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Critical Issues in Music Education

Contemporary Theory and Practice

Edited by Harold F. Abeles and Edited by Lori A. Custodero

An examination of critical issues that links theory and practice from educators at the highly regarded Teachers College.

This edited volume is designed primarily as an introductory graduate text or capstone undergraduate text for music education students, providing an in-depth examination of critical issues for early-career music educators. Most undergraduate music teacher education focuses on developing the skills and understandings necessary to become a practitioner; this text, however, links theory to teaching practice and offers a variety of perspectives to give music teachers the comprehensive grounding they need to become leaders in the field. Rather than focusing on answers to "what to do" questions, Critical Issues in Music Education focuses on "why" questions through examining underpinnings for the field and encouraging teacher inquiry.

Each of the eight contributing authors has unique expertise and experience as a practicing music teacher and music teacher educator, yet the authors share a common background - each is either a faculty member or a graduate of Teachers College, Columbia University. Consequently, the text is grounded in current educational theory and practice, informed by the authors' work in the field with both music teachers and P-12 students, and linked by a commitment to progressive education. The authors include discussion starters, project ideas, and suggested readings at the end of each chapter. Offering contemporary perspectives on music education, Critical Issues in Music Education provides a foundation for understanding the complexities, challenges, and rewards of music teaching across diverse contexts.

Readership : Suitable for courses on Foundations of Music Education and Philosophy of Music Education.

1. Harold F. Abeles: Historical Contexts of Music Education
Music Education in the First Half of the 20th Century
Federal Education Policy and Music Education: 1950-Present
Equity Issues in Music Education: 1950-Present
2. Roberta Lamb: Music as Socio-cultural Phenomenon
Introduction: "A Framework of Explanations"
Sociology in Education, Music, and Music Education
Formalism: Functionalist (Durkheim) and Rationalized (Weber)
Critical Theory, The Frankfurt School, and Critical Pedagogy
Interaction Theories in Education and Music
Social Justice: Interactions with Webs of Difference
Web of Postmodernism in Education
Technology Transforming Music Education
3. Randall Everett Allsup: Philosophical Perspectives of Music Education
Philosophy and Education
Aesthetic Philosophy
Philosophical Rationales for Music in the Schools
4. Lori Custodero: Meaning and Experience: The Music Learner
Musical Meaning and Embodiment
Processing Experience: Cognitive Structures and Connections
The "Creating" Mind: Meanings through Constructing and Interpreting Music
Key Issues in Music Learning
Meaningful Engagement in Music Teaching and Learning
5. Patricia A. St. John: The Learner in Community
The Community of Learners
Learning Strategies in Community
Communities of Musical Learning
6. Lori Custodero: The Learner in Community
Key Issues in Musical Developmental
General Theories of Development and Musical Applications
Pathways and Patterns of Musical Development
Developmental Characteristics of Music Learners
Summary: On Being and Becoming Musical
7. Cathy Benedict: Curriculum
Scientific and Technical Rationality
Curriculum Reconceptualized
"Multicultural" Curriculum
Some Concluding Remarks
8. Harold Abeles: Assessing Music Learning
Considerations of Assessment
Assessing the Outcomes of Music Instruction
Alternative Approaches to Assessing the Outcomes of Music Instruction
Standardized Testing in Music
State and National Assessments of the Outcomes of Music Instruction
Evaluating School Music Programs
9. Cathy Benedict: Methods and Approaches
Emile Jacques-Dalcroze
Carl Orff
Shinichi Suzuki
Edwin Gordon
General Issues and Lingering Thoughts
10. Randall Everett Allsup: Choosing Music Literature
The Problems of Tradition
The Problems of Change
Teacher Judgment
11. James Frankel: Music Education Technology
Technology in the Music Classroom
Classroom Environments
Computer-Aided Instruction
Music Production Software
New Instruments
New Media--New Directions
12. Colleen Conway: Music Teacher Education in the 21st Century: Developing Leaders in the Field
Music Teacher Education Research Context
Music Teacher Education Policy Context
Recruitment of Music Education Majors into the Preservice Program
General Issues in Music Teacher Education Curriculum
Supporting Beginning Music Teachers
Challenges of the First Years
13. Harold Abeles and Colleen Conway: The Inquiring Music Teacher
Sources of Research in Music Education
Approaches to Research
Quantitative Approaches to Research
Historical Research
Qualitative Research
Action Research and Teachers as Researchers
14. Harold Abeles, Colleen Conway, and Lori Custodero: Framing a Professional Life: Collaboration and Leadership
Involvement in Local, State, Regional, and National Professional Music
International Opportunities for Professional Development
Envisioning a Career Path
Advocating and Initiating Change: Providing Leadership
Developing as a Professional

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Harold F. Abeles is Professor of Music and Music Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is Co-Director of the Center for Arts Education Research and has served on the editorial boards of several journals including Journal of Research in Music Education, Psychomusicology, Dialogue in Instrumental Music Education, and Update. He has also coauthored the Foundations of Music Education. Lori A. Custodero is Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Program in Music and Music Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. She has published numerous articles in Journal of Research in Music Education, Journal of Aesthetic Education, Music Education Research, British Journal of Music Education, and Applied Developmental Psychology.

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Special Features

  • Provides an in-depth examination of critical issues for early-career music educators.
  • Links theory to teaching practice through a variety of perspectives.
  • Traces the historical, philosophical, and social underpinnings of current beliefs, theories, and practices.
  • Addresses considerations in implementing educational practice, exploring and connecting issues in pedagogy, curriculum, assessment, repertoire, and technology.
  • Suggests reflective tools and professional development strategies for music teachers.
  • Includes discussion starters, project ideas, and suggested readings at the end of each chapter.