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Dr Bill Baker

William (Bill) Baker

Lecturer in Arts Education

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Dr Bill Baker has degrees in Music Education, Education and Fine Art, a Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching and is Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Bill has twice been the Chairperson for the Australian Society for Music Education (ASME) Tasmanian Chapter (2007-2010; 2015-2016), convening State Conferences in 2007, 2008, 2015 and 2016, and in 2009 was the Chair of the ASME XVII National Conference Musical Understanding at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Launceston.

In 2007 and 2009 Bill was awarded University Teaching Development Grants focussed on Music and Arts learning centre development by pre-service teachers, and in 2011 was awarded a University Vice-Chancellor's Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. Bill has received three University Teaching Merit Certificates (2009, 2016 and 2017) and in 2014 was also appointed to the Editorial Board of the Australian Journal of Music Education. In 2015 Bill was elected as a Councillor for the Tasmanian Art Teachers Association (TATA). In 2018 Bill was appointed an Associate Editor and as a member of the College of Reviewers for the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA). Bill is Academic Senate representative to the University Teaching and Learning Committee, and in 2019 will commence a term as a member of Academic Senate. His is co-authored book Teaching the Arts: Early Childhood and Primary education, published by Cambridge University Press is now in its second edition, with a third edition to be released in 2019. Bill has over 30 peer reviewed publications and his research interest lies in the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL), Technology Enhanced Learning and Teaching (TELT), Music Education, Visual Arts Education, Higher Education, Education and Arts organisations, and Initial Teacher Education (ITE) in the Arts.

Biography

Before joining the University Bill taught music education for 17 years in primary, secondary and college levels of classroom music, as well as being an instrumental strings specialist with ensemble learning and teaching being one of his interests. His last school teaching appointment was as Director of Music and Head of Creativity (The Arts) in a large independent school in Victoria, where he was also an assessor for the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA). Bill's Doctorate focused on the role for professional performing arts organisations as providers of arts education, and his thesis Education Programs of Performing Arts Organisations in Australia developed a conceptual model for the organisation of education programs based within such organisations.

Career summary

Qualifications

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Association
  • Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching (2017) University of Tasmania
  • BA (Fine Art) (2014) Curtin University, Australia
  • EdD (2002) 'The education programs of performing arts organisations in Australia' RMIT University, Australia
  • MEd (1997) RMIT University, Australia
  • BMusEd (1988) The University of Melbourne, Australia

Memberships

Professional practice

  • Former Chairperson: Australian Society for Music Education (Tasmania)
  • The Australian Society for Music Education (ASME)
  • Editorial Board: Australian Journal of Music Education
  • College of Reviewers HERDSA
  • Associate Editor HERDSA
  • The Tasmanian Art Teachers Association
  • Former Councillor: Tasmanian Art Teachers Association
  • Tasmanian Art Teachers Association
  • The Australian Association for Research in Education(AARE)

Administrative expertise

Chair of the ASME XVII National Conference Musical Understanding Hotel Grand Chancellor, Launceston

Teaching

Arts Education, Music Education, Visual Arts Education, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), Technology Enhanced Learning and Teaching (TELT), Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary Teaching.

Teaching expertise

Bill has been responsible for the development of online learning materials to support fully online learning in Arts Education ITE units and for mentoring staff in their application of these.

The Bachelor of Education unit ESH130 Arts Education Music and Visual Arts taught in both face to face and online modes, has consistently achieved extremely high teaching and unit evaluations over an extended period of time. Bill's teaching in this unit has resulted in the award of University Teaching Development Grants (2007 and 2009), a University Teaching Merit Certificate (2009), and a University Vice-Chancellor's Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (2011).

Bill is also responsible for the development of the Master of Teaching unit The Arts Educator: Pathways to Professional Practice which prepares Arts educators for the world of work.

Teaching responsibility

  • Music Education
  • Visual Arts Education
  • E-Learning, Arts education and higher education,
  • Education and Arts organisations
  • Pre-service teacher education in the Arts

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Research Themes

Bill's research aligns to the University's research theme of Creativity, Culture and Society. His research interest lies in the scholarship of learning and teaching and its application to Arts education, including in Music Education, Visual Arts Education, E-Learning, Arts Education and Higher Education, Education and Arts organisations, and Pre-service teacher education in the Arts. Seven of Bill's refereed publications are in the area of Arts education and e-learning in higher education. Seeking to better understand learning and teaching in constructivist approaches to Music and Visual Arts education and the affordances and contradictions that teaching these areas in an online mode brings for the academic, Bill has recently expanded smaller scale studies to a broader Australia-wide sample. With the assistance of two Faculty of Education Research and Scholarship of Learning and Teaching Grant Scheme (ReSoLTS) grants, Bill and colleagues Dr Mary-Ann Hunter and Dr Sharon Thomas have recently surveyed Arts Education academics from across Australian universities regarding their beliefs about this mode of learning.

Current projects

The Arts, primary and early childhood initial teacher education, and e-learning in Australian universities.

Using Visual Arts as a tool to encourage individuals with autism to communicate feelings and emotions: A case study.

Fields of Research

  • Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy (130201)
  • Education (139999)
  • Higher Education (130103)
  • Primary Education (excl. Maori) (130105)
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313)
  • Continuing and Community Education (130101)
  • Musicology and Ethnomusicology (190409)
  • Preventive Medicine (111716)
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development (130202)
  • Special Education and Disability (130312)
  • Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori) (130102)

Research Objectives

  • Education and Training Systems (930599)
  • Learner and Learning Processes (930102)
  • Learner Development (930103)
  • Teacher and Instructor Development (930202)
  • Education and Training (939999)
  • Learner and Learning Achievement (930101)
  • Pedagogy (930201)
  • Gender Aspects of Education (939904)
  • Teaching and Instruction Technologies (930203)
  • Curriculum (930399)
  • Mental Health Services (920209)
  • Learner and Learning (930199)
  • The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft) (950104)

Publications

Bill sits on the Editorial Board of the Australian journal of Music Education and is a regular contributor to the Australian journal of Music Education.

Total publications

39

Highlighted publications

(3 outputs)
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2016Journal ArticleBaker WJ, Hunter M-A, Thomas S, 'Arts education academics' perceptions of eLearning & teaching in Australian early childhood and primary ITE degrees', Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 41, (11) pp. 31-43. ISSN 0313-5373 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.14221/ajte.2016v41n11.3 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Hunter M-A; Thomas S

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2014Journal ArticleHunter M, Baker WJ, Nailon DL, 'Generating Cultural Capital? Impacts of artists-in-residence on teacher professional learning', Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 39, (6) pp. 75-88. ISSN 0313-5373 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.14221/ajte.2014v39n6.4 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6

Co-authors: Hunter M; Nailon DL

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2007Journal ArticleBaker WJ, 'The use of journaling in the development of student engagement and confidence with the teaching of music in an Australian early childhood and primary teacher education degree: A new perspective of an old problem', Australian Journal of Music Education, 1 pp. 40-49. ISSN 0004-9484 (2007) [Refereed Article]

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Journal Article

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2018Lee A, Baker B, Haywood N, 'Finding pedagogical value in Australian contemporary popular music: A comparative case study of electric guitar compositional styles', Journal of Popular Music Education, 2, (3) pp. 267-281. ISSN 2397-6721 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1386/jpme.2.3.267_1 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Haywood N

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2018Lee DA, Baker W, Haywood N, 'Instrumental teacher education and the incoming tide of information technology: a contemporary guitar perspective', The Australian Journal of Teacher Education (Online), 43, (5) pp. 17-31. ISSN 1835-517X (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.14221/ajte.2018v43n5.2 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Haywood N

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2017Round A, Baker WJ, Rayner C, 'Using visual arts to encourage children with Autism Spectrum Disorder to communicate their feelings and emotions', Open Journal of Social Sciences, 5, (10) pp. 90-108. ISSN 2327-5952 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.4236/jss.2017.510009 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Rayner C

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2016Baker WJ, Hunter M-A, Thomas S, 'Arts education academics' perceptions of eLearning & teaching in Australian early childhood and primary ITE degrees', Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 41, (11) pp. 31-43. ISSN 0313-5373 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.14221/ajte.2016v41n11.3 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Hunter M-A; Thomas S

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2014Baker WJ, Harvey G, 'The collaborative learning behaviours of middle primary school students in a classroom music creation activity', Australian Journal of Music Education, (1) pp. 15-26. ISSN 0004-9484 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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2014Hunter M, Baker WJ, Nailon DL, 'Generating Cultural Capital? Impacts of artists-in-residence on teacher professional learning', Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 39, (6) pp. 75-88. ISSN 0313-5373 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.14221/ajte.2014v39n6.4 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6

Co-authors: Hunter M; Nailon DL

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2013Baker WJ, 'Questioning assumptions. Vivienne: a case study of e-learning in music education', Australian Journal of Music Education, (1) pp. 13-22. ISSN 0004-9484 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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2013Baker WJ, King H, 'Participatory learning walks: reflective practice for the conductor-music educator', Australian Journal of Music Education, 2013, (2) pp. 35-45. ISSN 0004-9484 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: King H

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2012Baker WJ, 'The arts pale behind literacy and numeracy', Education Review pp. 1. ISSN 1834-7967 (2012) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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2008Baker WJ, 'Learning centres in primary and early childhood music education', Victorian Journal of Music Education pp. 22-30. ISSN 1036-6318 (2008) [Refereed Article]

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2007Baker WJ, 'The use of journaling in the development of student engagement and confidence with the teaching of music in an Australian early childhood and primary teacher education degree: A new perspective of an old problem', Australian Journal of Music Education, 1 pp. 40-49. ISSN 0004-9484 (2007) [Refereed Article]

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2006Baker WJ, 'Assessment: Not a Covert Mission', Music in Action, 3, (4) pp. 8-11. ISSN 1448-1446 (2006) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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2006Baker WJ, 'Essential Learning in the Performing Arts', Music in Action, 4, (1) pp. 18-20. ISSN 1448-1446 (2006) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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Book

(3 outputs)
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2019Roy D, Baker W, Hamilton A, 'Teaching the arts: early childhood and primary education', Cambridge University Press, Port Melbourne Australia, pp. 377. ISBN 978-1-108-55236-3 (2019) [Authored Other Book]

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2015Roy D, Baker W, Hamilton A, 'Teaching the arts: Early childhood and primary education', Cambridge University Press, United Kingdom, pp. 275. ISBN 9781107433670 (2015) [Authored Other Book]

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2012Roy D, Baker WJ, Hamilton A, 'Teaching the Arts: Early Childhood and Primary Education', Cambridge University Press, Port Melbourne, Australia, pp. 264. ISBN 9781107636200 (2012) [Authored Other Book]

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Conference Publication

(18 outputs)
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2015Baker W, Astell S, 'A snapshot of visual arts education in Tasmanian K-6 classrooms', AARE Conference Proceedings, 29 November - 3 December 2015, University of Notre Dame, pp. 1-12. ISSN 1324-9320 (2015) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Astell S

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2015Baker WJ, Morrell M, 'ManChoir: boys' perspectives of participation in an all-male choir in a Tasmanian, co-educational school', Proceedings of the 20th ASME National Conference: Music - Educating for Life, 30 September - 2 October 2015, Adelaide, South Australia, pp. 15-21. ISBN 978-0-9803792-4-2 (2015) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Morrell M

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2015Baker W, Astell S, 'Visual arts education, teacher choice, accountability and curricula in Tasmanian K-6 primary schools', AARE Conference Proceedings, 29 November - 3 December 2015, University of Notre Dame, pp. 1-12. ISSN 1324-9320 (2015) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Astell S

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2013Baker W, King S, 'Redefining the conductor as conductor-music educator', Redefining the Musical Landscape: Inspired Learning and Innovation in Music Education - Australian Society for Music Education XIX National Conference Proceedings, 29 September - 1 October 2013, Canberra, ACT, pp. 22-29. ISBN 978-0-9803792-3-5 (2013) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: King S

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2013King H, Baker WJ, 'Redefining the learning walk: An innovative approach to reflective practice for the conductor-music educator', Redefining the Musical Landscape: Inspired Learning and Innovation in Music Education - Australian Society for Music Education XIX National Conference Proceedings, 29 September - 1 October 2013, Canberra, ACT, pp. 110-116. ISBN 978-0-9803792-3-5 (2013) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: King H

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2012Baker B, 'Fully online learning in a preservice teacher music education unit in Australia: Student perspectives', Proceedings of the International Society for Music Education 30th World Conference on Music Education, 15-20 July 2012, Thessaloniki, Greece, pp. 45-51. ISBN 978-0-9873511-0-4 (2012) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2012Baker W, 'E-learning in the music and visual arts education of pre-service teachers: Academic perspectives', Proceedings of the 2012 Australian Association for Research in Education Conference, 2-6 December 2012, University of Sydney, Australia, pp. 1-12. ISSN 1324-9320 (2012) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2012Baker W, 'Student use of demonstration videos as learning tools in fully online arts education', Proceedings of the 2012 Australian Association for Research in Education Conference, 2-6 December 2012, University of Sydney, Australia, pp. 1-10. ISSN 1324-9320 (2012) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2012Baker W, Pittaway S, 'The application of a student engagement framework to the teaching of music education in an e-learning context in one Australian University', Proceedings of the 4th Paris International Conference on Education, Economy and Society, 23-28 July 2012, Paris, France, pp. 27-38. ISBN 979-10-90365-04-9 (2012) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Pittaway S

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2011Baker B, 'Fully online teaching and learning in a pre-service teacher unit in music education', Making sound waves: Diversity, unity,equity - XVIII National Conference Proceedings, 2-5 July 2011, Gold Coast, Australia, pp. 69-77. ISBN 978-0-9803792-2-8 (2011) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2011Baker W, 'Using video to cross the boundary between arts education and online learning in a preservice teacher education degree: Student perspectives', Proceedings of the 2011 Australian Association for Research in Education Conference, 27 November - 1 December 2011, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 1 - 13. ISSN 1324-9320 (2011) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2009Baker WJ, 'Musical Understanding: Proceedings of the Australian Society for Music Education XVII National Conference', ASME, 10-14 July 2009, Launceston Tasmania, pp. 1-10. ISBN 978-0-9803792-1-1 (2009) [Conference Edited]

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2008Elliot S, Baker WJ, 'Student Perceptions of Problem-Solving in and through Music in the Senior Primary Classroom', NZARE National Conference 2008, Proceedings, 24 - 27 November 2008, Palmerston North, New Zealand, pp. 1-10. ISSN 1176-4902 (2008) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2007Baker WJ, 'Nurturing the research spirit: The ivory tower and the teaching-research nexus in developing early career reasearch', AARE 2006 Conference Proceedings, 27-30 November 2006, Adelaide, SA EJ ISSN 1324-9320 (2007) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2007Baker WJ, 'Intergrated arts curriculum: An interdisciplinary approach', Proceedings of the 40th Anniversary National Confrence, 6th-10th July 2007, Perth WA, pp. 51-55. ISBN 978-0-9803792-0-4 (2007) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2007Baker WJ, 'The use of journaling in the development of student engagement and confidence with the teaching of music in an Australian early childhood and primary teacher education degree', Education in the Pacific: Proceedings of the New Zealand Association for Research in Education National Conference, 4-7 December 2007, Christchurch New Zealand (2007) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2007Baker WJ, 'Encouraging appropriate learning behaviours: Aligned assessment practices within a pre-service music teacher education course', Education in the Pacific: New Zealand Association for Research in Education Proceedings 2007, 4-7 December 2007, Christchurch New Zealand EJ (2007) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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1999Baker WJ, 'Performing arts organisations as education providers', Opening the umbrella: an encompassing view of music education ASME XII Proceedings, 9-13 July 1999, Sydney, pp. unknown. ISBN 095963049X (1999) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Other Public Output

(5 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2019Baker W, 'How Tasmanian Youth Orchestra participants build resilience and self-worth from band practice', The Examiner, 27 February 2019 (2019) [Media Interview]

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2019Baker W, 'TYO offers plenty of positives', The Mercury, Tasmania, 7 March 2019 (2019) [Media Interview]

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2019Baker W, 'STUDY: Youth orchestra helps school kids 'feel better about themselves'', CutCommon, online, 16 April 2019 (2019) [Media Interview]

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2019Baker WJ, 'Interview with Lucy Breadon on Drive', ABC Radio 936, 26 February 2019 (2019) [Media Interview]

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2018Baker WJ, Earle J, 'Music-making, shared emotion, and friendship: Final report of a pilot study into participation in selected Tasmanian Youth Orchestra Ensembles', The Board of the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra, the Tasmanian Department of Education, and the Chapter Council of the Australian Society for Music Education (Tasmania), Launceston: University of Tasmania (2018) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Earle J

Grants & Funding

Bill has been the recipient of two University of Tasmania Teaching Development Grants and two Faculty of Education grants since 2007. In 2017 Bill was awarded a Peer Professional Learning Circle grant to explore the use of Video in Assessment.

  • 2007 and 2009 UTAS Teaching Development Grant
  • 2013 and 2015 Faculty of Education Research and Scholarship of Learning and Teaching Grant Scheme (ReSoLTS) grant
  • 2017 Peer Professional Learning Circle (PPLC)

Funding Summary

Number of grants

2

Total funding

$16,910

Projects

The role of the Youth Orchestra in the development of creativity, social learning, wellbeing, and resilience in Tasmania. (2018)$11,910
Description
Social isolation amongst young people in regional areas is a problem for the Tasmanian community. Whilst our world has become more connected through technology, issues of social isolation persist, with rural and regional young peoples wellbeing and resilience becoming a serious concern for researchers (Houghton, Hattie, Carroll, Wood, & Baffour, 2016; Noble-Carr, Barker, McArthur & Woodman, 2014). Participation in youth orchestras offers unique opportunities for young people to develop social networks and employability skills such as creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking (Jefferson & Anderson, 2017). Anecdotal evidence suggests youth orchestras support the development of young peoples resiliency and self-esteem, however little research has been conducted to identify these impacts and the enablers and barriers to young peoples participation. The research team comprised of Faculty of Education, School of Social Sciences and School of Creative Arts researchers with principal partner the TYO, along with ASME (Tas), TMTA and AMEB will address these questions: 1. How does a Youth Orchestra enable young people to develop their social agency, resilience and wellbeing?2. What role do community stakeholders, such as family members, teachers and peers play in the development of an accessible and socially inclusive Youth Orchestra? 3. What are the enablers and barriers to young people participating in a Tasmanian Youth Orchestra?This project will foster collaboration between researchers and industry partners and build research capacity via mentoring.
Funding
University of Tasmania ($11,910)
Scheme
Grant - CALE Hothouse Alignment Scheme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Baker WJ; Hunter M; McLeod K; Forbes AM; Monkhouse H; McCarthy RJ; Howard CA
Year
2018
An Investigation of the Impact of Artist/Teacher Partnerships on Teachers' Discourse and Pedagogy of Creativity (2012)$5,000
Funding
University of Tasmania ($5,000)
Scheme
Grant-Research Enhancement (REGS)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Hunter M; Baker WJ
Year
2012

Research Supervision

Current

2

Completed

1

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDThe Power of Play: Using Drama Therapy to Support at-risk Adolescents from Multicultural Backgrounds2015
PhDGuitar Tuition in Australian Tertiary Institutions: Education of professional musicians2017

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
MastersThe Conductor-Teacher, Conductor-Learner: An Autoethnography of the Dynamic Conducting/Teaching, Learning Process of an Advanced Level Wind Ensemble Conductor
Candidate: Stephen Mark King
2011