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Virtual Webinar! series 7: Ways of Creatively ‘Me-searching’ and ‘Re-searching’ as Practitioner-based and Practice-based Researchers

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The Series of Webinars for Professional Development in the Arts aims to provide opportunities for college students, professors, practitioners and researchers to participate in webinars with internationally recognized leaders and experts in music and arts education. This program has strengthened international collaboration among educational and research institutions in Argentina, Canada, Cyprus, Brazil, England, Mexico and the United States. Initiated in February 2010 at the Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua, the Seventh Series is also simultaneously transmitted at the University of Cambridge, Ball State University, Benedictine University, Simon Fraser Unviersity, University of London, Universidad Veracruzana, Gettysburg College, Conservatorio de Música de Chihuahua, Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina, Instituto Universitario Nacional del Arte, University of Cyprus, SEEECH , and IIIECH . You are cordially invited to participate in this collaborative effort to bring the latest advances in music and arts education research, and their implications for practice in the arts.


Arts practitioners and artists are increasingly developing diverse research practices and in doing so have the potential to contribute ground-breaking analysis and construction of new forms of knowledge and creativities. Arts practice is increasingly being accepted as a form of research (i.e. practice-based research). Practitioner research, and the importance of arts educators learning about their practice, is also increasingly recognized as central to the development of arts education in school and community contexts. In this session Pam will provide a strong theoretical framework for these fields of research with identification of questions and issues underpinning the concept of ‘practice’ as it applies in cultural, educational and community sites. Sharing precious insights from recent experiences and reflections on research journeying, a panel of research students (PhD, EdD and Masters who work as teachers, artists, interdisciplinary practitioners) will join Pam and share snapshots of their ‘me-researching’ and ‘re-searching’.

Pamela Burnard is internationally known for her creativities research. She researches the spaces between education and industry, creative partnerships, creative learning and teaching, assessing creativity and the sociology of music education. She is convener of the Commonwealth Creativities in Intercultural Arts Network ( and co-convener of the BERA Creativity SIG .

Chrysovalentini Konstantinou is at the final changes of her PhD (Doctor of Philosophy in Education) at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, where she completed her MPhil in Educational Research in 2010. Prior to coming to Cambridge, Chrysovalentini completed her teacher training at the University of Cyprus. Her research interests include primary music education, technology, creativity and teacher thinking and change.

Stephen Fairbanks, a full time research student on the Educational Research Masters route at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, has a background as an American public school music teacher who has a specialty in working with orchestras. He is pursuing research exploring the relationship between social justice and cultural transformation by studying music education programmes modelled after Venezuela’s El Sistema.

Susmita Pujara, a part time research student on the Masters in Arts, Creativities, Education and Culture (ACEC) route at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, has a background in performance, choreography and drama/dance facilitation. She was associate director at Pan Intercultural Arts for 10 years, creating projects to empower young refugees through interdisciplinary arts. Her research interests include: interdisciplinary and collaborative arts practice, interculturalism in education and social empowerment through the arts. She has just begun her journey as researcher and her topic will explore the challenges of representing the body as practice.

Sarah Upjohn is a part time educational doctorate student researcher student in her third year at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, and full time physiotherapy practitioner. Sarah’s working to change perception and practice concerning injury prevention and performance wellness in elite young instrumental musicians at a specialist music school.

This talk is part of the Pedagogy, Language, Arts & Culture in Education (PLACE) Group Seminars series.

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