Democracy and Music Education

Democracy and Music Education : Liberalism, Ethics, and the Politics of Practice

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On the basis of Dewey's principles, Paul G. Woodford explores the social foundation of current music education practices in the context of democratic values of freedom, creativity, and contribution to society. He then critiques the means by which this ideal is learned by teachers and taught to students. Woodford concludes with recommendations for acknowledging democratic and non-democratic values in music teaching, teacher training, and performance, and suggests steps toward a "liberal" music education.Counterpoints: Music and Education-Estelle R. Jorgensen, editorshow more

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  • Paperback | 184 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 15.24mm | 294.83g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0253217393
  • 9780253217394
  • 1,075,885

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"Certainly one of the best items published in our field in a while. Whether one reads Lee Shulman's The Wisdom of Practice (2004)Nel Noddings' Happiness and Education (2003), John Goodlad's Romances with Schools (2004) or Carl Bereiter's Education and Mind in the Knowledge Age (2002) one learns that the fundamental principle in education is that schooling must be compatible with the best democratic ideals. Only Paul Woodford has seized upon this requisite and applied it to the structure of music education." -Richard Colwell, Editor, The New Handbook of Research on Music Teaching and Learningshow more

About Paul G. Woodford

Paul G. Woodford is Chair of the Department of Music Education, the Don Wright Faculty of Music, at the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario. He has published a history of music in Newfoundland, two music collections, and a book of more

Table of contents

Preface1. Intelligence in the World: John Dewey's Moral Project2. Intelligence in the Musical World: Defining Liberalism Differently3. Living in a Postmusical Age: Reclaiming the Concept of Abstract Reason4. Music Education and the Culture Wars5. Toward Reclaiming the Public Musical Sphere6. Music Education as an Occasion for IntelligenceNotesBibliographyIndexshow more

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