Music Education: Cultural Values, Social Change and Innovation

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Charles C Thomas Publisher, 2007 - MUSIC - 321 pages
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This is an important work that addresses the complex issues surrounding musical meaning and experience, and the Western traditional justification for including music in education. The chapters in this volume examine the important subjects of tradition, innovation, social change, the music curriculum, music in the twentieth century, social strata, culture and music education, psychology, science and music education, including musical values and education. Additional topics include the origins of mania, aesthetics and musical meaning related to concepts that are well-known to the ancient Greeks and Romans, which are compared to contemporary life. The rise of studies of musical behavior by social psychologists has been an important feature for the last two decades, and the relevance of this development to music education is explored. Articulating the difference between education and entertainment has been central to discussions and debates about the role of music in education since Plato and Aristotle first examined the problem. Many of the questions and issues raised by these two Greek philosophers in ancient Greece about the nature of music and its role in education are highly relevant today, and these are examined in the context of the twenty-first century. The writer stresses that music is a product of specific cultural ways of thinking and doing, and its inclusion in education can only be justified in terms of the importance a particular culture places on its music as a valued art form. The implications for music education are that those teaching music should focus in the ways musicians employ special cultural ways of thinking in their compositions and performance practices, whatever the genre.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 INTRODUCTION
3
Chapter 2 ISSUES OF TRADITION INNOVATION AND SOCIAL CHANGE
18
Chapter 3 MANIA AESTHETICSAND MUSICAL MEANING
43
THE HISTORICAL CONTEXT
64
NATIONAL AND CULTURAL IDENTITY IN POPULAR AND ART MUSIC
96
Chapter 6 THE MUSIC CURRICULUM
130
Chapter 7 MUSIC IN THE TUMULTUOUS INNOVATIVE TWENTIETH CENTURY
157
Chapter 8 INNOVATION IN THE CLASSROOM
200
Chapter 9 SOCIAL STRATA CULTURE AND MUSIC EDUCATION
227
Chapter 10 PSYCHOLOGY SCIENCE AND MUSIC EDUCATION
251
Chapter 11 MUSICAL VALUES AND EDUCATION
280
REFERENCES
301
INDEX
311
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