Thinking about teaching music and the Creative Orchestra

The paper Thinking Philosophically About Teaching is by Gert Biesta and Barbara Stengel who from the outset make clear that philosophic enquiry is a form of research. [1] The paper sets about examining what teaching is and should be. [2] In this way much of the current debate about teaching, reduced as it is to …

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The Creative Orchestra

In last week’s blog I highlighted three analytical categories that might assist in understanding the ‘good enough’ music lesson described. These can be thought of as dimensions of pedagogy. This week I add a fourth, facilitation, through another thick description of a music lesson better described as a musical workshop. The four dimensions: Ethical commitment …

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Critical engagement and the model music curriculum

‘As they [pupils] progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music…’ [1] I wonder what is meant by ‘critical engagement’? And why no mention of this curriculum element in the minister’s model music curriculum imperatives? [2] To be critical is to be thoughtful, discriminating, analytical, reflective, evaluative, knowing, insightful and a symbol of becoming wide-awake to …

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In search of a music education

My keynote given at the Music Transitions and Futures Conference, The Boiler House, Newcastle University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne on Thursday 25th January 2018. (The conference brought together music teachers from all phases including higher education.) My perspective on music education comes from within the school, first as a secondary school music teacher for twenty-seven years and then …

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Instrumental skills v musical knowledge

Music Mark @musicmarkuk Great panel discussing Future of Music in Curriculum. @danfrancismusic @hantsmusichub @musicforall @aboorchestras @TrinityC_L #MusicMark2017 John finney‏@Johnfinney8 Nov 25 A Pandora’s Box. (Too) Many separate strands emerging and some conceptual confusions that need a whole conference to sort out. Fun to listen to. Thank you. This was my twitter response to the Music Mark conference …

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Through the lens of Levinas: ‘practices of facing’ in the music classroom and beyond by Kathryn Jourdan

ISME paper July 2016 Through the lens of Levinas: ‘practices of facing’ in the music classroom and beyond Kathryn Jourdan Download accompanying handout here See also Kathryn’s completed thesis Introduction This paper aims to give a brief overview of my recent PhD research.   The central focus of the paper concerns the field work I undertook …

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Music education through the lens of Levinas (i)

Last week saw over 1,000 music educators gather at the 32nd World Conference of the International Society for Music Education in Glasgow. There were keynote speakers, symposia on a range of topics, concerts, poster sessions and the reading of research papers. There was an embarrassment of riches. During August I will serialise one of the …

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Luke and his pipe dreams

Soundcastle is a musical social enterprise sparking imaginations, expanding horizons in musical leadership and much more. [1] I was pleased to accept Soundcastle’s invitation to The Centre, Merchants Street in East London to take part in the Friday after school session of Musical Beacons. [2] I had previously observed Soundcastle’s work with Southwark’s Saturday morning …

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