The Importance of Exploring How Culture and Society Impact on Music Learning and Teaching

  • Georgina Barton


Music is heavily influenced by the society and culture in which it is produced. Consequently, the ways in which music is taught and learnt are also impacted on by social and cultural values and beliefs. Acknowledging how music traditions are guided by such socio-cultural processes and knowledges is important as the modes and methods of transmission and acquisition may differ from context to context. In institutionalised settings such as schools and universities the value of knowing what modes are privileged over others, and why, means that teachers can better address diverse students’ understandings and values attributed to music learning. There are a multitude of ways that music can be acquired and this chapter introduces how society and culture can shape these approaches. The chapter also provides a synopsis of the following chapters and purpose of the entire volume.


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

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