, M. De Luca, Trasposizione didattica del sapere musicale: aspetti di contenuto e di metodo, in La musica tra conoscere e fare, Atti del convegno (Bologna, 16-17 maggio 2008), Milano, Angeli, 2011, pp. 123-156.

10. C. Cuomo, Insegnare e imparare Musica e Matematica: Doremat© tra sperimentazione, ricerca e didattica, in "Musica Docta", vol. 9, 2019, pp. 173-201. On line:


11. "Indicazioni per il curricolo", in rete, all'indirizzo:


Teaching methods

Lectures, listening laboratories and practical exercises, also through the collaboration of tutors.

Assessment methods

To pass the examination, students shall:

1) report on the Bibliography above;

2) present a short piece of Western art music and explain how they would introduce students of Primary or Secondary School to it, level I or II (structural as well as functional and contextual understanding): this test is reserved for DAMS/Music students, or even for non DAMS/Music students who want to try with it; non-DAMS / music students who will not be able to try with this test, are required to briefly explain a piece on the basis of its listening;

PLEASE NOTE - For this test, students who have difficulty preparing it are invited to get in touch with the teacher (in time!), who can also entrust them to specific tutors;

3) report on a concert or show of art music they have recently attended: they are required to sit the examination bringing the concert program (a point on the exam score will be removed for those who do not present themselves with the concert program).To pass this test, students shall:

- historically contextualize the piece;

- describe the overall structure of the piece or focus only one part (e.g. Sonata, Symphony, or individual movements);

- critically evaluate the execution: in this regard, they are invited to carefully prepare the listening from a structural, formal and historical-critical point of view before the concert.

The final examination for the four-year DAMS students will be based on the entire syllabus.

DAMS/Music students attending Musical Pedagogy, who have completed the practical exercises and obtained the relevant certificate, will be exempted from point 2.

It will be assessed as excellent/good the performance of those students achieving an organic vision of the course contents, the use of a proper specific language, the originality of the reflection as well as the familiarity with the tolls for analysing the Musical Pedagogy.

It will be assessed as discrete the performance of those students showing mostly mechanical or mnemonic knowledge of the subject, not articulated synthesis and analysis capabilities, a correct but not always appropriate language, as well as a scholastic study of the Musical Pedagogy. It will be assessed as barely sufficient the performance of those students showing learning gaps, inappropriate language, lack of knowledge of the Musical Pedagogy. It will be assessed as insufficient the performance of those students showing learning gaps, inappropriate language, no orientation within the recommended bibliography and inability to analyse the Musical Pedagogy.

Students who wish to continue their studies in Music and Theater Master’s Degree and to qualify as teachers in Secondary Schools, are invited to attend the pedagogical-music course in DAMS/music 3-years degree.

Master’s Degree and to qualify as teachers in Secondary Schools, are invited to attend the pedagogical-music course in DAMS/music 3-years degree.

Teaching tools

Eventual didactic materials will be gradually included in the IOL platform during the course.

Office hours

See the website of Carla Cuomo