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ERIC Number: EJ1083377
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0265-0517
Music in the Life Skills Classroom
van Vuuren, Eurika Jansen; van Niekerka, Caroline
British Journal of Music Education, v32 n3 p273-289 Nov 2015
Generalist educators in South Africa shy away from music in the subjects Life Skills (Dance, Drama, Music, Visual Art, Physical Education and Personal and Social Well-being) and Creative Arts (Dance, Drama, Music, Visual Art) and universities are not delivering generalist students for the subject demands. In-service educators, as well as subject advisors, often have had no music training. The twofold purpose of this study was to determine the extent of challenges experienced in the music component of Life Skills and Creative Arts in South Africa and how this can best be dealt with. In the current study, mixed methods research was conducted to ascertain the problems experienced with music tuition in Life Skills and Creative Arts classrooms. It was found that generalist educators have to teach music, whether they have the requisite skills or not. The subject has low status and is frequently used as a filler subject for teachers. Lack of music knowledge, scarce resources, limited support and ever-changing educators are some reasons for the absence of quality music tuition. Mentoring by competent subject advisors and senior educators and the re-alignment of school and university curricula will assist music in enjoying its rightful place in the school curriculum.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa
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