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ERIC Number: EJ1217150
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-May
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0255-7614
Embracing Identity: An Examination of Non-Western Music Education Practices in British Columbia
Tuinstra, Beth
International Journal of Music Education, v37 n2 p286-297 May 2019
Although traditional music programs and university music and music education training programs have mostly incorporated Western classical music, British Columbia's new curriculum signifies a shift from the Western classical framework to one that is more inclusive of the cultural diversity that exists in Canada. Using the frameworks of decolonization, non-Western music education, and music education and identity, I researched the current practices, experiences, and attitudes of British Columbian kindergarten to Grade 12 (K-12) music educators. I used a mixed-methods questionnaire to gain an understanding of the practices, experiences, and attitudes of these educators (N = 80). Through this examination, I discovered that although 84% of respondents felt that it was important for students to receive a diverse, non-Western music education, only 63% currently utilized non-Western musics in their teaching practices. Respondents included the benefits or difficulties that they have experienced while including non-Western musics in their teaching practices, but they also talked about the barriers that have prevented them from including non-Western musics into their teaching practices. However, educators reported that by including non-Western musics, students showed greater joy, self-expression, engagement, open-mindedness, and empathy for others, causing a positive shift in classroom culture.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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