ERIC Number: EJ1016376
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Music Education Unplugged
Bates, Vincent C.
Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education, v12 n2 p75-90 Sep 2013
The author of this article proposes an agrarian vision of music education that underscores fundamental, "down-to-earth" principles for human actions and interactions. An agrarian world-view encourages mass participation ("y'all come")--"musicing" is free and available to all and it is not treated as a commodity--rather than the notion that "only the talented" are invited or permitted to participate. The author highlights the ways in which musical agrarianism promotes the values of musical actions in everyday living. In an agrarian-minded society, local musical traditions and practices are central and, typically, small, informal gatherings in natural settings. In keeping with agrarian do-it-yourself traditions, popular musics are appropriated for local and individual performances and participation. Music teaching and learning activities aim to facilitate the everyday musical lives and overall well-being of individuals, families, and communities. The author emphasizes "sustainability," which is of utmost importance in agrarianism, in addressing how to create a sustainable vision for music education. The author describes beauty and community from an agrarian perspective, relating them to music education.
Descriptors: Music Education, Educational Principles, Educational Practices, Ecology, Aesthetics, Social Values, Sustainability, Music Appreciation, Art Expression, Creativity, Instructional Design
MayDay Group. Brandon University School of Music, 270 18th Street, Brandon, Manitoba R7A 6A9, Canada. Tel: 204-571-8990; Fax: 204-727-7318; Web site: http://act.maydaygroup.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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