Magazine article The Canadian Music Educator

New Open Access Ebook Online: "From Sea to Sea: Perspectives on Music Education in Canada"

Magazine article The Canadian Music Educator

New Open Access Ebook Online: "From Sea to Sea: Perspectives on Music Education in Canada"

Article excerpt

After two years of gestation, we are elated to announce the birth of "From Sea to Sea: Perspectives on Music Education in Canada." a free, open-access Ebook housed on the Coalition for Music Education in Canada's website under resources at: and may be accessed as well on the Canadian Music Education website

The first two parts of this E-Book contain abstracts to full chapters found in the accompanying book, Music Education in Canada: What is the State of the Art, due to be released in 2008. You will also find reflections on some of those chapters here. The latter two parts of this E-book contain exclusive material with follow-ups to the original Pan-Canadian Symposium on Music Education in Canada, the forum where symposium and thoughts for future endeavors in Canadian music education. Contributors include undergraduate and graduate students, music teachers and university professors, both active and retired.

History of This Project

In the past, the International Society for Music Education, and national organizations, helped Canada build national and international connections and create networks. Despite the efforts of these organizations, a number of political, geographical, and economic forces have limited collective action. Thus, this project is about the past, the present, and the future. It is about seizing a point in time to systematically look back at our combined histories and to consider the realities of music education in Canada today. This affords us the rare opportunity to reflect upon a wide range of highs and lows, of mistakes and accomplishments, in order to move proactively into the future.

Organized in four sections, From Sea to Sea: Perspectives on Music Education in Canada, systematically moves through geographic areas, types of music education programs, issues, expansions, and then reflections. Perspectives range across the musical/artistic, to sociological, narrative, historical, anecdotal, and statistical viewpoints.

After preliminary remarks, our focus moves to a "cross-country checkup." Here scholars report on studies they have conducted on each jurisdiction in Canada, including two of Canada's northern territories.

The Second Section, "Old Meet New: Traditions, Developments, Issues," examines various genres of music education from past to present. After a look at our roots, authors' older traditions are paired with new developments in areas such as strings education, non-traditional forms of music, choral programs, and popular music in the curriculum. New forms of delivery and repertoire are discussed, as are gender issues and critical thinking in undergraduate experiences. Other matters include policy development, the wider context of Community Music, and globalization.

Section Three, "Rising To The Challenge," offers a critical analysis of current sociological issues and challenges for music educators. This segment explores underpinnings, events and networks, policy development, political forces, and philosophy in Canadian music education.

In the final parts of the Ebook, we look ahead and consider a future through the eyes of our new and senior leaders. Canada's eminent music education scholars reflect on this process of review. The hook ends contemplating futures for music education.

This resource is the work of many hands and minds and we wish to thank everyone involved!


Our goals in initiating this ebook, its sister printed text and the Pan-Canadian Symposiums were to:

Bring together Canadian music education researchers, policy makers, and practitioners to examine the state of music education across the country, including areas with limited accessibility;

Create a greater awareness of the importance of Canadian arts/music education;

Create cross-country networks of researchers and practitioners;

Use research findings to define and promote Canadian public policy for music education;

Involve composers and performers in the dialogue about Canadian music education;

Encourage music making through varied genres, including traditional and contemporary forms;

Incorporate the rich pluralistic mosaic of Canadian citizenry in music education practices;

Contribute to creativity in learning;

Support Canadian research in music education toward the rebirth, development, and valuing of contemporary Canadian music;

Support and encourage respect and understanding among Canadian cultures and peoples;

Make recommendations to Canadian policy makers and monitor their actions on behalf of music/arts education. …

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