Facing the Music

Facing the Music : Shaping Music Education from a Global Perspective

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Facing the music investigates the practices and ideas that have grown from some five decades of cultural diversity in music education, developments in ethnomusicology, and the rise of 'world music'. Speaking from rich, hands-on experience of more than thirty years at various levels of music education (music in schools, community organizations and professional training courses), Huib Schippers makes a powerful case for the crucial role of learning music in shaping rich and diverse musical environments for the 21st century, both in practical terms and at a conceptual level: "what we hear is the product of what we believe about music." Advocating a contemporary, positive and realistic approach to cultural diversity in music education and transmission, Schippers advocates taking into account and celebrating the natural dynamics of music. He argues that "most music travels remarkably well", and regards every musical act as an expression of the 'here and now', as do many of the musicians and scholars he quotes. In this way, he challenges stifling directives to recreate 'authentic contexts', which in fact constantly change (and have always changed) in the cultures of origin as well. This liberates music educators to seek with integrity appropriate ways of presenting music at all levels of education: in schools, community settings, and professional training. In seven succinct chapters that each approach the issues from a different angle, Schippers gradually unfolds the complexities of learning and teaching music 'out of context' in an accessible manner, and presents a coherent model to approach these, as well as lucid suggestions for translating the resulting ideas in practice. While mapping the various factors that determine all acts of music transmission, he also comes to surprising insights into the nature and preconceptions underlying much formal music education settings across the world, including those focusing on western classical music. Facing the music provides a rich resource for reflection and practice for all those involved in teaching and learning music, from policy maker to classroom teacher.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 160.02 x 236.22 x 20.32mm | 249.47g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 13 black and white halftones, 23 line illustrations
  • 0195379756
  • 9780195379754

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A new publcation dedicated to musical diversity in music education gets rid of prejudices, questions common terminology and gives practical examples and insight into music educayion for, through, and with music from all over the world. * Sounds in Europe * Schippers writes beautifully, so the mere process of absorbing the structure of his sentences, his wit and insight is, in itself, a rewarding experience * Music Forum *show more

About Huib Schippers

Director of Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre at Griffith University, Brisbane; Deputy Chair of the Music Council of Australia; and author of several Dutch books on music education including Harde Noten - muziekeducatie in wereldperspectief (Cultuurnetwerk, 2004), One Monkey, no Show - culturele diversiteit in de Nederlandse muziekeducatie. (Netherlands Institute for Arts Education, 2000), and Dundumba's in de Bachstraat - Wereldmuziek in de Muziekschool (VKV, 1993)show more

Table of contents

FOREWORD BY PATRICIA SHEHAN CAMPBELL; PROLOGUE: FACING THE MUSIC; ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS; EPILOGUE: SHAPING MUSIC EDUCATION FROM A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE; APPENDICES; APPENDIX 1: EMERGENCY GUIDELINES IN CASE OF WORLD MUSIC; APPENDIX 2: SAMPLE QUESTIONS FOR INTERVIEWING WORLD MUSICIANS ON LEARNING AND TEACHING; APPENDIX 3: EXAMPLE OF A SERIES OF CLASSES ON WORLD MUSIC WITH A THEMATIC APPROACH; APPENDIX 4: FIVE DOMAINS OF MUSICAL SUSTAINABILITY IN CONTEMPORARY CONTEXTS; APPENDIX 5: THE WORLD MUSIC ADVENTURES OF PRIMARY TEACHER MS BENSON; GLOSSARY; BIBLIOGRAPHY; INDEX; ENDNOTESshow more

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