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ERIC Number: EJ1016472
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Dec
Pages: 26
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1545-4517
Frozen Metaphors, Ideology, and the Language of Music Instruction
Louth, Paul
Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education, v12 n3 p66-91 Dec 2013
There are some striking parallels between the critical theory concept of second nature as the product of reified ideas and some of the more radical work done in the area of metaphor theory. This discussion is an attempt to synthesize some of the ideas from these two fields of study and to explore their implications for music education. In this article, after a brief theoretical discussion, the author examines a number of commonplace terms and phrases of classroom music instruction as frozen metaphors that have the potential to instill in students predetermined musical values and ontological beliefs -- values and beliefs that are consequently assumed to be foundational and that may therefore become immune to scrutiny.
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:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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