Creating alignment between rhetoric and action in music education
Both the literature, and the long-term action research undertaken here at the ANU, demonstrates that there is often a lack of alignment between the things that we say about music making and its importance in human life, and the things that we do in music education. For example, there is universal acknowledgement of the importance of music making as a natural, if not compulsive, human behaviour yet, in most ‘first-world’ countries like Australia, there are extremely small rates of actual participatory engagement by adults, and little in the way of alternative approaches that seek to address the problem. While the problem of disengagement is recognised, many solutions tend to ‘buy back’ into the same problem. This talk looks at the issue of alignment in ‘walk’ and ‘talk’ through a range of examples including some light-hearted research into the problem as represented by the cartoons of the New Yorker.