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ERIC Number: EJ804714
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-1545-4517
The "Method" of Democracy in Music Education
Vakeva, Lauri; Westerlund, Heidi
Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education, v6 n4 p96-108 Dec 2007
The winning of an artist representing the lowest level of Finnish musical taste during the 2006 Eurovision song contest marks not only the rebellious attitude towards the over-sanitized contest, but it was the result of a new practice--voting by text message. Recently, music-biased schools that were once selective of the music they teach are now offering new curricula for non-classical piano elements as well. Finnish music schools now face a need to develop their local curricula in ways that could more plausibly answer the requests of the public. Moreover, the significance of general music education is being taken seriously now that various signs have indicated changes in the politics that frame its meanings and values. This article discusses the ways in which Finnish musical taste is now turning towards a more democratic form. (Contains 1 figure and 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Finland