Eudaimonia and well-doing: Implications for music education

Abstract

David J. Elliott’s chapter concludes this collection by tying together recurring themes from other chapters around the notion of eudaimonia as “well-doing” or ethically guided action. Reiterating the assertion that music-making and music-learning are integral to human flourishing, Elliott situates a eudaimonic orientation at the heart of music learning. To this end he argues that “effective and ethical music education can make major artistic, social, cultural, gendered, ethical, emotional, mental, and political differences in students’ and adults’ lives.” He discusses obsessions, hedonism, and healthier, harmonious passions. Highlighting the importance of care for self and others, Elliott points to the necessity of love in a life well-lived.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEudaimonia
Subtitle of host publicationPerspectives for Music Learning
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages107-120
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9780429555497
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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