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Dr Robert Walker has spent a lifetime in music education on three continents. He held two Chairs in music education in Canada before coming to Australia and has published widely. He was Chief Examiner for Music for the International Baccalaureate (1987-1993) and Chair of the Research Commission of the International Society for Music Education (1998-2000)

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Platform Papers 20

Beethoven or Britney? The Great Divide in Music Education

Robert Walker
 

School music education in Australia is in crisis. Children are 'educating' themselves through their iPod, internet, and mobile phone and with little or no access to quality music teaching. And nothing is being done about this. Music educator, Dr Robert Walker, questions why this is, when we have an overwhelming evidence of how music-making enhances the core disciplines of mathematics, languages and a mastery of English? He calls for an urgent re-assesment of our musical education so we avoid becoming a nation of passive consumers with no conception of music as a profound art. 
Currency House  | 978-0-98056-320-7 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB