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Living with the spiral: a duoethnographic perspective

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  30 March 2022

Lis McCullough*
Independent Educator/Researcher, Welwyn Garden City, UK
John Finney
Formerly Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, UK
*Corresponding author. Email:


The authors of this article met on a Master of Arts (MA) music education course a month before the Swanwick Tillman Sequence of Musical Development was published. The course was a portal to an exciting range of literature, with the Swanwick Tillman spiral providing a long-term source of discussion and reflection as our careers have diverged and converged over the intervening years. This paper takes the form of a duoethnographic conversation in which we summarise and reflect on that ongoing synergistic discussion, showing the influence the spiral has had within our particular situations.

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