Composing, Performing, and Reflecting: Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

By Dawn Joseph.

Published by The International Journal of Arts Education

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Published Online: August 4, 2016 $US5.00

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.

Keywords: Music Education, Pedagogy, Teaching and Learning, Group Work, Composition

The International Journal of Arts Education, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp.21-31. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: August 4, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 724.203KB)).

Dr. Dawn Joseph

Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia