Music education for all?
In this session we will discuss the findings and recommendations of the 2021 report Music Education in the Primary Classroom in Scotland. There will be a particular focus on issues of inequity, lack of equality of opportunity and barriers to participation for some children and young people. We will explore the role of Instrumental Music Services in supporting the development of a more equitable and accessible music education experience for all children.
I am a teacher educator, education consultant and researcher. My specialist areas include inclusive practice and inclusive pedagogy, additional support needs and children’s mathematics.
I am currently working with various schools and Local Authorities in supporting teachers’ learning of children’s mathematical thinking and how to connect this with practice through Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI). CGI is a professional development programme for teachers based on over 30 years of research. I am the only person in the UK to have studied CGI with members of the original research team at University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2019, St Stephen’s Primary, Coatbridge, whom I have been supporting in developing CGI in practice, won the Scottish Education National Award for raising attainment in numeracy.
I also lecture on Inclusive Education at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and I am working with music services in various Local Authorities in Scotland on developing inclusive and equitable approaches to music education. I am currently involved in researching music education in Scotland.
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