Bedford Way Papers Series 34

Music Education in the 21st Century in the United Kingdom

Achievements, Analysis and Aspirations

Edited by Susan Hallam and Andrea Creech
Paperback
August 2010
9780854738991
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  • Publisher
    UCL IOE Press
  • Published
    11th August 2010
  • ISBN 9780854738991
  • Language English
  • Pages 370 pp.
  • Size 6.25" x 9.25"
  • Images tables
$39.95

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.

"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."

Jonathan Savage, Institute of Education, MMU - , British Educational Research Journal

"...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."

- , Singing: Voice of the Association of Teachers of Singing Journal

"...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."

Julie Evans,Canterbury Christ Church University, UK - , The British Journal of Music Education

"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."

Peter R. Webster, Professor of Music Education and Technology, Bienen School of Music - , Northwestern University

"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!"

Professor Colin Lawson, Director, Royal College of Music, London, UK

"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!"

Professor Colin Lawson, Director, Royal College of Music, London, UK

"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."

Jonathan Savage, Institute of Education, MMU - , British Educational Research Journal

Acknowledgements

Preface

Notes on contributors

PART 1: INTRODUCTION
1 The power of music: its impact on the intellectual, personal and social development of children and young people - Susan Hallam
2 Contextualising music education in the UK - Pauline Adams, Hilary McQueen, Susan Hallam

PART 2: CURRENT ISSUES IN MUSIC EDUCATION
3 Music for all - Graham Welch and Adam Ockelford
4 Listening - Susan Hallam
5 The role of singing - Jo Saunders, Maria Varvarigou and Graham Welch
6 Learning to play an instrument - Susan Hallam and Andrea Creech
7 Creativity - Susan Hallam and Lynne Rogers
8 The role of technology - Evangelos Himonides and Ross Purves
9 Issues of assessment and performance - Ioulia Papageorgi and Susan Hallam
10 Learning through life - Hilary McQueen and Maria Varvarigou
11 The initial and ongoing education of music teachers - Colin Durrant and Kate Laurence

PART 3: CONTEXTS OF LEARNING
12 Music in the early years - Andrea Creech and Jessica Ellison
13 Music in the primary school - Jessica Ellison and Andrea Creech
14 Music in the secondary school - Hilary McQueen and Susan Hallam
15 Music in further education colleges - John Conlon and Lynne Rogers
16 Music in universities and conservatoires - Helena Gaunt and Ioulia Papageorgi
17 Music Services - Lynne Rogers and Susan Hallam
18 The music studio - Andrea Creech
19 The role of music leaders and community musicians - Andrea Creech
20 Where now? - Susan Hallam and Andrea Creech

Index

Susan Hallam

Susan Hallam is Emerita Professor of Education and Music Psychology at the UCL Institute of Education.

Andrea Creech

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