Magazine article The Canadian Music Educator

CMEA Song Survey Report (Part 1)

Magazine article The Canadian Music Educator

CMEA Song Survey Report (Part 1)

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What songs should every Canadian elementary school student learn?

The survey was posted in both English and French on the CMEA website from the end of September 2011 until the end of March 2012. Respondents were asked to reply to the above question and subsequently to describe in point form the criteria they used to formulate the list. A short series of demographic questions rounded out the questionnaire.

Demographic Information

Forty-seven persons - all employing the English version - responded to the survey. Not surprisingly, since the survey was targeting the elementary years and the majority of elementary teachers are female, the vast majority, 37, were female while only 10 were male.

Ages of the participants ranged from 26 to 65+ (one person declined to respond to age).

By far, most respondents were in their 50s (22 out of 46) followed by 8 who were in their 60s and then 7 each were in their 40s and 30s with only 2 respondents in their 20s.

What does this tell us? Do those who are close to retirement have more time? I certainly can attest to the fact that as a young teacher, I had no time!

Regarding the current province/territory/country of residence, 22 live in British Columbia, the largest number by far. Eight live in New Brunswick, 6 in Nova Scotia, 4 in Ontario, 2 in Newfoundland/Labrador, and 1 each in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec, and Prince Edward Island. A single respondent lives in the United States. Notification was in the Canadian Music Educator and also sent to Music Educator Association (MEA) presidents across the land. Could the fact that the author lives in BC have influenced the large number of respondents from that jurisdiction? Are BC educators more apt to read the CME and glance at the website? One can only speculate. On the other hand, I was glad to learn that 8 participants came from New Brunswick because we were not able to use that province in an earlier student survey (Kennedy & Lorenzino, unpublished manuscript). I was surprised that only 4 persons responded from Ontario considering that theirs is the largest MEA...

I asked participants to list the province/territory/country where they spent the majority of their elementary years? Here the responses were very interesting (see Table 1).

If one compares these data with the current place of residence, one can see that they show movement from province to province and from the USA, Brazil, Mexico, and Taiwan to BC. Well, we do talk about 'God's country' in BC. Perhaps there is some truth in that statement.

With respect to mother tongue, 44 were English with 1 representative each naming

Spanish (Mexico), Portuguese (Brazil), and Taiwanese (Taiwan).

Thirty-five participants were or have been teachers in the schools. Three of these have other jobs as well: grad student, university/college professor, studio teacher. Three are

university/college professors in addition to the one above who presumedly works part-time at university. Five are retired and three of these gave more explanation as to their life circumstances: grandparent, former music educator, business owner. There was one Vice-Principal, one graduate student, one older undergraduate student, and one Sweet Adelines Youth Harmony Promoter among the group. I was glad that so many teachers responded to the survey as this was the demographic I was hoping to reach.

Advanced education credentials of the participants are displayed in Table 2.

Many of the respondents had numerous degrees and, as one can see from the data, there was a wide variety of certifications earned among the group. Noteworthy is the significant number of BEd and BMus degrees. All but 4 of the 35 teachers in the schools had a professional teaching certificate. However, one must be cautious about reading too much into this fact. As the survey question asked for a self-report and did not provide a checklist, it is possible that these four had teaching certificates and just did not report them on the survey. …

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