Primary school music

Pirihi, Janice 2002, Primary school music, Sound ideas : are you qualified to teach music?, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 23-25.

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Title Primary school music
Author(s) Pirihi, Janice
Journal name Sound ideas : are you qualified to teach music?
Volume number 5
Issue number 2
Start page 23
End page 25
Total pages 3
Publisher NASME
Place of publication New Zealand
Publication date 2002-04
Summary Primary teaching and music qualifications - a rare combination, not only in New Zealand today but in primary schools the world over for more than a decade. Helen Stowasser (1993) writes of 'insecure music teachers' and questions the adequacy of teacher education courses. The Arts in the New Zealand Curriculum states: 'The arts develop the artistic and
aesthetic dimensions of human experience. They contribute to our intellectual ability and to our social, cultural and spiritual understandings. They are an essential element of daily living and of lifelong learning' [the italics are mine]. If our Ministry of Education truly believes this and wants
to ensure that the music discipline is adequately taught, then there are some issues to be addressed, such as recruitment of musically capable teachers; acceptable standards of professional expertise in music; content, length and timing of pre-service programmes; and making provision for teachers' ongoing development.
Language eng
Field of Research 130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C3 Non-refereed articles in a professional journal
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