The Music Education Background of Teachers in Ghanaian Public Primary
Keywords:classroom teachers, creative arts, music, primary school
The study investigated the music backgrounds of primary school classroom teachers who teach the music component of the Creative Arts in selected primary schools in Winneba, Ghana. Data were collected and analysed qualitatively with a case study as a design. Interview and observation were used as research instruments which enabled the researcher to identify and describe the actual music education background of teachers in the selected primary schools. This study revealed that there were virtually few specialist trained music teachers in the primary schools. As a result, most of the teachers in the selected schools did not teach the music aspect of the Creative Arts subject because they lack the skills and the knowledge for it. The evidence conclusively pointed to the fact that the teaching and learning of the music component of Creative Arts in the primary schools was ineffective and left in the hands of teachers who did not have adequate knowledge and skills and did not make enough effort to teach it. It is suggested that, Colleges of Education should therefore train specialist teachers for all the aspects of Creative Arts in the primary schools, especially Music.
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