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Provision for music education in the primary school curriculum : school solutions

Gora, Christine 1995 , 'Provision for music education in the primary school curriculum : school solutions', Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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The developing trend towards common curricular
frameworks for the arts disciplines is examined in the
context of a discussion of the past and present
educational, social and economic influences on the arts
in Australia. The philosophical foundations underlying
National and State curricula are explored in depth and
the implications for music curriculum design and delivery
in the primary school are established.
As curriculum ideals are not always evident in
classroom practice, this research examines actual
practice through the analysis of results from a survey
questionnaire distributed to primary school specialist
music teachers in the Hartz district in southern
Tasmania. Changes affecting human and physical resourcing
levels, and as a consequence timetabling and programs,
are examined. The extent to which current music documents
and arts frameworks influence actual programs is
ascertained. The nature of the curriculum choices being
made and individual school solutions, are analysed. While a music education for all children forms the
foundation of many curricular ideals this research will
seek to establish the extent to which equity of provision
has been achieved. Movements towards a user-pays system
and the widening gulf between policy and practice are
shown as the inevitable result of rationalisation
philosophies. Therefore despite current policy emphases
on "music for all" a relationship is shown between the
range and type of school solutions for the provision of
music education and the school's socio-economic status,
location and size. All of these have access and equity
implications for music teaching.

Item Type: Thesis - Coursework Master
Authors/Creators:Gora, Christine
Keywords: Education, Elementary, School music, Music, Arts, School music
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Includes bibliographical references (leaves 206-224). Thesis (M.Ed.St.)--University of Tasmania, 1996

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