So much more than just the music: Australian pre-service music teacher education students' attitudes to artists-in-schools

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Abstract

Contemporary Australia is a country of ongoing migration and increasing cultural diversity which is reflected in its arts practices. This article considers the views held by Australian pre-service music education student teachers and their tertiary music educators about their perceptions concerning artists-in-schools programs in school music. This discussion reports on data collected for a study undertaken in Melbourne, Victoria, Intercultural Understandings of Pre-Service Music Education Students (2005-2009). Fifty-three interviews were analyzed using interpretative phenomenological analysis. The findings provide insight into teachers recognition of the need for artists-in-schools programs. In particular the ways in which teachers can link theory to practice, fill in omissions in their own knowledge, skills and understandings, and heighten student understandings of multicultural musics. The promotion and provision of multicultural music education is essential at all levels of education. This can be achieved by the inclusion of diverse culture bearers, artists-in-schools, and community engagement to work with both teachers and their students.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)243 - 256
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Music Education
Volume31
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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