Composing, performing, and reflecting: teaching and learning in higher education

Joseph, Dawn 2016, Composing, performing, and reflecting: teaching and learning in higher education, International journal of arts education, vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 21-31.

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Title Composing, performing, and reflecting: teaching and learning in higher education
Author(s) Joseph, DawnORCID iD for Joseph, Dawn
Journal name International journal of arts education
Volume number 11
Issue number 4
Start page 21
End page 31
Total pages 11
Publisher Common Ground Publishing
Place of publication Champaign, Ill.
Publication date 2016-08-05
ISSN 2326-9944
Keyword(s) music education
teaching and learning
group work
Summary This case study adds to a growing body of literature that focuses on preparing generalist teachers in music education for the primary classroom. As part of my wider research on “Pre-service teacher attitudes and understandings of Music Education,” this paper situates itself within the Bachelor of Education (Primary) teacher education course at a university in Melbourne (Australia). Drawing on student questionnaire data, observation notes, and anecdotal feedback gathered in May 2015, I discuss student understandings and perceptions of music teaching and learning in a core unit (Primary Arts Education: Music Focused Study). This paper highlights the opportunity and challenges of music composition and performance as a group assessment task. The findings show that student confidence and competence improved through the creative music process. It can be argued that music teaching and learning in a pre-service teacher context is most effective when composition, performance, listening, and reflection are interconnected. Follow up research need to be undertaken in relation to how students use songs and group work to foster creativity in their future classrooms. Limitations of the study are acknowledged and generalizations cannot be made to other pre-service teacher courses in Australia
Language eng
Field of Research 130103 Higher Education
130105 Primary Education (excl Maori)
130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
130201 Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 930102 Learner and Learning Processes
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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