Opportunities and Challenges: Preparing Generalist Teacher Education Students in Music Education in Australia

By Dawn Joseph.

Published by The International Journal of Humanities Education

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The Australian Curriculum on ‘the Arts’ will be implemented across Australia in 2014. This curriculum is expected to replace existing State and Territory curricula where educators are given the opportunity to review, renew, and refresh their practice. Music tertiary educators are faced with opportunities and challenges to effectively prepare and engage pre-service teachers (PSTs) as generalist teachers. This paper focuses on PSTs within the Bachelor of Primary Education course at Deakin University (Melbourne, Australia). Within this course, PSTs undertake two arts units as generalist teachers: in trimester one, they are introduced to music elements and creative music making; in trimester two, they focus on pedagogical issues and classroom implementation. In 2013, I gained ethical permission to undertake a research project titled “Pre-service teacher attitudes and understandings of Music Education”. This case study draws on semi-structured interview data with music lecturers who taught in trimester two at Deakin University in 2013 (ten three-hour workshops). Using interpretative phenomenological analysis, I analyzed and codified the interview data and reported on two themes: ways of teaching and creative music making. This paper also highlights the challenges and opportunities sessional staff face when preparing PSTs in music education as generalist teachers.

Keywords: Teacher Education, Music Education, Arts Curriculum, Sessional Teaching

The International Journal of Humanities Education, Volume 12, Issue 1, June 2014, pp.13-26. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: June 18, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 410.021KB)).

Dr. Dawn Joseph

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Dr. Dawn Joseph is a senior lecturer in music and education studies in the Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. She is currently responsible for teaching in both undergraduate and postgraduate courses and is the Course Coordinator of the Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Arts. Dawn researches, publishes and reviews in national and international journals in the areas of teacher education, African music, cultural diversity and multiculturalism. She is a national committee member of the Australian Society for Music Education and Chair for the Victorian Chapter.