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Many layers of meaning : multicultural music education in Victoria, Australia

Southcott, Jane Elizabeth and Joseph, Dawn 2010, Many layers of meaning : multicultural music education in Victoria, Australia, International journal of the humanities, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 189-200.

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Title Many layers of meaning : multicultural music education in Victoria, Australia
Author(s) Southcott, Jane Elizabeth
Joseph, Dawn
Journal name International journal of the humanities
Volume number 8
Issue number 2
Start page 189
End page 200
Total pages 12
Publisher Common Ground
Place of publication Altona, Vic.
Publication date 2010
ISSN 1447-9508
1447-9559
Keyword(s) Music Education
Multiculturalism
Cultural Diversity
Australian School Music
Teacher Education
Summary This paper explores music education viewed through lenses of cultural identity and the formation of personal identity in contemporary, multicultural Victoria, Australia. The people of this state come from more than 280 countries, speak more than 240 languages and follow more than 120 faiths. Our population diversity is constantly changing which challenges music educators to respond to classroom demographics and as tertiary educators we prepare our pre-service students to become culturally responsive teachers. As music educators, we occupy and are situated in multiple identities that shape the ways in which we experience and understand music and its transmission. As Australian tertiary music educators, we explore pre-service teacher cultural identity, attitudes and values about the inclusion of multicultural music in the classroom where cultural dialogue provides a platform for the construction of meaning. While marginalization and diversity occurs within multifaceted forms, we question: What music do we present in contemporary Victorian schools? Why do we make these choices? How do we present this music? This consideration, contextualized within the curricular framework, addresses issues of access, equity and community engagement. The making of meaning in shared cultural experiences contributes to the formation of identity which is a fluid and multilayered construct.
Language eng
Field of Research 190409 Musicology and Ethnomusicology
Socio Economic Objective 950101 Music
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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