The Inclusive Classroom: Mental Health and the HE Musician

Lansley, Andrew ORCID: 0000-0002-8810-4263 (2019) The Inclusive Classroom: Mental Health and the HE Musician. Musicology Research Journal, 1 (6). pp. 201-227.

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This wellbeing-based study explores the use of next generation technology in developing more inclusive learning environments for students who can struggle to engage with curricula due to mental health and well-being issues. This investigation took place as part of an action research project that challenged music and non-musical specialists in a creative context to co-create adapted lecture materials. The development of teaching materials with six autistic students made use of both the dynamic environment of a learning management system as well as the role mobile devices play in allowing students to access materials in a virtual environment. This was done with the aim to remove or reduce some of the obstructions that were identified that could be faced by learners who found accessibility, comprehension, collaboration or socialisation difficult when approaching creative work. The findings critically comment and evaluate the practical merits in response to a review of current literature, module evaluations and qualitative commentary on the experiences of students. This study has been inspired from my own experience as an autistic learner and the barriers I have faced in engaging with group work and through travelling the world performing music in challenging and ever-changing environments. It is hoped that this research is able to offer a meaningful perspective to the current conversations around wellbeing of the creative learner and associated educational strategies, acknowledging the primary goal of this project was to directly benefit those students who had participated in it. As last years ‘Fit to Perform’ paper concludes ‘music educators, administrators and policy makers must play an active role in providing supportive environments where health and wellbeing is considered integral to expert music training.’

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > MT Musical instruction and study
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Creative Arts
Research Priority Areas: Creative Practice and Theory
Culture, Continuity, and Transformation
Depositing User: Andrew Lansley
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2019 15:57
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2023 19:14

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