A Comparison Between the Texas and Taiwan Clarinet Curriculum Pedagogical Expectations at the Pre-college Level

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2023-08

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This paper will examine and compare the music education systems and training in Taiwan and Texas, specifically focusing on pre-college clarinet studies. Although music is a universal language, different regions and cultures have adopted varying approaches to music education and program development. Texas is widely acclaimed for its strong wind instrument culture within the United States, while Taiwan, a small Asian nation, has successfully cultivated its own distinct musical culture. Both regions foster the growth of talented musicians and clarinetists. This paper will develop four different aspects for comparison between the music education of pre-college clarinetists in Texas and Taiwan. These topics are a brief overview of the history of music education in Texas and Taiwan; some comparisons between the two systems which will include: curriculum, standards, teaching methods, and social emphasis; repertoire considerations and comparisons between the two systems; and concluding thoughts on how the Taiwan system of music education could benefit Texas students, and how the Texas system of music education could benefit the students in Taiwan. Pre-college music education requires thoughtful and long-term planning to continue to be an important and relevant aspect of the education for any society. Educators should regularly re-examine educational policies and adopt necessary changes to best suit the needs of ever an ever-changing society. Through comparing these two educational systems, I hope that some of the ideas from this paper can contribute to the advancement of music education particularly in the field of clarinet, benefiting not only those in Texas or Taiwan but also individuals from other regions of the world.

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Curriculum, Taiwan, Texas, pre-college, clarinet pedagogy, Music

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