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ERIC Number: EJ832828
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-1461-3808
What Me? Teach Music to My Primary Class? Challenges to Teaching Music in Primary Schools in Five Countries
Russell-Bowie, Deirdre
Music Education Research, v11 n1 p23-36 Mar 2009
Current preservice teacher education students are tomorrow's teachers and what they believe about the priority and challenges of music education in elementary schools is important, as it will impact on their attitudes and practice when they are teaching in schools. This study examines the state of primary music education and investigates the perceptions of almost 1000 preservice teachers from five countries in relation to the priorities and challenges associated with teaching music in elementary schools. Challenges identified included teachers' lack of musical experience; the low priority given to music in schools; the lack of resources, time to teach music, subject knowledge and adequate preparation time. This study highlights the need for a higher priority for, and more experience in music education in both preservice teacher education and in primary school classrooms. (Contains 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; Ireland; Namibia; South Africa; United States