Knowledge Transfer Network – Instrumental and Voice Pedagogy (IGP)
The “Knowledge Transfer Network – Instrumental and Voice Pedagogy (IGP)” was initiated in the winter semester 2016/17. The project is a collaboration between the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, Institute of Music Education, and the University of Graz, Institute of Psychology. The network encompasses, on the one hand, researchers from the fields of instrumental and voice pedagogy, psychology, and pedagogy. On the other hand, it encompasses teachers working at Styrian music schools and people active in the professional training of music teachers.
The network’s aim is to strengthen the process of professionalization and of knowledge transfer among instrumental and voice teachers. The network enables the collection, dissemination, and further development of diverse forms of knowledge, such as experiential knowledge of the participating teachers and knowledge from research in music education.
An important part of the network activities are monthly meetings at which content and ideas are developed jointly by the participants. Further activities are the organization of continuing education courses and materials.
In the long run, the network’s aim is to establish a flow of communication beyond the participating members and thereby enable an improved transfer of theory into the music schools and general society and a sustainable improvement of the teaching of instrumental performance and singing. Furthermore, the network serves as a pioneering model for other regional knowledge transfer networks in the field of music education but also for similar networks in other fields of education.
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Written by: University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, MS