School of Music


Master of Arts in Music Education (MA)


Stephen Kerr


Teaching, Learning, Assessment, Curriculum, Music Education, Music National Standards


Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Music


The Jamaican music education landscape has had a positive shift in the demand for music teachers who are educated to become classroom music teachers. Despite the growing need for trained music teachers to be placed in many high schools in Jamaica and the implementation of two curricula, there has been minimal study that assess how music teachers use the music syllabus from the National Standards Curriculum (NSC) in teaching and learning. The study joins a set of vibrant discussions on the development of music education in Jamaica and examines the use of the NSC at the lower secondary level (grades seven to nine) in Kingston and St. Andrew, Jamaica. The study discusses the attitude of music teachers at the lower secondary level in Kingston and St. Andrew, Jamaica towards the NSC. Music teachers’ views on the suitability of the NSC for the Jamaican classroom as well as challenges encountered by music teachers in Kingston and St. Andrew, Jamaica while implementing some content and utilizing pedagogical approach is looked at in the study. From the findings, suggestions have been brought forward to assist teachers, the Ministry of Education Youth and Information (MoEYI), and tertiary institutions responsible for providing education for prospective and current music education students to better navigate the NSC in order to improve the teaching and learning of music in Kingston and St. Andrew, Jamaica.