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ERIC Number: EJ974811
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-1063-5734
Bands and/as Music Education: Antinomies and the Struggle for Legitimacy
Mantie, Roger
Philosophy of Music Education Review, v20 n1 p63-81 Spr 2012
This article serves to extend a critique initiated by Allsup and Benedict in their 2008 PMER article, "The Problems of Band." Using the work of Michael Foucault as a theoretical and methodological basis, I consider ways in which today's large ensemble paradigm, particularly that of the wind band, has resulted in an ongoing antinomy in school music between those who view bands as a medium of music education and those who view bands as a medium for music education. I argue that the emergence of the pedagogical band world in the United States and Canada altered the nature of wind band practices, and that the resultant bands-as-music-education paradigm can be understood in terms of issues of power and legitimacy. I strive to demonstrate how future directions in music education might benefit from a reflexive engagement with the discourses of our profession.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada; United States