New Beginnings

DSC_0001 (3) (450x301)My musical journey started many moons ago. I started piano lessons in 1990 at the age of seven; flute lessons followed in 1994, and singing some years after that. I started teaching in 2001, and a BA(Hons), an MEd and several diplomas later, I’ve arrived at the next step of the journey.

Since I finished my MEd with The Open University in 2010, I have felt a bit lost, that life has, in a funny sort of way lacked something. After a good deal of soul-searching, and a certain amount of persuasion, a PhD seemed the next logical step. Logical it may be, but whether it’s total madness is yet to be seen! Ask me in seven years…

So, on Monday, I start my PhD in Music Education at the Institute of Education, University of London. I’m not really sure what to expect but I am looking forward to it. I have always said I have no grand ambitions. I’m always open to new ideas, new challenges and no doubt some changes of direction: what comes of it longer-term remains to be seen. What I’m sure of is that it will be a roller coaster of interest, frustration and probably, at times, despair! A pretty fair reflection on life then. 

My topic (at this point, feel free to go to sleep) is centered around the studio-based instrumental curriculum and the autonomy of of teaching and learning, and a provisional title reads:

‘The autonomy of studio-based instrumental teaching: its effect on valid knowledge construction, curriculum design, and quality of teaching and learning.’

I am certain there’ll be some changes along the way, and as I look at my three research questions, I fear each one is probably a research topic all of its own! 100,000 words may sound a lot, but…

What continues to motivate me isn’t just an interest in the topic itself, but in the fact that, so I’m told, it is an under-researched area of education. In a corny kind of way, if what I do makes a difference to others then it makes it all the more worthwhile.

If you’re interested in my progress, keep a look out for future posts…