Must Music Education Have an Aim?

V. A. Howard

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy in Music Education

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

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Must Music Education Have an Aim?

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This article begins by analyzing Willa Cather's The Song of the Lark. The first section asks whether it makes any sense to speak of music education, apart from technical vocational training, as having an aim. The second section examines R. S. Peters' papers, in which he challenges the predilection in education to look for the equivalent of bridges to be built or ports to be steered to, leading to a lack of direction when no candidates fit the bill. The third section explores the cultural dominance of music, and the fourth discusses the label of elitism in music.

Keywords: Song of Lark; Willa Carther; technical vocational training; music education; elitism

Article.  6714 words. 

Subjects: Music ; Music Education and Pedagogy

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