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Inspired by the past, driven by the passion: music in state-supported education in New South Wales and Victoria 1848-1920

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posted on 2003-01-01, 00:00 authored by Robin Stevens
This investigation considers the development of class music teaching in New South Wales and Victoria during the first seventy-two years of state-supported primary education. The first chapter describes the English background including music teaching methods (resulting from the mid-nineteenth century English choral singing movement) and the subsequent development of music teaching in English elementary schools. The promotion of school music is then considered on a broadly chronological basis in the two states and several themes are identified in relation to school music policy and practice. These include the status of music (core curriculum or extra-curricular subject), who should teach music (generalist or specialist teachers), what teaching methods and music notation should be used (staff or Tonic Sol-fa), musical training for generalist teachers, and curriculum content in relation to the aims and objectives of school music. Comparisons are made between developments in both states and between both states and English school music. The final chapter demonstrates the relevance of many of the historical themes identified for music education today. The thesis concludes by identifying a recurring problem from the past. namely the lack of co-ordination between various aspects of school music policy, as the most serious problem to be overcome in the future.

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Title of book

Doctoral journey in music education: reflections on doctoral studies by Australian music educators

Series

ASME monograph series, no. 6

Pagination

69 - 75

Publisher

Australian Society for Music Education

Place of publication

Parkville, Vic.

ISBN-13

9781863355438

ISBN-10

186335543X

Language

eng

Publication classification

B1 Book chapter

Extent

12

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