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Reasons to teach music: establishing a place in the contemporary curriculum

Pitts, S. (2000) Reasons to teach music: establishing a place in the contemporary curriculum. British Journal of Music Education, 17 (1). pp. 32-42. ISSN 0265-0517


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Studies in the history of music education reveal much about the place and purpose of music in the changing curriculum. In this article, the ideas of some significant British music educators of the twentieth century are considered, in an evaluation of the apparent goals of music teaching that have been articulated over the decades. The connections between rationale and practice are discussed, with published ideas placed alongside the views of contemporary teachers in a small-scale questionnaire survey. The conclusion is proposed that school music, as a small part of the child's musical identity, must be modest in its intentions but ambitious in its provision.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2000 Cambridge University Press. Reproduced in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Arts and Humanities (Sheffield) > Department of Music (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Repository Assistant
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2006
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2014 14:35
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0265051700000127
Status: Published
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1017/S0265051700000127
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/1531

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