Peter, the Wolf and Music Education

By David Forrest.

Published by The International Journal of Arts Education

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Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf Op. 67 has had an enviable place in the musical education of generations of children. For many, this work represents an education in music – often a solitary education in music; for others it has provided an introduction to some of the instruments of the orchestra. The work remains one of most performed and recorded twentieth century compositions. The paper will present the results of a study on the place of the work in Prokofiev’s output – particularly his works for children; an investigation of music and music education text books on its place in music education; and through a range of examples present views and conclusions on its enduring, adaptable and educational nature. Musically and educationally, the work remains an important introduction to the orchestra and a range of instruments. The actual music and text provide a vast array of educational experiences that can be gleaned from the vast array of recordings, arrangements, versions and adaptations.

Keywords: Music Education, Peter and the Wolf, Listening, Orchestra

The International Journal of Arts Education, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp.27-31. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 497.836KB).

Prof. David Forrest

Professor of Music Education, School of Education/School of Art, RMIT University, Parkville, Victoria, Australia

Dr David Forrest is Professor of Music Education in the School of Education at RMIT University. His research interests include curriculum development and policy, music for children, and the life and educational philosophy of DB Kabalevsky. He is the National Publications Editor for the Australian Society for Music Education and a past Board Member of the International Society for Music Education.