The Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement or CAPS (which is the modified
extension of the National Curriculum Statement policy), Music learning area, gives an
option for Music learners to follow the Indigenous African Music (IAM) stream. This
caters for them to be examined in African instruments. Currently, there are no available
prescribed instrumental curricula in any IAM instrumental practices that learners can
follow should they choose the IAM stream. Therefore, this research was prompted by
the need for graded curriculum in IAM instruments for Music learners at the Further
Education and Training (FET) level.
This quantitative research focuses on the incorporation of contemporary African
instrumental music practices in the modern Music curriculum as demanded by current
trends, multiculturalism and multi‐ethnic societies with their emerging modern culture
which to an extent nevertheless still embrace old traditions. The research is
underpinned by the theoretical framework of multicultural music education.
This study comprises two sections. Section one analyzes the dilemma that the South
African Music curriculum faces when incorporating indigenous African instruments for
examination at FET level and poses questions on how and which instrumental practices
can be part of the possible solution. It revisits the epistemology of traditional African
drumming and investigates how some of the traditional drumming practices have
changed and are practised in the contemporary context.
Section two introduces a contemporary African instrumental practice whose
development is rooted in the generic traditional idioms of African drumming. This
contemporary drumming style is not tied to a specific ethnic group but rather a creative
continuum of African traditional drumming. This practice is explored as a potential
instrumental option for the South African Music curriculum (IAM stream); through
conducting of training workshops, progress survey and the evaluation of the
implementation process of the pilot graded model curriculum. Lastly, pedagogical
instructions on teaching, learning and evaluation of this contemporary drumming
practice are provided.
Britz, Anna Maria Elizabeth(University of Pretoria, 2006-07-26)
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