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Thesis Title: Primary teachers’ experiences of and attitudes to multicultural music education: a case study of urban and rural contexts
Degree Type: MA
Degree Specialism: Music Education
Supervisor(s): Gwen Moore
Thesis Status: Accepted
Date Submitted / Accepted: 2012
Institution Submitting / Submitted To: Mary Immaculate College, UL
No. of Volumes (no. of pages): 1 (100pp.)
Thesis Location / Link: Mary Immaculate College Library
Abstract: Major social demographic changes have occurred in Ireland in recent times and have given rise to a more diverse popular in Irish classrooms. The Primary School Music Curriculum (1999) promotes multicultural education in most curricular areas however, with regard to music education there is but a minor emphasis on multicultural music. However, many schools still acknowledge multicultural music education as an important learning experience. Does this differ between urban and rural schools?

In this study I explore teachers’ attitudes towards multicultural music education in both urban and rural educational settings. The willingness of teachers from both urban and rural schools to participate in multicultural music education and their general attitude towards the promotion of multicultural music education is investigated.

Data from surveys and interviews of teachers in urban and rural schools display a need for change in the current music curriculum along with a greater focus on multicultural music education in teacher training.

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