The study of Fine Arts should be an integral part of every person's life . Music allows people to express and communicate feelings, emotions and attitudes in ways which are unique from other art forms. Viewing the rose below represents one of the visual aspects within the affective domain. Listening to African tribal drumming, Chinese opera or Mozart's Symphony No.40 represents the aural aspect of the domain.
It is the responsibility of music educators to see that every student is given a sequential music curriculum which develops and capitalizes on individual skills and interests. Music Education in the United States has been based primarily on Western European traditions. This educational philosophy, however, is no longer a valid alternative. Technology has facilitated easy access to many of the world's ethnic and cultural groups. With increasing frequency, world cultures find themselves interrelated and dependent upon one another. Therefore, it is more important than ever to study traditional musics from a variety of cultural and ethnic sources. Music Education in the United States needs to be expanded to include music and related arts from a global perspective. Research has shown that young children are receptive to all types of music. With an increasing emphasis being placed on multicultural sources, early exposure to a variety of ethnic music sources is crucial to capitalize on children's interests.
Educators Interested in Multicultural Music Need
Dr. Barbara A. Jones
226 Fine Arts Building
University of Tennessee At Martin
Martin, TN 38238