Public Research Seminar: Dr Bronya Dean

Public Research Seminar: Dr Bronya Dean
Date and time
10 Oct 2023 (3:30pm - 5:00pm)

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire - Workshop 2

200 Jennens Road, B4 7XR


Free - booking required

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Children pretending to be animals with orchestra

Public Research Seminar: Dr Bronya Dean, University of Waikato, New Zealand

Growing up arty: The role of a community arts centre in shaping the performing arts identities of children and young people.

Baycourt Community & Arts Centre is the primary performing arts venue in Tauranga, NZ. Coinciding with the theatre’s 40th anniversary and a review of the city’s arts and culture strategy, human geographer Professor Lynda Johnston and I are undertaking a two-phase research project exploring children’s experiences at Baycourt. Having examined adults’ memories, we are currently using arts-based methods to explore children’s perspectives and aspirations. I will share details of our ongoing research and discuss the role a community venue can play in the lives of children.

Dr Bronya Dean is a lecturer in Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education at the University of Waikato, New Zealand, where she teaches into the early childhood and primary initial teacher education programmes. Her academic background is in musicology, cultural policy, and education and she has worked in both arts management and music education. Her research focuses on the musical experiences of children at home and in the community.

Running time approx. two hours and 30 minutes

Our Public Research Seminars are held simultaneously at RBC and online via Zoom. A link to view the seminar online will be sent to you once a ticket is booked, should you wish to join the virtual session.