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ERIC Number: EJ894763
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-1532-8090
Engaging Music and Media: Technology as a Universal Language
Carruthers, Glen
Research and Issues in Music Education, v7 n1 Sep 2009
The ambiguity in the first half of the paper's title--"Engaging music and media"--is intentional. Music is engaging in the sense that it implicates our hearts and minds. Music can also be engaged by and with media. And, of course, engagement is core to effective learning. The role of music education is always in flux. Aesthetic aims sometimes take primacy, while at other times music is taught as a means to some other end. As in ancient times, today music is taught largely for its ancillary benefits so that, in a curious twist, ancillary aims have become central and aesthetic aims have become ancillary to the study of music. There is another dimension to this discussion--now more relevant than ever--that I'll frame interrogatively. Where do media and new technology posit music learning along the aesthetic/ancillary continuum? Does technology aid teachers in realizing primarily musical or extra-musical goals? The simple answer is that it does both, but the reality is more richly layered than this. In fact, these questions raise wider issues concerning the relevance of music education in a technologically driven world. The present paper builds on my previous research on lifelong learning, diverse learner populations and community music, by considering music learning of all sorts in light of Jacques Ellul's statement that "[Technology] is, of necessity, ... our universal language" (The technological society, 1954, p. 132).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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