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ERIC Number: EJ866354
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0027-4321
Engaging Community Resources for Experiencing Brazilian Music
Macedo Dekaney, Elisa; Cunningham, Deborah A.
Music Educators Journal, v96 n2 p50-55 2009
For the past century and more, music education in the United States has focused primarily on Western European music traditions. Despite considerable efforts to include music from other regions and peoples in the curriculum, traditional music from world cultures is still not greatly represented. The benefits of a curriculum that incorporates multicultural music are significant. Nonetheless, when most of the music education teaching and training is focused on western European art music, how is it possible for a public school teacher to implement an effective music education program that incorporates music from world cultures and has transformative power? It seems that an effective way to make these curricular changes might be through the creation of partnerships between university professors (whose scholarships are on the music of world cultures) and public school music teachers (who might be willing to expand their students' musical and cultural knowledge but are not quite prepared to teach music from world cultures). Changing the curriculum to incorporate world music does not mean eliminating current standards and benchmarks. It is still possible to meet curricular goals, even though the materials used might be very different from what it is usually presented. Inspired by an idea of professional collaboration, the authors, a middle school choral director and a university professor, joined forces and planned a middle school choir concert featuring only Brazilian music. It was also a performance opportunity for the university's own Brazilian music ensemble. In this article, the authors report on how this project took place, dividing it into several parts: (1) planning and preliminary preparation; (2) rehearsals; (3) school involvement; (4) logistics; (5) concert; and (6) students' feedback. (Contains 5 tables and 8 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 5; Grade 6; Middle Schools
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Language: English
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