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An investigation into partnerships between professional orchestras and schools with particular reference to the perception of teachers

Williams, Frances Carey; (2007) An investigation into partnerships between professional orchestras and schools with particular reference to the perception of teachers. Doctoral thesis , Institute of Education, University of London. Green open access

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate how partnerships between professional orchestras and schools worked with particular reference to the perceptions of teachers. Much has been written about the effects of these partnerships on orchestras and orchestral musicians, however, there has been little research regarding teachers' perceptions of the work and the effect it might have on them. At a time when orchestras are fighting for survival and there is a shortage of music teachers in schools, collaboration is seen to be beneficial to all parties. But what do teachers think? A historical survey of the work of orchestras in education provided a context for the research. A sample of schools representing different phases which had experienced projects from a range of orchestral collaborations during 2002/2003 provided three cases as contexts for investigating the teachers' perceptions. A multi-method approach was used employing both quantitative and qualitative techniques. A small-scale survey using self-administered questionnaires with closed and open questions was undertaken, followed by semi-structured interviews based on the questionnaire. Although teachers overall viewed professional orchestral musicians working in schools positively they identified a range of issues. These included the lack of value placed on the role of the teacher, and a lack of recognition of protocols such as Child Protection. Some projects left teachers feeling sidelined and deskilled. When projects worked well they were seen as an excellent resource. 3 It was seen as important to leave a legacy and maintain an on-going relationship with the orchestra. Good practice was identified and implications for further practice and research discussed with suggestions for the development of the professional musician/ music teacher partnership.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: An investigation into partnerships between professional orchestras and schools with particular reference to the perception of teachers
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://ethos.bl.uk/OrderDetails.do?did=1&uin=uk.bl...
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis: (EdD) University of London Institute of Education, 2007.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10020529
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