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Learning to Live Music: Musical Education as the Cultivation of a Relationship between Self and Sound

Randall Pabich

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy in Music Education

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780195394733
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195394733.013.0007

Series: Oxford Handbooks

  Learning to Live Music: Musical Education as the Cultivation of a Relationship between Self and Sound

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Musical education is largely about the student's becoming comfortable enough with musical elements, forms, and techniques to allow her to “speak” through the music and to have the music speak through her. This article examines this connection, this “something” that accounts for why people seek out and listen to music, why people love music, and why people dedicate their entire lives to performing, composing, and teaching music. By learning music, one learns to connect deeply and actively with something outside oneself. The separation and disconnection that give rise to everyday strivings are replaced by connection and attunement.

Keywords: musical learner; musical elements; attunement; musical connection; musical education

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Subjects: Music ; Music Education and Pedagogy

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