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ERIC Number: EJ804716
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 23
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-1545-4517
Who Is the "We"? Rethinking Professionalism in Music Education
Bowman, Wayne
Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education, v6 n4 p109-131 Dec 2007
This essay explores the limits and bounds of music education's professional "We". It argues essentially that music education cannot become more socially just until it becomes more inclusive of diversity--and this means diversity of musics, peoples, voices, values, and more. The author argues that until the current homogeneity of music education and of music educators is confronted strategically, deliberately, and decisively, appeals to social justice will continue to ring hollow. Transforming who and what this "we" references, transforming whom this music educational "we" is presumed to include and exclude, are essential prerequisites to meaningful progress in the direction of socially just practice. (Contains 31 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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