About Music Education: Music and 21st Century Education

Monday 14 March 2016

Recital Hall West

Level 1, Sydney Conservatorium of Music Sydney NSW

MOOCs (Massively Open Online Courses) have garnered great attention in the media over the past few years as the great democratiser of higher education. Since Stanford President John Hennessy described the “giving away” of whole degree units of study through online video as a coming educational “tsunami”, Sydney University has very carefully considered whether it was a wave worthy of getting on board, or another hype cycle (sic) that would pass. Two years later, and it’s remarkable that the very first  MOOC to be released (yes, free) by the University has been developed from the Conservatorium’s “Technology in Music Education” unit, part of the BMus (Music Education) degree, rewritten recently by relatively new lecturer Humberstone which seeks to provoke discussion on the place of music in 21st century education. In fact, that’s what it’s called. In this talk, Humberstone will explain how the 5 module course is structured, but more importantly, throw some of its provocations (“should we use or avoid technology?”; “do 95% of students drop music classes in year 9 because it’s completely irrelevant to their own musical lives?”; “knowing that music education is so good for children, how do we advocate for it best?”…) out to debate for the first time. Michael Webb PhD, Chair of Music Education, will chair a robust debate following Humberstone’s talk.

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As a composer, technologist and teacher, James Humberstone believes that music education can lead all education through the challenges of the 21st Century. After all, there is no more experiential, creative, child-centred subject than music – or so he claims. A trained ‘classical’ composer, James migrated to Sydney, Australia in 1997 and has also worked in the fields of music software, education (with children and adults of all ages), and as a musicologist. Today he is a lecturer in music education at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and remains an active composer. His recent musical output included a permanent electro-acoustic installation at the Australian National Maritime Museum on board a retired destroyer and a submarine. In 2016 James is collaborating on a Hip Hop album, and composing a song cycle. He has also just released the University of Sydney’s first (free) MOOC, “Music and 21st Century Education” at www.coursera.org.

Join us afterwards for light refreshments and a chat with the presenter.

More information – music.sydney.edu.au/research/about-music-education-lectures

ticket pricing
  • Free entry, registrations are required