chapter  5
Knowing Me, Knowing You
ByMark Pulman
Pages 18

This chapter explores the views of instrumental and vocal teachers working in a UK university and their understanding of the meaning of continuing professional development (CPD), and their views on provision, benefits to their work and possible barriers to undertaking CPD. It considers the views of such teachers, and explores their definitions of professional development. The chapter examines issues of responsibility for it, barriers towards undertaking it and aspects of their work that might benefit from it. It shows that teachers have varying development needs but the issue of career progression may be of less consideration than aspects relating to training. Institutions should be prepared to invest in instrumental and vocal teachers and should work with them in developing a range of formal and informal opportunities for professional development. Finally, co-created CPD may lead to collaborative creative partnerships of performance as well as to a healthier, supportive and communicative community.