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Laulunopetuksen aseman ja sisällön muutokset : laulunopetuksen uhkia ja mahdollisuuksia (2012)

Valtasaari, M. H. (2012). Laulunopetuksen aseman ja sisällön muutokset : laulunopetuksen uhkia ja mahdollisuuksia. Musiikkikasvatus The Finnish Journal of Music Education (FJME), 14(2), 20-28. https://sites.uniarts.fi/fi/web/fjme/-/vol-14-02-2011/1.5

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Valtasaari, Marjut Hannele

Journal or series: Musiikkikasvatus The Finnish Journal of Music Education (FJME)

ISSN: 1239-3908

eISSN: 2342-1150

Publication year: 2012

Volume: 14

Issue number: 2

Pages range: 20-28

Publisher: Sibelius-akatemia

Publication country: Finland

Publication language: Finnish

Persistent website address: https://sites.uniarts.fi/fi/web/fjme/-/vol-14-02-2011/1.5

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Delayed open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/78346

Additional information: Artikkelit


This article examines the status and content of singing tuition in the syllabi of schools and teacher training from the 1950s to the 21st century. Singing lessons became music lessons. The content of music lessons became wider and the resources more limited, and singing tuition became only one element of music lessons. The 1970s witnessed two great educational reforms. The former elementary school system gave way to the new comprehensive school. Teacher training moved to universities from the former teacher's colleges, and in 1995 kindergarten teacher training was also made academic. Ever since these educational reforms the society has demonstrated a trend of systematically reducing resources for teaching both practical and art subject. Cuts in the resources and the inconsistency in the quality of teaching have, however, led to clearly poorer results in practical and art subjects (National Board of Education 2010). Sue to scarcer resources, there is even less time to practice the voice and singing. Studies show that teachers' vocal disorders have increased from 5% to 20% in 12 years (Simberg 2004). The current situation, however, leaves many opportunities to improve the quality of music education and singing tuition. The society needs a change of attitude to better understand the benefits of art subjects to the individual's holistic development and the well-being of the entire society.

Keywords: teacher training; primary school (folk school); comprehensive school; curricula; singing; teaching and instruction; music education

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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2012

JUFO rating: 1

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