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Teaching Music in the Urban Classroom: A Guide to Survival, Success, and Reform

reviewed by Gerry Petersen - August 16, 2006

coverTitle: Teaching Music in the Urban Classroom: A Guide to Survival, Success, and Reform
Author(s): Carol Frierson-Campbell
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham
ISBN: 1578864615, Pages: 194, Year: 2006
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Music education, a combination of social and musical facets of diversity, can be a tool to help transmit cultural information that “involves the creator, creation, and context in which the creation was constructed” (Young, 1996, p. 3). Since people are products of the culture(s) in which they live (Macionis, 1997) and since historically, culture has influenced American music (Mark, 1998), music teachers remain an integral factor in the advancement of implementing multicultural music in urban public schools. Music is a model approach to education that is ideally multicultural (Chase, 2004; Vulliamy & Lee, 1982; Young, 1996) and, as declared in the Housewright Declaration (Madsen, 2000), all music that people experience has a place in the public school curriculum. The changes needed to implement music education in urban settings rely on the music educator, and may be affected by those teachers’ understanding of diversity in education (Moore, 1995; Randall, Aigner, &... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: August 16, 2006
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12669, Date Accessed: 11/23/2020 8:42:00 PM

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  • Gerry Petersen

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    GERRY PETERSEN taught in Iowa, Wisconsin, and Arizona. As a public school teacher, Dr. Petersen taught choral and general music, drama, reading, math, and chaired general curriculum committees, and wrote arts curricula. While completing his graduate work and teaching general music, music education, and theatre courses at the University of Arizona, Dr. Petersenís research centered on multicultural education. Active as a performer, researcher, teacher, and workshop clinician, Dr. Petersen has presented at numerous local, state, and national conferences and in-service workshops. His work has been published with the VH1 Music Studio, The Orff Echo and with the Arizona Music Educators Association. Dr. Petersenís ongoing research interests include multicultural arts education, action-based research, and arts integration and mentorship, which are utilized in his current position as an integrated arts specialist and independent consultant in the Phoenix area.
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