Reflections of teacher education students learning of rhythm: Orff to an African beat

Joseph, Dawn 2003, Reflections of teacher education students learning of rhythm: Orff to an African beat, Victorian journal of music education, no. 2002/2003, pp. 2-7.

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Title Reflections of teacher education students learning of rhythm: Orff to an African beat
Author(s) Joseph, DawnORCID iD for Joseph, Dawn
Journal name Victorian journal of music education
Issue number 2002/2003
Start page 2
End page 7
Publisher Australian Society for Music Education Victorian Chapter
Place of publication Parkville, Vic.
Publication date 2003
ISSN 1036-6318
Keyword(s) rhythm -- study and teaching
musical meter and rhythm
music -- instruction and study -- Australia
Orff, Carl, 1895-1982
teachers -- training of -- Australia
music -- Africa
Summary This article reports on students' reflections, gathered from questionnaire and interview data, on their learning of rhythm and on their attitudes and  motivation from having engaged with African music as non-music specialists using the Orff approach. The "traditional" Orff approach to classroom music was supplemented with African repertoire which builds on the nexus, identified by Amoaku (1 982), between the Orff method and the traditional way of music learning in African cultures. This article describes my experience as a South African working with Australian non-specialist primary teacher students of predominantly Anglo-Celtic background within the context of a music education unit at Deakin University's Melbourne (Burwood) Campus. As Nketia (1988) points out, I - like many expatriate music educators - have selected music from my own country of origin as the foundation to develop curriculum materials teaching rhythm through non-Western music. The results demonstrate worthwhile experiences and outcomes for both the students and myself.
Language eng
Field of Research 130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C3 Non-refereed articles in a professional journal
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