Music Learning and Teaching in Culturally and Socially Diverse Contexts

Implications for Classroom Practice

  • Georgina Barton

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Framing the Concepts

  3. Applying the Concepts to Context

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Georgina Barton
      Pages 85-113
    3. Georgina Barton
      Pages 135-162
  4. Implications and Ways Forward for Music Education

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 207-215

About this book


This book examines the inter-relationship between music learning and teaching, and culture and society: a relationship that is crucial to comprehend in today’s classrooms. The author presents case studies from diverse music learning and teaching contexts – including South India and Australia and online learning environments – to compare the modes of transmission teachers use to share their music knowledge and skills. It is imperative to understand the ways in which culture and society can in fact influence music teachers’ beliefs and experiences: and in understanding, there is potential to improve intercultural approaches to music education more generally. In increasingly diverse schools, the author highlights the need for culturally appropriate approaches to music planning, assessment and curricula. Thus, music teachers and learners will be able to understand the diversity of music education, and be encouraged to embrace a variety of methods and approaches in their own teaching. This inspiring book will be of interest and value to all those involved in teaching and learning music in various contexts.


Music learning Music education Music Teaching Music culture Culturally diverse learning environment

Authors and affiliations

  • Georgina Barton
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Teacher Education and Early ChildhoodUniversity of Southern QueenslandSpringfield Central, BrisbaneAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-95407-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-95408-0
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