Music Teaching Provision in Primary Schools: Key Findings 2019

Devaney, Kirsty and Nenadic, Emma (2021) Music Teaching Provision in Primary Schools: Key Findings 2019. Project Report. Birmingham City University.

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Abstract

Despite music being a statutory subject in the National Curriculum since 1992, the value and place of music and the arts in schools has been in flux with recent policy changes influencing if and how music is being taught in schools. There is concern that music is not being delivered in all primary schools in England, meaning some children are being denied the music education they are entitled to. Another important aspect of music education in primary schools is that many teachers lack confidence teaching music as a classroom subject. This research investigated BCU’s trainee primary teachers’ experiences of music education in their placement schools.

This research sought to better understand how schools are interpreting governmental music education policy by investigating the lived realities of trainee primary music teachers during their school placements. Perspectives and experiences of classroom music teaching in primary schools were collected from 126 BCU trainee primary teachers in the School of Education and Social Work, drawing from a diverse range of primary school contexts. Participants were asked to share their experiences via an online survey.

Five key findings were drawn from the research data: (1) Trainee teachers did not have equal opportunities to teach music, (2) Confidence in music teaching ability varied, (3) Instrumental teaching and learning was prioritised, (4) Primary teachers need more support with music teaching during and beyond their training to help them develop agency and their own music teaching practice, (5) Trainee teachers care about music education, but they are concerned about the status of music as a subject in primary schools.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Date: 20 September 2021
Subjects: W300 Music
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > Centre for Study of Practice and Culture in Education (C-SPACE) > Birmingham Music Education Research Group
Depositing User: Kirsty Devaney
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2021 08:04
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2021 08:04
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/12085

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