ERIC Number: ED357988
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
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An Introduction to Latin American and Carribean Musics in Florida: Multicultural Approaches in the Music Classroom.
Olsen, Dale A.
Because of Florida's rapidly growing ethnic populations, public school teachers of music and other disciplines in the humanities and fine arts in Florida must assess and adjust their curricula to include Latin American and Caribbean music and cultures in their programs. This will give curricular representation to a large percentage of Florida's population and will assist in creating cross cultural understanding among students in Florida's schools. This article is a musical cultural profile intended to introduce music teachers in Florida to the Latin American and Caribbean musical traditions of Florida, to challenge them to consider these important and growing musical minorities, and incorporate their actual sounds, via recordings, live performances, and student participation, into the classroom. In addition, this approach encourages music teachers to make their own profiles of Latin American, Caribbean, and other ethnic musics in their own regions. Not until music teachers desire to understand the ethnic makeup and music of their own areas and strive to learn about it can the music of ethnic minorities ever effectively be introduced into the classroom. As the U.S. immigrant population expands, it behooves music teachers to include immigrant musical and related traditions in the curriculum to gain a deeper understanding of the people who make and enjoy them. (Author/LBG).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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Identifiers - Location: Florida