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Webinar! Series 8: The curricular imagination

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Music teacher education is often the nexus of our hopes and dreams for the profession. How might our preservice programs encourage critical and creative thinking towards an imaginative and socially just music curriculum? Now more than ever, music educators are called to act as conservators of musical traditions and cultural values while simultaneously serving as catalysts for dynamic and contemporary musical practices. Critical thinking, the capacity to consider multiple and often conflicting claims about the values of music education, and to reflect with care on its moral and educational ends, is crucial in the preparation of teachers. Creative thinking is similarly urgent, especially at a time when educational policies appear to move toward narrower, more standardized systems of schooling. Creative stances depend on teachers who are willing to risk uncertainty and who embrace continuous learning. Through teachers’ curricular imagination, we can address more liberatory, equitable, and fulfilling musical ends.


Janet Revell Barrett is the Marilyn Pflederer Zimmerman Endowed Scholar in Music Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests include the reconceptualization of the music curriculum, secondary general music, interdisciplinary approaches in music, and music teacher education. Barrett has published widely in music education and is an author or editor of five books, including the forthcoming Rethinking Education and the Musical Experience (Oxford University Press). She serves as immediate past chair of the Society for Music Teacher Education and editor for the Bulletin for the Council of Research in Music Education.

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

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