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ERIC Number: EJ1176887
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Apr
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1545-4517
Music Education's "Legitimation Crisis" and Its Relation to One-Dimensional Thinking
Louth, Paul
Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education, v17 n1 p42-65 Apr 2018
This essay addresses behaviorism in music education and its possible connections to a kind of technicist thinking, first described by Herbert Marcuse, that ritualizes concepts and reduces them to a series of brute operations or behaviors. Labeled "technological rationalization" by early critical theorists, the mindset has potentially negative repercussions for education in general and music education specifically. I discuss the paradox of how we must grapple with increasing pressure to move toward a collapsed view of music's various and conflicting aesthetic and artistic meanings in our constant quest for curricular legitimacy in this era of objectives-based instruction.
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
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Language: English
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