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ERIC Number: EJ1153805
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Aug
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1545-4517
Thoughts on the Law, Gatekeepers, and Rerooting
Shevock, Daniel J.
Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education, v16 n1 p53-65 Aug 2017
This essay extends an open philosophy with a philosophy of music education on soil. An open philosophy emerges from analysis of Kafka's parable "Before the Law." I explore what "the law" might be, what it could mean for how people relate to "the law," and how critiquing "the law" allows music teachers and learners to challenge the institutionalization of musical values. Extended with a metaphor of soil, music educators recognize "the law" is unsustainable and deserving skepticism. Institutions require continual skepticism. Through skepticism, ways of being and musicking together emerge.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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