Studio music teachers and public music examinations : the quality interface

Holmes, Ivan (2006) Studio music teachers and public music examinations : the quality interface. PhD thesis, James Cook University.

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Abstract

The research focuses on quality issues within the private music teaching industry and the public music examination system (PMES). It is clear that there is a schism between the formalized structures and accountabilities of music in the school system and the lack of such structures and accountabilities with the private studio music teaching industry. The Thesis traces the literature documenting the rise of the private music teacher and the accountability rationale implicit in the development of the public music examination system. The dual aims of the research focus on the need to profile the private music teaching industry in Australia and to probe the extent to which the public music examination system might, in practice, afford a window of accountability on to this industry. The literature foregrounding this study derives from three areas: the historical development of the private music teaching industry; the concomitant need for certification - and the resultant development of the public music examination system; finally the issue of performance assessment across the relevant disciplines is explored to provide research direction for music. A limited profile of the private music teacher emerged from the first phase of the study. While the respondent sample was smaller than was originally envisaged, comparison with other studies (e.g., Gibbs 1999) suggested that the findings from the current study were consistent. The second phase focussed specifically on the public music examination system and its tangible outcomes in the form of the examination report. Five examiners were male and three female. Reports were analyzed in terms of the relevant examination sections with a primary focus on the Technical and Performance lists sections. In each section reports were segmented into idea units as the basic unit for analysis. Categories were derived from the data and each idea unit was categorized accordingly. Examiners’ use of categories was analyzed in each section and comparisons made between examiners. Considerable examiner variability was identified. A discussion of gender differences in accessing categories generates hypotheses for further research. Discussion of marks awarded by examiners leads to hypotheses about the implications of exposure to one examiner rather than another. While this is but a small scale study and possibly the first in the music genre, its implications for further research are far-reaching. Implications for the discipline are also explored.

Item ID: 1834
Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Keywords: music, teaching, examination, PMES, private music teaching, studio music teachers, certification, teacher profiles, examiners, gender
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2008
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation @ 0%
19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing @ 0%
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