Singing teaching in elementary school
differences and similarities between Portugal, Spain, France, England and Brazil
Keywords:singing teaching in elementary education, music education in Brazil and Europe
Education has been a significant topic in Portuguese government policies. However, if the evolution of the educational system has received public attention, the actual modes of functioning and pedagogical practices are seldom mentioned in official documents. In what music education and particularly in what singing teaching are concerned many studies can be found, covering aspects such as the benefits of vocal practice for children; on the other hand, there is hardly any information available concerning the actual work developed with children. The information collected during a careful and extensive literature review for a PhD project on the topic of music education and voice education in Portugal in the specialized and generalist branches of the 1st Cycle (6 to 9 years-old) demanded further study of the theme in other countries for comparison purposes. It was possible to conclude that although singing is part of education in those countries on a daily basis, voice education, however, is present only in very few.
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