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ERIC Number: ED429864
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 26
Abstractor: N/A
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Orchestrating the Sound of Music: Analysis and Design of a University Music Education Curriculum.
Frederickson, Karen; Bates, Duane; Lamb, Roberta
A research project examined the music education curriculum of Queen's University (Kingston, Ontario, Canada) through a research model that provided adequate, broadly based evidence from diverse but relevant sources. The purpose was to evaluate the existing curriculum and then design and implement a revised curriculum that would be more effective and appropriate in both content and process. A committee devised a research plan to discover the factors used to determine a quality music education program and a quality music educator. This concept of teacher training integrates at least three theories of curriculum: (1) competencies (musical and teaching); (2) human traits; and (3) social skills. Researchers chose mixed-methods strategy to frame the research. A Needs Assessment Survey was sent to a randomly selected group of elementary and secondary school music teachers, principals, and faculty of music education in Ontario (Canada) universities. Responses from electronic brainstorming sessions and post-session interviews held at Queen's University Executive Decision Centre were added to qualitative data from the survey. There were 247 surveys returned. Personal skills rated most important were interpersonal communication, leadership, and respect for others. Teaching skills rated most important were effective classroom management skills, the modifying of teaching strategies, and using a variety of teaching methods. Musical skills rated most important were sharing appreciation for other arts, aural skills, and teaching music by thinking creatively. Results of this preliminary report form a basis for exploring the remainder of the data. Contains 10 tables of data and 52 references. (BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada