The electric guitar in school music: a case study

The involvement of the electric guitar in the co-curricular music program of a Sydney high school: a case study in the structuring of pedagogic discourse. (Rev)

By Saul Richardson, 1995. Revised 2013.

An unpublished honours dissertation, the University of Sydney. Original work published 1995. Revisions in 2013 included correcting some spelling and grammatical errors and page numbers were rationalized. Otherwise all the content is unchanged.

 

Abstract:

In this study the extent and manner of the involvement of the electric guitar in performance in the co-curricular music program of a Sydney high school were investigated using a case study approach. The number of students playing and learning the guitar at the school were also surveyed. The study revealed that the electric guitar was involved in the case to a limited extent only and that the manner of its involvement was such that students playing the instrument were excluded from access to socially powerful genres of music. The processes by which this exclusion occurred were located in the structuring of the music curriculum of the school and are described using the framework of Bernstein’s theory of the structuring of pedagogic discourse.

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