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Public Research Seminar: Models of Vocal Education for Children

Public Research Seminar Series

Date and time
01 Dec 2020 (4:00pm - 5:00pm)




Booking Information

These seminars will take place online. A link to join the seminar via Zoom will be sent in advance of the start of the session.

Dr Motje Wolf (De Montfort University)

This talk will discuss the problem of missing models and methods regarding teaching singing in schools. While there are many projects throughout Europe engaging children in singing, these projects often include qualified singing leaders delivering the lesson with teachers watching. There is a problem with sustainability of the knowledge singing leaders bring into schools: as soon as the singing leaders leave, the knowledge goes with them. In order to understand what knowledge is needed, I will propose two different models of analysing the knowledge a vocal educator might have. From these models, suggestions of what knowledge a school teacher should hold will be made.

Dr Motje Wolf holds the position of Senior Lecturer in Education (VC2020) at De Montfort University where she teaches and researches Music Education. She co-founded the Special Focus Group Singing in Music Education of the European Association of Music in Schools and sits on the steering committee. Her research is driven by the aim to make music more accessible to pupils which is reflected in her research projects Enhancing Music Access (, Models of Vocal Education and the Music MESHguides ( Motje’s research is inspired by her ‘other’ career as mezzo-soprano and working with young and old voices as singing teacher and choral conductor.

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