Dewey's Bastards: Music, Meaning, and Politics

Paul Woodford

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

 Dewey's Bastards: Music, Meaning, and Politics

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This article discusses the early aesthetic education movement to illustrate how politics and social realities shaped philosophy and other scholarly work. It underscores the need for historians and philosophers to be more self-reflexive while locating their work within wider social, historical, and political contexts so that they and future teachers better appreciate the social, economic, and other forces shaping their own and the profession's thinking. It is further argued that scholars and teachers must closely examine the profession and its problems in order to identify previously obscure but important developments affecting music education.

Keywords: early aesthetic education; education movement; philosophy; teachers; John Dewey; music education

Article.  1394 words. 

Subjects: Music ; Music Education and Pedagogy

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