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ERIC Number: EJ1061975
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 13
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ISSN: ISSN-0004-9484
Influential Pioneers of Creative Music Education in Victoria, Australia
Burke, Harry
Australian Journal of Music Education, n2 p23-35 2014
Throughout history, societies have been fascinated with creativity and the creative personality. Researching creativity and its place in music education however has been fraught with difficulties. After sixty years of intensive study mainly in the USA, there is still no accepted methodology for researching creativity or an agreed definition. In England during the 1960s, innovative and idiosyncratic music-educators acting as their own research practitioners developed a practical based form of creative music education that was applicable to all students. Although still controversial, this model has helped to revolutionize the teaching of general classroom music in England and to an extent Victoria. Australia however was slow to establish innovative concepts in classroom music after the Second World War. Discussions by Peter Maxwell-Davies of his experiences of teaching creative music in England at the 1965 Sydney UNESCO Conference on school music demonstrated to many Victorian music teachers the need to consider establishing creative music in their schools. In Victoria, Frank Higgins, Keith Humble and Geoffrey D'Ombrain, together with a small number of classroom music teachers pioneered creative music education based on the English creative music movement during the 1960s and 1970s. Unfortunately, there was little understanding in Victoria of the difficulties creative music teachers were encountering in England. This paper discusses the development of creative music education in England and Australia and the pioneering work in creative music education undertaken by Frank Higgins, Keith Humble and Geoffrey D'Ombrain in Victoria during the 1960s-1970s.
Australian Society for Music Education. P.O. Box 5, Parkville, Victoria 3052, Australia. Tel: +61-3-9925-7807; e-mail:; Web site:
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; United Kingdom (England)