Use of Colloquium Courses in Undergraduate Music Education Courses
Stephanie L. Standerfer, Shenandoah University/University of Florida
Josh R. Gall, University of Florida
John M. Peasant, University of Florida
Troy V. Jones, University of Florida
Camilo I. Leal, University of Florida
Music teacher identity development and socialization to the field have become important aspects to music teacher education (Austin, Isbell, & Russell, 2010; Haston & Russell, 2011; Isbell, 2008). Additionally, professional learning communities (PLCs) are becoming widely popular forms of professional development to meet Race to the Top requirements (Battersby & Verdi, 2015) and can be important avenues to help new teachers become socialized to the field of teaching (DuFour, 2014; Fresko & Nasser-Abu, 2015). One of the hallmark characteristics of effective PLCs is a high degree of collaboration among teachers within the community (DuFour, 2004 & 2014). Fostering collaboration and communication with relation to improving teaching and learning is approached in music education programs through a wide variety of methods with student teaching seminars being common (Baumgartner, 2012).
Lave and Wenger’s (1991) idea of legitimate peripheral participation provides support for students to learn by involvement in an authentic situated context such as student teachers working with in-service teachers in the schools. Carrying this idea along with that of PLCs to the undergraduate education program allows for pre-service teachers at multiple levels of study to engage in a collaborative, colloquia-type discourse as well as allow for flexible content to address student needs (Auhl & Daniel, 2014; Hoaglund & Birkenfield, 2014).
These colloquium-type courses, however, are rarely offered in undergraduate music education curricula. The purpose of this study was to describe the uses of colloquium-type courses in undergraduate music education programs. The qualitative research design included a content analysis of course descriptions of seminar or colloquium-type courses from 20 NASM accredited Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Bachelor of Music Education programs. A survey provided data related to course purpose, objectives, assessment, course formats, and benefits for five courses at different institutions. Preliminary findings include four uses for colloquium-type courses in undergraduate music education programs including orientation, practice, presentation, and reflection. The benefits of existing colloquium-type courses support the development of communication, collaboration, and community for pre-service music teachers. Complete findings will be reported in the presentation, which may give insight to a new trend that can positively impact music teacher identity development and socialization to the field.
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