Soft Boundaries

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American education and culture are suffering from a terrible, soul-numbing imbalance, in which there is an overemphasis on basic, quantifiable skills and knowledge and a de-emphasis of more creative areas of the humanities, especially the arts and aesthetics. Detels indicates that the marginalization of the arts and aesthetics in American education has been caused by a hard-boundaried paradigm that has come to dominate American education. According to this paradigm, the arts are wrongly viewed and taught as ...

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Overview

American education and culture are suffering from a terrible, soul-numbing imbalance, in which there is an overemphasis on basic, quantifiable skills and knowledge and a de-emphasis of more creative areas of the humanities, especially the arts and aesthetics. Detels indicates that the marginalization of the arts and aesthetics in American education has been caused by a hard-boundaried paradigm that has come to dominate American education. According to this paradigm, the arts are wrongly viewed and taught as separate, unconnected disciplines of music, visual arts, dance, and theater, while their intimate connections to each other and to aesthetic experience and life in general are completely unrepresented.

The way out of this crisis is to change paradigms, from a hard-boundaried, single-minded valuation of specialization to a more soft-boundaried curriculum that allows for specialized education in individual art forms as well as widespread interdisciplinary integration of the arts with each other and with general education at the K-12 and college levels. Without such a change, we will be unable to equip our students with the necessary skills to understand and communicate about the increasingly complex, sensually immersive artistic media and forms of the future.

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Detels (music, University of Arkansas-Fayetteville) presents a paradigm for valuing and encouraging thought and communication across the boundaries of disciplines and concepts, yet without disregarding the value of boundaries and specialization. She gives a broad picture of hard boundaries of the arts and aesthetics, then examines boundaries within the discipline of music. She returns to the broad picture with recommendations for interdisciplinary, integrative reforms in music and in the arts and aesthetics in general. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897896665
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/30/1999
  • Pages: 198
  • Lexile: 1680L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

CLAIRE DETELS is Professor of Music, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
Pt. I The Boundaries of the Arts and Aesthetics 9
1 Hard Times, Hard Boundaries 11
2 History, Philosophy, and the Canons of the Arts 31
3 Uses of History in Some Recent Aesthetic Writings 47
Pt. II Boundaries in Music 59
4 Fragmentation in the Musical Field 61
5 Soft Boundaries and Relatedness: A New Paradigm for Understanding Music 77
6 Soft Boundaries, Autonomist/Formalist Aesthetics, and Music Theory 91
Pt. III Soft Boundaries and the Future 105
7 Integrating History, Theory, and Practice in the College Music Curriculum 107
8 Towards Integrative, Interdisciplinary Education in the Arts and Aesthetics 119
9 Virtual Reality and Aesthetic Competence in the Twenty-First Century 135
Notes 145
Selected Bibliography 167
Index 175
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