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1st Edition

Music Teachers' Values and Beliefs

ISBN 9780367229320
Published February 7, 2019 by Routledge
172 Pages

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Book Description

In Music Teachers' Values and Beliefs, Dwyer investigates the relationships between teachers, learners and music in music classrooms. Using Bourdieu's concepts of habitus and doxa as an interpretive lens, the book explores the values and beliefs of four music teachers, depicted in richly detailed narratives. The narratives are contextualised through the examination of traditions of music and contemporary approaches. In the past, music education has been shaped by elitist tendencies regarding the types of music worthy of study, the ways in which music should be learnt, and the purpose of such learning. Contemporary approaches to music education have enacted significant change in some regions and systems, while others have been slower to leave behind deeply entrenched values, beliefs and practices. These approaches have been blamed for low rates of participation and engagement in school music education, despite the fact that the majority of young people listen to and enjoy music outside of school. This innovative book provides music education researchers and practitioners with a new understanding of the impact of teachers' personal values, beliefs and experiences of music and music education on classroom practice, and the impact this has on students' experiences of music education.

Table of Contents

Part 1

1. Introduction

Interlude: Narrative Beginnings

2. Bourdieu’s Theory of Practice

3. The Field of Music Education

4. The Habitus of a Music Teacher

Part 2: The Narratives

5. Michael Cook at St Mark’s College

6. Sam Hall at Chiswick College

7. Jan Laws at Blackfield State High School

8. Jayden Wood at Seaview State High School

Part 3: Narratives Illuminated

9. Capital, Habitus and Field in Music Education: Hierarchies, Traditions and Marginalisation

Postlude: Narrative Coda



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Rachael Dwyer is a musician, teacher and researcher, with her interests including music teacher education, sociology of music education, research education and narrative inquiry. She spent a number of years as a music specialist teacher in primary and secondary schools prior to completing her doctoral studies at the University of Queensland, Australia. Rachael's doctoral research sought to investigate how music teachers' values and beliefs about music and music education are enacted in practice and how these beliefs are socially and culturally shaped. Rachael is currently a research fellow at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University.