Master research by Tine Stolte
Within the course Music at the Prince Claus Conservatoire a team of instrumental and vocal methodology teachers is responsible for teaching future instrumental/vocal teachers. In the past these methodology teachers did not receive a specific training. Within the framework of a master study Tine Stolte, responsible as core teacher for the Teacher Training Programme in the course Music of the Prince Claus Conservatoire, conducted research into the competences these methodology teachers needed and what this would mean for their professional development.
The key question of the research was: which competences do methodology teachers need in order to facilitate the learning of future instrumental and vocal teachers?
The research consisted of a literature study and action research. The action research was conducted by a team of methodology teachers who looked for answers to the key question by researching the implementation of a new module in the Teacher Training Programme.
The findings of the research showed that facilitation of learning was closely connected to the setup of the learning environment of the student. In addition, connecting with the personal motivation of the student and stimulating autonomy and reflection were important as well. Findings were focused furthermore on themes such as: characteristics of diversity of conservatoire students; collaborating teachers and students and prerequisites for the professional development of methodology teachers. Recommendations were aimed at the setup of the learning environment of both conservatoire student and teacher.
Final results of the research were presented on 8 April 2011 in a dissemination seminar for methodology teachers.
During this seminar work of the INVITE group (International Network for Vocal and Instrumental Teacher Education) was presented as well. This international working group looked into the training of instrumental teachers during a period of three years within the framework of an AEC Polifonia project, which resulted in a handbook entitled Instrumental Vocal Teacher Education. Tine Stolte was part of the working group and her research was an addition to the work the INVITE group did.
You can download the Handbook here:
AEC Handbook - Instrumental Vocal Teacher Education - European perspectives
The first findings of the research were presented within the framework of the AEC INVITE conference: "The Education of Instrumental and Vocal Teachers – Developing Professional Competences" which was held in Dublin in April 2010 and at the conference of the Cultuurnetwerk Nederland, "Onderzoek in cultuureducatie" (Research in Culture Education, June 2010 in Nijmegen.
You can download the conference report here:
Conference report - The education of instrumental and vocal teachers in Europe
Presentation Tine Stolte INVITE conference Dublin April 2010