Using Swidler’s cultural toolkit as a theoretical framework, Dominic Fitzgerald sets out to demonstrate how a music teacher-practitioner's journey is a continuum of discoveries and acquisition of strategies of thinking, being and doing. As an autoethnographic exercise, he highlights certain milestones of my personal journey from student to student-teacher, to practicing educator, to show how his ways of developing musical and professional capacity are informed by said experiences.

Throughout the course of this presentation, key milestones/highlights of Dominic Fitzgerald's journey in the choral world will be illustrated through concert experiences with the Temple Church (London) Choir, working with Roger Sayer, various discussions with Dr Graeme Morton, school achievements, technical breakthroughs and realisations to name a few. For the listeners, takeaways from this presentation should include strategies for developing routines of thinking around self-improvement, the psychology of recruitment and retention in choirs with adolescent boys, conceptualising sound in a choral sense – but inspired by orchestral colours, textures and sonic embodiments that are transferable and universal. Through these experiences, Dominic Fitzgerald has come to realise the integral value of choral music in music education and hopes that his experiences will inspire others to explore as he has.


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About 2022 Live at UQ Concert Series

The University of Queensland, School of Music is proud to present our Concert Series for 2022. In reflecting the School's role in the broader South-East Queensland community, we have designed a diverse and exciting program. With established international and national artists performing, as well as our own emerging student artists, this year is set to be a vibrant, creative, and energetic time at the UQ School of Music. We look forward to connecting with you, as you explore this concert series, listen to our streamed and recorded concerts, and visit us at the St Lucia campus or browse through our website


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