Archives for the month of: January, 2013

In this session four experienced doctoral examiners will provide an inside view of the PhD and EdD doctoral Viva. They will offer their personal insights into what they look for both in reading the thesis and in the oral examination. There will also be a chance for you to ask any questions

Date: Tuesday 12 March

Time: 12.30 – 14.00

Location: Room 828, Bedford Way

Please let Hazel Croft know if you are planning to attend:




In this session, a selection of upgrade examiners and a recently successful
student will give advice and tips on what to expect from your upgrade, and how to be prepared.

Date: Thursday 28 February

Time: 17.00 – 18.30

Location: Room 802, Bedford Way

Please let Hazel Croft know if you are planning to attend

Music, the Self, and Education in the “Looking Glass”:  Making the Case for a Social Theory of Music Education from the Ground Up 

Dr Hildegard Froehlich, Professor emeritus, College of Music, University of North Texas, Denton Texas, USA

Thursday 18th April, 2013


Room 944

Further details from Lucy Green,


All are welcome!


Internationally, nationally, and—certainly in the United States— regionally, music education is a field of diverse occupational practices, conventions, speciality areas, work settings, and corresponding expectations for professional conduct and values. School music is but one of those many conventions, informed in a variety of ways by prevailing social, educational, musical, and cultural norms. To provide music educators anywhere with a common bond and purpose that spans across norms, work settings and geographic locales, a rationale, a raison d’être, for the profession at large would serve the purpose of articulating what in the medical profession is known as the Hippocratic Oath. It is a commitment to “doing no harm” amidst the myriad of medical decisions a physician has to make daily; whether as a highly specialized surgeon, internist, researcher, or generalist. In a diversity of practices, the oath remains the same for everyone.


My lecture-discussion proposes a similarly guiding principle for music education derived from the theory of social interactionism. Central to the theory is the metaphor of “looking glass self,” a term coined by the American sociologist Charles Horton Cooley more than 100 years ago. The metaphor stands for the idea that self-image and identity are constructed in an individual’s interaction with the world as represented by the groups of individuals with whom she comes into contact. The interpretation of the world at large reflects the experiences with those individual interactions.


Social interactionism explains and accounts for any divergent aesthetic and social practices, conducts, and values among social and reference groups, private and public special interest groups, and communities of practice. It explains diversity but also finds commonalities in differences, thereby providing the theoretical basis for  music educators anywhere to share and subscribe to one guiding code: To affirm and make possible music learning as a right for all human beings of all races and ages, at all levels and forms of education. Consequences for political action and appropriate pedagogies are outlined and discussed.



Hildegard Froehlich, Professor emeritus, College of Music, University of North Texas, continues to be professionally active as author, consultant, teacher, and speaker on issues concerning the application of sociological constructs to the learning and teaching of music at the collegiate level. Her latest books are Sociology for Music Teachers. Perspectives for Practice (Pearson Prentice-Hall 2007) and (with C. Frierson-Campbell) Inquiry in Music Education. Concepts and Methods for the Beginning Researcher (Routledge 2013).  She has been the keynote speaker at international and national conferences in music education and has served as president of the Research Alliance of Institutions for Music Education, an international organization whose members join by invitation.  She continues to be active musically in her community by singing with the Denton Bach Chorus of the Denton Bach Society (an organization she co-founded in 1976). She also loves to dance (be it Ballroom, Swing, or Country & Western).



Olle Zandén, BA, MA, PhD, Linnæus University, Sweden and the Swedish National Agency of Education


Tuesday 5th March




Room: 944


The new Swedish music syllabus for compulsory school – principles and practice

In 2011 a new Swedish curriculum was launched in which, contrary to tendencies in many other countries, the explicit focus was on subject-specific competences, not general key-competences. The curriculum introduced new principles for marking, a new marking scale, and purported clear and unambiguous criteria for marking. In this lecture the new Swedish music syllabus is presented; the principles and constraints that its constructors met with; their considerations and efforts to make the syllabus musically meaningful; its reception among music teachers; and some problems and possibilities that have emerged during the curriculum’s first year-and-a-half. The presentation will also give examples from the supporting material that has been issued in order to promote professionalism among music teachers, and help them to be more fair in marking; and will include some video and audio recordings of work in practice.


After having worked as a teacher in music, history and mathematics for over 20 years, Olle Zandén earned his doctorate in music education at Gothenburg University in 2010. He has been a guest lecturer at Stockholm University and is now senior lecturer in music education at Linnæus University, Växjö, Sweden. His major research interests are assessment and music teacher professionalisation. He has been appointed by the Swedish National Agency of Education to produce a comprehensive supporting material for assessment in music and is much in demand for teachers’ in-service training. Presently he is studying the effects of the new curriculum and syllabus in music on music teachers’ practice.


Further details from Lucy Green,


All are welcome