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Music Teachers as Conscious Cosmopolites
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Arts, Communication and Education, Music and dance.
2016 (English)Conference paper, Presentation (Refereed)
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A music teacher student 2013 will meet children born 2040, during their career. Scandinavian as well as the rest of the worlds university curriculum have an elusive picture of what kind of learning contexts they will have to design when meeting the “Millennium children” and who can blame them? What we can do is to facilitate an institutional consciousness expansion in how to assist student music teachers developing sustainable skills for acting flexible in future, unfamiliar and multicultural contexts. This collaboration with “the other” has to go beyond music genre and subcultural identities and interact with societal changes and needs. Institutions are not in its essence flexible and new or alternative music styles will probably always be “pedagogizied” to fit in educational settings. The informal and socialising “rules of the conservatoire game” is still stronger than the millennium voice of internationalisation and collaboration in global communities. Globalization can become a kind of new renaissance. It is a paradigm shift that directs toward a circulatory worldview. “The others” will be in our lives no matter what. The question is – how do we want to respond to that. With fear or dialogue?The university as a whole is also in an era of “paradigmatic transition” (Santos, 2012, p8). It is ”confronted with strong questions for which it has so far provided only weak answers”. Or as Kemp resonates, “The great theme in political debate and within political movements, national as well as international, have since the end of 90th been the phenomena globalization. It is this globalisation that gives the idea of a cosmopolitan new actuality. But, as earlier said, it has not reached our institutions of learning and education. Many of our teachers within compulsory school are still blind for the fact” (Kemp, 2005 p29). When discussing the position of the university in the new world order, Santos (2012) raises the question whether the university can successfully reinvent itself as a centre of knowledge in a globalizing society with many other centres. The question of legitimation of university educations in future society is of great importance when it comes to global artistic expressions like music.

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Music Education
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-34643Local ID: 8e6cc3ae-e814-43dd-9bc3-60b82f9276ffOAI: diva2:1007894
ISME World Conference : 23/07/2016 - 30/07/2016
Godkänd; 2016; 20160719 (agul)Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30Bibliographically approved

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