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ERIC Number: ED109040
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Sep-6
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
SWRL Music Program: Ethnic Song Selection and Distribution. Technical Note.
Williams, David Brian
Current elementary music education approaches to the distribution and selection of ethnic folk song in music programs are surveyed and each approach is reviewed on the basis of its utility for the Southwest Regional Laboratory Music Program. The first approach, a traditional point of view, is based on the premise that music education has a responsibility to introduce the child to a wide spectrum of music from all cultures. A problem with this approach is that ethnic groups and their music have not received much emphasis--the emphasis, instead, is on White music. Another approach is the non-Western. This music philosophy shifts the emphasis so that children will be exposed to a variegated selection of music of other cultures; however, most classroom teachers are not prepared to teach non-Western music. In addition, there is a degree of uncertainty that young children can cope with the demands of non-Western music systems and languages. Another point of view is the Ethnic-American in which the emphasis has been on a larger representation of American ethnic music other than traditional Anglo-American repertoire. The last point of view presented is the multi-directional ethnic American that conceptualizes the relationship of a child to his society. This philosophy stresses that the American child should first discover the relevant musical diversity within his own culture before studying music of non-American cultures. A reference section concludes the document. (Author/JR)
Publication Type: Books
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Authoring Institution: Southwest Regional Laboratory for Educational Research and Development, Los Alamitos, CA.