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|Title: ||CONTENT ANALYSIS OF SECULAR AMHARIC SONGS ,t PRODUCED IN CASSETTES (1972 -1994): IMPLICATIONS FOR CURRICULUM PLANNING|
|Authors: ||VVOUBE, KASSA YE|
|Advisors: ||Ato Amare Asgedom -|
|Copyright: ||Jun-1995 |
|Date Added: ||20-Nov-2012 |
|Abstract: ||Songs are reflections of a given society. They have curricular
significance because they portray various cultural values which are thought
to provide essential messages. Studies made on Music education have
indicated the "functional" music syllabus prepared for the general education
needs improvement. So far, however, little attempt has been made to analyse
songs, particularly with regard to improving the specified subject syllabus.
The main purpose of this study is to analyse the contents of secular
Amharic songs produced on audio cassette since 1972-1994, and to find out
their implications for curriculum planning .
The method employed for this study is content analysis. Using
stratified and random sampling techniques, 96 out of 475 cassettes, i.e 20
percent of the population were identified and used as the sample of the
study. Of the 1015 songs on the same cassettes, 288 songs, i.e 33 percent
were selected for the analysis. Relevant information for the study was
obtained largely through questionnaire. Since a common framework for
analysing the content of songs hardly exists, semantic categories consisting
of 11 items - emphasising the content of the text and form of the melody -
were prepared by the researcher himself. The unit of analysis was the
content of each song as a whole according to the designated categories. An
inter-coder reliability index of 95 percent was achieved between coders-the
researcher and the musicologist. Percentages and a statistical test, chisquare
(goodness -of-fit) were employed to analyse the data.
The result of the analysis regarding the basic questions of the study
revealed the following:
Firstly, different values such as love; politics; geographical appreciation;
personal, social and cultural development; social occasions; and some
meaningless contents were found to be reflected in the songs. Of these love
is predominantly portrayed.
Secondly, in the last 36 years a change in the content of songs has occurred.
Love, politics, social occasions and miscellaneous have not experienced
significant changes. In contrast, themes of geographical; personal, social and
cultural development have changed significantly.
To find out the educational implications of the analysis the contents
of the Music, Amharic and Social studies used in general education were
compared with the analysed songs. The result indicated that some of the
contents of the analysed songs are similar to some of the contents of the
specified subjects. This implies that the inclusion of songs can enrich the
contents of different subjects, not only Music.
Hence, this study particularly recommends that those who are in
charge of planning and developing the respective subject syllabuses need to
pay due attention to songs in general and -to the suggested songs in
particular during their curricular undertaking.|
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