A comparative study of music education within the primary education courses, with specific reference to Newcastle CAE and Avondale College
The purpose of this project is to offer a comparative insight into the different approaches to music-education within the primary curricula of two colleges. The first of these is the Diploma of Teaching (Primary) offered by Avondale College, Cooranbong N.S.W.- a private institution operated and owned by the Seventh Day Adventist Church (South Pacific Division) - as a College of Advanced Education. The second course is the Primary Diploma in Early Childhood offered by the Newcastle College of Advanced Education, Waratah, Newcastle N.S.W. Any special approach to music education within these courses is of concern. Also, the study shows how the objectives of the syllabus are perceived as being relevant by the students.
A number of different approaches to music-education are presented in an attempt to establish a standard by which to evaluate a worthwhile music-education course. This standard is basically the Kodaly method and its practical adaptations to the N,S.W. primary school environment as propounded by Ms D. Hoermann in "A Developmental Music Program (Kodaly-based)".
The research findings indicate certain directions in primary music education that are congruent with the established standard. The survey also revealed interesting student perceptions of the music courses being studied.
Copy available from Avondale College Library [780.711944 B63]
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