Passionate Listening: Teacher as Role Model in Cultivating an Appreciation of Classical Music

Dr. Robert Barefield
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For many students, an appreciation of classical music is not achieved without intervention on the part of role models. A respected teacher can serve as just such a role model. The concept of "observational learning" is widely prevalent in educational theory. By sharing a sense of passionate listening, a teacher can inspire and motivate students to develop a unique and abiding appreciation of classical music. This effort requires specific analysis of music and the characteristics that make it meaningful as well as a degree of shared experience, in which the role model articulates his or her unique reactions to the power of music.

Keywords: Passionate Listening, Role Model, Classical Music
Stream: Arts Education
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Passionate Listening

Dr. Robert Barefield

Assistant Professor, School of Music, Arizona State University

Baritone Robert Barefield has performed throughout the United States with organizations such as the New Orleans Opera, the Evansville Philharmonic, the Abilene Philharmonic, the Dorian Opera Theatre, the Central City Opera, and Houston's Opera in the Heights. Operatic roles have included Germont in La Traviata, Gianni Schicchi and Sid in Albert Herring. He has performed as soloist in many other concert works including, Messiah, Carmina Burana, Elijah and Vaughan Williams' Sea Symphony. A frequent recitalist, Barefield has given premiere performances of works by Simon Sargon, Robert Maggio and David Conte. Barefield has been a member of the opera faculty at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival in Alaska. He has served as an adjudicator and panelist for regional and national conferences and vocal competitions and has written articles for The Journal of Singing and The American Music Teacher. Barefield has presented masterclasses in singing throughout the United States and in Austria at the Vienna Conservatory. He received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. Since 2003, he teaches at Arizona State University, having previously served on music faculties at West Chester University, Southern Methodist University and The University of Mississippi.

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