Postcolonialism, hybridity, and transferability: Pamela O'Gorman's contribution to music education in the Caribbean

Hickling-Hudson, Anne Rosemary (2000) Postcolonialism, hybridity, and transferability: Pamela O'Gorman's contribution to music education in the Caribbean. Caribbean Journal of Education, 22 1&2: 36-55.


Author Hickling-Hudson, Anne Rosemary
Title Postcolonialism, hybridity, and transferability: Pamela O'Gorman's contribution to music education in the Caribbean
Journal name Caribbean Journal of Education
ISSN 0376-7701
Publication date 2000
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 22
Issue 1&2
Start page 36
End page 55
Total pages 20
Place of publication Mona, Jamaica
Publisher University of the West Indies
Collection year 2000
Language eng
Subject C1
330103 Sociology of Education
749906 Education policy
Formatted abstract
The 1970s saw the gathering of a momentum towards decolonization in culture and education in Jamaica, newly-independent after over 400 years of British imperial rule. This article discusses the contribution to curriculum decolonization made by an Australian-born music educator, Pamela O’Gorman. It explores how her work helped to move music education in Jamaica from a colonial paradigm which saw only European music as being worthy of serious study, to a postcolonial paradigm which challenged the prominence of European music and advocated a more multicultural approach. Together with Jamaican colleagues, Pamela helped to develop legitimacy for the study of Caribbean music and African-American jazz, while at the same time maintaining the tradition of European music education for individual Jamaicans. This article discusses her contribution in two spheres. One was as an innovative music educator who became director of the Music Unit of the University of the West Indies (1970-1976), then head (1976-1989) of the Jamaica School of Music, a tertiary-level institution. The second sphere is that of her work as a music journalist, using broadcasting, newspaper articles and critical academic writing to help systematize the serious analysis of Caribbean music.
Q-Index Code C1

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Education Publications
 
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