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Conference presentations

Gaunt, H. (2012) "Who am I as a musician and a teacher?" Presentation for the Music Education Council Seminar: "Progression, Musicality and the Future", National Council for Voluntary Organisations, London, May 3rd.

Gaunt, H. and Dobson, M. (2012) "Communication and audience awareness in expert orchestral performance." ResearchWorks seminar, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London, April 16th.

Gaunt, H. (2012) "Mentoring and one-to-one tuition in a conservatoire: potential and limits." Presentation at the Reflective Conservatoire Conference: Performing at the Heart of Knowledge, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London, March 17-20.

Gaunt, H. (2012) "Current issues in one-to-one tuition: the learning evironment and the relationship." Grove Forum Lecture, Royal College of Muisc, London, February 2nd.

Gaunt, H. (2011) "Becoming a musician in the twenty-first century." Presentation for the University of Minnesota School of Music Convocation, October 6th.

Gaunt, H. (2011) "Musicians' identities, territories and resilience in the contemporary world" Keynote presentation for Developing the Musician, an international music education conference sponsored by SEMPRE, Institute of Education, Bulmershe Court, Reading University, March 5.

Gaunt, H. (2010) "Conservatoire students' experiences of mentoring from their instrumental/vocal/composition teachers, and from their peers" Presentation for the ISME 29th World Conference, China National Convention Centre and China Conservatory of Music, Beijing, August 1-6.

Gaunt, H. (2009) "From performing to teaching and back again: re-thinking one-to-one tuition" Plenary presentation for The Performer's Voice: An International Forum for Music Performance and Scholarship, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore, October 29-November 2. 

Gaunt, H. (2008) "Researching one-to-one tuition" Plenary presentation for the AEC Congress, Royal Academy of Music Aarhus, Aarhus, November 6-8.

Gaunt, H. and van Rosmalen, B. (2007) "Improvisation and conversation: a practical exploration of how musical improvisation may inform one-to-one instrumental/vocal teaching, mentoring and professional development in conservatoires" Presentation for Trends in the Music Profession in Europe: Lifelong Learning & Employability, a seminar hosted by The Working Group on the Profession of the ERASMUS Thematic Network for Music 'Polifonia' and the Lectorate Lifelong Learning in Music, Prince Claus Conservatorium, Hanze University, Groningen, The Netherlands, March
9 - 11.


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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.