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ERIC Number: EJ1062000
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-0004-9484
Patriotic Songs in Primary School Textbooks in Taiwan from 1949-1987
Lee, Angela
Australian Journal of Music Education, n2 p119-128 2014
This study focused on the inclusion of patriotic songs in schooling that were popular in Taiwan between 1949 and 1987. Many patriotic songs were composed after 1949, and these frequently found their way into primary textbooks. School curriculum policies such as "education for patriotism" cultivate Chinese consciousness among Taiwanese students (Yang, 2001). An analysis of these patriotic songs elucidates their qualities and character and explores how patriotism permeated school song texts. These factors can be considered through an examination of school textbooks produced after the Chinese restoration: Music 1952, Music 1968, and Music 1975 for primary schools. The findings of this study show that during 1949 to 1987, the inclusion of patriotic songs in the school curriculum, had everything to do with the cultivation of national sentiment and loyal service toward the mainland, and sacrifice for one's country. The findings confirm Hebert and Kertz-Welzel's (2012) assertion that music clearly contributes to the conditions in which individuals are more susceptible to the emotional appeal of mass movements, which is why all across the world music has for so long played such an enduring and prominent role in the political spheres.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Taiwan