Muted Voices: Developing Musical Agency in a Victorian Primary School

Buchan, Susan (2016) Muted Voices: Developing Musical Agency in a Victorian Primary School. PhD thesis, Victoria University.


This thesis, Muted voices: Developing musical agency in a Victorian primary school, explores the implementation and development of music learning by the researcher (a music teacher), in collaboration with generalist teachers in a small government primary school in the state of Victoria, Australia. Music is mandated as one of the arts in the Victoria curriculum. However, in many primary school contexts the potential of music learning to contribute to children's growth and development is insufficiently understood and supported. As a consequence, the voices of many children and teachers are muted.

Item type Thesis (PhD thesis)
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > College of Education
Keywords primary education, music learning, identity, policy, neo-liberalism, disadvantage, disengagement, teachers, students, experiences, teaching, public pedagogy, popular culture, children, Regional Schools Music and Movement Festival
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