Jason Huxtable is a percussionist and educator based in Birmingham, UK. His performing career spans leading festivals across Pop/Rock (Glastonbury), Jazz (Cheltenham Jazz) and Classical (BBC Proms) genres and he regularly appears as soloist with leading orchestras including recent appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Singapore Symphony Orchestra. Jason has taught music for over 20 years and currently holds visiting positions at five UK HEI’s including Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and Leeds College of Music. He is Honorary Member of Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and holds FHEA status, giving masterclasses and presentations at over 60 Universities across four continents.
Practise as Praxis: A Freirian Approach to Instrumental Practice within the Conservatoire
Taking a Freirian theoretical perspective, this session will explore the potential for individual practise, within the Conservatoire, to be an emancipatory act. The nature of oppressive ideologies at play within these institutions will be first identified, providing examples as to how they manifest within student attitudes and student/teacher relationships. Through the application of Critical Pedagogy tenets of ‘Praxis’, a model for Praxis/Practise will be introduced, ‘problem-posing’ the many relationships found between the student, teacher, institution and society leading to suggestions as to how practise methods could liberate students, teachers and the Conservatoire. Practise as a truly revolutionary act!