Shared Leadership Education: The Experiences of Music Teachers in a Music School

Conference: The Asian Conference on Education & International Development (ACEID2022)
Title: Shared Leadership Education: The Experiences of Music Teachers in a Music School
Stream: Teaching Experiences, Pedagogy, Practice & Praxis
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation
Agnė Daučianskaitė, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania
Vilma Žydžiūnaitė, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania


In all levels of professional music education – music school, conservatory / art gymnasium, music academy, shared leadership is a new and little researched concept. Most of what is known in music education is that a teacher is the leader of education, whom leads the education – prepares a program, writes down tablature, puts together dynamic symbols and cords of the piece, teaches posture and sitting while playing with an instrument, analyses the style and structure of a musical work as well as teaches music to the pupil. Amongst all else, consults, assists, listens and takes care of the general well-being of learning. However in professional music education of today while preparing musicians it is a bit different. The teacher is the main person from whom the pupil learns and is like an assistant, the conveyor of knowledge, supporter and leading person towards the end-goal, which is performed by musician in learning and advanced musician. During the process of learning, he allows the pupil to freely take part, be heard, feel safe, confident, express an opinion, submit personal proposals for performance in consultation with the teacher. This publication reviews the concept of shared leadership, its dissemination in the education, the experience of music teachers in shared leadership development. The purpose of this publication is to find out how shared leadership based education predominates in professional music education in the work and experience of music school teachers. The results of the qualitative research, conducted by the authors, revealed that the shared leadership in professional music education is comprised of good relationship between the teacher and the pupil, good and favourable learning environment and the teacher’s comprehensive support for the student. The shared leadership education concept is applied in the preparation of professional musicians.

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