From student to professional: recent conservatoire graduates’ experiences of instrumental teaching

Shaw, Luan (2020) From student to professional: recent conservatoire graduates’ experiences of instrumental teaching. British Journal of Music Education, 38 (1). pp. 13-30. ISSN 0265-0517

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Abstract

This research, carried out across 2017– 2018, investigated Royal Birmingham Conservatoire graduates’ experiences of working as instrumental teachers. 31 participants (who graduated across 2012–16 and studied an optional ‘Further Pedagogy’ module in their final year) responded to a questionnaire, and two were observed whilst teaching, and subsequently interviewed (2018). Results indicate that RBC students who chose to extend their pedagogical training beyond the core provision offered in the third year proved highly employable as instrumental teachers. Graduates considered teaching to be both fulfilling and challenging and were able to use insights gained ‘on the job’ to advise others. Whilst the sample was clearly limited, these findings contribute to an improved understanding of how instrumental teacher education in conservatoires might be further developed to effectively prepare students for the profession.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0265051720000212
Date: 14 September 2020
Uncontrolled Keywords: conservatoire students; conservatoire graduates; conservatoire alumni; instrumental teaching; instrumental teacher education
Subjects: W300 Music
X200 Research and Study Skills in Education
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Depositing User: Luan Shaw
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2020 09:10
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2021 09:22
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/10365

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