ERIC Number: EJ1082814
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Dec
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Music Education for All through Participatory Ensembles
Thibeault, Matthew D.
Music Educators Journal, v102 n2 p54-61 Dec 2015
This article explores how the participatory field can complement and enhance even successful music education programs. The participatory field, part of Thomas Turino's four-field framework, conceptualizes the musical values and practices of societies where musical participation is nearly universal. The participatory field contrasts with the specialist-oriented presentational field found in most music programs in U.S. schools. Three examples, a samba academy and two ukulele groups, show how the participatory field has been implemented in public schools in the United States. These examples highlight the participatory field's ability to allow simultaneous participation across the age and ability spectrum, with all participants' contributions equally valued. The values and practices of the participatory field also make clear the tension in music education between specialization (that causes fewer students to participate) and the broad participation that flows naturally from participatory music.
Descriptors: Music Education, Participation, Musicians, Public Schools, Specialization, Student Participation
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