A Way of Music Education

A Way of Music Education : Classic Chinese Wisdoms

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Moving back through Dewey, Heidegger, Nietzsche, and Rousseau, the lineage of Western music education finds its origins in Plato and Pythagoras. Yet theories not rooted in the ancient Greek tradition are all but absent. A Way of Music Education provides a much-needed intervention, integrating ancient Chinese thought into the canon of music education in a structured, systematized, and philosophical way. The book's three central sources - the Yijing
(The Book of Changes), Confucianism, and Daoism - inform author C. Victor Fung's argument: that the human being exists as an entity at the center of an organismic world in which all things and events, including music and music education, are connected. Fung ultimately proposes a new educational philosophy based on
three key ideas in Chinese thought: change, balance, and liberation. A unique work, A Way of Music Education offers a universal approach engrained in a specific and ancient cultural tradition.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 157 x 234 x 14mm | 356g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0190234474
  • 9780190234478
  • 1,797,390

Table of contents



Part I: Classic Chinese Philosophies and Music Educational Interpretations
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Foundations of Yijing: An Organismic Worldview
Chapter 3: Foundations of Classic Confucianism: Cheng (Sincerity), Shan (Kindness), Ren (Benevolence), and Junzi (the Exemplary Person)
Chapter 4: Foundations of Classic Daoism: Wuwei (Non-egoistic Action), Guan (Observation), Qiwu (Equality), and Rou (Softness/Flexibility)

Part II: Complementarity and A Trilogy
Chapter 5: Complementary Bipolar Continua in Music Education
Chapter 6: Change
Chapter 7: Balance
Chapter 8: Liberation

Part III: A New Way of Thinking and Practical Implications
Chapter 9: A Way of Music Education As A Way of Life
Chapter 10: Toward Practical Implications


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this book is important ... an introductory reading that helps western music education readers understand the music education activities from multiple perspectives of Chinese philosophies. * Hang Su, International Society for Music Education *
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About C. Victor Fung

C. Victor Fung is Professor of Music Education and Director of Center for Music Education Research at the University of South Florida, Tampa. His research emphasizes on social psychological aspects, multicultural issues, and international perspectives of music education. He has given over eighty presentations at professional conferences, and open lectures and seminars at over twenty institutions, across five continents. He has served as a Board Member for the
International Society for Music Education, the College Music Society, and Florida Music Education Association.
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