Abstracts of issue 19 (2007)

Smaragda Chrysostomou

Interdisciplinary Approach to Teaching Music

For the past few years the notion of interdisciplinary approach has been widely discussed in the educational world. A lot has been written on its theoretical foundations and also its application in classrooms with children of different ages and educational settings. Through the implementation of interdisciplinary curricula in foreign countries, particularly in the area of music education, a number of problems have occurred. Teaching music as a separate subject is shrinking, as are children’s musical knowledge and skills. This could lead to the gradual loss of aesthetic and music education in schools, which will have a number of negative repercussions. What are then the conditions for meaningful connections between music and other disciplines? What forms could the application of an interdisciplinary approach take?

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