Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The new Swedish music syllabus for compulsory school – principles and practice

Music Education Special Interest Group

Research Seminar Announcement

 Olle Zandén, BA, MA, PhD, Linnæus University, Sweden and the Swedish National Agency of Education

Tuesday 5th March
Room: 944

The new Swedish music syllabus for compulsory school – principles and practice

In 2011 a new Swedish curriculum was launched in which, contrary to tendencies in many other countries, the explicit focus was on subject-specific competences, not general key-competences. The curriculum introduced new principles for marking, a new marking scale, and purported clear and unambiguous criteria for marking. In this lecture the new Swedish music syllabus is presented; the principles and constraints that its constructors met with; their considerations and efforts to make the syllabus musically meaningful; its reception among music teachers; and some problems and possibilities that have emerged during the curriculum's first year-and-a-half. The presentation will also give examples from the supporting material that has been issued in order to promote professionalism among music teachers, and help them to be more fair in marking; and will include some video and audio recordings of work in practice.

After having worked as a teacher in music, history and mathematics for over 20 years, Olle Zandén earned his doctorate in music education at Gothenburg University in 2010. He has been a guest lecturer at Stockholm University and is now senior lecturer in music education at Linnæus University, Växjö, Sweden. His major research interests are assessment and music teacher professionalisation. He has been appointed by the Swedish National Agency of Education to produce a comprehensive supporting material for assessment in music and is much in demand for teachers' in-service training. Presently he is studying the effects of the new curriculum and syllabus in music on music teachers' practice.

Further details from Lucy Green, l.green2@ioe.ac.uk

All are welcome