ERIC Number: ED401183
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Elementary School Steelband: A Curriculum and Instructional Plan for Canadian Schools.
Morin, Francine L.
This curriculum and instructional plan for Canadian schools is based on a study of the tradition of steelbands of Trinidad. The primary aim of the study was to move toward understanding how Trinidadian people view, experience, explain, and order specific elements of their musical world. The study proposed a curriculum and instructional plan for elementary school steelbands in Canada. The study focused on the following themes: (1) the evaluation of steelband; (2) construction and tuning methods; (3) stylistic analysis of steelband calypso; and (4) teaching rehearsal and arranging strategies. Some questions addressed: (1) What is the status of steelband programs in North America? (2) On what basis can a steelband program be rationalized for inclusion in the curriculum? (3) How does the Trinidadian model inform music educators about methods of learning and teaching Canadian teachers? (4) What do teachers need to know about arranging music for steelbands? (5) What should be taught about Trinidian music to Canadian children? Other topics broached were organization and sequence of the curriculum, logistical concerns for music educators, and how music educators might proceed in setting up an elementary steelband program in Canadian schools. This information was used as a starting point for the development of steelband programs in Canadian schools. The study and possible forms for an elementary steelband curriculum are outlined. Contains 77 references. (LAP)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners; Teachers
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Identifiers - Location: Canada; Trinidad and Tobago