Learning and unlearning: New challenges for teaching in Conservatoires

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Title Learning and unlearning: New challenges for teaching in Conservatoires
Author Carey, Gemma; Draper, Paul Anthony; Lebler, Don; McWilliam, Erica
Publication Title The Reflective Conservatoire Conference: Apprentices and Sorcerers
Editor George Odam
Year Published 2006
Place of publication London, UK
Publisher Guildhall School of Music and Drama and The Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research
Abstract This presentation takes up the challenge of Erica McWilliam's recent call for educators in general to focus on the importance of 'unlearning' as well as learning and thence applying this challenge to teaching in the Conservatoire. It does so by indicating what the value and limits are of traditional pedagogy in the Conservatoire. For young people who will increasingly experience a 'portfolio career' they will need to 'unlearn and ' 'forget' certain practices processes and at the same time learn and embrace others. Getting the mix of learning and unlearning right will be more important for new generations of learners than merely sticking to time-honoured habits that mark a former stable social world. The implication is not that the Conservatoire should throw out long-term teaching techniques, but rather that it will need to be more open to innovative pedagogical possibilities if it is to work against the current trend of a shrinking clientele and audience for its expertise. The presentation provides a rationale for a new conceptual architecture in teaching (mixing learning and unlearning) before moving to consider how the Conservatoire might experiment cautiously with this imperative. Examples are given of such experiments already happening within a Conservatoire in Australia.
Peer Reviewed No
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.gsmd.ac.uk/
Alternative URI http://www.sempre.org.uk/
Copyright Statement Copyright remains with the authors 2006. The attached file is posted here with permission of the copyright owners for your personal use only. No further distribution permitted. For information about this conference please refer to the publisher's website or contact the authors.
Conference name The Reflective Conservatoire Conference: Apprentices and Sorcerers
Location London, UK
Date From 2006-02-16
Date To 2006-02-19
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/13298
Date Accessioned 2006-10-08
Language en_AU
Research Centre Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre
Faculty Queensland Conservatorium
Subject Curriculum Studies: Other Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts Education
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Non-Refereed)
Publication Type Code e2

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