Interplay: Societal Influences on Musical Perceptions

By Jan Kane.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Music is one form of the Arts that has always been an integral component of education and enjoyment in society. However belief in the ability to teach music is formulated within a social context and the effects of social influences need to be considered in the development of teacher education programs. Music is one strand of the Arts that is often taught in primary (elementary) schools by generalist classroom teachers. However, research has indicated that many in-service and pre-service teachers express a lack of belief in their ability to teach music and it is therefore not being taught consistently or well. This weak level of teaching efficacy can have long lasting effects on learning in the Arts for young children and, in later life, on their social engagement with Music in broader societal contexts. This paper will focus on the discourse that was developed through a series of in-depth interviews within a longitudinal study of pre-service teachers focused on their teaching self-efficacy in Music. It will analyse the societal influences on the initial formation of Music Teaching Self-Efficacy and changes that occurred over time within a teacher education program. The paper will link to the conference theme of ‘Social meanings: language, linguistics, discourse, text’ through highlighting the social connections and consequences revealed through focused discourse related to the outcomes of the investigation.

Keywords: Music Teaching Self-Efficacy, Societal Influences on Teaching Efficacy, Social Engagement with Music

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 3, Issue 10, pp.103-110. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 587.474KB).

Dr. Jan Kane

Music Coordinator, Primary Teacher Education Program, School of Education NSW, Australian Catholic University, Sydney, NSW, Australia

I am currently the Co-ordinator of the Primary Music Program and the Third Year Field Experience Program in the Teacher Education Program at the Australian Catholic University Strathfield Campus. The main focus of my work over many years at Macquarie University and now at the Australian Catholic University is in the professional development of pre-service teachers. My research and teaching interests include teacher education and the Creative Arts with a particular interest in Music education. I have recently completed a PhD study into the factors affecting music teaching self-efficacy in pre-service teacher education students.

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