Examining ethnomusicology through 60 years of steel bands in the UK, and almost 50 years of steel bands in British schools

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McCalman, Lionel 2015. Examining ethnomusicology through 60 years of steel bands in the UK, and almost 50 years of steel bands in British schools. Research in Teacher Education. 5 (2), pp. 38-42.
AuthorsMcCalman, Lionel
Abstract

Sixty years ago, a steel band played to an audience in the UK for the first time.
Forty years ago, steel pans were introduced into British schools for two different
but interrelated reasons. The first was to give credence to the cultural heritage
of the black child (Caribbean or African), in a multicultural environment, and to
provide opportunities for black children to explore this culture/musical traditions
through their own competent performances. The second was to introduce the
Caribbean’s musical tradition to the wider school population as a way of valuing
other cultures. This model suggested that steel pans were solely for the benefit
of black children, and the technological experts (steel pan tuners/teacher) were
also to be black, or born in the Caribbean. This paper examines how far we have
come in the last 40 years, in forging a music curriculum in schools under a truly
multicultural umbrella.

JournalResearch in Teacher Education
Research in Teacher Education
Journal citation5 (2), pp. 38-42
ISSN2046-1240
2047-3818
Year2015
PublisherUniversity of East London, Cass School of Education and Communities
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License
CC BY
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.15123/PUB.4766
Web address (URL)http://www.uel.ac.uk/rite
Publication dates
PrintNov 2015
Publication process dates
Deposited28 Jan 2016
Copyright information© 2015 The author
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