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Public Research Seminar: Professor Martin Fautley and Dr Anthony Anderson

Public Research Seminar: Professor Martin Fautley & Dr Anthony Anderson (Birmingham City University)

Public Research Seminar Series

Date and time
03 Mar 2020 (3:30pm)

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire - Workshop 2

200 Jennens Road, B4 7XR



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Professor Martin Fautley (Birmingham City University): Valuing music knowledge in English School Curriculum and Assessment systems

This paper discusses how music education in England has largely ignored pupil voice. This study is framed against a background of a centralised National Curriculum, yet which facilitates freedom for teachers to teach wide varieties of content. This is undertaken using a thematic approach from recent studies of teachers’ pedagogic content materials, which show a preponderance of examination preparation. This is an examination which some 93% of the students involved will not actually take.

Martin Fautley is a Professor of Education in HELS faculty at Birmingham City University. After many years as a classroom music teacher, he then undertook full-time doctoral research at Cambridge University, investigating teaching, learning, and assessment of classroom music making. He has authored ten books, including Assessment in Music Education, published by Oxford University Press, and has written and published over sixty journal articles, book chapters, and academic research papers on various aspects of music teaching and learning. He is co-editor of the British Journal of Music Education.

Dr Anthony Anderson (Birmingham City University): Five reasons why music curriculum design is harder than you think

Designing a curriculum can be one of the most challenging activities for a music teacher. Despite this, the processes and concepts which surround curriculum development in music are rarely discussed. This presentation will explore the dynamics of curriculum design, what we mean by it, and suggest some possible reasons why curriculum thinking requires cognitive hurdling.

Dr Anthony Anderson is Research Assistant in Music Education in the Centre for the Study of Practice and Culture in Education at Birmingham City University. His research interests centre on music curriculum, musical learning and creativity. He teaches on PGCE Music and Masters Education programmes at the university and is a former secondary school music teacher. Anthony is external examiner for initial teacher education in secondary music at the University of Reading, and regularly presents at music teacher training events across the country.

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