The purpose of the Additional Qualification Course: Music – Instrumental (Strings) Part 1 is to develop the skills and knowledge of the candidates in the development, delivery, and assessment of string music instrumental studies. The Additional Qualification Course: Music – Instrumental (Strings) Part 1 supports the expectations outlined in the Ministry of Education curriculum policy documents and other Ministry of Education policies.
Please be advised that upon completion of this AQ, Oct will recognize this course as AQ Music - Instrumental, Part 1.
Topics include: demonstrating basic performance skills on the violin and ukulele; demonstrating an understanding of how to successfully set up a string music classroom (e.g., how to tune the instruments, determine proper instrument size, instrument care and maintenance, string equipment/accessories, etc.); understanding the theoretical and practical relevance of proper teaching methods and how to establish a technical/musical foundation on the instruments; demonstrating an understanding of basic theory and music history, the value of string instruction and music education advocacy within a community/school, the importance of communication in the string classroom (e.g., use of imagery, modeling/demonstrations, etc.), steps to learning a new piece, and effective practice strategies; demonstrating an understanding of the importance of choosing appropriate string method books and repertoire; demonstrating an ability to read and conduct from the scores of beginning level repertoire; demonstrating planning and teaching skills in non-performance activities (e.g., using accommodating and modifying expectation strategies and assessment practices based on the developmental or special needs of students); understanding the importance of technology and YouTube in current string instruction; developing an understanding of the level of difficulty in repertoire as it relates to the students’ abilities to meet or exceed performance expectations, common technical/musical challenges in the string classroom, and remedial strategies; devising and employing a variety of assessment and evaluation instruments appropriate to the developmental stages of the students; developing classroom management strategies and making connections with other areas of the curriculum.
There is a requirement to have or rent a violin and a ukulele for this course. The candidate may wish to consider contacting a music store in order to rent these instruments.
Candidates are required to purchase/access/rent the following materials for the successful completion of String Music Education, Part 1:
- a good quality webcam with decent audio quality for submitting performance videos
- access to one full-size violin (Rentals can be arranged through Long and McQuade music stores across Ontario)
- access to a ukulele (Rentals can be arranged through Long and McQuade music stores across Ontario)
- a functional music stand
- a digital tuner for daily practicing, which may be a free App download for a Smartphone
- a metronome if desired
- Essential Elements Ukulele Book 1
- Essential Elements Violin Book 1
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Hold a “Certificate of Qualification” or Interim “Certificate of Qualification” showing basic qualifications in two divisions (e.g., Primary, Junior, Intermediate, or Senior).
- “Certificate of Qualification” must be in good standing.
Note: Candidates who hold Technological Education qualifications but do not have any basic qualifications in Primary, Junior, Intermediate, or Senior divisions are only eligible to register in Part 1 as specified by the Ontario College of Teachers.
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