Facing the Music: Shaping Music Education from a Global Perspective

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Overview

Facing the Music a power full case for the crucial role of world music in shaping learning environmrnts for ther twenty-first century. Based on over thirty, years of hands-on experience in music education, author Huib Schippers demonstrates that "to a large extent, what we hear, learn, and teach is the product of what we believe about music."

Schippers advocates a positive and realistic approach to cultural diversity in music education and transmission. Regarding musical acts as expressions of the "here and now," he challenges recreations of "authentic contexts"-contexts that constantly change in the cultures of origin- and empowers music educators to seek new ways of presenting music in, schools, community settings, and professional training.

With lively examples and clear suggestions for translating the ideas into practice, here is a new framework for approaching the complexities of learning and teaching music "out of context."

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"Facing the Music is both practical and wildly, exuberantly, unabashedly idealistic. This book is about teaching and 'getting untaught'-a process of defamiliarization and learning that ethnomusicologists will recognize as the transformation at the heart of the ethnographic exchange. Schippers challenges us to rethink the core values of music transmission and offers a framework for sustainable musical futures. The appendix titled "Emergency guidelines in case of world music" is worth the price of admission alone!"--Deborah Wong, University of California, Riverside and President, Society for Ethnomusicology

"By innovatively exploring the dynamic nature of cultural diversity into music education, Huib Schippers makes a careful weave of theory, practice and reflections which connect issues of central significance for music education in the 21st century."--Dr. Pamela Burnard, University of Cambridge

"This book provides a world view that transcends existing texts. Schippers knows the literature, and builds on it, but unlike most works in the field he always tests theory against practical, real-life examples. This gives his argument a real 'authenticity' - if I can use one of his much-discussed terms! I know of no other book which deals so thoroughly and clearly with the topic."-John Drummond, Blair Professor of Music, University of Otago

"Schippers writes beautifully...More rewarding is the scope of his work and his thoughtfulness in finding a pathway to some unity in the complex views of world music and of current music education methodologies." --MCA Music Forum

"A rich, innovative work that thoroughly examines the many issues and challenges inherent in developing and carrying out a musical education that values, respects, and reflects the deepening diversity and globalization of Western society...A thorough, engaging, and articulate examination of the issues that is theoretical yet practical and easily accessible. This book is a very impressive work that proffers what a 21st-century music education--global in content and perspective--could be. I highly recommend it for music educators who are seeking to expand their perspectives on how we think about, do, and teach music in our culturally diverse societies." --Kathy M. Robinson, Music Educators Journal

"A highly engaging and accessible account that blends theory with practice, concepts from music education and ethnomusicology with actual experience...The book represents a much-needed milestone that will be of relevance to music educators, ethnomusicologists and students of ethnomusicology alike." --Ethnomusicology Forum

"I believe that Facing the Music is a remarkable achievement, systematically and realistically bringing to bear a wide variety of world experience upon the problems of an appropriate music education in the face of immeasurable modern complexities of cultural/musical identity. Schippers leaves no cliché unexamined and unmolested, "afflicting the comfortable," and in the process tours an admirable variety of the available literature. Facing the Music should be required reading for all music educators." --World of Music

"Through this book, Schippers offers two major contributions to the field of music education. First, he provides an excellent example for examining and addressing ambiguity, confusion, contradiction, and discomfort that may be present in diverse cultural environments...The second contribution of Schippers's book is the Twelve-Continuum Transmission Framework, as it provides a tool for music educators to critically reflect on their own and others' teaching and learning experiences in light of current cultural, social, and political realities so that they can develop meaningful learning experiences for their students." --Journal of Historical Research in Music Education

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195379754
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 12/15/2009
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Huib Schippers is Director of Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre at Griffith University, Brisbane; Deputy Chair of the Music Council of Australia; and author of several Dutch books on music education including Harde Noten - muziekeducatie in wereldperspectief (Cultuurnetwerk, 2004), One Monkey, no Show - culturele diversiteit in de Nederlandse muziekeducatie. (Netherlands Institute for Arts Education, 2000), and Dundumba's in de Bachstraat - Wereldmuziek in de Muziekschool (VKV, 1993)

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Patricia Shehan Campbell
Prologue: Facing the music
Acknowledgements
1. Journeys in music. An auto-ethnography
2. Positioning 'world music' in education. A conceptual history
3. The myth of authentic traditions in context. A deconstruction
4. Global perspectives on learning and teaching music. An analysis
5. Communities, conservatories, and curricula. A critique
6. Understanding music learning and teaching across cultures. A framework
7. Music cultures in motion. A case study
Epilogue: Shaping music education from a global perspective
Appendices
Appendix 1: Emergency guidelines in case of world music
Appendix 2: Sample questions for interviewing world musicians on learning and teaching
Appendix 3: Example of a series of classes on world music with a thematic approach
Appendix 4: Five domains of musical sustainability in contemporary contexts
Appendix 5: The world music adventures of primary teacher Ms Benson
Glossary
Bibliography
Index
Endnotes

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