TECP113-23YC2 (D) Year C Second Half 2023 (Distance)

The Arts in the NZ Curriculum

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 10 July 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 23 July 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 15 October 2023


This course provides pre-service teachers with an introduction to the theory, and pedagogy of teaching Music, Visual Arts, and Dance and Drama in the New Zealand primary school context. The course develops the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to successfully plan, teach and evaluate the Arts learning areas in the New Zealand Curriculum (2007). The course also aims to prepare students for further study in higher-level course and will complement learning in other courses in the Bachelor of Teaching and Learning, including Professional Practice.

*Please note this course is only available to initial teacher education students. To enrol in this course you need to be accepted and enrolled in one of our Initial Teacher Education programmes.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the learning area ‘The Arts’ in the New Zealand Curriculum (2007) and how the vision, principles, values, and key competencies of the New Zealand Curriculum (2007) can be developed in and through each of the distinct four disciplines: Dance, Drama, Music-Sound Arts and the Visual Arts
  • Demonstrate developing ‘literacies’ in each discipline area
  • Demonstrate skills in the use of digital technologies to support teaching and learning in The Arts
  • Use relevant research to inform the continued development of pedagogical practices that will foster and extend student learning in, through and about Dance, Drama, Music-Sound Arts, and the Visual Arts
  • Demonstrate the pedagogical and subject content knowledge needed to design relevant and inclusive programmes for their future students in the Arts.

    If you enrol in this course as a distance student, you need to attend a block course either in Christchurch, Nelson or Rotorua.  All accommodation and travel costs are to be met by the students.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Patrick Shepherd


Nicki Dabner and Annette Searle


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Arts Theory Assignment 18 Aug 2023 50%
Arts Practice Assignment 06 Nov 2023 50%

Textbooks / Resources


TECP113 Course Texts, Tools, Equipment and Materials

All students must ensure they have regular internet access that will enable them to complete the online modules in the course and access the online resources/readings/websites available in the TECP113 site on Learn. http://learn.canterbury.ac.nz/course/view

1. Music - Sound Arts:

If you want further resources, we recommend the music texts below.  (NB these are not compulsory).

We recommend that if you are coming to music for the first time, you opt for recorder.    NB: this is not taught on campus but is an option for Distance students.

Recommended Texts Music - Sound Arts

Goodyear, S. (1984). The New Recorder Tutor, Book 1.Descant (or Tenor). International music publications: England. (Only students who choose recorder purchase this).

All students will be required to purchase either a descant recorder or have access to a guitar or a ukulele.  

2. Dance & Drama:

There are no compulsory texts for these components of the course. However, please prepare for the on-site class dance and drama sessions as follows:
You need to come to each session with:
•       The New Zealand Curriculum
•       A water bottle
•       Comfortable clothing so you can move freely
•       Pen and paper for note taking

3. Visual Art:

Recommended Texts Visual Art
1. Ministry of Education. (2005) Pasifika Visual Arts: A Resource for Teachers of Years 7-10. Wellington: Learning Media.

2. Ministry of Education. (2007). He Papahuia Toi Maori: Maori Visual Culture in Visual Arts Education-
Years 1-6. Wellington: Learning Media.

It is recommended that all students purchase an A3 sized art portfolio.

DISTANCE option only : Practical tools and materials

In order to complete your practical Visual Art work you will need to purchase or locate the tools and materials you need for these. A full list of what you need to obtain is available on the TECP113 Learn site

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $821.00

International fee $3,750.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Teacher Education .

All TECP113 Occurrences

  • TECP113-23YC2 (D) Year C Second Half 2023 (Distance)