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 Reflection on Change in Musicianship & Understandg

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PostSubject: Reflection on Change in Musicianship & Understandg   Thu Feb 21, 2008 1:15 am

Key Takeaways
4 avenues of music curricula reforms
1. More comprehensive views of musical behaviours
2. wider array of musical styles
3. an integrated sense of music as an embodied experience
4. greater depths of musical understanding


Reflection
After my visit to Lasalle today, it was interesting to see the the institution shared the same philosophies in their curriculum design for the arts (authentic and experiential learning, integrated learning, range of skills, knowledge and values, focus on contemporary art - forward looking). The 4 avenues of music curricula reforms become increasingly necessary as more and more varied musical roles are defined in today's world. They are also necessary in order for the music curriculum to remain relevant. In addition, it is critical for students to be equipped with not just musical knowledge/skills but also skills (thinking, communication, etc) and values that will prepare them for LIFE. The greatest challenges are to move music teachers out of their comfort zones of the western classical tradition and conventional teaching approaches.
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PostSubject: Re: Reflection on Change in Musicianship & Understandg   Thu Feb 21, 2008 8:50 am

yap_sm wrote:
Key Takeaways
4 avenues of music curricula reforms
1. More comprehensive views of musical behaviours
2. wider array of musical styles
3. an integrated sense of music as an embodied experience
4. greater depths of musical understanding

cheers Accurate.

Reflection
After my visit to Lasalle today, it was interesting to see the the institution shared the same philosophies in their curriculum design for the arts (authentic and experiential learning, integrated learning, range of skills, knowledge and values, focus on contemporary art - forward looking). The 4 avenues of music curricula reforms become increasingly necessary as more and more varied musical roles are defined in today's world. They are also necessary in order for the music curriculum to remain relevant. In addition, it is critical for students to be equipped with not just musical knowledge/skills but also skills (thinking, communication, etc) and values that will prepare them for LIFE. The greatest challenges are to move music teachers out of their comfort zones of the western classical tradition and conventional teaching approaches.

cheers I think you have hit on a few major issues here - relevance of music knowledge and skills, connection of "school" with the "world" and also the preparedness for teachers to make changes. The othe parts of the article should address some of these which as a Unit we need to discuss/debate on. But all of these are "talking in the air"and for yourself, who will be leaving to pursue your Studies again, perhaps you have your own personal view on these matter. What is it that motivates you to study about early western music and how will this decision runs parallel or contrary to some of the points you have mentioned above? And if you now put yourself in the shoe of perhaps someone who knows very little about music, how will the 4 areas of reforms make any sense to him or her?


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