Live from the Sydney Opera House: Remote musical interactions for teacher professional development

Dezuanni, Michael L., Arthurs, Andy, & Graham, Philip W. (2015) Live from the Sydney Opera House: Remote musical interactions for teacher professional development. Australian Journal of Music Education, 2015(1), pp. 29-41.

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A significant challenge for the implementation of the Australian Curriculum: The Arts is the professional development of primary school teachers in all parts of the country. During 2012, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO) conducted a remote music professional development workshop as part of the Sydney Opera House’s Digital Education Program for teachers in New South Wales using the Department of Education’s Connected Classroom system which allows live synchronous interaction between facilitators and participants in multiple sites. In this article, we analyse observational and videotape data collected during this live professional development event to consider the opportunities and challenges presented by this type of professional learning experience in the arts. In particular, consideration is given to the impact of a remote musical interaction on embodied learning and aesthetic experience. We draw on actor-network theory to consider the ways in which a remote professional development experience differs to one in which all participants are present in the same space. Finally, we conclude that although there are significant differences in the type of learning that occurs in a remote music interaction, the online space provides a legitimate and potentially transforming experience for primary school teachers.

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ID Code: 82512
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Music education, Teacher professional development, Online learning, Embodied learning
ISSN: 0004-9484
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Creative Arts Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy (130201)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies (200102)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Disciplines > Film & Television
Past > Schools > Music & Sound
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Australian Society for Music Education
Deposited On: 15 Mar 2015 23:03
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2016 14:33

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