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

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Indiana University Press, 2005 - Education - 160 pages
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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, editor

  

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Contents

Intelligence in the Musical World
16
Living in a Postmusical Age
38
Music Education and the Culture Wars
57
Toward Reclaiming the Public Musical Sphere
76
Notes
105
Bibliography
141
Index
155
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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 essays.

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