Music and the Arts: As Ubiquitous and Fundamental as the Air We Breathe

Rena B. Upitis

in The Oxford Handbook of Music Education, Volume 2

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199928019
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Music

 Music and the Arts: As Ubiquitous and Fundamental as the Air We Breathe

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This article begins with a brief discussion of music as a ubiquitous art form. It then considers the disconnect between music curriculum and the music enjoyed by students and pre-service teachers. It suggests that if educators ignore the personal connections students have to music, then they are missing an opportunity to expand music literacy beyond the music forms that are already ubiquitous in their lives. Such expansion can help ensure that music is experienced deeply. And it is the deep connections that enable students to develop the sensibilities and skills needed to thrive in the world.

Keywords: music; music education; music curriculum; music learning

Article.  2078 words. 

Subjects: Music ; Music Education and Pedagogy

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