ERIC Number: EJ1027662
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jun
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Resisting Elephants Lurking in the Music Education Classroom
Regelski, Thomas A.
Music Educators Journal, v100 n4 p77-86 Jun 2014
Music education has many "elephants" in its classrooms: obvious major problems that go unmentioned and suffered silently. Two of the larger, more problematic "elephants" are identified, analyzed, and critiqued: (1) the hegemony of university schools of music on school music and the resulting focus in school music on "presentational" music (i.e., concert performance), with a corresponding lack of "participatory" music in schools; and (2) an increasingly problematic "anything goes" anarchy of teaching methods (methodolatry)--this condition being worsened by the absence of shared curricular ideals for guiding the field towards the status of a true helping profession. The ethical premises such professionalism are explored (duty ethics, consequentialism, and virtue ethics) and a professional ethic for teaching music is proposed.
Descriptors: Music Education, Classroom Environment, Barriers, Teaching Methods, Educational Sociology, Educational Practices, Educational Objectives, Educational Strategies, Educational Theories, Music Activities, Student Participation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Higher Education; Elementary Secondary Education
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