"The Generative Team: How chamber music coaches use love and energy to enable student musicians to collaborate effectively," a paper by Fielding alumna Dorianne Cotter-Lockard, PhD (HOD, '12), was accepted for presentation at the International Association of Management, Spirituality, and Religion Conference in Lourdes, France, May 16-May 19, 2013.
The paper is based on the dissertation study by Cotter-Lockard of the chamber music coaching process and rehearsal techniques used by the Cavani String Quartet (CSQ) at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM). CSQ designed a set of rehearsal techniques over a 20 year period to address team dynamics and ensemble performance within chamber music groups. A rehearsal technique is a specific practice taught by the coaches in coaching sessions and used by students during their rehearsals.
The research design included semi-structured interviews of members of the CSQ and their chamber music students, video-recordings of coaching sessions and individual post-coaching session interviews of students and coaches. The findings showed that creating an environment for learning and performance based on the concepts of loving, relating, and inspiring, is a key factor in the chamber music coaching process. Furthermore, the findings point to several elements needed to create a generative team: (a) positivity, (b) caring communication, (c) empowerment, (d) commitment, (e) shifting perspective, (f) becoming the other, (g) leaving a legacy, and (h) expressing energy and love. I discuss how these concepts align with the literature related to spirituality at work, and how they might be applied to non-musical organization settings.
Cotter-Lockard served as an executive of a Fortune 100 company for eight years, where she was a key member of the “C-level” leadership team, making divisional decisions for a billion dollar subsidiary with 9,000 employees. Under her leadership, her organization implemented a comprehensive core values, culture management and communication program that included rewards and recognition, hiring, and promotion practices based on demonstration of core values behaviors.
Cotter-Lockard has taught as an adjunct faculty member at California Lutheran University and served on several academic governance committees at Fielding Graduate University. She conducts research in the areas of team collaboration, leadership, coaching, music education, and spirituality in the workplace. She is an active member of the Academy of Management, American Psychological Association, and the Society for Phenomenology and Human Sciences. She serves as the board president of the Science of Mind Archives and Library Foundation and as a board member of the Hefferlin Foundation.
Cotter-Lockard earned a PhD and an MA in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University, and an MBA in Finance from New York University, Stern School of Business. She earned her bachelor of music degree at the Eastman School of Music and is certified by Deep Change Inc. as a Spiritual Intelligence coach.