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Professional Practice Dance Technique Pedagogy MA

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Code
WBL503
Start
January 2017
October 2017
Duration
Usually 18 months part-time
Attendance
Part-time via low residency/distance learning
Fees
Please see the Fees and Funding tab
Course leader
Adesola Akinleye
Helen Kindred

This is a highly flexible online distance learning MA designed for newly qualified or experienced dance teachers working in and beyond schools. The course has been developed especially to allow you to continue working, integrating your professional practice and expertise with academic learning.

Why study MA Professional Practice Dance Technique Pedagogy at Middlesex University?

This unique MA combines critical reflection and individual pedagogic practice at one of the UK’s top Universities for dance practice and research. The first programme of its kind in the country, the MA Professional Practice Dance Technique Pedagogy epitomises our dedication to the future of dance and dance teachers as well as our pioneering approach in the field.

This course was developed in collaboration with The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) and caters for all genres of dance technique teaching. You begin by reflecting on prior learning before being supported to explore a chosen area of dance technique teaching in more depth that, in turn, leads to a major work-based learning project. Delivered part-time through distance learning, we ensure that you are able to develop as a practitioner and maintain your work commitments while you study.

Course highlights

  • You’ll have the flexibility to shape your studies around work commitments so that you can pursue your ambitions with structured support from experienced practitioners
  • Your practice is placed at the centre of your research investigation, making your findings applicable within the profession and of value to colleagues, employers and students
  • You’ll be part of a vibrant online dance research culture, with access to influential and internationally respected work in dance pedagogy, contemporary dance technique and choreographic practices and dance fitness
  • You’ll have the opportunity to make a claim for academic credits against prior formal and informal learning * As a student you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

What will you study on the MA Professional Practice in Dance Technique Pedagogy?

This Masters programme is rooted in reflective practice – the course enables you to use your existing skills and knowledge, and find ways to explore your current practice. The course is divided into three modules with flexibility to pay per module and complete each phase in a time frame that works with and around your professional commitments and individual ambitions.

  • Modules

    • Review of Learning - Compulsory (90 credits)

      In this module you will review any dance teaching qualifications you already have as well as prior learning, formal or informal, that contributed to your professional experience. This process allows you to better understand how you know what you know, and in some cases, discover that you know more than you think you do about your practice.

      Through online discussion groups, guidance from your Academic Advisor and your module handbook, you are encouraged to reflect on your prior experiences and learning, culminating in a submission of a portfolio of short essays reflective of your career to date and supportive of your claims for academic credit at level 7. This is also a chance for you to apply any existing credits to this course, with a maximum of 50% of total credits for your MA achieved by the end of this module.

    • Advanced Practitioner Inquiry - Compulsory (30 credits)​

      In this module you will choose an area of dance technique pedagogy to research in depth and explore any existing work related to your chosen subject. This is a chance for you to not only explore your own work but to look at the work of other practitioners and researchers and explore new paths for your practice.

      By the end of this module you will have produced a detailed research proposal that relates to your own professional practice. You will have accessed key sources, gained preliminary investigative experience and critical analytical skills that will further enhance the final phase of this course, as well as your career.

    • Independent Work Based Learning Project - Compulsory (60 credits)​​

      In this final module you will carry out the research proposed in the previous module and critically review the implications it has on your chosen area of dance pedagogy. This is a chance for you to explore your chosen subject in greater depth, collect, analyse and evaluate data, articulate your research within an academic framework and through dissemination to your field of practice.

      As part of this module you will complete a 6,000-word critical review, give an oral presentation, and produce a professional artefact. The oral presentation and the artefact allow you to find ways other than the written word through which to articulate your research.

      On completing this module you will be able to demonstrate a high level of knowledge and skills in your chosen area of dance pedagogy, with transferable skills in reflective study, research and critical analysis that are increasingly valuable in today’s competitive job market.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

How is the MA Professional Practice Dance Technique Pedagogy taught?

This course is taught part-time through distance learning. Students are advised to set aside at least one day a week to complete the appropriate reading, research, practical and written assignments required at each level of the course. Contact is normally maintained by email, Skype and phone as well as optional campus-based tutorials, and every module has a detailed module handbook.

There are no traditional taught elements requiring attendance at the University, however as a student on the course you will have full access to our state-of-the-art learning resources and library facilities, on campus and online.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a mixture of practical, theoretical and oral assignments, including critical reviews, reflective essays and presentations.

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How will the MA Professional Practice Dance Technique Pedagogy support your career?

On completion of this course, you will benefit from an academic qualification (MA) that demonstrates advanced academic standing, including practice as research skills. You will have the ability to articulate the range of complex pedagogical, practice based and theoretical ideas involved in your own practice as well as in terms of larger world contexts. You will have experience developing and carrying out practiced based, academic research. You will also have an internationally recognised qualification that may allow recognition of your pedagogical experience and/or that you can use to pursue teaching positions in educational and higher educational institutions.

Many of our students are already working at a sophisticated professional level with ambitions to advance into more senior and challenging roles as dance teachers or related leadership, management and development roles.

Adesola Akinleye, PhD, FRSA, FHE
Senior Lecturer in Dance Professional Practice

Dr. Akinleye began her professional career with the Dance Theatre of Harlem, she has been teaching in HE internationally for 15 years. She continues her dance practice choreographing, teaching dance technique & theory, and publishing (written work and film).

Helen Kindred, MFA, PGCHE, FHEA
Senior Lecturer in Dance

Helen has a background in dance as a performer, choreographer and community dance practitioner and has extensive experience of teaching within and beyond formal education. Helen has worked in HE for 10 years and her professional practice continues to move between choreography and performance teaching and presenting at Festivals and Conferences in the UK and Europe.

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