Change and stasis in schoolmusic education in Victoria: the past informing the future

Stevens, Robin 2001, Change and stasis in schoolmusic education in Victoria: the past informing the future, Australian journal of music education, no. 1, pp. 19-29.

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Title Change and stasis in schoolmusic education in Victoria: the past informing the future
Author(s) Stevens, Robin
Journal name Australian journal of music education
Issue number 1
Start page 19
End page 29
Publisher Australian Society for Music Education
Place of publication Nedlands, W.A.
Publication date 2001
ISSN 0004-9484
Summary This article reviews the current state of music education in Victoria in terms of both past and present issues. It is argued that many of these issues are the result of change and stasis that have occurred over the past 150 years of school music in Victoria. The principal issues that confront the present generation of music educators and policy makers are the role and place of music in school education and the provision of music teachers for government schools. Both of these issues are discussed in terms of the historical development of music in Victorian schools and it is demonstrated that many of the problems associated with these issues are either cyclical in nature, or have been endemic and simply never adequately addressed. It is suggested that one of the principal challenges to be faced in the government school sector at present is to retain the integrity of music as a discrete subject area in face of the current trend towards a generically-based arts curriculum. There is often a tendency in education to adopt an overly critical and even pessimistic approach to what are perceived as long-standing and seemingly insolvable problems. However, a counter-balancing factor is the rich heritage of Victorian music education which provides the basis for a more optimistic outlook. An important aspect of this heritage is the example of many outstanding music educators in Victoria and elsewhere. It is argued that a knowledge of such past achievements as well as a fuller appreciation of the historical development of music education policies and practices should provide a more informed and rational basis from which to decide the future course of music education in Victoria.
Language eng
Field of Research 220202 History and Philosophy of Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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