Facing the Music Shaping Music Education from a Global Perspective

ISBN-10: 0195379764
ISBN-13: 9780195379761
Edition: 2009
Authors: Huib Schippers
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Description: Facing the music investigates the practices and ideas that have grown from some five decades of cultural diversity in music education, developments in ethnomusicology, and the rise of 'world music'. Speaking from rich, hands-on experience of more  More...

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Book details

List price: $28.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/15/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748

Facing the music investigates the practices and ideas that have grown from some five decades of cultural diversity in music education, developments in ethnomusicology, and the rise of 'world music'. Speaking from rich, hands-on experience of more than thirty years at various levels of music education (music in schools, community organizations and professional training courses), Huib Schippers makes a powerful case for the crucial role of learning music in shaping rich anddiverse musical environments for the 21st century, both in practical terms and at a conceptual level: "what we hear is the product of what we believe about music." Advocating a contemporary, positive and realistic approach to cultural diversity in music education and transmission, Schippers advocates taking into account and celebrating the natural dynamics of music. He argues that "most music travels remarkably well", and regards every musical act as an expression of the 'here and now', as do many of the musicians and scholars he quotes. In this way, he challenges stifling directives to recreate 'authentic contexts', which in fact constantly change (andhave always changed) in the cultures of origin as well. This liberates music educators to seek with integrity appropriate ways of presenting music at all levels of education: in schools, community settings, and professional training. In seven succinct chapters that each approach the issues from a different angle, Schippers gradually unfolds the complexities of learning and teaching music 'out of context' in an accessible manner, and presents a coherent model to approach these, as well as lucid suggestions for translating the resulting ideas in practice. While mapping the various factors that determine all acts of music transmission, he also comes to surprising insights into the nature and preconceptions underlying muchformal music education settings across the world, including those focusing on western classical music. Facing the music provides a rich resource for reflection and practice for all those involved in teaching and learning music, from policy maker to classroom teacher.

Foreword
Prologue: Facing the Music
Journeys in Music: An Auto-Ethnography
Positioning "World Music" in Education: A Conceptual History
The Term World Music
Cultural Diversity and Musiculturalism
Cultural Diversity in Music Education
Ethnomusicology
Conclusion
The Myth of Authentic Traditions in Context: A Deconstruction
Tradition
Authenticity
Context
Global Perspectives on Learning and Teaching Music: An Analysis
Explicit and Implicit Foci
Approaches to Learning and Teaching
Conclusion
Communities, Curricula, and. Conservatories: A Critique
Informal Music Learning and Teaching
Formal Music Education
Conclusion
Toward a Global Understanding of Learning and Teaching Music: A Framework
Applications of the Framework
Conclusion
Music Cultures in Motion: A Case Study
World Music Education in die Netherlands
Djembe for Western Amateurs
Balinese Gamelan in Teacher Training
Indian Music As a Degree Course in a Conservatory
Conclusion
Epilogue: Shaping Music Education from a Global Perspective
Emergency Guidelines in Case of World Music
Sample Questions for Interviewing World Musicians on Learning and Teaching
Example of a Series of Classes on World Music with a Thematic Approach
Five Domains of Musical Sustainability in Contemporary Contexts
The World Music Adventures of Primary Teacher Ms. Benson
Glossary
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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