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Master Classes

Master Classes: 

Master classes are ubiquitous in Conservatoires. They are also increasingly used in other contexts - a dynamic form of knowledge exchange. So how do master classes work? What kinds of knowledge are involved?How does learning take place, between master and students, master and audience, students and audience?


Collaborating online

Collaborating online:

Martin Bean, Vice Chancellor of the Open University gave a visionary and inspiring presentation on October 21st about a collective challenge we face in contemporary cultures of connectivity and access to information to transform the availability of such vast quantities of data into meaningful knowledge.


Becoming a musician in the 21st century

Becoming a musician in the 21st century:

I was asked to talk about some of my work and research relating to this topic for a convocation for all students and staff at the Minnesota School of Music at the beginning of their academic year.


Non-judgmental shared reflection

Non-judgmental shared reflection:

Recently I've been exploring a wonderful process for reflecting collaboratively on work - I call it "connecting mirrors". We used the process during an InnovativeConservatoire international seminar for conservatoire teachers. This time we were based at Dartington, which by the way is a fabulous venue for creative and reflective events (


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In a nutshell

So why should you be interested in Learning in and through the Performing Arts?

The collaborative processes of the performing arts open a pandora's box of possibilities for artistic, personal and organizational development. They are subtle and multi-layered, embodied practices that can yield much more than what individuals bring to them, creatively and in terms of human exchange. My work is about continuing to develop these processes for the twenty-first century, so that artists can adapt to their changing contexts and enable their work to take root as creative entrepreneurs, and so that the processes of the arts can be shared and enhanced through exchange with other disciplines and across cultural contexts.