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Sharing and speaking about African music : professional development with Swaziland primary school teachers

Joseph, Dawn 2007, Sharing and speaking about African music : professional development with Swaziland primary school teachers, in AARME 2007 : Proceedings of the XXIXth Australian Association for Research in Music Education Annual Conference : Music education research : values and initiatives, Australian Association for Research in Music Education (AARME), Melbourne, Vic., pp. 81-88.

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Title Sharing and speaking about African music : professional development with Swaziland primary school teachers
Author(s) Joseph, DawnORCID iD for Joseph, Dawn orcid.org/0000-0002-6320-900X
Conference name Australian Association for Research in Music Education. Annual Conference (29th : 2007 : Melbourne, Victoria)
Conference location Melbourne, Victoria
Conference dates 2-4 July 2007
Title of proceedings AARME 2007 : Proceedings of the XXIXth Australian Association for Research in Music Education Annual Conference : Music education research : values and initiatives
Editor(s) de Vries, Peter
Southcott, Jane
Publication date 2007
Conference series Australian Association for Research in Music Education Conference
Start page 81
End page 88
Publisher Australian Association for Research in Music Education (AARME)
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Keyword(s) Centre for Indigenous Instrumental African Music and Dance
Music -- South Africa
Music -- Instruction and study -- South Africa
Teachers -- Swaziland.
Teachers -- In-service training
Summary The teaching and learning of Indigenous African music is characterised as a holistic integrated experience where music, dance and theatre are inseparable, seen as an integral part of culture. The transmission of this experience is absorbed through participation in cultural activities from childhood in the community. In African societies, both traditional and contemporary, musical arts education and the understanding of culture are fundamental to life, community and society. It is through musical arts, that Africans embrace spiritual, emotional, material and intellectual aspects and knowledge of both the individual and the community. This paper reports on an in-service program (August 2006) offered at the Centre for Indigenous African Instrumental Music and Dance Practices (CIIMDA), Pretoria, South Africa. For the purpose of this paper, the one week professional development course undertaken by generalist primary school teachers from Swaziland is highlighted and proves worthy for these teachers to implement what they learnt in the classroom. As a position paper, I contend that the understanding and participation in indigenous cultural musical arts practices, enlightens learners about their cultural heritage and further enriches their understanding of African music and dance that can be adopted, adapted and applied to primary schools in Swaziland. This paper summaries some key findings of interview data from ten participants in relation to the intensive program. By offering such in-service professional development programs, teachers are able to reach their wider communities where they will continue to share and speak about African music, dance and culture.
Notes Conference also titled: Music education research, values and initiatives : Proceedings of the XXIXth Annual Conference : 2-4 July 2007 Proceedings of the Twenty Nineth Annual Conference Music education research, values and initiatives.
ISBN 9780980311631
Language eng
Field of Research 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
Copyright notice ©2007, ANZARME
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30008231

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