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ERIC Number: EJ815651
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1545-4517
"Re"connecting Music Education with Society
Regelski, Thomas A., Ed.
Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education, v5 n2 p1-20 Dec 2006
Transformation, by definition, requires change. Not superficial change, but systematic, focused, substantial, fundamental change; in a word, improvement. Change, and the eventual transformation of music education itself, requires a complete rethinking from the ground up of the why, what, how of music teaching--not to forget "whether" music education has actually added musical value to, and thus transformed students in musical ways that enrich and enliven their lives forever. Change also requires new thinking about and approaches to research. Research that is predicated on taken-for-granted assumptions, on topics which produce only "journal science" that advances careers rather than teaching, or using methods that produce findings that simply do not have relevance for the real world of musicking and teaching, and the like--no matter how well-designed, no matter how valuable otherwise as "pure research," such research is not going to change how people teach, hear, or think about music. In this article, the author contends that for music education to "re"connect with society, for it to reconnect with the very social roots of all musicking, a major conversion is needed from traditional aesthetic premises to an expanded philosophy of music that considers music a central praxis of humankind, a vital part of people's individual and social "being". (Contains 32 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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