A French horn pedagogue’s professional understanding
French horn didactopographer teaching students from beginner to expert, with teacher education as an ending point
Keywords:professional understanding, music education, basic thinking, French horn
This article is based on a qualitative study of a Norwegian French horn pedagogue’s professional understanding. Through thematic narrative analysis of observations of her teaching practice, interviews and a survey form, the author identifies three pivots on which the professional understanding is centred: hornists, strategies and merging. The horn pedagogues´ professional understanding is presented in the research narrative ‘The didactopographer’ in the middle of the article, and is discussed within a profession-oriented theoretical framework in which power, identity and knowledge are fundamental aspects. The discussion also draws upon Hans-Georg Gadamer’s views about education and the concept of sensus communis. The author summarises the contributions of this article to basic thinking in music and arts education.