I have spent most of my research career examining the challenges faced by beginning music teachers and exploring strategies such as mentoring and induction to support new teachers (Conway, 2015). The studies in this area are consistent in documenting common novice teacher challenges such as classroom management, scheduling and resources, and the feeling of being silenced.
Every classroom, including yours, has a “hidden curriculum.” The Glossary of Education Reform defines hidden curriculum as “the unwritten, unofficial, and often unintended lessons, values, and perspectives that students learn in school. This curriculum can have a positive impact on learners, but may also lead to negative understandings.
I’d like to highlight some concepts that might be considered hidden curriculum in relation to musical understandings, social understandings, and cultural understandings.