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ERIC Number: EJ1034783
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jul
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: EISSN-1545-4517
An Ethic of Care in High School Instrumental Music
Edgar, Scott N.
Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education, v13 n2 p112-137 Jul 2014
The purpose of this paper is to apply Noddings' ethic of care to a qualitative inquiry of select instrumental music educators. In the first section I describe and define an ethic of care, considering specifically who is involved in a caring relationship, how an ethic of care can be taught, and strategies for educational implementation and reform based on care. This section concludes with a presentation of prior literature exploring the implications of an ethic of care for music education. The second section includes findings from a study in which I observed the presence of care in instrumental music classrooms. Themes emerging from the data analysis included: (a) care; (b) teaching students to care; (c) fostering a classroom environment conducive for care; (d) caring for the individual; (e) continuity; and (f) benefits. Findings suggest that including care in the classroom can have powerful benefits both personally and musically.
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
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A