Research & Professional Development
Experience in grounded theory research practices from data collection and analysis through to co-writing a large-scale publication:
Music and Dementia (with case studies from Music for Life), May 2010 - May 2013
Lifelong Learning in Music & the Arts (LLMA), Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen (Prince Claus Conservatoire) and Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Design, Music and Dance in The Hague (Royal Conservatoire), The Netherlands
The aim of the research was to investigate the practice of music workshops created for elderly people living with dementia and their care staff. The focus of the study was to research the practice specifically from the musicians’ perspective in order to inform future musician development and the eventual transfer of the practice to the Netherlands. The research also involved building a clearer understanding of the dementia care context in which the musicians are working in this project in order to inform their wider needs for professional development.
The process involved researching the practice of a Music for Life project in Autumn 2010, using a grounded theory approach. This first phase included the production of observational field notes and the undertaking of narrative interviews, triangulated with reflective journals from personnel involved in the project.
How to order the publication:
While the Music Lasts - on Music and Dementia Rineke Smilde, Kate Page and Peter Alheit
Publisher: Eburon Academic Publishers, Delft
Purchase your copy via your local bookshop, amazon.com, bol.com or eburon.com. Also available as e-book.
Professional development sessions for a range of professionals and students:
Music education in schools:
Murdoch University, Aus: participating in a three-year project 'AiR Commission' developing training models for general pre-service students studying Primary School Education at Murdoch University and who will be required to teach the new National Arts Curriculum from 2017 (if adopted)
University of Western Australia, Aus: guest lecturer facilitating one-off sessions for UWA School of Music MUSC3601 students in Apr 2012 & 2013
The Song Room, Aus: facilitated professional development sessions for teachers working with Kindy up to Yr 4 students and early years practitioners
Music in health contexts:
Southern Cross Care, Aus: facilitated a professional development session for care staff on developing ideas for running music sessions for people living with dementia in 2012
WA Dementia Training Study Centre, Aus: co-facilitated a professional development session for occupational therapists on developing ideas for running music and art-based sessions for people living with dementia in 2012