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Title: Teaching and learning music in Japan
Author: Yuasa, Aya.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3576 1799
Awarding Body: University of Reading
Current Institution: University of Reading
Date of Award: 2003
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This research aims to identify the role of compulsory music education in the formation of Japanese society and identity. It investigates the teaching and learning of music in Japan at· grassroots level within an holistic context. In order to place school music education within the historical and sociological contexts of Japanese society, it focuses upon four schools and eight organisations of music teaching and learning outside the school system. It discusses the relationship (or lack of a relationship) between such contexts, which is determined, for example, by political, personal, social and cultural factors. It also highlights that much of what happens in classrooms today is related to wider social issues which have their origins in the past. The research suggests that the present system of music education needs further review and change if it is to claim convincingly its value within Japanese schools. It argues that a scheme is needed to assure the quality of teachers and teaching. The absence of an inspection system means that policy is regularly formulated at grassroots level, largely in a way that is governed by personal beliefs, experiences and peer pressures, rather than by government itself. It also outlines the lack of a relationship or even understanding between the different systems of music education in Japan, notwithstanding the finding that pupils' musical experience outside school influences their attitudes towards music lessons in school. It argues that the school system needs to acknowledge the existence of musical le,a r.n ing outside schools and needs to accommodate pupils' musical experiences outside school. The research also discusses issues such as the place of Japanese music in schools, the role of specialist music teachers in elementary schools, the role of music in schools, and the aims and objectives of music education in schools.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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