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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/26444

Title: Music Education in Canada Part II: The Need For Change
Authors: Shand, Patricia
Keywords: Canadian music education
research in music education
Canadian university music education programs
music instruction standards
provincial ministries of education
music curriculum development
Canadian music in education
voluntary associations for music educators in Canada
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Issue Date: 1982
Publisher: Canadian Music Educators Association
Citation: Shand, Patricia. “ Music Education in Canada Part II: The Need For Change.” Canadian Music Educator. Vol. 24, No. 1 (Winter 1982), pp. 29-34.
Description: Shand looks ahead to what is needed to develop a strong system of music education in Canada in the future. She begins by pointing to the lack of funded research into music education, and the small number of music education graduate programs in Canadian universities. In the face of budget cuts, music educators need to speak together and with credibility. Leading research in the field, and clear accreditation and cooperation with other fields will help build that credibility. Higher standards of instruction will also result from strengthening university offerings in music education. Shand then addresses weaknesses in school system music programs, which currently focus resources on urban centres, yet do so with a diffuse and uncertain mandate. Stronger representation of music educators at the administrative levels of government could help bring resources and better curriculum planning into play. In developing curriculum, better use needs to be made of foreign approaches, and at the same time there should be more use of Canadian composed and folk music – helping to forge national identity. Shand encourages the CBC to step forward and become a leader in its educational and serious music programming. Finally, Shand calls for greater cooperation amongst struggling voluntary associations for music educators, and for greater federal funding for those organizations and the work that they do.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/26444
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