What Should the Music Education Profession Expect of Philosophy?

Wayne Bowman and Ana Lucía Frega

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy in Music Education

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780195394733
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

What Should the Music Education Profession Expect of Philosophy?


Philosophical inquiry is a lively and provocative, daunting yet rewarding practice that questions received views, and challenges habits and assumptions. Historically, music education's philosophical practice has been left to a small cadre of specialists: philosophical habits and skills have not been cultivated or refined in the profession at large. In music education, philosophical inquiry seeks to render practice more effective and more satisfying. This article examines the music education profession's neglect of philosophy. It argues that the question confronting music education professionals is not whether to engage in philosophical practice, but in what manner, and how effectively.

Keywords: philosophical inquiry; music education; philosophical practice; music education philosophy

Article.  9346 words. 

Subjects: Music ; Music Education and Pedagogy

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