The stethoscope and the stave: Using music education pedagogies to enhance nursing education

Anita Collins, Rebecca Vanderheide

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    Not only does music education develop our understanding of music, it develops our general aural perception. The greater our aural perception skills, the more effectively we can use aural information in our daily lives and workplaces. These skills can also lead to a deeper sense of aesthetic knowing and professional artistry. Such a broad developmental outcome means that music education pedagogies could be used in a diverse range of educational and professional learning fields. These concepts served as the basis for a pilot program that used music education pedagogies to enhance a nursing education program. Nursing students undertook two sessions designed to develop their aural perception skills with a view to improving their skills in the clinical environment as well as promote positive wellbeing. The sessions particularly focussed on ways in which music education could help students with their auscultatory (listening to sounds from the heart, lung etc.) assessment skills. Music education pedagogies were used to help students listen more effectively, separate and locate sounds and determine tempo accurately. Focus group feedback found that several of the skills were helpful in the clinical environment and that with refinement the Open Your Ears program would be a beneficial addition to the nursing education course
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationMaking sound waves: Diversity, unity, equity XVIII National Conference Proceedings
    EditorsElizabeth Mackinlay, David Forrest
    Place of PublicationVictoria, Australia
    PublisherAustralian Society for Music Education
    Number of pages5
    ISBN (Print)9780980379228
    Publication statusPublished - 2011
    EventAustralian Society for Music Education National Conference: Making sound waves: Diversity, unity, equity (ASME 2011) - Gold Coast, Australia
    Duration: 2 Jul 20115 Jul 2011


    ConferenceAustralian Society for Music Education National Conference
    Abbreviated titleASME
    CityGold Coast
    OtherProceedings were accepted after each full paper was subjected to blind peer review assessment prior to selection and publication. Two anonymous referees assessed each paper and where there was a split decision a third referee reviewed the paper. The abstracts contained in the second section relate to papers presented which were selected on the basis of peer review of the abstract only


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