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Collaborative Learning in Higher Music Education

1st Edition

Edited by Helena Gaunt, Heidi Westerlund


302 pages

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In higher music education, learning in social settings (orchestras, choirs, bands, chamber music and so on) is prevalent, yet understanding of such learning rests heavily on the transmission of knowledge and skill from master to apprentice. This narrow view of learning trajectories pervades in both one-to-one and one-to-many contexts. This is surprising given the growing body of knowledge about the power of collaborative learning in general, underpinned by theoretical developments in educational psychology: the social dimensions of learning, situational learning and concepts of communities of learners. Collaborative Learning in Higher Music Education seeks to respond to the challenge of becoming more conscious of the creative and multiple dimensions of social interaction in learning music, in contexts ranging from interdisciplinary projects to one-to-one tuition, and not least in the contemporary context of rapid change in the cultural industries and higher education as a whole. It brings together theoretical papers and case studies of practice. Themes covered include collaborative creativity, communities of practice, peer-learning, co-teaching as co-learning, assessment and curriculum structures. Chapters illuminate reasons for enabling collaborative learning, and provide exemplars of innovative practice and designs for collaborative learning environments in higher music education. A central purpose of the book is to scaffold change, to help in meeting the rapid changes in society and to find constructive stepping stones or signposts for teachers and students.


’Music is the most collaborative of artistic practices - it is a universal "glue" of interdisciplinary working - yet this aspect of music making and music learning remains under researched. I very much welcome the explorations in this volume as an important addition to our thinking and understanding of collaboration in music learning.' John Wallace, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, UK ’This book makes a strong case for collaboration in music education, at the highest levels of performance. The chapters are written by the top international scholars and practitioners, the research is fascinating and original, and the chapters have many practical implications for music educators.’ Keith Sawyer, Washington University in St. Louis, USA and author of Group Genius: The Creative Power of Collaboration ’This book makes an important contribution to the current discussions and debates concerning the role of collaborative thought and practice in individual and collective learning in music.’ Margaret Barrett, University of Queensland, Australia

Table of Contents

Contents: Prelude: the case for collaborative learning in higher music education, Helena Gaunt and Heidi Westerlund; Part I Theoretical Perspectives and Research Studies: Mapping the research ground: expertise, collective creativity and shared knowledge practices, Kai Hakkarainen; Learning from artistic and pedagogical differences between musicians’ and actors’ traditions through collaborative processes, Biranda Ford and John Sloboda; The art of stepping outside comfort zones: intercultural collaborative learning in the international GLOMUS camp, Eva Sæther; Promoting professional and paradigm reflection amongst conservatoire teachers in an international community, Helena Gaunt; Exploring dialogues in online collaborative contexts with music teachers and pre-service students in Australia, Julie Ballantyne and Tammie Olm-Madden; Perspectives on the dynamics of power within collaborative learning in higher music education, Catharina Christophersen; Designing the rhythm for academic community life: learning partnerships and collaboration in music education doctoral studies, Heidi Westerlund and Sidsel Karlsen; Expanding the master-apprentice model: tool for orchestrating collaboration as a path to self-directed learning for singing students, Lotte Latukefu and IrinaVerenikina; Using formal self- and peer-assessment as a proactive tool in building a collaborative learning environment: theory into practice in a popular music programme, Don Lebler; Learning from one another’s musicianship: exploring the potential for collaborative development of aural skills with pianists, Lotta Ilomäki; Exploring cognitive strategies and collaboration in master class settings, Marion Long; Intersubjectivity in collaborative learning in one-to-one contexts, Paula Collens and Andrea Creech. Part II Practitioners’ Reports and Narratives: ’I listen, I hear, I understand’: students’ collaborative research for criteria to empower constructive feedback in classical piano perform

About the Editors

Helena Gaunt is the Assistant Principal (Research and Academic Development) at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, and a National Teaching Fellow (2009). Her current research focuses on one-to-one and small group tuition in conservatoires, orchestral musicians in the twenty-first century, and the role of improvisation (verbal and musical) in developing professional expertise. She is an Associate of the Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice (CMPCP) funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, co-editor of Music Performance Research, and a member of the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Music Education. She chaired the Forum for Instrumental/Vocal Teaching for the International Society of Music Education from 2010 to 2012, and co-directs the Innovative Conservatoire, an international project dedicated to developing reflective practice, research and innovation in the conservatoire sector. Heidi Westerlund is Professor and Vice Director of the Doctoral School of Music Education, Jazz and Folk Music at the Sibelius Academy, Finland. Her research focuses on the theory and practice of cultural diversity, popular culture and democracy in music education as well as of teaching and learning in higher music education. She has published widely in international and national journals and has written numerous book chapters. She is a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Music Education, the British Journal of Music Education and Music Performance Research, and she is the editor of the Finnish Journal of Music Education. Heidi has served in the leadership of national and international organizations, such as the International Society for Philosophy of Music Education, and has organized several international conferences.

About the Series

SEMPRE Studies in The Psychology of Music

The theme for the series is the psychology of music, broadly defined. Topics include (i) musical development at different ages, (ii) exceptional musical development in the context of special educational needs, (iii) musical cognition and context, (iv) culture, mind and music, (v) micro to macro perspectives on the impact of music on the individual (from neurological studies through to social psychology), (vi) the development of advanced performance skills and (vii) affective perspectives on musical learning. The series presents the implications of research findings for a wide readership, including user-groups (music teachers, policy makers, parents) as well as the international academic and research communities. This expansive embrace, in terms of both subject matter and intended audience (drawing on basic and applied research from across the globe), is the distinguishing feature of the series, and it serves SEMPRE’s distinctive mission, which is to promote and ensure coherent and symbiotic links between education, music and psychology research.


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUSIC / General