ERIC Number: EJ1016439
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Reference Count: 7
MayDay Colloquium 24: The Aims of Music Education
Elliott, David J.
Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education, v12 n2 p1-9 Sep 2013
On June 20, 2012, Professor John Kratus welcomed the MayDay Group to Michigan State University for "Colloquium 24: The Aims of Music Education". On behalf of all members of the Mayday Group, the author wishes to extend his deepest gratitude to Professor Kratus and his colleagues at Michigan State for their extremely gracious and thoughtful hospitality and for the very hard work they invested in preparing this outstanding event. In his Call for Papers, Professor Kratus wrote: "In recent years music educators have reexamined their curricula and teaching practices to adjust to the current needs of a diverse population of students living in a digital world. As such, questions of "what" should music educators teach and "how" should they teach it have been the focus of healthy debate. A more fundamental question that has received little attention of late is: "why" is music education of value? Do changing times necessitate changing aims for music education? Is the music education profession smarter than "music makes you smarter?" Taking the long view, "what is it that music educators are trying to accomplish?" Based on the Call for Papers, Colloquium presentations pivoted on four themes: (1) The musical aims of music education (e.g., new and emerging definitions of musicianship; music engagements across the lifespan; types of musical knowledge; development of musical skills, knowledge, and dispositions); (2) The intrapersonal aims of music education (e.g., musical identity; self-efficacy; flow; joy; enhancement of intelligence and other academic/personal traits); (3) The interpersonal aims of music education (e.g., connection to others; connection to culture(s); artistic citizenship); and (3) The social aims of music education (e.g. social justice; inclusion; democratic practices; cross-cultural understanding).
Descriptors: Music, Music Education, Music Teachers, Neoliberalism, Role of Education, Educational Philosophy, Educational Objectives, Skill Development, Meetings
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