Towards pedagogies of creative collaboration: guiding secondary school students' music compositions

Odena, O. (2014) Towards pedagogies of creative collaboration: guiding secondary school students' music compositions. In: Barrett, M. S. (ed.) Collaborative Creative Thought and Practice in Music. Series: SEMPRE studies in the psychology of music. Ashgate: Farnham, UK, and Burlington, VT, USA, pp. 239-251. ISBN 9781472415844 (hardback); 9781138284579 (paperback); 9781472415851 (ebook PDF); 9781472415868 (ePUB)

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The pedagogy of creative collaboration in music classrooms is hardly clear from the literature. There are plenty of strategies for setting up composition activities and some useful models for peer and self-assessment. But what about the nature of the interaction between the teacher and the students, and amongst the students themselves, as the composition is unfolding? How can these interactions facilitate the development of the students’ independent thinking? And what is the influence of the teachers’ background on their approach to facilitating creative collaborations? This chapter explores these matters by first reviewing some literature and then profiling a case study of an English secondary class that has composition as part of the music curriculum. Transcripts of student and teacher observations were studied and then summarised for illustration, in the form of vignettes. In the discussion the music teacher background is considered, charting critical incidents in her education and professional path. The chapter closes with suggestions of building blocks for the design of pedagogies of creative collaboration.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Odena, Professor Oscar
Authors: Odena, O.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Robert Owen Centre
College of Social Sciences > School of Interdisciplinary Studies
ISBN:9781472415844 (hardback); 9781138284579 (paperback); 9781472415851 (ebook PDF); 9781472415868 (ePUB)
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2014 Routledge
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