Course Description

OCT Schedule D Course

Candidates enrolled in this course have an interest in furthering their string education and a desire to critically and collaboratively cultivate professional efficacy, encourage leadership practices, and further advance the scholarship of string teaching by fostering cultures of critical reflection and inquiry. The Additional Qualification course: String Music Education, Part 2 (Viola/Cello & Guitar) supports the expectations outlined in the Ministry of Education curriculum policy documents and other Ministry of Education policies.


The Additional Qualification Course: String Education, Part 2 (Viola/Cello & Guitar) extends the knowledge and skills from Part 1, with a focus on leadership skills for all teachers in both elementary and secondary school settings. The Additional Qualification Course: String Education, Part 2 employs a critical, pedagogical lens to explore in a holistic and integrated manner theoretical foundations, curriculum, recruitment/retention, instructional design and practices, assessment and evaluation, and research/ethical considerations related to string teaching and learning.


Please be advised that upon completion of this AQ, Oct will recognize this course as AQ Music - Instrumental, Part 2.  

Course Outline

Throughout this course, candidates will engage in discussions, reflections, written assignments, and performance assessments in order to better understand the Ontario Music curriculum and the implications when teaching intermediate strings, and beginner guitar. Topics include:

  • setting up a string music classroom, instrument care and maintenance, establishing a healthy technical/musical foundation, string equipment/accessories, and inquiry-based teaching.
  • bow technique, tone production, bow strokes, skill internalization through scaffolding strategies, critical reflection of learning goals in the classroom, effective practice tools, and shifting/vibrato exercises in the classroom
  • choosing intermediate string repertoire, cultural and current issues in music preferences, alternative string styles, teaching styles, basic conducting patterns, and current method books in string education.
  • informal music learning in the classroom, the influences of rock and popular music, the importance of technology, Garage Band, and YouTube in current string instruction, lesson planning, and the inclusion of ALL students, focusing on Special Needs and IEP's in the string classroom.
  • common technical/musical issues in the string classroom, remedial strategies, teacher competency, assessment (process versus product), grading, and playing test rubrics


Required Materials:

Candidates are required to purchase/access/rent the following materials for the successful completion of String Music Education, Part 2: 


OSAP Funding for AQ Courses

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) now includes funding for hundreds of micro-credential programs. The micro-credentials plan ensures loans and grants will be available to more learners to rapidly upskill and reskill for in-demand jobs. Please be advised that this AQ course is on the list of eligible courses for OSAP funding. Please view the Micro-credential website for details and eligibility. https://www.ontario.ca/page/micro-credentials-ontarios-postsecondary-schools.

Who can get OSAP?


OSAP is open to Ontario residents of any age who are:

  • Canadian citizens
  • permanent residents, or
  • protected persons

Students must enroll in courses prior to the semester deadline date.  OSAP would directly reimburse you for the tuition fee.  If you have questions regarding Micro-credential funding, please contact Student Awards and Financial Aid at award1@uwindsor.ca.




  • Hold a "Certificate of Qualification" showing basic qualifications in two divisions (e.g., Primary/Junior, Intermediate or Senior.)
  • OCT Certificate of Qualification must be in good standing.
  • Successful completion of Part 1.
  • Confirmation of Teaching Experience form, signed by a supervisory officer, confirming one year of teaching experience completed after teacher’s certification. This form must be received prior to the start date of the course and for course approval.

Important Notice: While we endeavour to be as accurate as possible while reviewing your qualifications for courses in our program, the Faculty of Education bears no responsibility for ensuring you have met the qualifications as per the guidelines of the Ontario College of Teachers. It is your responsibility to learn which prerequisites you will need. https://www.oct.ca/members/additional-qualifications/prerequisites

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Section Title
AQ Music – Instrumental (Strings) Part 2 (Summer 2024)
Section Schedule
Jun 03, 2024 to Aug 19, 2024
Delivery Options
Online - Asynchronous Learning  
Course Fee(s)
Tuition Fee non-credit $685.00
Reading List / Textbook

Candidates are required to purchase/access/rent the following materials for the successful completion of String Music Education, Part 2.

Section Notes

The deadline to enroll in Summer 2024 courses is May 20, 2024. The required confirmation of teaching experience form must be submitted by May 20th or shortly after this date for course approval.


Confirmation of Teaching Experience form - https://www.uwindsor.ca/education/continuing/aq/forms 

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