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TeachTalk: Music – Debates in Music Education

Over the last few weeks we’ve been releasing papers for the ‘flipped conference’ style session planned for the Music Education Expo, curated by TeachTalk: Music. Debates in Music Education will be an unmissable opportunity to discuss current thinking in music education with some highly respected guest speakers.

All the papers are now available to download and absorb before the session, so the time can be devoted to the debate. In addition, shorter abstract versions are available below, and print copies will be available on the Rhinegold Education stand (E3) on Wednesday and Thursday.
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TeachTalk: Music’s Debates in Education – John Finney

As we announced in our recent Expo news article, we are proud to be supporting TeachTalk: Music, who are curating an unmissable session at the forthcoming Music Education Expo.

Debates in Music Education, chaired by David Ashworth, will be on Thursday 21st March, 1.30-3.30pm in the TeachMeet Lounge, and will feature four key speakers: John Finney, Robert Bunting, Chris Philpott and Gary Spruce. In the style of the ‘flipped conference’, TeachTalk: Music are releasing papers by each speaker in advance so that the session can be devoted to as much discussion as possible.

The final paper, by John Finney, has been released – download it here. John examines the ideology of musical composition, and asks you to reflect on these questions:

• Who is entitled to be the main agent of power, teacher or student?
• Is the idea of musical composition hopelessly tethered to a Western European aesthetic?
• Who provides the material as the starting point for exploratory practice?
• Is the teacher-led composing workshop doomed to deny students ownership of learning?

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TeachTalk: Music’s Debates in Education – Gary Spruce

As we announced in our recent Expo news article, we are proud to be supporting TeachTalk: Music, who are curating an unmissable session at the forthcoming Music Education Expo.

Debates in Music Education, chaired by David Ashworth, will be on Thursday 21st March, 1.30-3.30pm in the TeachMeet Lounge, and will feature four key speakers: John Finney, Robert Bunting, Chris Philpott and Gary Spruce. In the style of the ‘flipped conference’, TeachTalk: Music are releasing papers by each speaker in advance so that the session can be devoted to as much discussion as possible.

The third paper, by Gary Spruce, has been released – download it here. Gary says:

“In this presentation I will explore critical thinking as part of the framework of critical (social) theory and examine how, ‘properly embedded, critical thinking and understanding enables pupils to make connections between their musical learning in school and their lived reality, and thus empower them as learners’ (Spruce 2009: 36). Critical thinking is conceptualized here as a key element in the development of a more socially just society in which all are enabled to fully participate. I will argue however that in order to create the conditions within which critical thinking can flourish, we need to examine the ways in which knowledge is conceptualized and understood and how knowledge, particularly in school, is positioned in relation to the ‘knower’ or ‘learner’. I will suggest that such a reconceptualization will inevitably present challenges to some pedagogical approaches.”