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1st Edition

Creative Teaching for Creative Learning in Higher Music Education

ISBN 9781138504998
Published June 30, 2017 by Routledge
292 Pages

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Book Description

This edited volume explores how selected researchers, students and academics name and frame creative teaching and learning as constructed through the rationalities, practices, relationships, events, objects and systems that are brought to educational sites and developed by learning communities. The concept of creative learning questions the starting-points and opens up the outcomes of curriculum, and this frames creative teaching not only as a process of learning but as an agent of change. Within the book, the various creativities that are valued by different stakeholders teaching and studying in the higher music sector are delineated, and processes and understandings of creative teaching are articulated, both generally in higher music education and specifically through their application within the design of individual modules. This focus makes the text relevant to scholars, researchers and practitioners across many fields of music, including those working in musicology, composition, performance, music education, and music psychology. The book contributes new perspectives on our understanding of the role of creative teaching and learning and processes in creative teaching across the domain of music learning in higher music education sectors.

Table of Contents

Introduction Elizabeth Haddon

Part 1: Articulating Experience in Secondary and Higher Music Education

1. Pre-higher Education Creativity: Composition in the Classroom Steven Berryman

2. A Student Perspective on Creativity in Higher Music Education Natalie Edwards, James Whittle and Alice Wright

3. Creativity in Higher Music Education: Views of University Music Lecturers Elizabeth Haddon

4. Considering Creative Teaching in Relation to Creative Learning: Developing a Knowing–Doing Orientation for Change in Higher Music Education  Pamela Burnard

Part 2: Developing the Creative Lecturer and Teacher

5. Thinking, Making, Doing: Perspectives on Practice-Based, Research-Led Teaching in Higher Music Education Louise Harris

6. Practice-as-Research: A Method for Articulating Creativity for Practitioner-Researchers Martin Blain

7. Perspectives on Research-Led Teaching John Robert Ferguson

8. Teaching the Supreme Art: Pre-service Teacher Perceptions of Creative Opportunities in the Higher Education Music Class Kari Veblen, H. Elisha Jo and Stephen J. Messenger

9. Pre-service Teachers Converting Motherhood into Creative Capital through Composing with Sound Clare Hall

10. Deconstructing and Re-imagining Repertoire in Music Teacher Training Tim Palmer

Part 3: Philosophies, Practices and Pedagogies: Teaching for Creative Learning

11. Imagined Structures: Creative Approaches for Musical Analysis Mark Hutchinson and Tim Howell

12. Curiosity, Apathy, Creativity and Deference in the Musical Subject–Object Relationship Nicky Losseff

13. Recontextualised Learning through Embedded Creativity: Developing a Module that Applies Historically Informed Performance Practice to Baroque Music Christina Guillaumier, Ruth Slater and Peter Argondizza

14. There and Now: Creativity across Cultures Neil Sorrell

15. Dalcroze Eurhythmics: Bridging the Gap between the Academic and the Practical through Creative Teaching and Learning Karin Greenhead, John Habron and Louise Mathieu

16. Creativity and Community in an Entrepreneurial Undergraduate Music Module Fay Hield and Stephanie Pitts

17. Fostering Effective Group Creativity Ambrose Field.


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Elizabeth Haddon is Research Fellow in the Music Department at the University of York, UK, where she leads the MA in Music Education: Instrumental and Vocal Teaching and also teaches piano. Her research focuses on pedagogy, creativity and musical performance, particularly in the higher education sector, and includes the book Making Music in Britain: Interviews with those behind the notes (Ashgate, 2006) as well as articles in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters and presentations at international conferences.

Pamela Burnard is Professor of Arts, Creativities and Education at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, UK. She holds degrees in Music Performance, Music Education, Education and Philosophy. Her primary interest is creativities research for which she is internationally recognised. She is the author/co-author/editor of twelve books and multiple refereed journals. She is convenor of the Creativities in Intercultural Arts Network (CIAN), co-convenor of the British Education Research Association Creativities in Education SIG, and host and convenor of the Building Interdisciplinary Bridges Across Cultures (BIBAC) International Biennial Conference. She serves on numerous editorial boards and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.


I would suggest that this volume is an invaluable resource for tutors in higher music education (hereafter HME), which stimulates critical thinking about HME pedagogy and practice and challenges institutional myopia regarding some aspects of summative assessment. The volume is divided into three sections, described as “Articulating experience in secondary and higher education”, “Developing the creative lecturer and teacher” and “Philosophies, practices and pedagogies: Teaching for creative learning”. This volume stimulates discourse about creative pedagogy, supported by a wide range of case studies which it is hoped will inspire readers to try out some of these innovative, creative approaches to teaching and learning.- Monica Esslin-Peard, Department of Music, University of Liverpool,UK