The influence of teachers’ backgrounds on their perceptions of musical creativity: a qualitative study with secondary school music teachers

Odena, O and Welch, G F (2007) The influence of teachers’ backgrounds on their perceptions of musical creativity: a qualitative study with secondary school music teachers Research Studies in Music Education, 28 (1). pp. 71-81. ISSN 1321-103X (Print); 1834-5530 (Online)

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This paper examines the relationship between six secondary school teachers’ backgrounds and their perceptions of musical creativity. A unit of work involving composition and improvisation activities with pupils aged 11-14 was videotaped for each teacher. Participants were invited to comment on the videotapes during interviews, which were subsequently analysed using content analysis with the assistance of the computer programme NVivo. Teachers were also asked to reflect on specific instances that had shaped the direction of their musical outlook by completing a Musical Career Path questionnaire. It was found that their experiences fell into three strands: musical, teacher-education, and professional teaching. The influence of these strands on the teachers’ thinking is discussed in four sections that refer to a four-fold framework outlined from the literature review: their perceptions of (a) creative pupils, (b) an environment that fosters creativity, (c) the creative process, and (d) creative musical products. Data analyses indicate that the most influential strand is ‘musical’. Participants with composing experience and practical knowledge of different music styles were more articulate at describing the environment for creativity and how this might be assessed in pupils’ work. Educational implications based on these findings are considered in the conclusion.

Item Type:Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords:creativity, music education, secondary schools, teachers' thinking, composition, improvisation, qualitative research, video
Subjects:X000 Education > X100 Teacher Education
W000 Creative Arts and Design > W300 Music
X000 Education > X100 Teacher Education > X190 Teacher Education not elsewhere classified
X000 Education > X500 National Curriculum > X510k Music Education
X000 Education
X000 Education > X200 Education Research
X000 Education > X990 Education not elsewhere classified
W000 Creative Arts and Design > W990 Creative Arts and Design not classified elsewhere
X000 Education > X300 Education Studies
X000 Education > X300 Education Studies > X330 Academic studies in Secondary Education
DOI (a stable link to the resource):10.1177/1321103X070280010206
Faculties:Faculty of Education and Sport
Faculty of Education and Sport > School of Education > Education Research Centre
ID Code:6849
Deposited On:03 Mar 2010
Last Modified:08 Jun 2012 10:05

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