· Project and Time management.
My approach through trial and error required a tactile form from which I could manipulate and grow designing a Wheel as the project topic as the main hub and strands being the elements or key milestones to be achieved.
· Chosen topic context and theory knowledge
With a broad network in place from both previous education and musical practice in and around Edinburgh the Theory access was not an issue but the defining part that was a challenge.
· Improved critical, creative and investigative skills
I had to focus on my main argument being that certain musical forms are dying and with an interest in the madrigal this was an ideal platform to work from. Having read a lot of interesting literature I found there were key themes linking them all together and that the subject of Teaching linked with music performance could be enhanced further to make participants ie. The singers more receptive in learning and preforming and this could potential lead to the growth of a musical form or ideally prevent the dying of such form over time.
· Enhanced technical skills
Technical Skills such as tools for recording key findings the following were used and adapted to suit. Dictaction on laptop, recorder for lecture, exploring mindmap tools and apps on ipad as well as the value presentation one to one group session which I found most useful in communicating and distilling ideas further. I identified that the spoken word is best in processing information and developing ideas and project form. Of all the research methods available this was simply yet most effective. With only two opportunities on the course to do this I aim to hold more amongst peers throughout the second semester. I will need to develop my skills such as use of scanner and means of recording information as we move more into practice based research. The one in mind is called the zoomx scanner.
I have started recording using my Dictaphone more often to keep on top of things.
· A move towards becoming an expert in your field
A recent successful interview with Drake Music Scotland illustrates my commitment to the field of music and in particular the subject of teaching and leadership.