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ERIC Number: EJ854606
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0027-4321
Reflections on Career Development and Eclecticism in Music Education
Kassner, Kirk
Music Educators Journal, v96 n1 p62-66 2009
There is so much to learn about each branch of music education that most teachers continue on a narrow path throughout their careers. Since Henry Ford started the first mass-production assembly line in the early 1900s, there has been a tendency for people in American society to specialize, and some educational leaders strongly recommend that teachers also refine a narrow band of skills and keep methodologies separate and distinct. Some states endorse this narrow approach by limiting teaching certifications to specific tracks, such as instrumental, choral, or general music. Specialized professional organizations may not intend to narrow music education, but their focus on contests and performance festivals increases that effect. This narrowness is contrary to best practices in the field. The term "eclecticism" has several meanings, but for the purposes of this article, the author means "not following any one system as of philosophy, medicine, etc., but selecting and using what is considered the best elements of all systems." There are many reasons why eclecticism is important and advantageous. In this article, the author discusses three of the most prominent: (1) The global job market often demands eclectic skills; (2) Eclectic skills allow music educators a variety of job choices and thus help increase job satisfaction while reducing burnout; and (3) All music students in any specialty or age group will benefit from educators who develop a broad range of skills and attitudes in music education. (Contains 21 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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