Building strong learning cultures and communities in schools through music is the focus of ‘Creating Music Cultures in Schools’, a book launched at the University Of Melbourne recently.
Music therapist and researcher Professor Katrina Skewes McFerran explores the powerful influence music programs can have on students’ wellbeing and connectedness in schools.
“Musicians have an important role to play in building resilient school communities. A range of programs are necessary in order to address a breadth of needs, from individual wellbeing, to peer connectedness and community values and identity,” Professor Skewes McFerran said.
The book offers an expansion of traditional ways of using music in schools and will inspire the reader to explore new ways of fostering growth in their own school community.
A key recommendation is to encourage a culture of music participation in schools.
“Music participation is not about being perfect or talented. A non-judgmental stance is appropriate when an inclusive approach is being adopted at this level,” Professor Skewes McFerran said.
“Just like everyone who does AusKick will not be an AFL player, nor does every student or teacher need to be a superstar. It’s about joining in.”
The text is written for music specialists working in school communities, including music therapists, performers, as well as classroom and instrumental music teachers. It critiques the relevant philosophies, policies and practices to explain why an expanded view of music is needed in schools.
The book was written in collaboration with Dr Daphne Rickson from the New Zealand School of Music.
(Source: The University of Melbourne)