Praxial Music Education: Reflections and Dialogues

David J. Elliott

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This book contains a collection of essays by nineteen internationally recognized scholars in music education. The writers speak for those in the profession who believe that critical thinking, constructive debate, and dialogues are the lifeblood of music education. By means of their essays, they also speak for those who believe that future music teachers must learn to think for themselves and develop their own philosophies based on their own careful reflections. One of the goals of the book is to provide the field of music education with good models of constructive criticism and mutually enlightening dialogues on basic issues in music education. The unifying element in this collection is praxialism as it relates to the many complex concepts and issues that constitute the nature and significance of music education. Each contributor offers critical reflections on a key topic in contemporary music education. The praxial philosophy of music education argues for a socially and artistically grounded concept of music and music education, challenging the field's traditional "absolutist" foundations. Among the themes discussed are multiculturalism in music education, the nature of musical understanding, early childhood education, the nature and teaching of music listening, music curriculum development, and musical creativity. Praxial music education is a living theory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages352
ISBN (Electronic)9780199865512
ISBN (Print)9780195385076
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010


  • Curriculum development
  • Early childhood education
  • Multiculturalism
  • Music
  • Music education
  • Music listening
  • Musical creativity
  • Musical understanding
  • Praxial philosophy
  • Praxialism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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