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Take Action! Strategies for Applying Action Research in the Music Classroom

  • International Plaza Hotel 655 Dixon Rd Toronto, ON, M9W 1J3 Canada (map)

presented with Jennifer Blackwell & Nicholas Roseth

Music teachers are often isolated specialists who must learn to evaluate their own teaching critically, and enact changes to benefit their students. Using Action Research principles (reflect, plan, act, and observe), we will provide real-world examples for improving practice in several teaching contexts. While encouraging reflective, dynamic, and flexible teaching, such strategies also help in preparing for teacher evaluations, lesson planning, and tracking student progress.

Grounded in realistic expectations for today’s teachers, we suggest strategies for making small changes that produce major results. This workshop is intended for K-12 teachers, studio teachers, community music facilitators, and anyone interested in systematically reflecting on their teaching to enact positive change.

Conference of the Ontario Music Educator's Association and the Canadian Music Industry Education Committee, November 5-7, 2015.