Ana Isabel Ferreira
All the ways are made of small steps. These are mine.
Ana Isabel Ferreira was born in Oporto in 1983. She completed the eighth grade of transversal flute course at the Conservatory of Music in Porto and graduated in Psychology in 2007 from Instituto Superior da Maia-ISMAI. In that same year, she started the license degree on Music Education at the Porto Polytechnic College of Education and got her graduation on 2011.
Pursuing her studies, the Master’s degree was the next step and she attended on the same institution the master´s in Teaching Music Education on the Basic Education, concluding in 2013.
In 2015 she entered on the PhD Music Sciences – Teaching and Psychology of Music at the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences of the New University of Lisbon.
She began her professional activity in 2006 as music teacher, teaching in Curricular Enrichment Activities in Maia City Hall, passing in 2007 and until now, to perform the same functions in the City Hall of Matosinhos.
In the year 2013, she was integrated as a research grantor in specific projects at the Center for Research in Psychology and Music Education, Pole at the IPP of INET-MD. After completing the research grant in June 2013, she remained linked to CIPEM-INET-MD, as a collaborative researcher, through the project “Listen to music! O Orelhudo – a digital application for musical appreciation in the schools of the 1st Cycle of Basic Education “. This link remains to the present.
In 2014 she started to work at the Instituto Orff do Porto (until now), teaching the child class and in the transversal flute class. In the same year, and in the scope of the project Porto de Crianças, a partnership with the Porto City Council, she has developed and continues to develop the Oficina do Som project.
These small steps have developed in me scientific, pedagogical-didactic, artistic and methodological skills within the musical sciences in formal contexts, starting from the domains that characterize the expression of human musicality.
As a music educator I seek to promote opportunities to explore and make music from diverse perspectives with my students.
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I arrived to this theme because of my experience as a music teacher on the 1st Cycle of Basic Education in Matosinhos, a city from the Oporto district. I came up to this investigation through my experience, personal observation of the field and reflection.
The aim of this study is to implement, to evaluate and to systematize an educative project named “Hugging Art”.
The main goal is to demonstrate the potentialities of the teaching musical expression through partnership between generalist and specialist teachers. It also wanted to evaluate the musical practices at school, the receptivity to this kind of project and the organization of the community after the project. This project aims to assess if the students and the generalist teachers are more confident towards an approach to the musical expression as a curricular area and are interested in developing this kind of multidisciplinary projects.
The cultural psychology emerges as an interpretative frame of the practice on the social context that restricts the meaning construction and the realities. This way, the community and their elements are seen as agents of behaviour and their self-efficacy will determine their cognitive, affective and emotional involvement.
Three classes from primary school will participate in this investigation supported by their teacher (the generalist). A specialist teacher from the musical area will implement the programme, and other elements as the responsible school organization, the coordinator and the principal, are also taking part in this project.
Data will be collected through individual and group interviews, observation grids, informal talks or meetings, field notes and video. It will be created a self-efficacy scale based on the guide for the self-efficacy scales construction (Bandura, 2006).
Future implications of this work are, within the legal framework, the construction of an alternative way of teaching music through partnership in order to achieve a better teaching quality.