Educational Change and the Secondary School Music Curriculum in Aotearoa New Zealand provides a fascinating case study in educational change. The music curriculum has been greatly affected by deep cultural and economic forces such as the growth of popular music's importance in young people's lives, by demands for inclusive and multicultural education, and not least by advances in technology that promise to invigorate all aspects of teaching and learning. This book brings together the work of a number of leading music education scholars and teachers from Aotearoa/New Zealand to both explore these issues and to share case studies of practice: both the positive changes and the unintended consequences. Each chapter focuses on a current issue in music education and the final chapter contains responses from a number of practitioners to the issues raised by the authors, drawing together the practical and theoretical dimensions of the book.
Section 1 Educational change and the music curriculum 1. Mapping the field Graham McPhail, Vicki Thorpe, and Stuart Wise 2. Curriculum and assessment changes in music education in New Zealand 1987-2016 Trevor Thwaites 3. The future just happened: Lessons for 21st century learning from the secondary school music classroom Graham McPhail 4. Developing socio-cultural consciousness and inclusive values through music education Tracy Rohan 5. ‘Top Notch’ Knowledge. Transitioning to tertiary music study: a case study Lynne Wenden 6. The changing nature of music education Graham McPhail, Elizabeth Rata, and Alexis Siteine Section 2 Curriculum makers at work: inside the music classroom 7. Two conceptual models of group composing and their relationship to group composing pedagogies and assessment Vicki Thorpe 8. The future just happened – or did it? Teachers’ views and uses of digital technology Stuart Wise 9. Music teachers talking: views on secondary school curriculum content Graham McPhail 10. "What a fantastic model!" Secondary school links to ‘real world’ music communities Stephanie Lees 11. Concluding metalogues: unfinished business and unintended consequences
This volume tackles a wide variety of topics, with an eye both to the past and to the future, and because of the relatively niche area that it considers—and secondary school music education in Aotearoa New Zealand is indeed a niche field—will remain an important contribution to the literature for years to come. A particularly useful aspect of the book for those who are interested in pragmatic applications of their reading for their music education practice is that the book combines theoretical considerations of music education with pragmatic viewpoints from music teachers, such that the book amounts to a critical reflection on ‘conditions on the ground’. - Sean Scanlen, New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies