Monday, February 7, 2011

seminar: An exploration of music teacher socialization in the United States, Monday 14th February

Dr. Clint Randles, University of South Florida School of Music
Monday 14th February
12.30 – 1.30
Room 944

Further details from Lucy Green,

All are welcome


In this paper, I explore philosophically the possibility of a connection between music teacher socialization and the work of Joseph Campbell (1949) in comparative mythology. Campbell's "hero's journey," interpreted and applied by screenwriter Christopher Vogler (2007), provides a way of viewing the life of the apprentice music teacher as a process of ritual, following the theme of separation—initiation—return, where the protagonist leaves the ordinary world to enter a special world where adventure happens, followed by a return to the ordinary world in an altered—changed—state. This formulation is proposed to be akin to the struggles of the apprentice music teacher. I use illustrations of music teaching and learning experiences within the context of United States teacher education to illustrate the argument.

Biography of presenter

Clint Randles is Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of South Florida School of Music. Randles teaches wind techniques at the undergraduate level, and courses in research in music education at the graduate level. His research interests include the intersection of motivation theory and creativity, and the exploration of the construct "creative identity." Randles has presented papers at state, national, and international conferences in the US, Egypt, Finland, and China. He has articles published in the Michigan Music Educator, Music Education Research International, Research Studies in Music Education, Arts Education Policy Review, and the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education; articles forthcoming in the Journal of Music Teacher Education, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, the International Journal of Music Education, and Music Educator's Journal; contributions to the Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning, to be published in 2011 by Springer Publishing; and a forthcoming book chapter on teaching guitar in the upcoming Engaging Practices: A Sourcebook for Middle School General Music by Rowman & Littlefield Publishing. Prior to his appointment at USF, Dr. Randles taught general music and band in the public schools of Michigan for nine years. He has written arrangements and original compositions that have been performed by both marching bands and children's choruses. Randles received his bachelor of music education degree from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, and his Master of Music and Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education degrees from Michigan State University.