Rethinking Philosophy, Re-Viewing Musical-Emotional Experiences

David J. Elliott, Marissa Silverman

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This article aims to demonstrate the value of music education philosophy by applying characteristic philosophical procedures in an ordinary language and naturalist approach, and scientific research to an important issue in music and music education: musical-emotional experiences. The first part considers the identity of fully human music listeners, and the second reviews research in contemporary music psychology. The third part examines the strengths and weaknesses of two prominent philosophical concepts of musical experience. Building on the first three parts of the article, the fourth part offers a provisional explanation of people's musical-emotional experiences. The fifth part explains the concept of musical experience practically for music teaching and learning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Philosophy in Music Education
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199968893
ISBN (Print)9780195394733
StatePublished - Sep 18 2012


  • Music education philosophy
  • Music listeners
  • Music psychology
  • Music teaching
  • Musical-emotional experiences

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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