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ERIC Number: EJ1159100
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Oct
Pages: 33
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1545-4517
The Perils of Repressive Tolerance in Music Education Curriculum
Perrine, William M.
Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education, v16 n2 p6-38 Oct 2017
In recent years, philosophers of music education have called for a greater degree of political engagement by music education practitioners. Using Marcuse's discussion of "repressive tolerance" as a conceptual framework, I argue that a politicized curriculum in music education works against the liberal ideas of free speech and a free marketplace of ideas, both of which are foundational to democratic society. In particular, when dissenting positions are repressed or misrepresented in a drive towards liberation, Critical Theory moves inappropriately into the realm of ideology. The application of Critical Theory to music education curriculum is critiqued in two areas: the danger of working within a closed theoretical system, and the discourse surrounding the large ensemble. I conclude by arguing that a degree of detachment from the political is, in fact, a virtue rather than a problem for music educators, and that this attitude should be commended rather than deconstructed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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