Faculté des lettres et sciences humaines

A teaching sequence granting space to the students‘ collaborative creation in the music classroom : some observations

Giglio, Marcelo ; Perret-Clermont, Anne-Nelly

In: Proceedings of the 23rd International seminar on Research in Music Education, 2010, p. 96-101

Classical traditions of research have generally been centered on the individual processes of musical composition. Our aim is to look at collective processes in order to understand how to provide space for creativity in music education in school. Activity theory, socio-cognitive research on learning, new curricula, analyses of student-teacher interaction and recent studies on collaborative... Plus

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    Classical traditions of research have generally been centered on the individual processes of musical composition. Our aim is to look at collective processes in order to understand how to provide space for creativity in music education in school. Activity theory, socio-cognitive research on learning, new curricula, analyses of student-teacher interaction and recent studies on collaborative creativity inform our research questions about the spare space usually allocated for students' collaborative creation tn the music lesson.

    We proceed by designing teaching sequences that invite pupils aged 11-13 to work together and compose a pie ce of music. We observe what happens via video and we make a descriptive analysis of the data: how pupils distribute the tasks amongst themselves; how agreements and disagreements arise when children compose together and write it down. Usually conflicts are solved implicitly or explicitly via the chidren's engagement in efforts to manage the composition together. They make comments that are sometimes relevant and sometimes not. This study helps to understand some of the cognitive moves and social interactions that happen in such an activity. Jt will give us a basis for reconsidering the importance of the teacher's role in creating and supporting this type of creative interaction in the classroom.