Experiencing indigenous East African dance songs : reflections from North West University (South Africa)

Joseph, Dawn 2013, Experiencing indigenous East African dance songs : reflections from North West University (South Africa), in Community music and music pedagogy : Collaborations, intersections, and new perspectives, Munich University, Munich, Germany, pp. 14-16.

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Title Experiencing indigenous East African dance songs : reflections from North West University (South Africa)
Author(s) Joseph, Dawn
Conference name Community music and music pedagogy. Symposium (2013 : Munich, Germany)
Conference location Munich, Germany
Conference dates 21-23 Feb. 2013
Title of proceedings Community music and music pedagogy : Collaborations, intersections, and new perspectives
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2013
Conference series Community music and music pedagogy. Symposium
Start page 14
End page 16
Total pages 3
Publisher Munich University
Place of publication Munich, Germany
Keyword(s) African song and dance
indigenous music and culture
culture bearer
Summary

After democracy (1994) the doors of teaching and learning in music opened widely to include local indigenous music and culture in South Africa. Since 2005, African music has been a vibrant aspect of the music curriculum within the School of Music, North West University, South Africa. Globally tertiary music educators are challenged to include informal pedagogy of indigenous musics within the formal context of university courses. University music courses in South Africa are still predisposed towards ‘western’ music pedagogies. In October 2012, the School of Music invited a visiting expert in African music and dance to offer onsite teaching and learning of Ugandan dance songs to tertiary students. The initiative to include Ugandan music as part of the teaching and learning workshops on African music at the School of Music was funded by the South African Music Rights Organization. The School of Music has an ongoing policy to invite and include culture bearers to share their skills and expertise with students and academics. Such sharing provides culture bearers the opportunity to transmit much needed skills, which are not often offered by academics. UNESCO (2012) identifies scarce knowledge and skills as intangible heritage.

Language eng
Field of Research 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
Socio Economic Objective 930201 Pedagogy
HERDC Research category E2 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed
ERA Research output type X Not reportable
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30052023

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