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In this episode, I’m talking with Ije Amaechi, Victoria Port, and Ross Lanning who are all music tutors working for Hertfordshire Music Service. They are part of Hertfordshire’s inclusion team, specialising in working with young people who face barriers to music education, particularly those with  social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. They are also involved in action research, through a programme called Changing Tracks (previously MusicNet East), to investigate the drivers and barriers of inclusion in music services.

I wanted to find out more about how they use ‘reflective practice’ both as an integral part of their day-to-day work, and in structured ‘Critical Reflection’ sessions where they take time out to discuss their work, question and support each other, and ‘make meaning from experience’.

Changing Tracks is part of the Alliance for a Musically Inclusive England, funded by Youth Music.

You can listen now below, or on Spotify (search for the name) and iTunes or your favourite podcast app.

What’s in this episode?

We talk about:

  • What reflective practice is
  • How you learn the skill or habit of reflective practice
  • How it benefits tutors, young people, and the organisation
  • Ije, Ross and Victoria share some examples of situations they’ve brought to critical reflection sessions
  • and we finish with advice for managers and tutors wanting to bring reflective practice into their music education organisation

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 About the music for education & wellbeing podcast

Listen in each month to get ideas, inspiration and practical advice from people involved in music education, community music, music therapy and more. Learn how you can break down barriers to music, through communications, advocacy and inclusive practice.

The music for the podcast was created by Otis Hynds, a young person working with Noise Solution.

Transcript

Music for Education & Wellbeing podcast [23] TRANSCRIPT: Ije Amaechi, Victoria Port & Ross Lanning

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