The Limits and Grounds of Musical Praxialism

David J. Elliott

in Praxial Music Education

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780195385076
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199865512 | DOI:
The Limits and Grounds of Musical Praxialism

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Praxial orientations are relatively recent entrants to philosophical discourse in music education, but the term “praxis” from which they take their direction can be followed back to ancient Greek times. In Aristotelian use, praxis designated “right action”, human activity that is goal directed and carried out with close attention to norms and standards. Since variability in the ways people interpret and apply this philosophical orientation is inevitable, this chapter explores some of this variability and draw a few tentative conclusions about the ground that adherents of praxial philosophy appear to share. This is done with the further intent of clarifying the potential utility of praxialism as an orienting strategy for music education philosophy. The praxial orientation is examined from the viewpoints of three noted advocates: Philip Alperson, Francis Sparshott, and David Elliott.

Keywords: praxis; praxialism; music; Philip Alperson; Francis Sparshott

Chapter.  14703 words. 

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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