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Take a Part in the Arts: The Perfect Pitch

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Title: Take a Part in the Arts: The Perfect Pitch
Authors: Leung, Edna
Advisor: Drozd, Karen
Issue Date: 15 Jan 2014
Publisher: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Abstract: Despite much discussion about school reform during the past decade, the arts-music, dance, visual arts and drama-are threatened with elimination from the public school curriculum. Music programs continue to struggle to survive due to cut backs on their funding by the governments at every level. Earnest advocating on the part of dedicated organizations (Hawai'i State Foundation On Culture and the Arts and ARTS FIRST partners) provide professional development programs, artists, and workshops, however, this is rarely made accessible to all students. The survival of music programs in a school district is governed by state taxes, teachers' and administrators' attitudes, state requirements, and public opinion. By looking into the array of effects targeted by and attributed to the arts in public schools, I have come to a better understanding of the process of model implementation. This understanding will guide me in my pursuit of generating my own models for implementation in the future. To understand how music education has fared under school-based decision making, I have examined advocacy for music education, implementation models, programs, budget issues and decisions, and staffing and scheduling for the Department of Education schools. As an advocate of music programs, I have presented arguments that defend music education's value within schools. Without proper funding, these programs will become non-existent in children's lives. Music education is a powerful instructional strategy that engages all students in learning, regardless of language, culture, and life experiences. It provides a rich array of contexts in which learners can successfully derive and express meaning. Learning through the arts increases the likelihood that everyone can participate fully in a well-rounded education, including those who have struggled in the more traditional modes of teaching and learning.
Pages/Duration: 70 pages
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