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Perceptions of multiculturalism in music education: what matters and why

Southcott, Jane and Joseph, Dawn 2007, Perceptions of multiculturalism in music education: what matters and why, 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. 137-143.

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Title Perceptions of multiculturalism in music education: what matters and why
Author(s) Southcott, Jane
Joseph, Dawn
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 137
End page 143
Publisher Australian Association for Research in Music Education (AARME)
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Keyword(s) Cultural pluralism -- Australia
Multiculturalism -- Australia
Music -- Instruction and study -- Australia
Summary Pre-service teacher education students from two Australian universities were interviewed about their understandings of cultural diversity in music education. These initial findings revealed varied but generally consistent enthusiasm about including music from different cultures in teaching. However comments revealed an almost haphazard exposure to other musics. These were generally informal rather than learned in their formal education. Interviewees recognised the training that they had received in their tertiary studies in other cultures (both Western and non-Western) and expressed the intention to pursue professional development in their future careers. Engaging with the music of other cultures allows teachers and students to develop understanding and empathy with others. This is in line with current governmental initiatives on values that states that values education is intended to 'inspire and educate the next generation to see their world through the eyes of others. We want children to become adults who are caring, tolerant, fair and compassionate' (Department of Education, Science and Training, n.d., p. 2). Comments from the interviewees illustrate just such attitudes and understandings. It behoves us as educators to prepare students for teaching in multicultural classrooms that reflect the wider Australian society.
Notes 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
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