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Collaborative Learning in Higher Music Education

This book aims to open the space for dialogue and exchange of experiences concerning collaborative learning in Higher Music Education and to bridge theory and practice. Co-edited with Professor Heidi Westerlund from the Sibelius Academy in Finland, it will be published by Ashgate in 2012. It seeks to illuminate reasons for enabling collaborative learning, provide exemplars of innovative practices and outline designs for collaborative learning environments in Higher Music Education.

Themes encompassed in the book include collaborative creativity, communities of practice, peer-learning, co-teaching as co-learning, assessment and curriculum structures. A central purpose of the book is to scaffold change in the context of the rapid evolution of contemporary cultural and educational landscapes, and to find constructive stepping stones or signposts for teachers and students.

Contributing authors include Dr. Julie Ballantyne, Paula Collens and Dr. Andrea Creech, Dr. Biranda Ford and Professor John Sloboda, Professor Kai Hakkarainen, Dr. Don Lebler, O'Dyke Nzewi, Peter Renshaw, Inga Rikanda, and Dr. Gareth Smith.

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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.