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YOUR MUSIC OR MINE, MISS? CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE PATHS TO INCLUSIVE MUSIC EDUCATION

Price, Jayne (2020) YOUR MUSIC OR MINE, MISS? CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE PATHS TO INCLUSIVE MUSIC EDUCATION. Doctoral thesis, University of Huddersfield.

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Abstract

This study examines the way in which secondary aged pupils from minority ethnic groups are currently served by the music provision offered in schools and from Music Education Hubs in England. The research considers the pupils’ experiences and perceptions, it investigates how teachers conceive and operationalise pedagogy in response to cultural diversity, and identifies the institutional cultures and practices that may impact on minority ethnic pupils’ active engagement and participation in elective music provision.

The principle aims of this doctoral study are to foreground the voices of the pupils in identifying pedagogy and practice which is responsive to cultural diversity, and to make recommendations for initial teacher education and continuing professional development which advance inclusive teaching and learning in music.

Employing a theoretical framework of critical race theory, interviews were undertaken with ten secondary school music teachers and four Music Education Hub leaders. Group interviews were undertaken with fourteen focus groups, comprising fifty-one pupils in total, in three case study schools in West Yorkshire.

The analysis indicates that pupils valued ownership, choice and agency in their musical learning and open accessibility of resources and musical experiences. Pupils were keen to learn about the music from their cultural heritages, they articulated the potential of this as a culturally sustaining pedagogy and as a way of developing cultural understanding. At the same time, some recognised their teachers’ lack of knowledge, lack of sensitivity and their reluctance to confront difficult political histories and contexts which would lead to a greater understanding of the music. The analysis identified a lack of data to monitor the ‘reach’ of the music provision provided by the Music Education Hubs and schools, and a lack of governance, challenge and critical reflection on this issue.

The analysis indicates that pupils valued ownership, choice and agency in their musical learning and open accessibility of resources and musical experiences. Pupils were keen to learn about the music from their cultural heritages, they articulated the potential of this as a culturally sustaining pedagogy and as a way of developing cultural understanding. At the same time, some recognised their teachers’ lack of knowledge, lack of sensitivity and their reluctance to confront difficult political histories and contexts which would lead to a greater understanding of the music. The analysis identified a lack of data to monitor the ‘reach’ of the music provision provided by the Music Education Hubs and schools, and a lack of governance, challenge and critical reflection on this issue

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2361 Curriculum
M Music and Books on Music > M Music
M Music and Books on Music > MT Musical instruction and study
Schools: School of Education and Professional Development
Depositing User: Rebecca Hill
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2022 12:50
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2022 13:00
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/35646

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