Victorian Journal of Music Education

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Melinda: De Facto Primary School Music Teacher
Introduction Melinda is in her third year as a primary school teacher. She admits to loving the job, particularly that she is now the "de facto" (her word) school classroom music teacher. This article, a case study of Melinda's work as a generalist...
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It Looks Chaotic, but What Is Really Happening?
As a music educator, I have always believed in the importance of incorporating a range of pedagogical approaches into the curriculum. With rapid developments in communication and social media influencing the lives of young people, some of the more...
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Pre-Service Teacher Beliefs: Are Musicians Different?
Introduction There has been long term concern about persistent and widespread levels of student dissatisfaction and disengagement in music classes across the globe, as well as numerous calls for schools to adopt a broader and more inclusive pedagogy...
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Will We Resist the Temptation?
This Music Forum could not have been timelier, coming less than two days after the release of the results of the 2012 PISA tests in 65 countries. Reading the headlines, to which I will return, one would imagine that a crisis is upon us, and that an...
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Taking Responsibility for Music Education in the Primary School: A Case Study
In 1968 a report from the Australian Council of Educational Research focusing on music in Australian schools (Bartle, 1968) pointed to the need for specialist music teachers in Australian primary schools. Amongst other recommendations, this report...
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Young Children and Singing: Music as a Language That Encourages Home/centre Understanding in Early Childhood
Introduction This paper is about a music project in an early learning centre that has a strong arts program delivered by specialists and generalist early childhood educators. In 2011 a children's choir had been established in the centre (Nyland,...
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Final Year Music Students' Identities: Music Student or Music Teacher?
Introduction and Background This paper investigates the shift in identity at the conclusion of a four year undergraduate teacher training degree program at a Music faculty at an Australian University. It reports on the expectations of pre-service...
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Finding Balance through Support in Flute Performance
Introduction In acquiring an effective flute tone it is paramount that performers of all levels develop a stable posture. Flute performance includes muscular skill that requires a well-grounded body in order to achieve an optimal outcome. This research...
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Assessing Musical Achievement in Students with Disabilities and Impairments
Background There have always been children with disabilities and impairments, but there has not always been special education. Children living with disabilities and impairments have been viewed through various lenses throughout history (e.g., Ball,...
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"I Want to Live in America": Using Imagery in Instrumental Music Teaching
Introduction The aim of this study is to explore the use of literary devices used by instrumental and studio music teachers and to gather examples of types of literary devices that they use for teaching and assisting students' understanding of the...
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What Have We Learnt? Pre-Service Music Teaching and Learning
Introduction Building school based partnerships and making links to the community is part of Deakin University's strategic plan and policy. Since 2002, music students have been taken to observe and participate in music lessons at a local primary...
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Learning Centres in Primary and Early Childhood Music Education
Introduction Learning centres, sometimes also referred to as learning stations (Nakamura & Baptiste, 2006; Cheyney & Strichart, 1981) are separate spaces in the classroom set up to enable students to work independently of the teacher (individually...
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The Musical Education of Academically Gifted and Talented Students
Introduction This article will report on a research project that investigated the perspectives of students and teachers on academically gifted and talented contexts regarding the quality and effectiveness of music teaching and learning experiences....
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Scaffolding Creativity in Arts Education
Introduction A visual arts educator and a music educator designed, facilitated and evaluated a one semester Integrated Arts course for third year student teachers with in a Bachelor of Education program at an Australian university on a close collaborative...
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