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ERIC Number: EJ815700
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec
Pages: 27
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-1545-4517
Music Learning in Schools: Perspectives of a New Foundation for Music Teaching and Learning
Gruhn, Wilfried; Regelski, Thomas A., Ed.
Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education, v5 n2 p1-27 Dec 2006
Does music education need a new philosophy that is scientifically grounded on common agreements with educational and musical standards? If such standards are commonly accepted, why do people reflect philosophically about music teaching and learning? At first glance, these questions sound very abstract and theoretical because people love music, and because music has become a major industry with flourishing instrument factories, music productions, electronic devices, concerts, journals, festivals, and so on. Why, then, stop and think about new tracks of teaching and learning? Talented students learn to play an instrument or sing in a choir, they perform on stage while parents are proud and school principals observe if and how the students and the school benefit from those public musical activities. Why not just continue as in the past? The answer is quite simple: Because there is a big gap between extra-curricular activities and the way music is taught in the classroom, and between musical experience in real life and musical experience in a school setting. What must be conceded is the social change that impacts on institutions such as schools. When social conditions result in instances of social decline--as reflected by unemployment rate, economic decline, growing violence, etc.--then students are also affected. In this article, the author contends that the social turn which causes so many problems in society generates the need for a change of the entire education system and at the same time supports the need for a re-orientation of music education. (Contains 4 figures and 5 notes.)
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Language: English
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