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ERIC Number: EJ852080
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Dec
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1545-4517
Where Should We Start? Indications of a Nurturant Ethic for Music Education
Bates, Vince
Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education, v3 n3 Dec 2004
The author teaches music to students from kindergarten through twelfth grade in Eureka, a small mining town in Utah. Over the past decade the author has observed both the positive and negative, short-term and long-term affects of his teaching decisions. He struggles daily with what John Goodlad calls the "burden of judgment," the ongoing moral dilemma teachers face in determining what teaching practices are best for students. In his search for moral guidance he has turned to what are, in his opinion, the two most relevant and comprehensive guidebooks currently available for music teachers: Bennett Reimer's A Philosophy of Music Education and David Elliott's Music Matters: A New Philosophy of Music Education. Interestingly, both Reimer and Elliott seem to view the development of a philosophy metaphorically as the construction of a building; a philosophy relies upon its starting point, its foundation, for strength and integrity and once the foundation has been constructed all subsequent decisions and directions are shaped according to that initial structure. "Where should we start," from this perspective is a very important question. The author believes a reliable foundation, a consistent starting point, is vital to the integrity of individual practices as well as the music education profession in general, but he thinks people need to look beyond definitions for music's nature and value in order to lay a foundation that can withstand shifting and competing musical paradigms. In his mind, bringing about right results for people connotes nurturance. In a nurturant ethic for music education, guidance for practice arises ultimately from the empathetic interaction between teacher and student within musical space. (Contains 32 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 1; Grade 10; Grade 11; Grade 12; Grade 2; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8; Grade 9; High Schools; Intermediate Grades; Junior High Schools; Kindergarten; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Utah