About Music Education: Don't Shoot the Syllabus with Brad Fuller
Monday 12 September 2016
Recital Hall West
Level 1, Sydney Conservatorium of Music Sydney NSW
“The syllabi for New South Wales music courses taught in schools have been around for a good while now. This isn’t necessarily a problem though, is it? Music doesn’t change, does it? It’s still the same organised sounds and silence it has been since the beginning – right? Based on my experience talking to hundreds of teachers around Australia, this might not be the case.
I’ve been travelling Australia talking to teachers for some years now and I’m amazed at the number of times I hear teachers say “I’d love to change my teaching but the syllabus won’t allow it” or similar. Generally – the syllabus seems to be a pretty handy scapegoat for the general lack of change in teaching practices. So, I’ve been looking at our 20th Century syllabi through my 21st Century glasses and I’m not sure it’s the villain it’s been made out to be.
In this presentation we will all put on 21st Century glasses and read our syllabi with fresh eyes to answer the question – Can We Teach in the 21st Century with a 20th Century Syllabus?”
Brad Fuller has over 15 years’ experience offering professional learning for teachers. He holds an MA in Adult Education. In 2009 he was recognised in the ASG National Excellence in Teaching Awards. Since 2012 Brad has pioneered “Project Rhythm and Blue” at NBCS, acting as an in-house consultant in the design of the state-of-the-art music learning space and revolutionary program. Brad and the music teaching team innovate the creative learning environment, both physically and pedagogically to engage and inspire students. Their vision: “we don’t learn about the music industry, we are in the music industry”.
Join us for refreshments and to continue the conversation afterwards.
More information – music.sydney.edu.au/research/about-music-education-lectures
- Free entry, registrations are required