Context and culture in music education: lessons from last century

Cole, Malcolm (2015) Context and culture in music education: lessons from last century. Australian Journal of Music Education, 2015 (3). pp. 59-72.

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Cultural identity in the 21st century remains crucial despite or because of, increasingly sophisticated and pervasive global communications technologies. Histories of music education can provide lessons into contemporary developments and trends in music education by documenting practices within and across contexts, cultures, and with technology.

A historical study of the music education practices of three cultural communities in North Queensland, Australia in the 20th century revealed that a culturally diverse population maintained and developed music teaching and learning processes both within and across cultures. The music education histories of the Aboriginal, Anglo/Celtic and Torres Strait Islander communities in the city of Cairns and the Aboriginal township of Yarrabah between 1930 and 1970 were researched to determine how music was learned and taught between generations within cultures and across different teaching and learning contexts, and if any intercultural music transmission took place.

Lessons for contemporary musicians show how each culture's own music was practiced, maintained and developed to differing degrees in Cairns and Yarrabah. While much education occurred in the formal contexts of schools and private music teachers, a significant amount of music education was transmitted both intergenerationally and interculturally through non-formal and informal processes and through adherence and adaptation to context, culture and technology.

Item ID: 42503
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0004-9484
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2016 00:59
FoR Codes: 22 PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES > 2202 History and Philosophy of Specific Fields > 220202 History and Philosophy of Education @ 34%
21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2103 Historical Studies > 210301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History @ 33%
21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) @ 33%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australias Past @ 100%
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