Democracy and Music Education (Paperback)

Liberalism, Ethics, and the Politics of Practice (Counterpoints: Music and Education)

By Paul G. Woodford

Indiana University Press, 9780253217394, 160pp.

Publication Date: December 28, 2004

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On the basis of Dewey's principles, Paul G. Woodford explores the social foundation of current music education practices in the context of democratic values of freedom, creativity, and contribution to society. He then critiques the means by which this ideal is learned by teachers and taught to students. Woodford concludes with recommendations for acknowledging democratic and non-democratic values in music teaching, teacher training, and performance, and suggests steps toward a "liberal" music education.

Counterpoints: Music and Education--Estelle R. Jorgensen, editor

About the Author

Paul G. Woodford is Associate Professor of Music Education at the School of Music, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario. He has published a history of music in Newfoundland, two music collections, and a book of essays.