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ERIC Number: EJ1179014
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1461-3808
The Pedagogy of Primary Music Teaching: Talking about Not Talking
Atkinson, Ruth
Music Education Research, v20 n3 p267-276 2018
In English primary schools, provision of musical music lessons is often lacking. This paper focuses on whether a lack of clarity around primary music pedagogy might be a contributing factor. Some comparisons are drawn with the realm of second-language teaching. A small qualitative study is reported in which three teacher-educators with responsibility for primary music, from different higher education institutions, were interviewed to explore their pedagogic perspectives and articulacy. There was little evidence of shared pedagogy and interviewees often struggled to explain effective practice. However, one common theme was the implication that to teach musically a teacher needs to 'feel like a musician' at some level. It is suggested that teacher-educators might benefit from more clearly articulating 'pedagogic content knowledge' (Shulman, Lee. 1987. "Knowledge and Teaching: Foundations of the New Reform." "Harvard Educational Review" 57 (1): 1-23) for primary music, including the dimension of 'feeling like a musician'. This could, in turn, enhance work with student teachers and perhaps enable more teachers to teach musically.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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