What’s It All Bout, MOOCY

Rusty cogs - MONA, Tasmania

Rusty cogs – MONA, Tasmania

After 18 months of immersion in Digital Technologies education in my ‘spare time’, I am feeling decidedly wobbly on the reasons I am a music educator. James Humberstone’s MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) via provider Coursea and Sydney Uni (“The Con.”) is exactly the blend of music education and Twenty First Century Pedagogies that I am looking for. Coursea MOOCs have proven to be the most engaging in the past, and I appreciate the friendly ‘reminders’ to get on with things. Brit, James Humberstone, has been around the music technology docks in NSW for a while and the course promises to be a blend of understanding the current and historical Aussie Music Ed. landscape and infusing new directions and broader thinking.
One of my issues with music education in Queensland is the closed nature of thinking. One is either a Kodaly person, or Orff, and classroom or instrumental. Never do we seem to meet philosophically and even in real life, if not real time, to have a friendly and robust exchange of experience and aspiration, rather than bludgeoning others with our singular frames of reference.
Growing an Ed. Tech Professional Learning Network (PLN) has been a real eye-opener and opportunity to witness professional exchanges that grow us as educators and change things for our students.
Is it possible for Queensland and even Australian music educators to put down the battle axes and come together? Now that Queensland Primary Class Music teachers are feeling the big heave-ho, losing their long-held absolute position, school by school, we need to think broadly AND as a community more than ever.
So, James – take it away. Can you lead me to 21C Music Ed. heaven and help me find a reason to keep going after 25 years of working alone? Feeling a little rusted in…..