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Music Education Council keynote

I was asked by the Music Education Council recently to do a keynote presentation bringing together some of the work I have done in relation to professional identities in music, reflective practice and the vital issue of ensuring that teaching in music education is informed by and remains connected to musicianship. In theory, there should be no split between being a musician and being a teacher, but in practice we know that it can be only too easy for these to become disconnected. 

I drew on recent work by Keith Sawyer and Richard Sennett to focus on just how well the interactions of collaborative music making can provide models and clues for a whole range of our social interactions, teaching included. And I talked about my particular interest in improvisation as an integral part of reflective practice, providing a powerful bridge between musical and conversational worlds, and the way in which this is being explored through the Innovative Conservatoire, and through interdisciplinary work with actors, musicians and nurses. 

My powerpoint presentation

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.