Musicians as teachers: Fostering a positive view

Dawn Bennett, Andrea Stanberg

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Previous research with classical instrumental musicians has highlighted the intrinsic benefits of teaching in addition to the perhaps more obvious benefits of securing a regular income, and yet despite the presence of educational activities in the portfolio of most musicians it remains on the periphery of many music performance programs. There is a hierarchical inference in musicians? self-report of success as a soloist, instrumentalist or teacher, and this view is perpetuated in the separation of education and performance students during their university education. This study aimed to investigate the effects of providing a positive engagement with teaching by means of a unit of study delivered to a combined cohort of 2nd year undergraduate music education, composition and performance students. The unit was designed to increase students? understanding of the realities of professional practice, and to form productive and mutually beneficial partnerships. Students? responses were gauged with the use of surveys implemented at the commencement and conclusion of the unit. It was hoped that the study would inform a better appreciation of the development of career and self-identity during the formative years of study. Performance students reported a positive change in their perception of the role of teaching in their careers, and the music education students reflected a growing awareness of the benefits of working in partnership with performers. The study demonstrated that positive teaching experiences within the training of musicians, increases the likelihood of performance students planning a positive engagement with teaching.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInside, outside, downside up: Conservatoire training and musicians’ work
EditorsDawn Bennett, Michael Hannan
Place of PublicationPerth
PublisherBlack Swan Press
ISBN (Print)9780975751961
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes


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