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ERIC Number: EJ948292
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 27
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-1545-4517
"Not" Just a Matter of Style: Addressing Culturally Different Musics as Social Praxes in Secondary School Music Classes
Goble, J. Scott
Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education, v9 n3 p8-34 Oct 2010
In this article, the author aims to make evident how instructional practices could be modified or expanded in order that music education might have a "more clearly tangible and beneficial effect on the present and future lives of music learners, communities, and society at large." First, the author explains briefly how pragmatist philosophy and semiotics provide a useful conceptual foundation for understanding the context-particular meanings of different musics, also accounting for how these meanings tend to be obscured in contemporary multicultural societies. With this foundation, he explores the question of what might make it important for students to learn in their school music classes how different musics have come to be socially and culturally meaningful. Finally, he addresses arguments that might be raised against teaching the socio-cultural and historical meanings of different musical traditions, and he suggests approaches that could be taken by secondary school music educators to facilitate students' understandings of the personal, social, and sometimes even political meanings of different musics. (Contains 41 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A