Dabbling or Deepening - Where to Begin? Global Music in International School Elementary Education

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Title Dabbling or Deepening - Where to Begin? Global Music in International School Elementary Education
Author Cain, Melissa Anne
Publication Title Cultural Diversity in Music Education. Directions and Challenges for the 21st Century.
Editor Brydie-Leigh Bartleet & Huib Schippers
Year Published 2005
Place of publication Brisbane, Australia
Publisher Australian Academic Press/ QCRC
Abstract Many music teachers are excited by the prospect of incorporating music from around the world into their programs, but often balk at the effort involved, and the significant obstacles they encounter along the way. A lack of adequate teacher training and collegial and administrative support, combined with the absence of factual information, culturally accurate musical recordings, genuine instruments and proficient performance skills, often forces teachers to forgo their desires to include the music of a wider variety of cultures in their programs. Perhaps the greatest stumbling block to providing an experience for students in world musics, is the issue of authenticity. If teachers struggle with being able to produce culturally authentic music in their classrooms, then should the performance of world musics be attempted at all? While a superficial dabble does nothing to enhance a program, nor provide a comprehensive understanding of the musical culture presented, every attempt should be made to incorporate music that is as culturally accurate as possible. The elementary music teachers at Singapore American School (S.A.S.) work with students from over forty different nationalities; many of whom have lived in three or more countries during their lifetimes. Despite receiving no formal training in ethnomusicology, nor in the performance of non-western instruments in their undergraduate studies, several music teachers have become committed to furthering their education and practical experience, in order to tap into the rich cultural heritage of the student body, and to share a practical appreciation of the music of these representative cultures with all elementary students. This paper will explore the challenges that teachers with backgrounds in western music face when incorporating music from around the world into their programs. The experience of the elementary music department at Singapore American School will be used to illustrate these challenges, and resulting successes.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.cdime-network.com/cdime
ISBN 1875378596
Conference name 7th International Symposium on Cultural Diversity in Music Education
Location Brisbane, Australia
Date From 2005-11-11
Date To 2005-11-13
Date Accessioned 2011-01-26
Date Available 2011-07-06T10:06:09Z
Language en_AU
Faculty Queensland Conservatorium
Subject Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1a

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