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ERIC Number: EJ1084633
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1545-4517
Understanding Music's Therapeutic Efficacy with Implications for Why Music Matters
Thram, Diane
Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education, v14 n3 p63-74 Nov 2015
In this essay, I focus on how attention to music's therapeutic efficacy is important to the praxial music education philosophy espoused by Elliott and Silverman. I note, despite the use of the term praxis from Aristotle's philosophy dating back to antiquity, there is no mention in Music Matters 2 of what historical evidence tells us about how music was valued for its therapeutic efficacy during Aristotle's lifetime-- from antiquity to the early modern era--before the rise of staged performance for an audience of spectators became the norm. Further, I note the scant attention to how music is valued in indigenous cultures. I discuss how pre-modern and--from my research as an ethnomusicologist--how indigenous African conceptions of music and its value found in Shona and Xhosa practices in southern Africa can inform and argue that these conceptions are essential to a praxial philosophy of music education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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