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|Title: ||A Study of Inspiring Australian Music Teachers|
|Authors: ||Robinson, Jennifer Anne|
|Issue Date: ||11-Dec-2015|
|Publisher: ||University of Sydney|
Sydney Conservatorium of Music
|Abstract: ||This study explores the qualities of inspiring Australian music teachers. Beginning with a
review of previous studies of teachers described as passionate, successful, effective and
expert, the researcher explores the interpersonal interactions between music teachers and
students to discover the inspirational element. The literature revealed few studies on inspiring
music teaching world-wide, with no specific Australian study found.
This qualitative, ethnographic study uses multiple case studies and employs the principles of
narrative inquiry to analyse data. The participants are music teachers from New South Wales
who have received the Australian Society for Music Education (ASME) Award for
Excellence, and their students from five high schools across the greater Sydney metropolitan
area. In addition, a group of nationally recognised music educators from four states of
Australia were invited to participate. The study involved interviews with the teachers,
educators (national treasures) and students as well as classroom observations.
The results revealed six characteristics of inspiring music teaching: knowledge and passion,
the importance of connection through Music, inclusivity and equity, relational capacity and
trust, facilitating reflection and empowerment. Results also point to the need for further
research to broaden the scope of the study.
This research comes at an important time in education with a recent initiative from the New
South Wales Department of Education and Communities being the ‘Great Teaching, Inspired
Learning’ forum which seeks to prepare for student learning in the 21st century by aiming to
develop teachers who will inspire their students.
This research also has implications for those aspiring to become inspirational music
|Type of Work: ||Masters Thesis|
|Type of Publication: ||Master of Music (Music Education) M.Mus.(Mus.Ed.)|
|Appears in Collections:||Sydney Digital Theses (Open Access)|
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