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Music teachers talking: Views on secondary school curriculum content

Graham McPhail

This article reports on the views of secondary school music teachers in relation to curriculum content in New Zealand. We know very little about music teachers’ response to the cultural and educational changes of recent times and how these changes are being reflected and managed in their curriculum decision making. The article outlines and discusses responses obtained in a recent survey (N = 99). The data suggest that music teachers remain committed to progressive student-centred ideals as they struggle to balance demands for relevance in a crowded music curriculum with the changing nature of musical knowledge itself.

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