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’.
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
Links for this episode
- How do you reflect? Kolb’s experiential learning cycle
- Changing Tracks – a programme funded by Youth Music and part of the Alliance for a Musically Inclusive England
- Hertfordshire Music Service
- COMING SOON: A blog about reflective practice on the Changing Tracks website – link will be added once the blog is live
- COMING SOON: A video about reflective practice will be shown as part of the Music Mark UK music education conference on 20 Nov 2020, and published in early 2021
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The music for the podcast was created by Otis Hynds, a young person working with Noise Solution.
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