ERIC Number: ED060331
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Mar
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Music in Australian Schools.
This document is an English-language abstract (approximately 1,500 words) of a survey of music in Australian schools. The survey included all types of schools, and includes facilities and equipment for musical education, and the use made of them. The courses of study, organization of musical activities, finance, supervision, teacher training, and the number of children effectively reached are all included in the survey. In Australia, five of the six states have supervisors of music attached to their Education Departments. Of these five, three are almost entirely concerned with music education in elementary schools. The supervisors vary greatly in salaries paid them; their duties include the organization of all aspects of music education, from supervising assistants and organizing syllabuses to conducting at music festivals. The present fragmentary condition of music education in elementary schools stems from the dependence of the quality of the instruction on the interest of the class teacher and the divided responsibility occuring when intinerant specialists take some of the lessons and the class teacher the remainder. The majority of public schools encourage only vocal performance. Special music rooms are recommended in all newly built schools, as well as record libraries. Too much emphasis is placed on harmony and counterpoint by the Australian Musical Examination Board. (Author/GDB)
Descriptors: Abstracts, Curriculum Design, Elementary Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Music Education, Music Teachers, Music Theory, Musical Instruments, School Surveys, Secondary Education, Specialists, Teacher Education, Teacher Supervision, Vocal Music
Available in CEAS Abstract Series No. 1-4 (ED 060 227)
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Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Australian Council for Educational Research, Hawthorn.