Beyond Curriculum: New Perspectives in Music Education

When it comes to education, there is no one-size-fits-all. We each learn differently, drawing on a range of strengths, skills, training, and intuition. For some, structured learning can be enriching and inspiring, while others thrive outside the institutional environment. Either way, thanks to inspirational and highly motivated teachers, more young people are discovering the joy of making music.

The first part of a two-part discussion focuses on the insight of three teachers working within a formal educational setting, such as school, college, or university. We’ll talk about the fact that although teaching and learning varies vastly across institutions, there are common challenges to be addressed. We’ll learn how such issues have been overcome, and how we might progress towards a future musical curriculum – one that makes best use of the available technology, and addresses students’ academic needs alongside their creative potential.

The second part of the discussion will garner insight from three musical artists working outside the formal educational format. Referring back to the first discussion, we will compare and contrast experiences and identify some common issues that the panelists have encountered in their respective teaching environments. By pooling resources and sharing best practices from both perspectives, we can move toward a curriculum that better serves students by embracing technology and enabling them to make the music that they are inspired by.

Each discussion will be followed by an audience Q&A, and at the end there will be an opportunity to mingle, network and exchange ideas and experiences. 


Detailed Schedule:

10:30-11:00 // Meet and Greet

11:00-11:45 // Discussion: Perspectives from Inside the Institution with Will Kuhn, Aragorn Eissler & Victoria Armstrong [Moderated by Tony Nwachukwu]

11:45-12:00 // Open Audience Q&A Session

12:00-12:45 // Discussion: Perspectives from Outside the Institution with Max Wheeler, Hussein Sherbini & Melissa Uye-Parker [Moderated by Dennis DeSantis]

12:45-13:00 // Open Audience Q&A Session

13:00-13:30 // Networking time