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 This syllabus rose out of the need for a comprehensive syllabus in the Jamaican secondary education system to adequately provide learners with a direct experience of music. Teachers have often complained of the non-viability of the Reform of Secondary Education (R.O.S.E.) Syllabus for Music. This syllabus was designed, using the philosophies of German Music Educator Carl Orff, and incorporates aspects of the R.O.S.E. Music syllabus (Ministry of Education and Culture, Jamaica), the American Silver Burdnett Music Education Series, the American K-12 Music Syllabus and the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (A.B.R.S.M.)


The aims of this syllabus are to provide opportunities for students to:

Ë       Develop sensitivity to, and appreciation of organized sound;

Ë       Encounter music in a formal setting in which the development of analytical and critical responses to music are of major importance;

Ë       Become aware of, and know, the styles, idioms, traditions of their own music culture;

Ë       Express personal thoughts, ideas and feeling using music as the vehicle;

Ë       Develop transferable skills in movement, motor co-ordination, dexterity and aural perception;

Ë       Develop a disposition and attention to detail in music performance and enjoy the fulfillment of artistic achievement;

Ë       Develop the musical skills that can provide a foundation for vocational work;

Ë       Provide a concrete stepping-stone to the Music requirements of the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) Examinations and progressively to the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE).

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