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Why teach music in schools?

Stevens, Robin 2002, Why teach music in schools?, Music forum, vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 19-24.

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Title Why teach music in schools?
Author(s) Stevens, Robin
Journal name Music forum
Volume number 9
Issue number 2
Start page 19
End page 24
Publisher Music Council of Australia
Place of publication Neutral Bay, N.S.W.
Publication date 2002
ISSN 1327-9300
Summary One of the most pressing problems for contemporary school education is an overcrowded curriculum. The so-called 'National Curriculum' developed as a result of the Australian Education Council's Hobart meeting in 1989 and the subsequent publication of a series of 'Statements' and 'Profiles' by the Curriculum Corporation in 1994 consolidated the school curriculum into eight Key Learning Areas (Curriculum Corporation 1994a, 1994b). Since that time most states have moved away from school-based curriculum development and have embraced the National Curriculum but with adaptations to suit their own needs. In the case of Victoria there have been two iterations of the National Curriculum in the form of Curriculum and Standards Frameworks. In the original version, Music was one of the five arts strands specified for years P to 6 and one of the six strands for years 7 to 12 (Board of Studies 1995). With the CSF2, Music is now one of three possible arts form included under Performing Arts which, with Visual Arts, form the two strands specified for years P to 4 (Board of Studies 2000). Music is then included in its own right as one of six Arts strands for years 5 to 12. However, effectively the CSF2 represents a significant loss of ground for Music at the lower and middle primary school levels in Victoria.


Language eng
Field of Research 130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category CN Other journal article
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