Connecting Classroom, School and Community: an exploration of music education at primary level in Ireland

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This paper explores the provision of music education at primary level in Ireland, drawing on ethnographic research carried out in a number of primary schools.

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Finnerty, Michelle July 2009.

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This paper explores the provision of music education at primary level in Ireland, drawing on ethnographic research carried out in a number of primary schools.

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Abstract: A historical overview of the Irish education system indicates an increase in the profile of
music education in Ireland with new revised curricula introduced at both primary and post
primary level. The introduction of the new primary level curriculum is significant because it
is part of a process whereby principals and teachers have become increasingly more aware of
the importance of enhancing the provision of music education in schools and creating equal
opportunities for children to participate in music. The renewed interest in providing access to
music education has also led to a number of extra-curricular developments. Arts
organizations, local community groups, music teachers, and musicians have become more
involved in music education programmes through various extra-curricular projects and
initiatives. Drawing on ethnographic research carried out in a number of primary schools in
Ireland, this paper will explore the provision of music education at primary level in Ireland. It
will outline both the formal curricular provision and the informal extra-curricular provision of
music at primary level. It will reveal the main agents involved in the provision of music
education. The paper will explore how music is unique in the way it provides connections
between the classroom, school and the wider community. It will discuss how the various
agents and systems of music education could collectively combine and draw on resources to
increase and enhance the provision of music education at primary level in Ireland.

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  • International Symposium on the Sociology of Music Education, July 5-9, 2009. Limerick, Ireland.

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  • Publication Title: Proceedings of the Sixth International Symposium on the Sociology of Music Education

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Finnerty, Michelle. Connecting Classroom, School and Community: an exploration of music education at primary level in Ireland, paper, July 2009; Dublin, Ireland. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1390619/: accessed December 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT College of Music.