About Music Education: ‘Music Concepts’ Crisis! The increasing invisibility of musical knowledge in the classroom

Monday 8 August 2016

Recital Hall West

Level 1, Sydney Conservatorium of Music Sydney NSW

Michael Webb and Christine Carroll

This 20 minute session will be in two parts. To begin, Michael will briefly set out how as a music analysis tool the ‘6 Music Concepts’ scheme has become a blunt instrument. This is related to the inclusion now in the classroom of forms of music for which it was not designed—popular music, culturally diverse musics, film music, sample-based music and so on. In the second part, Christine will demonstrate from her research the kind of musical knowledge ‘clash’ that can occur in the classroom when teachers and students ‘face off’ over the use of analytical terminology. She raises the question of the place of ‘vernacular theory’ in music education. All are invited to attend and participate in discussing how to avoid the looming crisis of the resulting invisibility of musical knowledge in the classroom.

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

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

Michael Webb initially qualified in music education then completed a performance degree at the Sydney Conservatorium, while studying ethnomusicology with Allan Marrett. After gaining six years of cross-cultural teaching experience in Papua New Guinea he undertook postgraduate studies in ethnomusicology at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, where Mark Slobin supervised his MA and PhD research. A decade of secondary school music teaching in western Sydney followed. He currently lectures in pre-service music education at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, The University of Sydney and supervises research in ethnomusicology and music education. His recent research has examined expanding concepts of musicianship as well as multimodal literacy (he was probably the first scholar to publish on the potential of YouTube for music education). He is a co-author of the Oxford University Press Global Music Series volume, Music in Pacific Island Cultures, and continues to undertake fieldwork in Melanesia. Since 2007 he has also written on contemporary Australian jazz.

Christine Carroll is a PhD student currently studying music education at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music/The University of Sydney. Christine’s research stems from her specific interests in senior secondary curriculum and pedagogy gained through her experience in both DET and Independent schools, and through tertiary mentoring and lecturing in both music and music education. Christine’s research fuses discourses from music education, ethnomusicology and the sociology of education to address the complex issue of learning and knowledge practices in the music classroom. Christine presented at the 2013 ASME conference, and was published in the 2014 issue of Musicworks for the Australian National Council of Orff Schulwerk (ANCOS). Christine was also winner of the 2014 Gordon Spearitt prize for best paper presented at the 2014 GUPSA Postgraduate Research Symposium.

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