Praxial Music Education: Reflections and Dialogues / Edition 1

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Praxial Music Education is a collection of essays by nineteen internationally recognized scholars in music education. Each essay offers critical reflections on a key topic in contemporary music education.

The starting point of each essay, and the unifying thread of this collection, is the "praxial" philosophy of music education explained in Elliott's Music Matters: A New Philosophy of Music Education (OUP, 1995). This philosophy argues for a socially and artistically grounded concept of music and music education, challenging the field's traditional "absolutist" foundations. Praxial Music Education is both a critical companion to Music Matters, and an independent text on contemporary issues in music education. Among the themes discussed are multicultural music education, the nature of musical understanding, early childhood music education, the nature and teaching of music listening, music curriculum development, and musical creativity.

Praxial music education is a living theory. This unique collection will not only enrich discussions that already use Music Matters as their core, but will globalize current discussions and applications of the praxial philosophy and emphasize the positive and practical values of collaborative efforts in music education.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Essays in this new book, written by a diverse group of internationally renowned music education scholars on a wide variety of contemporary music education topics, are carefully reasoned and well written. However, the real beauty of this collection of writings can be found in the diversity of perspectives and opinions presented...There is something for everyone in this book- those who identify with music education as aesthetic education, those who connect more closely with praxial philosophy, and those who may not have yet given formal music education philosophy a single thought." —Music Educators Journal

Praise for Music Matters
"David J. Elliott's Music Matters: A New Philosophy of Music Education should prove to be a watershed in the history of our profession because the author dramatically takes issue with some of the most cherished assumptions of mainstream philosophy in music education today...This is a bold endeavor, and Elliott has written a bold book to back up his arguments...It should be read by all music educators."—Music Educators Journal

"...the real beauty of this collection of writings can be found in the diversity of perspectives and opinions presented.... he sets an impressive example for all of us by initiating and participating in real and meaningful dialogues among music educators in his book and accompanying Web site.... There is something for everyone in this book—those who identify with music education as aesthetic education, those who connect more closely with praxial philosophy, and those who may not have yet given formal music education philosophy a single thought."—Music Educators Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195138344
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 2/3/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

David J. Elliott is Professor of Music Education at New York University. He previously taught and coordinated music education at the University of Toronto. He is the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters, a frequent speaker at conferences and universities worldwide, and an award-winning composer/arranger who has several choral and instrumental works in publication with Boosey and Hawkes.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 3
2 The praxial philosophy in historical perspective 19
3 The limits and grounds of musical praxialism 52
4 The nature of music and musical works 79
5 Understanding musical understanding 98
6 Music and knowledge in bodily experience 112
7 Listening reconsidered 123
8 Why musical performance? : views praxial to performative 142
9 Composing and improvising 165
10 A systems view of musical creativity 177
11 Praxial foundations of multicultural music education 196
12 Curriculum : implications of aesthetic versus praxial philosophies 219
13 Critical matters in early childhood music education 249
14 What matters in general music? 267
15 Elementary music education : building cultures and practices 281
16 Why don't I feel included in these musics, or matters 297
17 Community music and praxialism : narratives and reflections 308
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2008

    A courageous, brilliant book for anyone interested in top music ed thinkers.

    This compilation of writers and thoughts on Elliott's work is a very valuable partner-book to his Music Matters. Highly recommended for anyone who wishes to study how the best thinkers in the field actually do music ed philosophy. Elliott's replies to his critics in Praxial Music Ed, which can be seen on his website -- -- are eloquent and the essence of professionalism.

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