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    Pedagogies of difference: a framework for pedagogical adaptation and creative climates
    de Bruin, L ; Randles, C (University of Southern Florida, 2021)
    Instrumental music tuition in schools is a powerful way teachers can guide students to immerse in detailed and specific aspects of learning. Regular lessons with a music teacher are a ubiquitous school activity where students engage with expert learning, practice, reflection and discourse of learning processes. This qualitative study examines teacher experiences in instrumental music education in Victoria, Australia. Investigating teacher perspectives to pedagogy that connect, engage and nurture instrumental music learning and exploration, this study of instrumental music teachers across four diverse schools in Victoria phenomenologically analysed teacher reflections on learning events with students. Analysis of interactions, pedagogies and adaptive behaviours between teacher and student revealed a dynamic social context spanning the instructional relationship between student action and teacher direction, the subject matter and substance of what is taught, and the connection between the student and the teacher as master musician. Looking beyond music teachers as adaptors that utilise generic descriptors of critical thinking, communication, creativity, and collaboration (4C’s of creativity) this study identifies and redefines the qualities of recognition, empathy, insightfulness and responsiveness outlining a (REIR) framework to which all teachers can shape pedagogical approaches that engage and educate learners in the future. Findings outline relationship-building and connective teacher-student relationships fostering multiple creativities in music learning. The study posits a recalibration of teacher practice on building positive collaborative learning climates, a relational adaptivity that emphasises effective interpersonal strategies that enhance student learning and potentially enculturate richer teacher understanding and more sophisticated musicianship in students.
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