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Developing employability skills
This project addressed the challenge of providing preservice music education students with opportunities to develop their graduate employability skills in an authentic and innovative classroom environment. The teaching and learning practices were re-designed to support this expectation in a learning context that became student-led and teacher facilitated. This redevelopment of the teaching and learning was supported by a combined team teaching and blended learning approach. The preservice teachers were required to write and produce a musical production within an authentic learning environment which included severe budgetary restrictions and very limited input from their lecturers. Students had the opportunity to negotiate their own roles within the development of the artistic project as both a teacher within this school-based scenario and a student within the tertiary environment. Formal and informal research and evaluation tools incorporating a mixed methodology were used to assess the outcomes of the project and determine viability for further development. Research and evaluation tools included, semi-structured interviews, focus groups, pre and post unit student surveys, student work samples, and classroom observations.