ERIC Number: EJ804741
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Reference Count: 22
I Hear America Humming and It Is out of Tune: Review of Paul G. Woodford's "Democracy and Music Education"
Peters, Michael A.
Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education, v7 n1 p88-102 Jan 2008
This article presents the author's critique on Paul G. Woodford's positions with regard to music education and the notion of liberal democracy. The author seeks to broaden the contextual/historical scholarship around John Dewey and makes it clear that liberalism is a contested concept, as is democracy. He calls for contemporary responses to Dewey's thought in relation both to (music) education and to the emerging political economy of neoliberalism. He takes issue with Woodford's treatment of postmodernists and asserts that Woodford's broad generalisations about postmodern positions lack textual detail. Similarly, he finds Woodford's notion of "abstract reason" confusing. He suggests a better path would be to problematise Dewey's political/democratic theory in relation to contemporary problems in post-industrial societies. He argues that a more robust theory of music education and democracy needs to include a more carefully constructed consideration of the political expression of music as a necessary part of music education. (Contains 8 notes.)
Descriptors: Music Education, Democracy, Democratic Values, Political Attitudes, Social Theories, Politics of Education, Postmodernism, Educational Theories, Liberal Arts, Educational Methods
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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