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Education Arts & Humanities

Democracy and Music Education

Liberalism, Ethics, and the Politics of Practice

by (author) Paul G. Woodford

Indiana University Press
Initial publish date
Dec 2004
Arts & Humanities, Theory, General
  • Paperback / softback

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    Dec 2004
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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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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.