Mrs Gerda Pretorius
Position
Lecturer40Hpw
Department
Music
Address
46A 212
Music
IB 36
Telephone
051 4012630
Office
Odeion 212
Information

Short CV

Gerda G Pretorius was born in Welkom, matriculated at Postmasburg High School and then moved to Bloemfontein. In 1978 she obtained a B.Mus. (Education) degree with Harmony and Counterpoint and Science of Music as major subjects at the University of the Orange Free State.

She taught piano and recorder at Shannon High School (1978), Postmasburg High School (1979) and on a private basis at Heidedal Primary School (1992 - 1994). She continued with private tutoring from 1981 to 1992. From 1993 - 2006 she tutored Music and Movement at the Free State Musicon. She developed musical skills and prepared young children to partake in specific instruments. Several of these children went on to present the Free State in well-known orchestras and eventually played in the Free State Youth Symphony Orchestra. She also conducted multicultural Orff ensembles on a yearly basis.

She was appointed as part time lecturer from 1998 - 2007 by the Department of Curriculum Studies and the Department of Music for all new modules regarding Music and Movement as well as Arts and Culture. She participated in several courses, workshops and dialogue sessions in South Africa, Germany (1987 and 1994 with Prof M Seeliger in Mannheim; 2005 Dr Lorna Lutz Heige) and Austria (Orff Schulwerk Society, Mozarteum).

In 2008 she was appointed by the Department of Music of the University of the Free State as junior lecturer in all undergraduate and post graduate modules regarding Music Education and Practice. She obtained her MMus with distinction in 2014 from the UFS.

Publications


Publications (Short List)

Paper accepted " The Development of Audiation Skills in Beginner Piano Students" accepted for 2011 Third International conference on Music Learning Theory.
Article submitted and conditionally accepted "Parents` role in the early childhood development of young children." Musicus
 

Research


Area(s) of Interest

Her main research focus of the past number of years has been the compiling and presenting of modules and curricula for early childhood music in a multicultural society. She follows a holistic, integrated approach and is presently researching the music aptitudes and profiles of the newborn and young child.

Courses Presented

MUSD3702 In this module theoretical understanding of the pedagogy of community service learning is developed, and community service within the capacity of community service learning within a field relevant to the module content is provided.
MUSE1514 The purpose of this module is to introduce the student to current music educational literature relevant to a holistic approach in early childhood music. The module is structured around a procedural approach during the Foundation phase. The student is guided towards an exploration of the theme of the young child and early childhood music that engages with knowledge regarding the study of musical development as well as competencies and values acquired to enhance insight and didactical aids as applicable to the teaching of music education in society. In focusing on issues of early childhood music, the course materials exposes the student to contexts of a wider scope than the contexts of Western art music, including those related to African and Afro-diasporas music.
MUSE1524 The purpose of this module is to introduce the student to current music educational literature relevant to the sequential development of audiation skills in a situated environment. Competencies and values acquired to enhance the insight, didactics and teaching/learning of Music Learning Theory (MLT) are developed by making use of a procedural approach. The course aims to empower the student to compile and present a core curriculum based on MLT as well as the skill to play a new instrument in ensemble context.
MUSE3706 The purpose of this module is to introduce the student to current music educational literature relevant to teaching and learning strategies in the intermediate and secondary phases of a typical outcomes based curriculum. The module is structured according to a comprehensive philosophy of music education and the student is guided in processes of integrated learning and “spiral” development.
MUE692 This module comprises the supervised writing of a mini-dissertation on a topic with a limited research focus. The student is trained to apply research methods in the chosen field, and to demonstrate adequate knowledge of literature relevant to the subject, as well as the ability to critically evaluate his or her own work, as well as that of other authors.
MUSM6808 This module comprises the supervised writing of a mini-dissertation on a topic with a limited research focus. The student is trained to apply research methods in the chosen field, and to demonstrate adequate knowledge of literature relevant to the subject, as well as the ability to critically evaluate his or her own work, as well as that of other authors.
MUST8900 This module comprises the supervised writing of a dissertation on a topic with a specialist research focus. The student is trained to apply research methods in the chosen field on a more advanced level, and to demonstrate adequate knowledge of literature relevant to the subject, as well as the ability to critically evaluate his or her own work, as well as that of other authors.

Community Service

Tuition at Lettie Fouche school for disabled children

Service Learning



FACULTY CONTACT

T: +27 51 401 2240 or humanities@ufs.ac.za

Postgraduate:
Marizanne Cloete: +27 51 401 2592

Undergraduate:
Katlego Mabulana: +27 51 401 2495
Juanita Hlongwane: +27 51 401 3269

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