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Music Education in the 21st Century in the United Kingdom: Achievements, Analysis and Aspirations
     

Music Education in the 21st Century in the United Kingdom: Achievements, Analysis and Aspirations

by Susan Hallam, Andrea Creech
 

The landscape of music education in the UK is constantly shifting and developing. This book provides a timely and unique overview of this restless sector by considering the achievements of music education, analysing its current performance and setting out aspirations for the future. Music Education in the 21st Century in the United Kingdom addresses the

Overview

The landscape of music education in the UK is constantly shifting and developing. This book provides a timely and unique overview of this restless sector by considering the achievements of music education, analysing its current performance and setting out aspirations for the future. Music Education in the 21st Century in the United Kingdom addresses the power of music to influence and change human behavior, analyzes current and future issues in music education and casts a spotlight on particular areas of education, including early years, the primary school, the secondary school, further education, universities and conservatories, music services, the music studio and the role of music leaders and community musicians.

Written by experts in the field of music education, the book provides an authoritative account of the current status of music education in the UK. While essential to understand the current and future context in the UK, the book will be invaluable to those involved in music education internationally, as it includes chapters on the provision of music education for all children, listening, the role of singing, playing an instrument, creativity, the role of technology, issues of performance and assessment, learning through the lifespan and the initial and ongoing education of music teachers. It also includes a range of case study examples and evaluations of practice.

The book is a landmark publication in the field of music education and will be essential reading for policy-makers, practitioners, music students, trainee music teachers and those who provide music services in the UK and internationally.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"...the chapters on 'The role of singing' and 'The initial and ongoing education of music teachers' are thought-provoking. ...Nearly all chapters have suggestions for further reading, for websites of interest, and for all chapters there are full references to texts and research cited in the body of the chapter."
Jonathan Savage
"This book argues clearly for every child’s entitlement to a coherent, systematic and developmental music education. Music education in the UK is not perfect. But it does try to give this quality experience to every child. There is much at stake. Read this book and fight."
Julie Evans
"...is obviously incredibly diverse and ... very effectively reflects this situation. The book is unusual in attempting to cover such a breath of content and provides a valuable starting point for reading , particularly to those who are new to the field."
Peter R. Webster
"As a reader from abroad, I found this collection to be a major achievement for music education in the United Kingdom. The United States and its music education leadership has much to learn from the chapters in this book. It shows not only how our two cultures struggle with the same fascinating challenges for music teaching and learning but also how we can be inspired to work for reform. Books like this are vital for all interested in the future of music education here and around the world."
Professor Colin Lawson
"The transformational power of music education is illuminated throughout every page of this remarkable book. The authors vividly illuminate its wide-ranging position in society, constantly challenging the reader with new insights that relate to both the art and science of music-making. In a society that increasingly values visual stimulus and instant gratification, music can sometimes seem peripheral and little more than ornamental. In reality it has the capability to change lives, an inspirational message communicated here with passion and conviction. A virtuoso and aspirational achievement!"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780854738991
Publisher:
University of London Institute of Education
Publication date:
09/28/2010
Series:
Bedford Way Papers Series
Pages:
370
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Susan Hallam is Professor of Education and Head of the School of Lifelong Education and International Development at the Institute of Education, University of London.

Andrea Creech is Reader in Education at the Institute of Education, University of London.

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