Engaging Student Ownership of Musical Ideas

Harold Fiske

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy in Music Education

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

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Engaging Student Ownership of Musical Ideas

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This article discusses the philosophical position that the traditional foundation of music education practice undervalues the significance of school music by underestimating students' potential for comprehending music qua music. There are in fact musical experiences which hold qualitative value for human growth and development that are mostly overlooked by shortsighted music curricula designers. The article identifies these qualities and shows how a reformulated music education philosophical foundation highlights these qualities rather than suppresses them.

Keywords: music education; school music; musical experiences; music curricula

Article.  9098 words. 

Subjects: Music ; Music Education and Pedagogy

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