Practise as praxis: A Freirian approach to instrumental practice within the conservatoire

Huxtable, Jason ORCID logoORCID: (2019) Practise as praxis: A Freirian approach to instrumental practice within the conservatoire. In: May Day Group Colloquium 31, 19 - 22 July 2019, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, Ireland.


Research process: Taking a Freirian theoretical perspective, Huxtable explores the potential for individual practise, within the Conservatoire, to be an emancipatory act. The nature of oppressive ideologies at play within these institutions will be first identified, providing examples as to how they manifest within student attitudes and student/teacher relationships. The research process involved analysis of a number of secondary source materials using Critical Pedagogic theoretical tools.Research insights: Through the application of Critical Pedagogy tenets of ‘Praxis’, a model for Praxis/Practise has been introduced, ‘problem-posing’ the many relationships found between the student, teacher, institution and society leading to suggestions as to how practise methods could liberate students, teachers and the Conservatoire. This research output builds upon existing scholarship around application of Critical Pedagogy within Music Education through application to Higher Education contexts, particularly that of elite Conservatoires. The ‘Problem-Posing’ theoretical model provides a tool for educators to uncover previously hidden attitudes, beliefs and biases within students as a means of transforming current realities and contemporary ‘common sense’ epistemologies.Dissemination: Findings of this research where disseminated at the MayDay Group Colloquium, feeding into an institutional research event (Research Tuesday at Leeds Arts University).

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