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Music Education

Deborah Macfarlan Enright

in Education

ISBN: 9780199756810
Published online December 2011 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780199756810-0027
Music Education

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Music education refers to the dynamic discipline with the ability to uncover the next Mozart, develop spatial knowledge within the brain, improve the acquisition of language skills, and appreciate ancient civilizations while providing an understanding of current ones. It is the field of study dedicated to the teaching and learning of music. This area of education casts a wide net among the learning public from the youngest infant to seniors. The discipline is disseminated through a variety of portals, including the traditional classroom and the entrepreneurial private music teacher, to the composer, the symphony conductor, the cognitive scientist, and the education policy analyst. Music education extends beyond the image of the instructor with the Orff instruments patiently teaching time signatures to elementary-aged children, or the middle school band leader bearing up under the sounds of the novice trumpet player, or the AP American history teacher explaining that today’s hip-hop can be traced back to the spirituals, jazz standards, and musical theater of the 19th and 20th centuries. The field is eclectic, layered, and expanding in its reach. The child helped by his teacher to find middle C on his or her instrument at once impacts that instructor’s practice and provides evidence for the neuroscientist studying brain development and its connection to music instruction and performance. As the field has grown, so has its prominence in guiding policy and practice in our schools. The purpose of this bibliography is to begin to compile a listing of the literature necessary for the bookshelf of an aspiring music educator or music education policy analyst. The citations included will help the practitioner and those involved in research to become familiar with the literature of music education. The works included were selected due to their comprehensive scope and their enduring significance to those seeking a better understanding of the impact music education has on our children and our culture. This bibliography concentrates on three areas of interest: music education and brain development, music education’s impact on supporting the core curriculum subjects for students, and music education as an issue of education policy.

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Subjects: Education ; Organization and Management of Education ; Philosophy and Theory of Education ; Schools Studies ; Teaching Skills and Techniques

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