Please note that there will be TWO seminars on Monday 6 November – details of the other seminar have already been circulated
Music Education Special Interest Group
RESEARCH SEMINAR ANNOUNCEMENT
"The development of spirituality through alternative pedagogies in Brazilian Higher Music Education"
Dr Heloisa Feichas. Music School, Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil
Date: Monday 6 November 2017
Room: 804, UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL
Further details are available from David Baker, firstname.lastname@example.org
All are welcome
This presentation will discuss how concepts of spirituality can be related to alternative pedagogies in Higher Music Education. Firstly, concepts of spirituality will be examined within music education. This will be followed by a discussion of how the development of human competences in educational contexts leads to spiritual values, thus creating possibilities for a critical spirituality. After that, Paulo Freire's (2011) principles of "Pedagogy of autonomy" will be examined and connected with alternative pedagogies based on collaborative values. Finally, there will be reflections concerning the potential of informal learning for shifting the paradigm from an individual to collective approach. In doing so, there will be illustrations of how some of the pedagogical approaches from informal learning practices, and non-formal teaching in Brazilian Higher Music Education, contribute to raising students' consciousness and triggering spiritual values. These approaches are called a "pedagogy of integration" containing aspects of creative and collaborative learning rooted in Freire's humanist educational view. Here, essential elements in Freire's work, which advocate the conscientization of individuals within the process of education, link with values of spiritual development.
Heloisa Feichas gained her PhD in Music Education from the Institute of Education, University of London. She has recently finished post-doctoral work at UNESP (the State University of São Paulo, Brazil) focussing on Paulo Freire's ideas and collaborative learning concepts. Heloisa is Senior Lecturer within the Music School of the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) in Brazil. She is also an active pianist performing Brazilian popular music in a variety of ensembles. Her main research interests are popular music and the sociology of music education. Heloisa has worked in cooperation with Music School of Pitea, Luleå University in Sweden and also with Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London for their Connect project.