The Current Situation of Instrumental Teaching in Higher Education with Particular Reference to 'Reality and Challenges' in the Artistic Education in Woodwinds Department of Faculty of Arts in Kosovo

AuthorFatbardh Gashi
PositionUniversity 'Haxhi Zeka' Peja, Kosovo
ISSN 2410-759X
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Balkan Journal of Interdisciplinary Research
IIPCCL Publishing, Tirana-Albania Vol. 1 No. 3
January 2016
The Current Situation of Instrumental Teaching in Higher Education
with Particular Reference to “Reality and Challenges” in the Artistic
Education in Woodwinds Department of Faculty of Arts in Kosovo
Prof. ass. Fatbardh Gashi
University “Haxhi Zeka” Peja, Kosovo
This paper brings out an overview of the situation of instrumental teaching in higher
education, specifically, the reality and challenges that undergoes the learning and teaching
process of woodwind instruments program of one of the Kosovo Faculty of Arts.
Currently, at the Faculty of Arts, department of Artistic Education on Woodwind
Instruments are offered courses only for six instruments (woodwind family). Regarding
the issue, in order to improve students’ potentials should be started by identifying the
challenges and obstacles that may occur during the program accomplishment. The main
part of the paper approaches the concerns faced by the students as well as the teaching
staff. The department of instrumental teaching has been initiated from the need to
expand the capacities of instrumentalists and this is the second year of study. Since this
program is at the initial stage, the scope is to meet students’ needs and enhance their
potentials. A questionnaire survey has been distributed among students and teachers
to find out the current issues that need to be improved. And, the results have shown that
both the students and teachers are undergoing some core difficulties that may impede
the learning-teaching process. Although, there were individual challenges among
students, a common feature was the lack of teachers’ goals including specific tasks and
systematic teaching patterns within the program, particularly, pedagogy issues.
Keywords: instrumental teaching, challenges, instrumental educators, continuous praxis
and improvement, woodwinds future career.
While music education matters and has a large impact on the development of
students’ character, music classes and musical instruments should be included in
the school programs since the beginning of education. In order to realize that, it is
more than needed to be offered a program that increase the practical potential and
prepare good future instrumentalists. And, such program has started at the Faculty
of Arts in Peja since 2014. This is the only one program that except the professional
courses includes courses related to music pedagogy. Respectively, in the program
are included six instruments: clarinet, flute, trumpet, oboe, bassoon and saxophone.
Currently, there are nine students studying in this department. In the first year
have been enrolled only three students, two of them in the section of clarinet and
only one in flute. Whereas, in the second year, the number of students have been
increased to nine, and now there are students in the section of bassoon and
saxophone as well. The purpose of this study was to explore the instrumental music
teaching with a particular scope to the context and the reality.

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