UNESCO-NIE Centre for Arts Research in Education (CARE)

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From the perspective of an Educational Trust and Research Center, Nepal Music Center, responsible for developing and lobbying music education in schools across Nepal, comes this presentation of the establishment of the country’s first music school which opened with due permission from the Ministry of Education, Government of Nepal, and the development of a culturally sensitive national music curriculum with measures taken towards implementing it in Nepali schools.

Nepal is rich in traditional, classical and folk music as in dances. Various music and dance events take place in different parts of Nepali societies on the occasion of different festivals. Songs, musical instruments and dances are connected with various religious, social and cultural activities. Music from Nepal covers genre ranging from folk music, raga-based music and a range of modern styles. Even with such intensity the status of music education and the requirements of music as a form of modern education have rarely, if ever, been brought up. Until 2005 there has not been a single significant initiative towards implementation of music in Nepali formal education system.

Thus, for the purpose of strengthening and improving the quality of music education, theoretical and practical teaching methods, Nepal Music Center was established in 2005. The First Music School “Nepal Sangeet Vidhyalaya” (NSV) was also established in a custom-built premise with a task to build a music curriculum. In close collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Government of Nepal, a curriculum for class 1-10 was developed, with a broad focus starting with the folk music of Nepal. This was officially adopted by the ministry in 2010 and music as a course subject has been included in the main education structure from April 2011.

Now, the inspiring task of rolling this curriculum out for 7 million children in 40,000 primary schools across the country and to create the human resource (Teachers) is in front of us.

21 March 2012
NIE3-02-14 (Music Studio 2) National Institute of Education, 1 Nanyang Walk / Time: 10:30 - 11:30am

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