ERIC Number: ED424140
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Aesthetic Education as a Subversive Activity: A Phenomenological Case Study of Robert Kapilow.
Franzblau, Robert H.
This study examines how Robert Kapilow, Yale-educated classical- and Broadway-music conductor, educates diverse audiences about classical music. Phenomenological and case study methods were used to explore: (1) what music education has meant to Kapilow; and (2) how this view influenced his practice of teaching and conducting. Analysis of in-depth interviews and field notes revealed three major themes which portray the outward appearance of Kapilow's teaching activities: (1) the explosive pace with which Kapilow taught; (2) the interactive nature of his sessions; and (3) his unpretentious and compelling use of language. Kapilow personified two traditions in the music education field, that of Music Education as Aesthetic Education (MEAE) and Comprehensive Musicianship (CM). Kapilow's teaching can serve as a model for music teachers faced with administrative and political pressure to implement the National Standards. Robert Kapilow inspires each music educator to accept the Standards as a personal challenge to improve his or her teaching process, rather than as a prefabricated curriculum product mandated for implementation. (EH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, March 24-28, 1997).