Musical development then and now: in conversation with June Boyce-Tillman

Boyce-Tillman, June and Anderson, Anthony David (2022) Musical development then and now: in conversation with June Boyce-Tillman. British Journal of Music Education, 39 (1). pp. 51-66. ISSN 0265-0517

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June Boyce-Tillman and Keith Swanwick’s article on musical development is the second most widely cited paper in the history of the British Journal of Music Education (Swanwick & Tillman, 1986). It appears in many discussions of musical development. A selection of the diverse domains where the paper is cited include: instrumental teaching (Verney, 1991), Special Education Needs (Collins, 1992), primary school teaching (Barrett, 1994), the development of learning for professional musicians (Hallam, 1995), secondary school teaching (Fautley, 2005), musicians’ skill development (Ginsborg, 2008), adult music teaching (Stakelum, 2011), and jazz improvisation (Palmer, 2016). However, the background to this work, which was conceived for June Boyce-Tillman’s PhD thesis, is not always so well known. This article presents a research interview with June Boyce-Tillman conducted in August 2017 (Anderson, 2019). It explores her musical background and music education experiences, and seeks to enable further discussion of the characteristics which were described in the spiral model. The interview focuses on the concepts of Materials, vernacular and musical Values1 in particular, and the implications of these modes of understanding for classroom practices, including curriculum design.

Item Type: Article
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8 November 2021Accepted
30 March 2022Published Online
Subjects: CAH22 - education and teaching > CAH22-01 - education and teaching > CAH22-01-01 - education
CAH22 - education and teaching > CAH22-01 - education and teaching > CAH22-01-02 - teacher training
CAH25 - design, and creative and performing arts > CAH25-02 - performing arts > CAH25-02-02 - music
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > Centre for Study of Practice and Culture in Education (C-SPACE)
Depositing User: Anthony Anderson
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2021 13:01
Last Modified: 07 Apr 2022 12:52

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