'If you’re a teacher, you’re a failed musician’: exploring hegemony in a UK conservatoire

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Shaw, L. 2023. 'If you’re a teacher, you’re a failed musician’: exploring hegemony in a UK conservatoire. Research in Teacher Education. 13 (1), pp. 21-27. https://doi.org/10.15123/uel.8w732
AuthorsShaw, L.
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Conservatoires offer intensive musical training with an emphasis on preparation for careers in performance. In contrast, instrumental teaching is often perceived as a second-class profession or a ‘fall-back career’ (Bennett, 2012). A pilot study undertaken at a UK conservatoire enabled a group of three final-year undergraduate music students to reflect on their personal learning trajectories via a questionnaire and a focus-group discussion. Taking into account their musical backgrounds and social influences, both prior to, and throughout, their conservatoire training, participants revealed hegemonic attitudes around teaching as a potential career path that were culturally informed, but which appeared to evolve over time. The emerging themes – aspiration/prejudice, exploration/uncertainty and transformation/passion – are considered together with Bourdieu’s interrelated theoretical concepts (habitus, capital and field), forming a developmental model.

JournalResearch in Teacher Education
Journal citation13 (1), pp. 21-27
ISSN2046-1240
2047-3818
Year2023
PublisherThe School of Education and Communities, University of East London
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