The Biography of Music Teachers, Their Understanding of Musicality and the Implications for Secondary Music Education

PhD Thesis


Dalladay, C. 2014. The Biography of Music Teachers, Their Understanding of Musicality and the Implications for Secondary Music Education. PhD Thesis University of East London Cass School of Education and Communities
AuthorsDalladay, C.
TypePhD Thesis
Abstract

This study concerns the purposes of music education in English secondary schools
at key stage 3 (age 11-14) and the role of music educators: whether it is to provide
an experience of music or whether it is to develop musicianship in young people;
how far teachers understand what it is to be musical and how musicianship can be
developed. Music teachers will come from a range of diverse backgrounds, though
research data would suggest that most seem to have been educated as ‘classical’
music performers which will have an affect on what they perceive to be central
competences in the development of musicians. In turn, this will determine, to some
extent, what is taught and learned in the classroom, as tensions can frequently arise
between teachers’ expertise and the musical interests and needs of their pupils. This
study explores how far the biography of secondary music teachers determines the
approach they take to musicianship and the activities which are presented to young
people in the classroom.

A mixed methods approach has been taken which has focused principally on the
competencies and learning contexts required for the development of musicianship
and how far these have been observed in practice in the classroom. The outcomes of
the study have suggested a clear link between teacher biography and classroom
practice but that there are potential tensions which can arise out of school practices,
national policy, curricular organization, teachers’ education and training, and the
musician-teacher identity. The study concludes by suggesting a range of
recommendations for action to the ‘stakeholders’ responsible for the delivery of
music education in English secondary schools

Year2014
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.15123/PUB.4240
Publication dates
PrintSep 2014
Publication process dates
Deposited09 Jun 2015
Publisher's version
License
CC BY-NC-ND
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