Cultural Diversity: Beyond “Songs from Every Land”

Huib Schippers and Patricia Shehan Campbell

in The Oxford Handbook of Music Education, Volume 1

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199730810
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Cultural Diversity: Beyond “Songs from Every Land”

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This article sketches a global perspective of the development of cultural diversity in music education—also frequently referred to across educational settings as multicultural music education, intercultural music education, world music education, or global music education. It documents some of the key ideas and practices that have shaped current thinking on the topic, identifies recurring pitfalls and challenges, and presents a model which can aid in both understanding and developing practices across a wide range of contexts, ambitions, and specific local situations. In doing so, the article aims to transcend the positive but naïve idea that the complexities of music across the world can be represented by simply including (Western) notation and transcriptions of songs from various cultures into music curricula.

Keywords: music education; multicultural music education; intercultural music education; world music education

Article.  7808 words. 

Subjects: Music ; Music Education and Pedagogy

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