Course Description

The underlying purpose of the Additional Qualification course: Music - Instrumental, Part I, is to develop the skills and knowledge of the candidates in the design, delivery and assessment of instrumental music studies. The Additional Qualification course: Music - Instrumental, Part I supports the expectations outlined in the Ministry of Education curriculum policy documents and other Ministry of Education policies. 

Course Outline

Topics Include:

  • demonstrating basic performance skills on two instruments: one brass, one woodwind
  • demonstrating knowledge of other performance media: strings, guitar, piano, recorder, percussion, voice, Musical Instrumental Digital Interface (MIDI)
  • experiencing music practices, including creating/improvising, world music, small ensembles, choir
  • demonstrating an understanding of the use of technology in the instrumental classroom
  • developing an understanding of the level of difficulty in repertoire as it relates to the student’s ability to meet or exceed expectations of performance
  • demonstrating an ability to read and conduct from conductor’s scores of beginning level repertoire
  • demonstrating an understanding of the importance of instrumental method books and repertoire selection
  • understanding the theoretical and practical relevance of proper teaching methods on the instruments
  • demonstrating planning and teaching skills in non-performance activities
  • using, accommodating, and modifying expectations, strategies and assessment practices based on the developmental or special needs of students
  • understanding, devising and employing a variety of assessment and evaluation instruments appropriate to the developmental stage of students and the delivery of the music curriculum
  • having an awareness of instrumental music and instruments from diverse cultures
  • developing classroom management strategies for an active setting in which students work with instruments
  • developing the ability to properly set up an instrumental music room/facility for effective instruction
  • making connections with other areas in the curriculum
  • communicating with parents/guardians about the value of instrumental music to the whole child
  • investigating the community resources available to support instrumental music studies (e.g., guests, community musicians, institutions, churches)


There are no textbooks required for this course.

NOTE:  This will require the candidate to have access to one brass and one woodwind instrument and one drum or practice pad.  The candidate may wish to consider contacting a Music store in order to rent these instruments.


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

 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, i.e. Primary, Junior, Intermediate, or Senior. Candidates who hold an Interim COQ may have different/additional criteria for registration as required by the Ontario College of Teachers, and as specified on their Interim COQ.
  • "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




This course is offered by the Faculty of Education. For inquiries you can contact the Continuing Teacher Education Program team directly at aq@uwindsor.ca.

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