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ERIC Number: EJ923539
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1253
Can Music in Schools Live up to Its Promise?
Whyte, Ingrid; Mould, Norman
Education Canada, v51 n2 Spr 2011
Music helps to bring out the best in young people. It nourishes self-esteem and keeps them engaged. The starting point for any good school program is the teacher, whether that program teaches English, math, science, history, arts--or music. So why is it that, at the elementary level, we have so many generalist classroom teachers--with no background in music or music education--attempting to deliver the music curriculum? We know that active music making has the strongest impact on kids, but in a survey by the Coalition for Music Education, listening ranked highest on the list of music activities in schools. Could this be a symptom of the lack of knowledgeable music specialists in the classroom, who find it easier to put a CD into a player than to teach the rudiments of music theory or strike up a chorus or a band? Strengthening music programs may require resources, but more fundamentally, it requires a will and a belief that music can change young lives. (Contains 8 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada