UKPSF

UKPSF – Checklist Approaches to Critical Artistry

Caroline McCluskey UKPSF-CHECKLIST-ATCA

UKPSF – Checklist The Teaching Artist

UKPSF Checklist – The Teaching Artist

UKPSF CHECKLIST – PROJECT (PG Cert)

AREAS OF ACTIVITY

A4 Develop effective learning environments and approaches to student support and guidance

How am I doing this?

I work with Community Music students in a variety of ways; therefore, ensuring that learning can take place, and is supported and guided in a variety of learning environments. In addition to teaching during allocated Community Music class time, I also work with students on placement. Placement work allows opportunity for the musical activities that are explored during class time, to be realised in a community context. Students have opportunities to observe me leading musical activities and likewise, I have the chance to observe students leading and I am able to offer immediate and direct practical and musical advice and support.

Where is the evidence?

Class time and placement work is a core aspect of the Community Music module. I am employed to do this work as a part time hourly paid tutor for Creative and Contextual Studies within the RCS.

A5 Engage in continuing professional development in subjects/disciplines and their pedagogy, incorporating research, scholarship and the evaluation of professional practices

How am I doing this?

I am a very active member of the Scottish Orff Schulwerk Association (SOSA), Orff UK and the International Orff Schulwerk Forum in Salzburg. I regularly attend training courses led by pedagogues specialising in Orff Schulwerk and other artistic disciplines and educational areas. Over the last year, I have engaged whole heartedly with my own research, throughout my PG Certificate Project and also in several other areas of my work. Most notably in my Nurture Group Creative Music Making Project, which is funded by Creative Scotland and involves careful planning, delivery and evaluation of project aims and objectives. I have also recently had my first literature review published in the ‘Orff Heute’ Journal (winter 2015).Furthermore, this year I will participate in ISME World Conference in Glasgow 2016 and participate in annual Orff Schulwerk Conventions in Salzburg.

Where is the evidence?

In this journal entry, I describe my experiences as a participant at the Orff Schulwerk summer school in York:

https://carolinemccluskey.wordpress.com/2015/08/11/creative-musicking-in-york-orff-uk-summer-school/

This journal entry notes my recent publication in the ‘Orff Heute’ Journal (winter 2015):

https://carolinemccluskey.wordpress.com/2016/01/10/orff-schulwerk-heute-winter-2015/

I have detailed my commitment to continuing profession development in my PDP:

Click to access pdp-final-pg-certificate-research-project.pdf

CORE KNOWLEDGE

K4 The use and value of appropriate learning technologies

How am I doing this?

Throughout my Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Arts Education, I have maintained an online WordPress Journal to carefully record my learning and teaching practice and I have engaged in the online PG Certificate ‘Collaborative Space’. I have worked with the ‘SimpleMind Pro’ application as a way to create mind maps. I have also worked with ‘Survey Monkey’ as a way to gather feedback from participants after workshops (I used this recently when gathering feedback from Teaching Musician 1 & 2 students and Creative Music Making in Garnethill participants).In my on going work for the RCS, I continue to work with Moodle, Asimut and Mahara.

I have also worked with a zoom audio recorder to record small musical extracts during PG Certificate project and a camera to document learning materials through photography.

Where is the evidence?

Examples of mind maps:

https://carolinemccluskey.wordpress.com/2015/07/20/mind-mapping-finding-my-way-for-pg-certificate-project/

https://carolinemccluskey.wordpress.com/2015/08/06/intercultural-music-and-dance-mind-map/

K6 The implications of quality assurance and quality enhancement for academic and professional practice with a particular focus on teaching

How am I doing this?

I believe that over the last 16 month, during my Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching studies, I have invested in quality assurance and enhancement in relation to my professional teaching practice. Colleagues have observed and critiqued my teaching practice, I have shown continuous evidence of my learning and planning and I have gathered feedback (written and verbal) from student learners.

Where is the evidence?

Postgraduate studies in learning and Teaching in Higher Arts Education.

PROFESSIONAL VALUES

V2 Promote participation in higher education and equality of opportunity for learners

How am I doing this?

Working in Community Music contexts as a freelance musician and educator enables me to constantly promote participation in higher education and equality of opportunity for learners. Recently, in my work with Beatroute Arts, I have been supporting the ‘Transitions 2020’ project through encouraging the young people I work with to engage in the learning opportunities being offered by the RCS in partnership with Beatroute Arts.

I have also been developing my own work this year in a project specially created for Nurture Groups in Glasgow. Furthermore, I have been facilitating monthly classes for adults interested in creative music making at Garnethill Multicultural Centre.

Where is the evidence?

Beatroute’s ‘Take a Bow’ project:

https://carolinemccluskey.wordpress.com/2015/12/27/exploring-sound/

This journal entry notes my work in music making for Nurture Groups in Glasgow:

https://carolinemccluskey.wordpress.com/2015/12/24/creative-group-music-making/

Creative music making workshops for adults:

https://carolinemccluskey.wordpress.com/2015/09/08/improvisation-in-music-education/

V3 Use evidence-informed approaches and the outcomes from research, scholarship and continuing professional development

How am I doing this?

Throughout my studies in Learning and Teaching in Higher Arts Education, I have mostly be developing my creative practice and knowledge in my planning and delivery of the Orff Schulwerk approach to Music, Dance and Speech Education for higher arts learners. The Orff Schulwerk approach is most certainly an evidence-informed approach. Initially established by Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman, this approach has grown through scholarly research and the passion and dedication, to continuing professional development, of the pedagogues who are inspired by this creative and multidisciplinary approach to arts education. Over the last few years, I have studied with various international Orff Schulwerk teachers and in 2012, I studied for nine months at the Carl Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria. I am now continuing to develop my creative practice, inspired by the Orff Schulwerk approach and I am devising and delivering workshop and training opportunities across the UK. Furthermore, this year I will participate in ISME World Conference in Glasgow 2016 and participate in annual Orff Schulwerk Convention in Salzburg.

Where is the evidence?

I have detailed my commitment to continuing profession development in my PDP:

Click to access pdp-final-pg-certificate-research-project.pdf

V4 Acknowledge the wider context in which higher education operates recognising the implications for professional practice

How am I doing this?

Continue to teach at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland on Teaching Musician; Complementary Musical Skills and Community Music modules.

Continue to facilitate learning opportunities by leading workshops and courses, in Scotland and further afield, as an Orff Schulwerk pedagogue.

 

Continue to facilitate ‘Creative Music Making Workshops for Adults in the Garnethill Multicultural Centre’ on behalf of SOSA. These Orff Schulwerk inspired creative music making workshops are for adults who work with music in educational, community and therapeutic contexts, or, have an interest in this work. Workshops include practical activities in music, dance and speech and are centered in group music making. There is also opportunity to discuss, share and reflect on how this work can be adapted for educational, community and therapeutic contexts.

Participate in ISME World Conference in Glasgow 2016.

Participate in annual Orff Schulwerk Conventions in Salzburg.

Where is the evidence?

I have detailed my commitment to acknowledging the wider context in which higher education takes places within my PDP:

Click to access pdp-final-pg-certificate-research-project.pdf

SECTIONS IV-VI

IV. Successful engagement in appropriate teaching practices related to the Areas of Activity

How am I doing this?

I believe that I demonstrate successful engagement in the Orff Schulwerk approach to Music, Dance and Speech Education throughout my learning and teaching practice.

Where is the evidence?

My WordPress journal is testament to my successful engagement in the Orff Schulwerk approach.

V. Successful incorporation of subject and pedagogic research and/ or scholarship within the above activities, as part of an integrated approach to academic practice

How am I doing this?

Continue to source and review relevant literature and information through educational books, journals, online articles, websites and videos.

Continue to visit different learning environments within formal and informal sectors across nursery, primary, secondary and higher arts education provision, in Scotland and abroad.

Continue to observe how different teachers work.

Continue to participate, as a learner, in a variety of learning contexts.

Continue to look to how examples of good practice can be adopted into my own work and creative practice.

 

Where is the evidence?

As noted in my PDP:

Click to access pdp-final-pg-certificate-research-project.pdf

VI. Successful engagement in continuing professional development in relation to teaching, learning, assessment and, where appropriate, related professional practices

How am I doing this?

Forthcoming opportunities include participation in ISME World Conference in Glasgow 2016 and in annual Orff Schulwerk Conventions in Salzburg.

 

Where is the evidence?

As noted in my PDP:

Click to access pdp-final-pg-certificate-research-project.pdf

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