Exploring Pedagogy

Cooke, Carolyn and Philpott, Chris (2023). Exploring Pedagogy. In: Cooke, Carolyn and Philpott, Chris eds. A Practical Guide to Teaching Music in the Secondary School. Routledge Teaching Guides, 2nd Ed. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, pp. 5–15.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003092568-2


What do we mean by pedagogy in music? Pedagogy is a contested term, often used without qualification or definition – sometimes referring narrowly to particular strategies or types of task, and sometimes used as a catch-all term for all that a teacher does, often so broad that it becomes almost meaningless. This chapter provides a series of provocations to consider what we mean by pedagogy in music education, and how, during the history of music education, different pedagogical relationships have been emphasised. The chapter then takes a view, arguing for pedagogies of attentionality, status fluidity, vulnerability and risk.

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