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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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.
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.
Field of Research
130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
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